Depending on the individual, normal shedding can vary between 50-100 strands a day. When the hair sheds more than this total the result is usually excessive shedding. Stress, diet, high androgen birth control pills, post pregnancy, menopause and thyroid disorders are just a few of many factors to consider when hair sheds more than normal but the most common factor in a reasonably healthy individual sans the previous mentioned is the presence of micro-organisms such as bacteria and fungus! Yes you heard right, bacteria and fungus, so if you are thinking “how disgusting, I know I don’t have any type of micro thing of ma jiggy going on all up in my hair” then think again. Micro-organisms are the most common factor among healthy individuals in the cause of excessive hair loss.
There are many elements that create a breeding ground for micro-organisms among healthy individuals but some of the most common and prevalent factors are:
Lack of Air Circulation to the Scalp: which can be caused by weaves, wigs, extensions, tight buns, ponytails, hats and constant head wraps. This lack of air circulation to your scalp creates a moist environment which is a breeding ground for bacteria and fungus. Also lack of oxygen to your scalp weakens the hair follicles leading to hair loss.
Product Buildup: can clog pores and again produce a moist environment that is susceptible to hosting these micro-organisms.
Infrequent Washing: increases an environment of dirt, dust and product buildup that acts as a feast for micro-organisms. Infrequent washing is strictly individually based in regards of the amount of product usage and the products themselves, exercise activity/sweat glands, sebum levels (natural oils your scalp secretes), protective styling and environmental conditions such as living in windy areas which can attract dirt to your strands. This may be why some individuals need to wash a couple times a week while are others can wash up to once a month.
Again there are many reasons in the cause of excessive hair loss but for a healthy individual these three factors could happen very easily to anyone of us. Wondering is there SOMETHING, ANYTHING you can do about it…the answer is YES!
How would you like to decrease the amount of shed hair and eliminate, treat or prevent micro-organisms from forming? You may be thinking “Silly question, of course I would!” Well below are beneficial solutions on eliminating, treating and the prevention of micro-organisms which is one of the main reasons for unnecessary excessive hair shedding.
by: Tara Green
Improves Scalp Health
Garlic’s natural anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties may help cure hair loss and the onset of baldness by killing germs and parasites affecting the scalp, according to What Causes Baldness.net. Garlic also improves circulation, so applying it to the scalp may help regenerate hair follicles. A healthier scalp provides a healthier environment for hair growth.
Anecdotal reports from the Long Hair Care Forum attest that garlic shampoo strengthens hair, which can help repair damage from hair-coloring products and frequent drying, as well as help prevent shedding. Garlic shampoo may result in longer, shinier, healthier hair that is less prone to breakage, according to the health and lifestyle website US.Ayushveda.com.
Tips for Garlic Usage
- To use garlic for shedding, simply blend garlic with your favorite conditioner until it is a paste. Apply the mixture to your scalp and hair and cover with a plastic cap. Leave in for an hour before washing. -Hairfinity.com
- Garlic supplements: Supplements are a more appealing option then the usage of raw garlic in your hair but supplements on average take about a month for your body to officially reap the benefits where-as direct usage is the faster approach. – UrbanBushBabes.com
Coconut oil is high in lauric acid. One of the main reasons for hair loss besides genetics and age is the cause of microbial action on the scalp and hair roots. Hair can be the dirtiest because it is exposed to the elements on a daily basis and therefore attracts dust and microbes and microbes are simply organisms too small to view without the aid of a microscope. Microbes depend on the availability of water, nutrients, heat and oxygen or sometimes lack of. Dust works as a breeding ground for microbes, dust mites and fungus and they work over time to weaken your hair roots which leads to hair loss. So to protect hair against them we need an antimicrobial agent to destroy them which is lauric acid. Lauric acid is present in high percentages in coconut oil.
Vinegar, Grapefruit Seed & Tea Tree Oil
by: Audrey Sivasothy
Alternatively, mold has also been found to respond to essential oil spray treatments. These treatments are safe for the hair. Tea tree oil, a relatively expensive and pungent essential oil; and grapefruit seed oil, an odorless, more economical oil are popular mold-fighting oils. The How to Kill Mold website recommends diluting 2 tbsp. of tea tree oil or 20 drops of grapefruit oil in 2 cups of water and then spraying the solution on your mold problem. The water dilution should help to control the strong odor of the tea tree oil, and very little is required of each mixture to take care of most mold problems.
Vinegar is another popular remedy for mold removal and can safely be used on the hair when diluted.
by: Linda Mitchell
Make an apple cider vinegar hair rinse. Vinegar kills mold and can help balance your hair’s pH levels. Additionally, a solution like this will aid in removing residue often caused by hair products. Combine 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar into a quart of water. Thoroughly mix the solution and pour it into a plastic bottle that you can seal with a lid. Use this solution to inhibit mold growth once or twice per month.
Apply an essential oil, such as tea tree oil, to your hair to inhibit mold growth. Mix 2 tbsp. of tea tree oil with 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Shake the ingredients to thoroughly mix them. Evenly apply this solution to your locks on a regular basis. Tea tree oil will not only help deter mold growth, but it also helps to eliminate any hair odor problems you might have.
Howtokillmold.org (Original source of information listed on ehow.com)
To use tea tree oil as a mold killer, you have to mix it with water. The right proportion would be two tablespoons of tea tree oil to two cups of water. This mixture has to be sprayed on the mold.
Though you may find this mixture to emit a very strong smell, you need not worry as it disappears in a few days’ time. If you find tea tree oil to be expensive, remember that you need only a small amount to cover a huge area.
A more affordable option for you is grapefruit seed extract which is also odorless. All you have to do is to mix about twenty drops of the extract with two cups of water and you have your mold removal spray ready.
Vinegar is considered to be the cheapest option of the three. Undiluted, it can kill most of the mold. All you have to do is to spray it on the mold ridden area and not rinse it off for a few hours. Though you may find the smell rather offensive, it will be worth it considering the fact that the mold disappears in a few hours’ time.
*Warning: Make sure to use diluted vinegar. Using undiluted vinegar can cause your face to burn. The feeling may last up to 30 minutes. Also keep your eyes closed when using a vinegar rinse as it can burn your eyes.
Stay tuned for a complete list of all the factors which cause excessive shedding.