If you have been born between 1980 to 2000, you are part of the millennials generations and, according to Dr. Mohan Thomas, Senior Cosmetic Surgeon at CSI Pune and The Health Site, you are predisposed to losing your hair from a younger age.
Hair loss is one of the topmost concerns that millennials have and here are top 5 reasons why hair loss is happening to you:
1.Hair loss and family traits. Genes play a crucial role when it comes to having thick hair or experience hair loss. If thinning hair runs in your family, then sooner or later you can expect to see it happening to you.
2.Diet and nutritional deficiencies. The food that we eat has a direct impact on hair growth and it is important to provide our body and hair with the correct minerals and vitamins for optimal functioning. If you want to prevent your hair from thinning or falling by age of 25 than make sure that biotin, iron, magnesium, and zinc are not missing from your daily diet. Protein deficiency can cause hair loss as it is a very important ingredient in the hair root.
Eating junk food and dieting will make your hair loss worse
People who don’t get enough protein in their diets, or the ones who follow any extreme weight-loss diet, will slow the rate of new hair growth. Hair, when lost naturally, takes more than 120 days to grow back. Starvation depletes the body of important nutrients for hair growth. Over long periods of time, extreme weight loss caused by starvation will cause reduced hormone production, which can also lead to thinning hair.
3.Stress-induced hair loss. We all know that stress can and will affect our body leading to temporary hair loss and it is one of the reasons why we need to take care of our body and mind.. That is due to the high level of testosterone level and its breakdown product DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) present in the body when we are under stress, leading to hair loss and hair thinning in people who have follicles sensitive to circulating levels of DHT. Stress can prompt white blood cells to attack the hair follicles, causing alopecia. It can also push hairs into a prolonged resting phase, which is called telogen effluvium. Stress-induced hair loss can present as increased and diffused shedding (also known as telogen effluvium) or as patchy alopecia, as in the case of alopecia areata. The hair in the frontal area and the crown are most sensitive.
4.Toxins. The air we breathe is no longer pure containing smoke, soot, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, dust making pollution one of our worst enemy. We are being exposed to it from a young age and charge our body with toxic substances. Furthermore, we use desalinated water for hair washing with its own set of toxic elements and consume fruits, vegetables and processed foods that are also treated with chemicals to keep them fresh for longer periods of time. Combined, the amount of toxin in our body is enough to lead to hair loss and to more serious health problems.
5.Excessive styling and chemical treatments. Heat-styling damages the hair significantly and is a well-documented cause of hair loss, causing hair breakage and hair thinning. As a general rule, to protect the colour of the hair and to keep the hair healthy all heat styling treatments should be kept to a minimum. Incorrectly used chemical products such as dyes, bleaches, straighteners or permanent wave solutions can also cause significant destruction of the outer layer of the hair. Bleach used in some hair dyes can cause the hair to become dry and brittle making the hair break and fall out. Perms contain chemicals which can also damage the hair. If the hair has been damaged then it takes a long time to recover in spite of not using these chemical agents.