I have a testimony to correctly caring for your hair. If you are good to it, It WILL be good to you. Here’s the pure truth! I did not take as good of care as I should have to my hair. I was going through a family crisis (death of a close relative) and I lost it…I just stopped caring for my hair. I just had too much going on to pay attention to it. I was stressed and my hair was a mess! During this time, when I washed my hair – that was almost the only thing I did periodically and daily moisturizing – I noticed I lost so much hair. I mean it was A LOT of hair. When I started maintaining my regimen again and deep conditioning I began to notice that my hair didn’t come out as much!
There are so many things that are the cause of losing our hair. First there are two types of hair loss: breakage and shedding. Shedding is a natural process that we all go through. Normal shedding is anywhere between 30-50 strands per day…however you may not notice this daily unless you manipulate your hair daily. Otherwise you will see it on wash day. If you start to go above this there may be underlying factors to your hair loss. Things such as heredity, mental and physical health play a part in hair shedding.
The word to be afraid of is BREAKAGE. When our hair breaks it is more than likely something that we can control. If you do not see a small white bulb on the end of your hair strand once it falls from your head, then this is breakage…not shedding. What can you do to prevent this? Several things can cause breakage such as dry hair so keep it moisturized all the time. If your hair feels crunchy and hard it’s probably dry and needs TLC = moisture. Another culprit is continual manipulation of your hair, so stop styling it every day or even every other day. Many people resort to protective styles to avoid over manipulating their hair. While others use style that require little touchup, such as Twist out (which is what yours’ truly does :)). Drop the curling irons, flat irons and blow dryers sisters cause they are the most damaging to our already dry hair. Primarily because they strip the hair of its natural oils.
Others things include heredity…girls if your mom lost hair then more than likely so will you. This is increased if your dad lost his hair early as well. Physical health also plays a major role in the health of your strands. Thyroid disease is one of those ailments that can cause you to lose your hair…hypo or hyper. If you are worrying or stressed or suffer from anxiety then you are a greater risk of losing some strands, so keep your mental health in mind when caring for your hair. Exercising and taking vitamins can help with both physical and mental problems. However seek professional advise from your PCP prior to starting either
The below picture shows the amount of hair I lost during my last wash day. This is a normal amount of shedding. I captured it beside a hair clip so you can visualize the amount.