Having your hair fall out can be incredibly stressful. Hair loss can impact your self-image, reducing confidence and causing you to feel self-conscious about how others perceive you. Unfortunately, stress is a contributing factor for hair loss… which means that all the time you spend worried about fixing the problem only exacerbates it.
People with curly hair may notice hair loss more quickly because they’re used to having a thick mane. However, hair loss affects people of all hair textures equally. You may experience hair loss due to genetics, environmental factors or a major life change. Here’s what you need to know about causes and treatments for balding curly hair.
Absolutely everyone loses hair. It doesn’t matter what products you use or how careful you are when brushing – hair shed is part of the natural cycle that all hair follicles go through. The amount of hair you notice in your hairbrush will depend on how thick your hair is, how long it is, its texture and how often you brush it.
For example, curls hold onto shed hair until you detangle your locks. Then, the hair that’s been shedding for several days will end up in your hairbrush all at once. If your hair is long or super thick, the hair ball you collect from brushing will be larger than that of someone who has short or thin hair.
It’s completely normal to lose hair every day. The amount you lose will vary from other people because you’re unique. Like other mammals, people also tend to lose more hair in the fall than in the spring. However, sustained or sudden hair loss might be a symptom of an underlying problem.
Both men and women experience baldness for a number of reasons. Some people genetically lose hair follicles as they grow older. This is known as androgenetic alopecia and is the most commonly understood cause of hair loss. It typically causes a receding hairline and hair loss on the top or back of the head.
However, you can also experience hair loss because of sustained shedding. This is called telogen effluvium and thins hair all over the head. Telogen effluvium is typically caused by hormonal changes, major physical trauma, stress or vitamin deficiencies. Typically, this shed hair regrows after your body recovers.
Some people also struggle with thinning hair because they suffer from trichotillomania. This is a mental disorder where you obsessively pull out your hair. Although this condition is treatable, many people don’t ask for help because they feel ashamed. Stress often makes trichotillomania worse.
Excessive hair loss can also be caused by environmental factors. For example, if your hair is extremely dry, it could be breaking off at the roots. The products you use and the water you wash your hair in can also affect the health of your hair. Even the air quality where you live can play a role in your hair’s health.
The best treatment for balding curly hair depends on the cause. However, hair loss can be difficult to treat because it can be caused by a combination of factors. If you’re struggling with sudden or severe hair loss, you should start by talking with your doctor about potential causes.
A blood test can help you determine whether there’s a nutritional deficiency or illness causing your hair loss. Although improving daily habits may not stop hair loss, it will certainly improve your overall hair health. Remember to stay hydrated, get plenty of rest and eat a varied, nutrient-rich diet.
It’s also worthwhile to consider environmental factors. Research the ingredients you’re using on your hair and consider using home remedies to enhance your hair care routine. Try putting a water filter on your showerhead and do what you can to reduce stress. Hair loss can be caused by poor mental and poor physical health.
You can use medication to reduce baldness. The FDA has approved both minoxidil and finasteride as topical hair treatments. These products stimulate hair growth and protect hair follicles from dying. However, you should approach these treatments with caution as they do have side effects.
Of course, you can also cover temporary baldness by styling your hair a different way. People with extremely curly hair may experience more shedding when they choose tight hairstyles. You can experiment with looser styles that draw the eye away from bald spots and make your hair look thicker.
Losing more hair and experiencing balding curly hair can be extremely stressful. Take a moment to make eye contact with yourself in a mirror and say these words: “It’s going to be okay.” Give yourself a hug and take a deep breath. Even if your hair never grows back (which it probably will), you are going to be okay.
You are so much more than your looks. Even without a full head of hair, you can live a confident and happy life. Your hair and overall physical appearance do not determine your value to others. Hair loss can only steal your daily joy if you let it. Be gentle with yourself and your hair.