Those born between the early 1980’s and early 2000’s, commonly referred to as millennials are currently aging into their twenties and thirties and are starting to face hair loss. The American Hair Loss Association revealed that two-thirds of men will have lost some hair by the age of just 35 (the upper range for a millennial). Recently, millennials are reporting hair loss much earlier than previous generations. Today we’re going to look into why there is a rise in millennial hair loss.
It’s easy to blame genetics for thinning hair, however, your hair loss could be due to decisions you’re making. Poor diet can be one factor of hair loss. What we eat can directly impact the health of our hair, and could either keep it in great condition or could be one of the reasons you’re experiencing hair loss.
For example, millennials are more likely to adopt a vegetarian lifestyle than other generations and meat is a great source of protein and iron, both of which help towards keeping your hair healthy. It’s important to ensure you’re eating a balanced diet, for example, if you’re a vegetarian ensuring you’re supplementing both protein and iron from other sources.
Stress is one well known cause of hair loss. If you’re stressed your body can begin to cause abnormalities within the hair cycle which in turn will cause the hair to shed. Stress can push hair follicles into the resting phase, causing the hair growth phase to stop. The hairs will lie dormant for around three months and then they will begin to shed, leaving you with temporary hair loss.
Millennials can be under stress for a number of different reasons such as; emotional stress, stress from university, stress created in your work environment, stress due to relationship problems. Modern lifestyles are becoming more stressful and this can take its toll on the body. Studies have highlighted links between lifestyle-related stress, and the onset of premature male pattern hair loss.
The American Psychological Association found that millennials are 52% more likely to have stress-induced sleepless nights than any other generation. Millennials are also found to be more likely to experience anger and irritability due to stress. Studies have highlighted that millennials have the second worst mental wellbeing in the world, with many suffering from depression and anxiety.
Issues such as depression, insomnia, anxiety and chronic stress are all issues faced within our mental health that can include side effects of hair loss. Hair loss issues caused by mental health can in most cases be treated, the underlying problem for most mental health issues is stress, and as previously mention stress related hair loss is only temporary.
There are a number of different reasons for a rise in millennial hair loss, however, one factor in hair loss that will never change through generations is the aging process. There are genetic factors such as age that can cause hair loss. As the older bracket of millennials are now hitting their thirties, it is possible that your hair loss could be due to aging.
Traction Alopecia is a type of hair loss caused by strain being placed on the hair follicles, its most often caused due to tight hairstyles, and the repeated strain of wearing your hair in the same style. Hairstyles such as tight braids, high ponytails, and man-buns all put the hair under tension and can cause hair loss.
We have seen many hair colour trends emerge this year from mermaid to rose gold and the chemical trauma caused from over-bleaching the hair can cause hair breakage. Both traction alopecia and chemical trauma can be treated if you stop it early enough and simply stop styling your hair in that way.
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