When it comes to hair loss, most people know that genetics can play a role. However, many people underestimate how much lifestyle choices contribute to hair loss. In fact, there are a wide range of lifestyle choices that can cause you to lose hair or speed up the process of balding. Caring for your hair can mean making changes in your day-to-day living.
Here are several unexpected hair loss causes.
Most people know that smoking can cause lung cancer and heart disease, but research suggests that it also has a negative impact on your hair too. Hair loss is part of the aging process. Since smoking actually speeds up the ageing process of your body, baldness can happen sooner than it would otherwise. Smoking is also believed to impede blood flow to your hair follicles, starving them of the oxygen that they need; When this happens, hair loss can occur.
Healthy hair requires certain nutrients and minerals. Without these, your hair will suffer and can even begin to fall out. Iron, vitamin D, and B-complex vitamins are all essential for hair. If you are eating a diet high in saturated fat, sodium, or sugars, then your body may not be getting the nutrients it needs. Eating a balanced diet with vegetables, fruit, and lean meat will not only keep your body healthy, but your hair too.
Hair is not meant to be pulled, tugged, or tightened. When it is, the roots of your hair are pulled in a way they are not meant to be and the follicle can become damaged, resulting in baldness. Hairstyles such as tight ponytails, the “man bun,” and braids tug at your hair follicles. For men, these hairstyles can contribute to receding hairlines and cause permanent hair loss around the temples. Even fidgeting with your hair and pulling on it can have a negative impact.
Chronic stress affects the hormones in our body, and these hormones play an important role in the healthy growth of our hair. High levels of stress hormone can cause your hair follicles to go into a resting state, where they no longer grow new hair. As your hair naturally sheds, no regrowth will occur and you will be left with thinning hair and balding. Fortunately, this type of hair loss is usually temporary, but it can take months or even close to a year to see it grow back.
Your environment can also cause hair loss, with both sun damage and pollution playing a part. Exhaust fumes, chemicals, and other airborne contaminants can not only damage and weaken your hair, but they can also trigger natural hair loss, allowing it to begin sooner than it would have otherwise. Furthermore, the sun can also weaken your hair, making it brittle and more likely to fall out. Wearing a hat can protect you from both pollutants and the sun.
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