Causes of Hair Fall: Asian woman touching her long wavy hair

5 Causes of Hair Fall and What to Do About Them

You might not know it, but these hair habits may be causing your hair to break and fall out.

The causes of hair fall in women aren’t always health-related factors. Sometimes, hair fall is caused by your everyday interactions with your hair—from the way you brush your hair up to the products you use. All these play a role in the health of your strands, and sometimes, the little things you do (or don’t do) end up contributing the most to the state of your hair.

If you’ve noticed falling hair every time you run your fingers through your hair, it might be time to reevaluate your hairstyling and hair care routine to help pinpoint the causes and figure out a solution.

Causes of Hair Fall You Might Not Know About

1. Skipping Conditioner

Causes of hair fall: Asian woman washing her hair in the bathroom
Always condition your hair after shampooing to keep it from getting dry and brittle. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Yup, you read that right. Not conditioning your hair after shampooing can make your hair weak and can lead to up to 3x more hair fall. This is because as your shampoo cleanses your hair, it also strips off your hair’s natural oils, leaving your strands dry, brittle, and prone to breakage.

Solution: Condition your hair every day.

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Even if you’re just staying home the whole day, always condition your hair after shampooing to help bring back lost moisture and nourishment. We recommend Cream Silk Ultimate Reborn Hair Fall Defense Tri-Oleo Conditioner for daily use. It is infused with Tri-Oleo Complex, which is a mix of three nourishing oils such as argan oil, rosehip oil, and marula oil, that restores hair’s lost nourishment. It strengthens your hair from the inside out to protect it against hair fall.

2. Brushing Your Hair When It’s Wet

Asian woman detangling her hair using a wide-tooth comb
Use a wide-tooth comb to detangle damp hair. Credit: Dennie Ramon

Your hair is at its weakest state when wet. When you brush it after washing it, the friction between your brush bristles and your hair can damage your strands, making them weak and prone to breakage and split ends.

Solution: Detangle using a wide-tooth comb.

If you want to get rid of knots in your hair after washing it, use a wide-tooth comb and start detangling the tips first. Hold your hair as you comb the tips to keep your strands from getting pulled from the roots. Once you’ve detangled the tips, you can comb your hair smoothly from mid-lengths and from the roots. You can also use a wet brush. It has bristles that are softer than those of a regular brush, so it can be used on wet hair.

3. Rubbing Your Hair With a Towel

Asian woman drying her hair with a towel
Gently pat your hair dry with a soft and smooth towel after washing it. Credit: Hariono Halim

Raise your hand if you vigorously wipe your hair after washing it so it won’t drip when you step out of the shower. This seemingly harmless hair habit can actually damage your hair. The friction between your hair and the rough surface of your towel can raise and damage the cuticles of your hair, leaving it frizzy and frayed. And if your hair is brittle, this hair-drying habit can cause breakage and hair fall.

Solution: Use a soft towel.

After washing your hair, gently squeeze out excess water from the tips of your hair using your hands. Then, pat your hair dry with a soft and smooth towel instead of a coarse one.

4. Tying your hair with rubber elastics

Asian woman tying her short curly hair with a spiral hair tie
If you often tie your hair, use fabric or spiral hair ties to reduce damage and breakage. Credit: Natasha Estelle

It’s okay to use hair elastics once in a while, but using them all the time can cause hair breakage. They are tight on your hair, so it’s better to limit using them to spare your hair from constant tugging and pulling.

Solution: Switch to fabric hair ties.

They have softer and smoother surfaces, so your strands are less likely to break. You can also use scrunchies, ribbons, or spiral hair ties. But even if you’re already using these, remember to be gentle when removing them to prevent hair breakage and damage.

5. Overbrushing your hair

Asian woman brushing her hair
A few brush strokes are enough to smoothen your hair. Credit: Dennie Ramon

Giving your hair a hundred brush strokes a day won’t make it shiny. On the contrary, excessive brushing can damage your hair cuticles and make your strands more prone to breakage.

Solution: Brush your hair only when needed.

Avoid brushing your hair every hour or so. You can brush your hair when you’re about to put it in a braid, bun, or ponytail. Or, if you’re keeping your hair down, you can brush it in the morning and in the middle of the day as you freshen up during your lunch break.

There you have it! Now that you know the causes of hair fall, you can make some changes to your hairstyling and hair care routine to protect your hair better.