The Canadian Institute of Hair and Scalp Specialists (https://canadianhair.ca), a Toronto-based organization offering hair loss treatment for over 25 years, is releasing its top three expert tips to prevent excess hair shedding.
“A process that’s inevitable and that occurs every day, looking at hair that fills the spaces of a brush may make people wonder just why so much has shed,” says Ken Robson, founder of the Canadian Institute of Hair and Scalp Specialists. “And while shedding up to about 100 strands of hair a day is completely normal, there are actions and behaviours that increase hair shedding that should be avoided if possible.”
According to Robson, about 10% of hair will fall out, leaving room for new follicles to grow. But when strands start falling out all over the place, that usually means there’s a problem. However, those problems can be changed to prevent unnecessary shedding. (Source: Gold, G., “7 (Totally Normal) Reasons You Shed More Than Your Dog,” Yahoo! Health, April 15, 2015; https://www.yahoo.com/health/7-totally-normal-reasons-you-shed-more-than-your-116588742162.html.)
“Stress plays a significant role in hair loss or shedding,” Robson notes. “Hair has a sensitivity that causes it to react to emotions and feeling sick or overwhelmed actually causes hair to shed, though people often fail to make the connection because the hair loss doesn’t occur until two to three months after the instance of stress. Keeping stress levels low will help keep hair healthy and intact instead of tangled in a brush.”
Robson explains that dieting is another factor in causing hair to shed. That’s because hair strands are basically at the end of the food chain when it comes to receiving the vitamins the body ingests. So when those vitamins are limited, it impacts the health of the hair.
“Dieting isn’t necessarily a negative thing,” he adds. “To get around this, dieters need to include nutritional or dietary supplements as part of their diet so the hair receives the proper amount of nutrients it needs to stay healthy and not shed.”
“The last piece of advice is to gauge how much heat and styling is done to the hair. Heat causes breakage and constantly styling hair can kill follicles,” Robson concludes. “This is probably a difficult one for many people to follow, but even just giving their hair a break on off-days where they don’t style, blow dry, hot comb, or do anything at all to it will help prevent shedding and make hair much healthier.”
The Canadian Institute of Hair and Scalp Specialists specializes in hair restoration with an above-90% success rate for patients it determines have a chance at regrowth. Visit www.CanadianHair.ca or call 1-800-563-3836 for a free consultation.