So often I receive frantic messages from people (especially women) asking me what they can do to stop their hair from falling out.
They tell me they see clumps of hair in the shower drain, or find little tumbleweeds of hair rolling around their house.
It can be traumatizing!
Why would their hair be falling out?
Below are some things to consider:
- First of all, it’s normal to shed hair – about 100 strands per day (or more). Just as our skin cells slough off from our body on a daily basis so does our hair. If you’ve ever wondered where most of the dust comes from in your house, you may be surprised to discover that a large percentage of it is you and your family’s skin cells. Most dead skin cells come off in the shower, but the rest can be found on your floor and floating in the air. I’m sure you’ve seen this when the sunlight streams through the window… yes, that fuzzy floating material is little bits of your body suspended in space. The same goes for your hair, you will shed most of it in the shower and that’s why you may notice a little clump of hair in the drain. You are also actively running your fingers through wet hair and pulling out the strands that would naturally be discharged from your body anyway. If you’re still feeling freaked out, count them. If you count about 100, you are not really losing your hair.
- Secondly, if you are nutritionally deficient or have been on a diet restricting calories, fat, protein, and essential nutrients, hair will thin and fall out. Just like your body, if you’re not getting adequate nutrition, you’re follicles will not get the nourishment needed to grow new hair and discharge old hair. Hair is protein. If you are protein deficient or not absorbing protein, that can contribute to hair loss through a lack of growth and regeneration.
- During the fall season I receive the most inquiries regarding hair loss. For this, we need to look into nature for the answer. Just as the trees begin shedding their leaves as their energy naturally descends into their roots, a similar thing happens with the mammals (including humans); they shed their summer coat (hair) in the fall to prepare for winter. Energetically, as the weather cools and your energy dives deep into your bones, there is a natural shedding of hair that happens. Simply take a look at your dog or cat, they are shedding too, more often in the spring and the fall.  The difference between you and your pets is that they are not freaking out about it!
- Prolonged physiological and/or emotional stress drains the health of your adrenals and contributes to hair loss. Most people blame their thyroid for hair loss, but that’s not necessarily the truth; stress and its overall effect on your entire hormonal system is the main culprit. Stop blaming your thyroid for your hair troubles, and start learning how to calm down and manage stress in a healthier way.
When it comes to the health of your hair, try not to freak out, just make sure you are getting adequate nutrition, reducing stress, and balancing your hormonal system as best as possible.
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And, remember to clean up the dustballs and tumbleweeds in your house.
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.