For today’s SOS series we are discussing extreme shedding, which personally we believe is the most traumatic setback in the hair journey, since hair shedding is never pretty, let alone in excessive amounts!
But before we start, it is necessary to note that hair shedding is not a setback in itself. Our hair naturally sheds around 50-100 strands a day (depending on your diet, hair type, density and nature) so do not be alarmed if you see hair coming out of your head. However, when you have noticed an extreme amount, in the sense that is thinning out your hair, the issue is there.
There are many factors that cause excessive shedding and they are usually based off of the factors that cause normal shedding to happen. Such as if there is a stark drastic change in your diet there can be consequences to your hair (so if you go into an extreme diet to lose weight it can show on the amount of hair shedding). As well, if there is a drastic change in hormones (such as starting or stopping taking the pill or getting pregnant). A more straightforward cause (and thus the fastest to solve) is not implementing enough protein in your hair routine (so basically the opposite of protein overload discussed here) given that your hair is so weak it can not endure the strength to hold on to your hair follicles. This also leads to another cause of scalp issues such as irritations in your scalp due to poorly done chemical applications (dye or relaxers) or allergies from hair products can lead to excessive hair shedding. In my case, it was my fear of getting protein overload since I am protein sensitive that I went too far, leading to not having enough protein in my routine.
As we have explained, hair shedding is normal so we have always experienced hair falling out, blocking our shower sink as well as being all over our carpet. This is especially true in Elle‘s case that has the densest hair from all of us, thus she sheds the most.
However, in my case I started noticing that my hair was thinning out and with the help of pictures (like we told you, take pictures of everything to track your growth) I could tell I was right. So my symptom was thin ends although for some, it can be an increase in shedding, or for very extreme cases, the excessive amount of shedding is too much to be left unnoticed.
Given the diversity and at times complexity of the factors of excessive hair shedding, the cure varies. For diet and hormonal change I suggest talking to a more professional individual (dietician and/or OB gyn) in order to be advised on what you have to do to get back on track. aqui
For the others in similar situations to mine (not enough protein) introduce slowly protein into your routine. I started by introducing protein in my moisturiser (I started using the Shea Moisture Curl and Style Milk here that has protein instead of my Kinky Curly Knot Today here that does not). When that did not make a drastic change I changed my monthly protein treatment that was a mild one to a more protein heavy one (the reconstructing treatment from ORS here ) which did the trick. So I switched back to a no-protein moisturiser and now just use a harsher protein treatment
For scalp issues, if it is a irritation either eliminate the cause with a safer application of chemical processes (check out how we relax safely here) and/or ditch the products that you are allergic to and heal your scalp by doing scalp treatments with oils such as castor oil, lavender oil, jojoba or tea tree oil.
As we always say, this journey has its ups and downs, and probably seeing large amounts of hair in your hand is possibly the worst! Hopefully with these tips you either will not have to go through it or are able to fix it!
As well, down below, leave any comments you may have after taking all this information in, and/or leave any suggestions for any other SOS!