is an inflammatory skin condition. Like other types of psoriasis, it increases skin cell turnover rates that cause the skin to pile up into what are known as plaques. If you have bright red patches on your scalp that also have a silvery sheen, you are likely dealing with scalp psoriasis. In dark skinned people, scalp psoriasis lesions can appear as violet or dark purple in color and as areas of darker, thicker skin. This condition can lead to hair loss, itching and bleeding if not treated. For mild cases or to alleviate the associated itchiness and soreness, we recommend our Tea Tree & Lavender Therapeutic Pomade.
Certain types of dandruff are caused by an overgrowth of a fungus called Malassezia, which can impede hair growth. We recommend our Tea Tree & Lavender Therapeutic Pomade.
Vitamin & Mineral Deficiencies
Vitamin and mineral deficiencies can worsen the health of the hair and scalp and exacerbate hair loss. If you have a Vitamin D or iron deficiency, you may experience excessive hair shedding.
Vitamin D Deficiency
Vitamin D deficiency can result in excessive shedding and thinning in many people. It is estimated that up to 76% of Black Americans
have a Vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D stimulates the hair follicles to grow, so when the body is lacking in this essential nutrient, the hair may be affected. "There is a link
between vitamin D deficiency and alopecia, and it is often one of the common causes of thinning hair or hair loss in men or women.” Vitamin D also plays an important role in a healthy immune system, so a deficiency may also make people more prone to autoimmune conditions like alopecia areata. Research shows
that women aged 18-45 who experienced alopecia and other forms of hair loss were more likely to have low vitamin D levels than those who did not experience hair loss. Vitamin D deficiency can be resolved through sunlight exposure and Vitamin D supplements.
It is estimated that 20% of Black and Mexican-American
women in the US have iron deficiency anemia. Over their lifetime, about 80% of Black women
will develop uterine fibroids which can lead to heavy periods and an iron deficiency. Iron is necessary for healthy blood cells. It also keeps the hair healthy
and strong. If your iron levels are being depleted through your cycle and you aren't consuming enough through your diet to replace it, you may notice your hair starting to thin and fall out more. You may also develop brittle nails and pale skin. If you suspect that you are iron deficient, it's a good idea to get your iron levels checked, especially if you have heavy periods.
Both alcohol and cigarette smoking can deplete the body of key nutrients needed to nourish follicles, fuel hair growth, and produce strong, healthy hair.
Hormonal fluctuations can lead to a myriad of symptoms, including hair loss. The most extreme hormonal changes tend to take place during and after pregnancy, as well as during menopause.
When you're pregnant, your hair may actually appear thicker and fuller. This is because certain hormones prevent and minimize hair loss. When you give birth though, more hormonal changes occur, and the extra hair you've retained will start to fall out. Many women notice significant hair thinning and hair loss after giving birth, but luckily, hormonal imbalances tend to normalize within 3-6 months.
Almost everyone will notice hair loss and hair thinning as they age, however, it's most common among women older than 40. Hair might become finer (thinner) because hair follicles shrink.
This is why people get weaker bones and thinner skin. And it’s a similar process for hair. As you age, you also produce less oil
in your scalp, which can make hair weak and brittle. This can also contribute to overall hair loss and thinning.
Hair shedding is associated with many other health conditions as well, including the following:
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
(often referred to as PCOS) occurs when the ovaries become enlarged and cysts develop on the outside of them. This condition causes your body to produce excess androgens which may result in extra hair growth on your face and body as well as increased hair thinning on your head. In addition to hair loss, PCOS is linked to weight gain, acne, and trouble ovulating and getting pregnant.