Your lifestyle habits affect your health and can significantly influence your hair loss. If you are experiencing signs of hair loss, changes in your daily lifestyle can go a long way to slow down or even stop your hair loss. Stress, hygiene and even eating habits are major lifestyle factors that can be altered to remedy the signs of hair thinning or balding. Read this article further to learn more about different ways to stop or slow down your hair loss.
Eating Healthier Can Prevent Hair Loss
It can be easy to fall into the routine of grabbing food on the go. Rather than pack a healthy lunch for work, many run over to the nearest fast food joint for a quick bite to eat. However, the convenience of fast food can significantly have negative effects on your health and even play a major role into hair loss. If you start to see your hair thinning, it may be time to think about changing up your diet and opting for healthier choices. Healthier foods such as spinach, greek yogurt and salmon are a few of many foods that are good for you and help prevent hair loss.
If you are experiencing hair loss, some foods to avoid are fried foods, caffeine and packaged microwaveable products. These foods are bad because they contain saturated and trans fats, which cause more hair to shed. Additionally, regularly consuming these products can also lead to hair loss as most contain preservatives and artificial flavors. These added chemicals negatively affects hair, making the follicles weaker and more prone to breakage.
Stress Speeds Up The Hair Loss Process
Stress happens. Short-term everyday stress such as being late for work or anticipating a big event is not going to affect your body in such a way that causes hair loss. However, a constant high level of stress that makes you sleepy or affects your appetite raises the level of stress hormones, which can lead to hair loss.
An average person typically has over 100,000 strands of hair. Normally, almost all of these hairs are in the growing phase, which lasts a few years and then enters resting stage. The resting stage lasts a few months and then naturally the hair falls out and is replaced by new hairs. Physiological stress disrupts the natural process and forces more hairs to “rest” then eventually fall out.
Fortunately, hair loss caused by stress, commonly known as a disease called alopecia areata, is typically temporary. If you are having trouble reducing your stress, you should talk to your doctor for more information. Additionally, talk to a hair restoration and replacement specialist who can offer an effective scalp analysis to best determine which solution is best for you. Laser hair therapy, or even custom wigs specifically designed for individuals with alopecia areata, are two possible solutions available to help with the effects of hair loss caused by stress.
Proper Hygiene Keeps Your Hair Healthy
Not Washing Your Hair Enough
There’s nothing wrong with skipping shampoo for a day. However, if it becomes a regular thing, product residue, dirt, and oil can clog pores in the scalp. Additionally, sebum in correct amounts is both desirable and beneficial as it keeps the hair healthy and allows it to grow strong by protecting it and keeping it lubricated as it grows out of the follicle. Sebum is the oily substance that is secreted by the sebaceous glands within the hair follicles (Source). However, not washing your hair enough hinders the needed balance of sebum and causes the hair to become weaker and eventually thinner.
Over Washing Your Hair
Over washing your hair is surprisingly a common cause that increases the chances hair loss. While the hair is washed, many healthy hairs fall out due to the stress applied to them. This may seem hard to believe but hair follicles are fragile and even more so when wet. More often, over washing affects hair loss more than washing too little as too many hairs are pulled out during the process.
Too Much Hair Styling
This type of hair loss typically applies more to women but hair styling can also affect men. Applying heat on a regular basis such as blow dryers, straighteners and curling irons can severely damage the hair. In addition to heat, hair styling such as tight braids or having hair tightly pulled back can lead to hair loss. Even wearing a tight hat or putting you hair in a ponytail can cause “traction alopecia,” a condition in which hair is pulled out of the scalp causing damage to the cuticle and breakage. Most of the effects of hair loss are temporary but if worn long enough, the damage can become permanent.
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