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What Causes Hair Loss?

When your brush is full of hair, it can be alarming. It’s normal for people to lose up to 100 hairs each day, but if you’re noticing more fall out than usual, it might be a sign of a medical condition. Many of the leading causes of hair loss are treatable and preventable. The sooner you figure out what’s causing your hair to fall out, the sooner you can get back to having happy, healthy hair.

1. Pattern baldness

Clinically known as androgenetic alopecia, pattern baldness is one of the most common causes of hair loss for both men and women. Pattern baldness is genetic. Men can experience pattern baldness anytime after puberty while women typically notice it after menopause. Doctors are able to prescribe a medication that can help.

2. Telogen effluvium

This condition causes the hair to stay in the natural shedding phases of its growth cycle, which increases the amount of hair that falls out. Stress, surgery, childbirth, rapid weight loss, thyroid issues and medications can all trigger telogen effluvium. The good news is that it’s usually temporary.

If you have telogen effluvium, a vitamin D deficiency could be the reason your hair isn’t growing back. Vitamin D supports the production of new hair follicles. To maintain your vitamin D levels, you should get at least 20 minutes of exposure at peak hours without sunscreen each day. However, that’s easier said that done.

Taking a supplement each day is an easy and effective way to support normal nutrient levels. Smarter Vitamin D3 is a plant-based formula encapsulated in a veggie softgel with organic extra virgin coconut oil for faster bioavailability than powdered versions. Smarter Vitamin D3 utilizes medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) in coconut oil to encourage energy levels and promote the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins D3 and K2.

3. Nutrient deficiencies

When you’re not eating a balanced diet, nutritional deficiencies can make your hair fall out. Taking a multivitamin is a great way to give your body the nutrients it needs to maintain luscious and strong hair. Smarter Multivitamin contains key vitamins that help provide nourishment and protection to your hair.

In addition to vitamin D3, Smarter Multivitamin contains biotin, iron, vitamin C, and zinc.
  • Biotin: Strengthens the keratin structure of your hair while speeding up growth.
  • Iron: When iron levels fall, you can develop iron deficiency anemia. One of its main symptoms is hair loss.
  • Vitamin C: Hair gets its shine when the scalp produces sebum. Vitamin C supports sebum and collagen production and improves iron absorption.
  • Zinc: You have to get zinc from food or supplements because the body doesn’t make it naturally. Zinc supports hair protein production; hair loss is a sign that you’re not getting enough.

4. Traction alopecia

When you’re consistently styling your hair in tight buns, ponytails or braids, strands can break and fall out more rapidly. Long-term effects include bald spots and overall hair thinning. If you’re experiencing traction alopecia, you may need to discontinue constricting hairstyles to prevent further damage.

5. Aging

Hair loss and thinning is a natural part of aging. As we get older, it’s very common for hair follicles to produce less new hair. The root of each hair is found in the middle layer of your skin. After you reach 60-years-old, your body produces 50% less collagen each year. Although collagen isn’t a component of your hair, it does make up 70% of the skin that contains your hair roots. As we age, we need something to help the body produce new collagen while preserving and protecting current collagen levels.

One cause of hair follicle damage is from free radicals, which are compounds that can develop because of stress, alcohol and pollution. As we age, the body’s ability to fight against free radicals decreases. However, collagen can have antioxidant properties that may be able to help provide defense against free radicals, preventing hair follicles from being damaged.

There are a few different types of collagen, but Smarter Skin Collagen is made of type 1, the same one that naturally makes up the majority of the collagen in human skin. Smarter Skin Collagen includes natural support ingredients like green tea and vitamins E and C to help boost collagen levels and provide protective benefits.

Shedding hair is normal, but if you’re noticing bald spots or significant losses of strands, it’s important to get to the root of the problem and start an effective treatment plan.

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