Above average hair loss and why
There are millions of reasons why you suffer from hair loss more than usual. Maybe you have changed your diet, are your hormones playing up, or your health has taken a hit? For example, your hair can also fall out from stress. This is because stress increases your adrenaline levels. In addition, a healthy diet plays an important role in the prevention of hair loss. If your body doesn’t get enough vitamins and minerals, it can’t nourish your hair and it falls out. Therefore eat a varied diet; lots of fruits and vegetables that contain a lot of vitamins and watch out for iron. Or has something else changed in your environment? Consider, for example, the weather change with the change of seasons.
Most people have a short period once or twice a year where they lose noticeably more hair than usual. This often happens in the spring and / or autumn. This is also called seasonal hair loss, and it usually lasts a few weeks. So you don’t necessarily have to worry about this. Only when you notice that you are really balding – you know that when your scalp is becoming more visible – it is wise to go to the doctor.
Hair loss and the Curly Girl Method
In addition, some Curly Girls can experience more hair loss than usual when applying the Curly Girl Method. Many reasons are also conceivable for this. In any case, it is certainly not immediately a sign that the Curly Girl Method is ‘bad’ for your curls. Below you will find a checklist with all possible causes of hair loss during the Curly Girl Method.
Hair loss: checklist
Products and ingredients
Do you use products and ingredients that are suitable for your hair and scalp?
You may be using co-wash or styling products that cause you to lose more hair than necessary. For example, some women experience more hair loss than usual when they use coconut, aloe vera or castor oil. Your hair loss can also be a sign of a protein overload. Experiment with products and ingredients, try going all natural and 100% organic for example, and see what works for your curls!
Do you wash your hair enough and not too often?
How often you wash your hair can determine the degree of hair loss. Experiment with this to see what works for your curls. Certain hair products that contain harmful ingredients such as silicones and sulfates also damage your hair, causing it to fall out. If you follow the Curly Girl Method you already avoid these ingredients, but check the packaging to be sure!
How do you detangle your curls?
Do you detangle your curls with a brush? Maybe this is too rough for your scalp. Try detangling your hair with a Curly Girl proof brush, such as the Denman Brush. This brush is famous among curlies because it is suitable for curly hair. The brush promises to detangle your hair more easily without breaking or creating frizz, giving your hair nice curl definition and extra volume. Always use a slip detangling conditioner before brushing. Then really take the time to brush your hair. And do it slowly, as this will prevent you from pulling out unnecessary hair.
Also read: Discover which Denman Brush you need
How often do you clarify your hair?
Co-washing can cause build-up: a thin layer that remains on the hair after washing with conditioner. That layer gradually builds up after each wash and eventually causes your hair to become heavy and sometimes even fall out. To prevent this, it is recommended that you regularly, every two to four weeks, do a clarify for your curls and scalp. There are special CG- proof clarifying shampoos for sale that contain more cleansing ingredients than a normal conditioner, but less than a shampoo.
Another way to clarify your curls, is with a mixture of water and apple cider vinegar. It removes build up from your hair and nourishes it with nutrients. This includes vitamins B, C and potassium, which helps you get and maintain healthy hair.
What is your scalp routine? Do you actually have one?
As a Curly Girl you have to think about a lot of things in the shower: a co-wash, do you use the praying hands method or not, etc. But don’t you forget to take care of your scalp too? Massage your head during co-washing, as this improves the blood flow necessary for healthy curls to grow. Or try using castor oil to pamper your scalp. Preferably do this on damp hair, working from the scalp towards the ends. Massage the oil well into your scalp. It works best if you use the castor oil as an overnight hair treatment. As we wrote above, some women experience more hair loss than usual when using castor oil, so pay close attention to how this works for you.
Unfortunately, there is no easy way out with hair loss. It takes time to get above average hair loss back under control; not only because your body needs time to recover from what caused your hair loss, but also because your hair loss can depend on so many factors. This can take weeks, months or even a year. You will have to experiment, wait and see how it goes.
Hopefully it is now clear what the reason for your hair loss is. Do you have any other questions? Let us know on Instagram!