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Hair loss can be worrying, embarrassing, and difficult to treat, but it affects most people at some point in their lives. About 85 percent of men and 45 percent of women experience significantly thinning hair by the age of 50. Aging isn’t the only cause of hair loss, however, with many medical, dietary, and lifestyle factors playing a role.

Aging

Hair loss is most often caused by aging, so check how old your parents were when they started losing hair. This can help you estimate a timeline of your own scalp longevity. Some hair loss is natural once you’re into your 40s.

Alopecia

Alopecia occurs when the immune system starts mistakenly attacking hair follicles, limiting hair growth and causing round bald spots. It can be severe, permanent, and reoccurring, although the hair loss is mild for many people. Treatments are improving, however, so consult your doctor if you’re seeing completely hairless circular patches.

Stress

Emotional stress can cause balding or trigger alopecia in some people (particularly if it runs in your family). Try to get your stressors under control by adjusting your lifestyle, meditating, or seeing a psychologist. Your hair most likely will grow back over time.

Pregnancy

Bald patches commonly occur during pregnancy due to the influx of hormones that carrying a baby produces. The hair almost always grows back, but make sure to check in with your doctor if you see any significant scalp changes.

Going Off The Pill

Switching or going off contraceptive (birth control) pills can cause temporary hair loss in some women as the body readjusts to its natural levels of androgen and estrogen. This type of hair loss is particularly common in younger women.

Steroid Use

Anabolic steroids, most often used by bodybuilders and athletes, can also alter your hormonal balance and cause hair loss. This usually isn’t permanent, but it can be a sign that you need to give your body a break from steroids.

Too Much Vitamin A

Excess vitamin A can cause premature balding and hair loss in some people. Make sure your supplements contain less than the recommended daily limit of 5,000 IU.

Hypothyroidism

An underactive thyroid gland, known as hypothyroidism, can lead to significant hair loss as the body fails to produce enough hormones to keep the hair follicles active. Thyroid medications usually help with the hair loss as well as the underlying problem.

Trichotillomania

Trichotillomania is an impulse-control disorder that causes sufferers to twist, tug, and pull out strands of hair from their head, eyebrows, or eyelashes. The underlying issue is psychological, so trichotillomania is best addressed by a cognitive behavioral therapist.

Intense Styling

Excessive usage of chemical hair relaxers and tight braids can cause the hair shaft to weaken and fall out. This hair loss can be permanent, so avoid intense styling and be gentle with your hair as it grows in.

Hair loss can be scary but it doesn’t have to rule your life. Reach out to a medical professional if you think that your hair loss is significant, and assess the treatment options available to you.

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Head Wraps: An Easy Hair Protection Technique

Farming leaves many of us with just a small chunk of time in the morning to get ready. While it’d be lovely to get dolled up every day, the fact is that a flawless appearance is likely to melt off by afternoon anyway. For those of us who like to feel put-together even if we’re not going anywhere fancy, wrapping your hair is a great solution.

Many curly girls like to adorn their head with colorful wraps to protect their hair from the elements. However, head wraps are used in practically all cultural traditions. Different types of coverings can be useful for all hair types, from straight to wavy to Afro hair. They’re ideal for a lot of different times, such as:

  • When you’re having a bad hair day.
  • When you’re going to be sweating buckets by 10AM and need your hair to be anywhere-but-in-your-face.
  • When you want to protect your air from intense sunlight, dry air or humidity.

Of course, a farm girl may find herself in any of these situations depending on the day. If you’re not able to just throw your hair into a ponytail and call it a day, head wraps may be the saving grace you were looking for.

Here are some tips to make this hair protection technique work for you, no matter your hair texture.

Choose a scarf or wrap that you adore

While it’s easy to get caught up in cool wrapping techniques, the fact is that the color and texture of your fabric is what matters most. It’s what catches the eye first, after all. Of course, farmers have to work in all sorts of conditions, so you shouldn’t bother wearing a rare or expensive scarf on your head out in the fields.

With that said, knowing that you have a beautiful textile on your head can do wonders for your mood and confidence.

Use a simple wrapping pattern

Those elaborate wraps you see on Instagram are lovely and all, but for farm girl purposes, the point of this hairstyle is to be low-maintenance. Save the complicated wraps for a date night, and focus on nailing a simple look that you can do when you’re half-awake.

Need a place to start? This technique can be used with any square or rectangular scarf and is super quick.

Practice it at night

It seems like it’s always when we’re short on time that we decide to attempt something daunting that we’ve never done before, like a long winged cat-eye or a foot-high head wrap. Don’t get caught in this trap!

Practice wrapping your hair before you need to get ready in the morning. Soon, it’ll take you just a few seconds.

Tame your hair underneath

Half of the battle of tying head wraps is getting your hair into the right shape underneath. There are a few ways of doing this depending on your hair length, texture, and how much hair you want to leave out.

One common method is to twist your hair until it lays as flat against your head as possible. You’ll need a few bobby pins to make this work.

Another method is to wear a high top bun. You can cover it with the wrap or leave it exposed.

Remember that there’s no single method of tying a head wrap, so play around with it until you find a look that works for you. It’ll make your days on the farm much brighter while saving you time and protecting your hair.


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