When talking about the causes of hair loss, there are a lot of lifestyle factors to consider. Certain diseases of the thyroid and hormone fluctuations can cause hair loss in both men and women. Stress, trauma, and long-term illness can also result in hair loss. Sometimes, vitamin deficiencies or your body's inability to absorb certain nutrients can also play a role. Is Zinc one of these vitamins that may be causing trouble?
Normal Hair Loss
Usually, we are always shedding hair. It may not be too apparent throughout life, but even when you're not paying attention, your body goes through hair growth cycles. On average, a healthy person sheds about 50 to 100 hairs a day. If you lose more than this number, it's considered to be excessive shedding.
Clean your brush regularly if you're not sure how much you are shedding a day. You can also pay attention to the width of your hairline if you think you may have a problem with hair loss.
Zinc's Role in Hair Health
Zinc is a nutrient that can help you maintain strong and healthy hair. Although it's not common to have a Zinc deficiency, if your diet is deficient in zinc, you may experience excessive hair shedding. With a zinc deficiency, you may notice that it appears duller and is more difficult to brush and style.
Vegetarians sometimes have zinc deficiencies. Higher Zinc levels are found in animal foods, but legumes and various nuts often provide sufficient amounts. Zinc deficiency can also cause problems with your skin and fingernails. In addition to hair loss, you may discover that you have developed eczema or acne. If you think you're experiencing a nutritional deficiency, it's important to see a doctor and have your blood levels tested. Bring a list of other symptoms if you're worried something is "off."
Taking Care of Yourself and Your Hair
Taking care of your hair means being mindful of the products you're using. It's always a good idea to stay away from hair products that can cause scalp dryness and irritation. Shampoos with too much fragrance are often the culprit if you're experiencing an allergic reaction.
Treat any dandruff with medicated shampoo from your local drug store.
If you're worried about thinning hair, make sure your diet is healthy, and you take the right vitamins. An excellent daily vitamin contains B vitamins and biotin to help with healthy hair, nail, and skin growth. These vitamins are the most involved in creating healthy and thick hair. Make sure to eat many sources of iron (Vitamin K) such as spinach or kale.
Finally, do your best to reduce the stress in your life. Taking up a sport or fitness routine can help you "work off" the day's stress and help you live a healthier life all-around.
Revitalizing Your Hair
Everyone wants to look their best, and that's what Mane Image is here for.
Much of the hair loss we see is caused by normal aging. Although stress and lifestyle play a part in your hair health, sometimes there's not much you can do to prevent hair loss caused by your genetics.
Maintaining or enhancing your look is probably important to you, and that's completely understandable. The fact is that many people experience hair loss every year and many take charge of it and use alternative styling methods to keep their hair looking full and healthy.
Hair restoration is a solution that Mane Image offers to all of our clients to help you look and feel great. There are non-invasive as well as surgical options available, depending on your level of hair loss as well as individual needs. We want you to feel and look your best when you walk out our doors. Your success is our success. Get in touch to learn more about how we can help you.