Hair fall is a natural occurrence. So common, in fact, that humans shed 50 to 100 strands per day. The shedding and growing are parts of a balanced cycle. When the process is disrupted, or more strands are falling off than usual, but fewer are growing back, that’s when serious hair loss happens.
Thirty, in all honesty, is not the age when hair loss is expected to be someone’s problem. In hindsight, it appears as a setback faced by middle-aged parents or a reality faced by grandparents. However, the worldwide lockdown has shown a series of social media posts from millennials, people born from 1981 to 1996, sharing their sudden experiences of hair loss.
The posts come in the form of essays describing the current state of what used to be their crowning glory, supplemented by photos of their balding spots. The comments section is peppered with tags of loved ones who are going through the same condition. There are also comments voicing out their similar experiences.
The Hair Loss ‘Pandemic’
What is believed to be a personal struggle turned out to be a universal phenomenon. As a matter of fact, Spate, a data science firm, reported that hair loss searches on Google increased by 8% in the last year. It means that there are 829,000 searches about the topic in a month in the United States alone.
According to Helen D’Sa, a dermatologist, hair loss during the pandemic does not only involve those who were affected by COVID-19. She said, “It also appears in those caring for a loved one who is ill, those who have experienced the loss of a loved one, and those whose lives have been severely disrupted in other ways by the virus.”
The sudden thrust to a new routine and environment triggered high levels of stress on people, to the point that it manifested physically. It is admittedly difficult to keep track of one’s hair when numbers are involved. No one is expected to keep count. This is why visual cues are more telling of one’s hair situation.
Preventing Hair Loss
Is your scalp more noticeable when your hair is pulled back? Is there more hair in the shower drain than usual? If you notice that at 30 and experiencing massive hair loss, you don’t have to worry. There is a chance that you can address the problem through a change in your routine, as the cause could be an environmental factor. Here are ways on how you can help your hair recover its fullness:
- Care for your hair at home.
Although there is a vaccine now to fight COVID-19, some people may still find it uncomfortable to visit a salon regularly, just like they used to pre-COVID. Resolve this by having a haircare routine at home. This way, you’ll have a lesser chance of missing an appointment to care for your hair since you already have it with you at home.
Choose products that are proven and tested instead of home remedies. While you’re at it, stay away from tight hairstyles and heat-styling to allow your scalp to heal.
- Be mindful of the food you eat.
Another possible cause of hair loss is a lack of nutrients. Steer away from crash diets, as low iron levels and rapid weight loss can be the culprit behind your thinning hair.
Remedy this by eating healthy foods high in protein, Vitamin C, iron, zinc, and healthy kinds of fat. These essential nutrients can give your body a healthy environment for hair growth. Changing the food that you put in your body is the most natural approach to prevent hair loss.
- Find an activity that will lessen your stress.
Keeping yourself away from whatever triggers your stress is easier said than done. There is a chance that you are not in control of the situation that gives you anxiety; therefore, you can’t escape from it whenever you want to. The next best thing is to find a place for yourself where you can be at peace, be it in the form of exercise or leisure activity.
- Check if your hair loss is really caused by bad habits.
Sometimes, hair loss can be caused by other conditions such as pregnancy, anti-depression drugs, or birth control pills—all of which are not necessarily bad things. For such instances, you can talk to a medical professional to help you address your hair concern based on your health condition. There is an answer that is meant specifically for you.
Make Your Crowning Glory Shine Again
If you’re in your 30s, you don’t have to resort to cosmetic procedures right away. Treating your hair loss can be done by practicing a healthy daily routine. Not only will your scalp thank you later, but your body and mind may echo the gratitude, too.