By Terez Howard

When you feel like your shower drain has more hair in it than your head, you will be ready to try anything to keep your hair in your head and regrow what you’ve lost.  Natural hair loss can be a sickening experience.  Medical conditions and improper hair care can halt hair growth, make hair break and fall out.

A woman experiencing natural hair loss can turn to various hair growth products, treatments and remedies.  She should also enact hair loss prevention techniques so that she does not hinder the benefits from hair growth products, treatments and remedies.  Before discussing what you can do to prevent natural hair loss, let’s examine a few of its causes.

Different Types of Natural Hair Loss

The medical term for hair loss is alopecia.  However, this is a broad term, and there are many different types of natural hair loss.

When hair thins gradually with age, this is called involutional alopecia.  It is a normal process that happens as a person ages.  According to a Web MD article, more hair follicles stay in the resting phase and the leftover hairs become fewer and shorter.

Androgenic alopecia is a type of natural hair loss called female (or male) pattern baldness.  In women, most often the hair around the scalp thins, with most hair loss around the crown area.  This is a genetic disorder.

Alopecia areata, thought to be an autoimmune disease, occurs when patches of hair fall out suddenly.  Within a few years, the hair returns in 90 percent of cases, according to webmd.com.

Traction alopecia is a natural hair loss condition condition that damages the hair follicle and dermal papilla from constant tension, like tight braiding or overprocessing, over a period of time.  Natural hair growth can stop permanently if traction alopecia is not detected early.

Natural hair loss also can occur from certain kinds of medications, stress, lack of iron or protein or an improper hair care routine.  How can you prevent hair loss?

Forms of Hair Loss Prevention

First, if possible avoid any medications that cause hair loss.  Secondly, reduce the amount of stress in your life.  Third, you can turn to hair vitamins to supply you with any lack you might be experiencing.  Lastly and most importantly, handle your hair with care.

If you are natural, then you have already gotten rid of one of the most harmful causes of natural hair loss – chemicals.  Relaxers, coloring and perms all contain harmful chemcials that damage natural hair, producing split ends, breakage and hair loss.

Direct heat can cause natural hair loss.  A simple hair loss prevention technique is to cease using any forms of direct heat.  This includes pressing combs, flat irons, curling irons, blow dryers or any heat appliance that sits directly on your strands.  Repeated use of heat dries out the hair cuticle (the outer layer of the hair shaft), making it prone to breakage and natural hair loss.

Braiding natural hair too tightly can result in traction alopecia.  Natural hair loss most often occurs where the braids were installed too tightly.  When done correctly, braids are an excellent protective style that promotes hair growth.

Other forms of inappropriate hair care, such as not using a wide tooth comb, detangling dry hair or using products that contain drying ingredients, can cause natural hair loss.

Proper nutrition, moisturizing products and a gentle hair care routine will promote hair growth, leaving you with a healthy head of natural hair.

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