August is National Hair Loss Awareness Month, a time when we bring attention to the often overlooked issue of hair loss. It's not just a problem for men; women and children can also be affected. Factors like genetics, stress, medical treatments, medications, diet, grooming practices, trauma, and even pregnancy can contribute to hair loss.
Did you know that over 80 million Americans experience hair loss, and surprisingly, 40% of them are women? Female or male pattern baldness is one of the most common causes. That's why the American Academy of Dermatology decided to dedicate August to raising awareness about this issue.
The main goal of National Hair Loss Awareness Month is to encourage open conversations and break the stigma surrounding hair loss. It's crucial for those experiencing hair loss-related issues to know they're not alone and that there are resources available to help them understand potential causes and find suitable treatments.
By recognizing this month, we can educate ourselves and others about this significant concern. Together, let's support those affected by hair loss and show them that seeking help and understanding their condition is nothing to be embarrassed about. Remember, we're all in this together!
The quest to seek out cures for hair loss stems from the beginning of recorded history itself. Since time immemorial, there have been records of all sorts of weird and sometimes downright scary methods and remedies for treating hair loss. Remedies like herbal solutions, nutritional supplements, oils, and lotions to electrical shock devices, UV instruments, laser, and even vacuums have been around a long time.
Let's take a look at some of the amusing remedies that have been attempted throughout the centuries. Please note that I only share these remedies for entertainment purposes, and trying them out should be done entirely at your own discretion😅.
The Greek remedy
Hippocrates' medical formula was a mixture of opium, horseradish, pigeon droppings, beetroot, and various spices to be applied to the head.
The Indian remedy
In ancient India, it was thought that standing on your head was the best way to stimulate hair growth.
The Celtic remedy
In Ireland, the affected person was to stuff mice into a jar, seal it and bury it near the fire, digging it up a year later and taking care to use gloves so their fingertips wouldn't sprout hair.
The American remedy
The Scientific American journal published an article on how listening to stringed instruments could stimulate hair growth while brass was detrimental
Back to Facts
Do you know that throughout your life span, hair loss is actually inevitable? On average, we lose around 50 -100 hairs a day without even realizing, through daily activities such as brushing and washing but excessive hair loss, however, is another story.
An increase in your usual hair loss can be caused by several factors, from hereditary conditions to something as simple as a lack of vitamins within your diet. Having battled hair loss myself I can firmly ascertain that it is indeed a very particular emotional journey that only those who have experienced it will know the true feeling. Your hair is your identity, and when it sheds, it feels like your sense of self is going with it.
Show your scalp & hair some love
Remember, hair health starts at the scalp. Think of your hair as a garden that needs nurturing soil to flourish. To build a strong foundation for healthy hair growth, swap out your regular shampoo with a natural clarifying and moisturizing option like our African Black Soap Shampoo. This will remove dead skin cell build-up, unclog follicles, and breathe life back into your hair, leaving it soft, smooth, and nourished.
Just like any other part of your body, your scalp needs protection from harmful UV rays. Don't forget to shield your scalp from the sun with our Multi-Use Leave-In Conditioner or a simply a hat.
Limit wearing tight hairstyles that put tension on the hair follicles and cause damage and breakage. While ponytails are convenient, try not to wear them every day, and opt for gentler hair-tie bands.
Change your health status
Telogen Effluvium is a form of temporary hair loss resulting from stress, illness, or trauma. During a lifestyle change, the body tends to become imbalanced hormonal or chemically, impacting your hair-growth cycle.
Telogen Effluvium can last for 4 - 6 months after an illness or event.
‘With this type of hair loss, it’s not permanent and the good news is that it never results in complete baldness. With proper hair care and health care regimen your hair will eventually grow back.
Hair loss among women is an extremely common struggle. Believe it or not, 50% of women will go through some form of hair loss by the age of 50! However, it does not have to rule your life. Patience and Consistency is key when it comes to hair and scalp care. To the add the icing on the cake, implementing simple, natural hair care habits will tremendously help you through the hair loss journey.
Here at H.H Cosmetics we guarantee products that will never compromise your health, but restore, beautify and explicitly deliver on what is promised.