7 Reasons Why Your Hair Stops Growing
Hair loss is a scary experience for many people. We often can’t deal with the thought of losing all our hair. Now, throw in the inevitable hair growth by age decline and you’d see why aging is such a frightening prospect for people.
It’s a given that as you age you begin to notice physical changes including gray hairs, wrinkles, drooping cheeks, and slower gait movement.
Aside from the external changes, your body also begins the gradual loss of the ability to regenerate body parts.
Worst is, your hair follicles start shutting down which can lead to hair loss, receding hairlines, spot baldness, and hair thinning.
However, aging is not only the cause of slowing hair growth.
In this piece, we’ll examine some of the other causes that can potentially trigger hair loss.
Why Your Hair Stops Growing
Genetics: Do they determine hair growth?
Your genes – yes those pesky, hard-to-decode, information carriers – play a crucial role in whether you suffer thinning hairlines or not.
For some individuals, they have fuller, longer, prettier hair. While others, well are not so lucky.
Now, if hair loss runs in your family, chances are you’re also going to suffer from alopecia too. And yes, both male and female are prone to it – so if you think it’s just a male thing, you may want to consider again.
Granted it’s more obvious in men; however, the female-pattern hair loss (FPHL) which is a hereditary condition affects 40 percent of women age 50.
Elderly people face high risk of hair loss
Unfortunately, as you age your hairline begins to recede and the hair starts to get thinner. You’d also notice your hair lose it bouncy ability – thing is, the body starts to lose its ability to regenerate as you age.
A number of reasons can be pointed to as a possible cause of old age hair loss. For instance, the onset of menopause with its resultant unreliable hormonal changes is one primary culprit here.
Eating meals rich in proteins, minerals, and vitamins is one sure way to slow the devastating effect of aging. Also, if you notice your hair getting drier, consider incorporating moisturizing products into your hair care routine.
Is stress causing your hair loss?
Your body is wired in such a way that it shuts off most bodily functions under stress so it can conserve energy and to focus resources on the stressor. Once, the stressful event is over; it resumes normal body function.
Take for instance, when you experience an extremely stressful event; say, physical injury or severe anxiety your body goes into shock that will often disrupt normal hair growth cycle.
The good news, however, is that once the stressor is removed, or stressful event is over, your hair gradually returns to its normal regeneration cycle.
Your hormones are causing you hair loss
Two hormones – estrogen and androgen – are mainly responsible especially in women for hair thinning. At BHRC we offer the perfect hormone replacement therapy through proper testing and using the lowest dose treatment to maintain your hormonal balance.
A high estrogen level during pregnancy stimulates the growth of new hair, so don’t be surprised if you notice fuller, luxurious locks when expecting a child.
Keep in mind though, hair loss occurs after pregnancy due to estrogen levels returning to normal which causes the new hair to fall off.
Also, a higher level of androgen – the male hormone – could cause alopecia. An abnormal level of androgen can be as a result of genetics, pregnancy, the onset of menopause, or the presence of ovarian cysts.
Using birth control pills can help boost estrogen levels. You may also want to have your physician prescribe androgen-blocking medication for you.
Can thyroid Problems cause hair loss?
The thyroids often dupe the master gland produces important hormones that help regulate normal body functions.
Now, if for whatever reason, the thyroid gland produces excess enzymes – hyperthyroidism – or falls short in secreting enough chemicals – hypothyroidism this can throw the body system into chaos and may lead to hair loss.
Taking Iron supplements or foods rich in Iron are ways you can help restore ferritin balance and get your thyroid functioning normally again.
Nutritional Deficiencies can cause hair loss
Often the trigger for hair loss can be traced to the quality of the meals you eat. It’s not surprising though since your hair just like your body cells needs nourishment to thrive.
Proteins, vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants are a requirement to maintain healthy, dense hair. A deficiency in any of these nutrients could have a devastating effect on your mane.
To ensure your meals contain these essential nutrients eat more mangoes, tomatoes for vitamin C; eggs, fish, beans, lean meats for protein; and then green leafy vegetables for Iron; nuts, sweet potatoes, and chickpeas are rich in zinc.
Does hair treatment trigger hair loss?
Sometimes, hair loss is as a result of vigorous hair treatment plus weakening of hair strands due to the chemicals in the styling products used.
Also, gradual, hardly noticeable hair loss can set in due to tight hair pulling hairstyles like pony-tails, cornrows, tight buns, and weaves.
Instead of these tight, hair follicle damaging styles think of wearing your hair down. Consider also to stay away from chemical products for a couple of weeks after each use to allow your hair to recover. Plus, BHRC offers special services which help to encourage hair growth.