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How Can You Tell If Your Scalp And Hair Are Healthy?

Here's how you can tell, plus what you need to do if your locks need help.

Did you know that we have about 120,000 to 150,000 hair follicles on our scalp when we are born? Each of these hair follicles are able to produce hair for an average of 25 cycles through our entire life when the hair follicles are kept healthy and not damaged. For example, some hair fall when you’re shampooing your hair or combing your locks is to be expected. In fact, losing about 50-100 strands of hair per day is totally normal and no cause for alarm.

However, a change in hormones, improper diet, stress, genetics, vitamin deficiencies, illness, and even bleaching or perming can cause hair thinning. Diseases more common to women, such as thyroid disease, autoimmune illness, iron deficiency and lupus, are culprits that contribute to hair loss. Oral contraceptives can also contribute to hair loss as the hormones in birth control that suppress ovulation can cause thinning hair and hair loss. Don’t ignore the signs of hair thinning, as the earlier the issue is diagnosed, the easier it will be to treat. Here’s what to look out for and what you can do to combat the issue:

4 Signs Of Hair Thinning

1.As hair thinning occurs gradually and not overnight, a decrease in hair volume is generally tricky to spot because we regularly touch our hair each time we shampoo. For those with longer hair, pay attention to the thickness of your ponytail or hair bun — if your ponytail is getting thinner or the size of your hair bun is getting smaller, you might be facing thinning hair.

2. Another tell-tale sign is if your forehead starts to look wider as your hairline recedes further backwards. Look back on old photos taken at a few months’ interval. As most thinning hair occurs first around the crown of your head, if you’re facing thinning hair, you might notice a receding hairline based on how much larger your forehead appears to be.

3. In addition, you might also notice a widened hair parting with more visible scalp. Since hair thinning first occurs around the crown of your head, you might notice your hair part becoming wider. A number of reasons could lead to this, including frequent combing which can result in accelerated hair fall, as well as excessive pressure on your scalp along your hair parting from long hours of tying your hair up into a tight ponytail or hair bun. If the above signs are not clear enough, one foolproof way is to notice if there’s an increased or excessive shedding of hair.

4. Like mentioned previously, it is perfectly normal to shed about 50-100 strands of hair daily. However, if you notice an increased amount of hair on your comb after brushing, in the shower after shampooing, or even on your pillow case from tossing and turning, it might be a warning sign that you’re experiencing thinning hair.

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