Are Your Lifestyle Habits Contributing To Hair Loss?

The average adult loses up to 100 hairs a day. However, there is an increasingly growing number of men and women who lose more hair than that. Hair loss and thinning hair can be frustrating, especially if you’re trying to grow longer, thicker locks. You may not know it, but it’s likely that an unsuspecting aspect of your lifestyle is actually contributing to hair loss. The good news is that it’s not too late to save your locks.

These are the most common lifestyle habits that speed up hair shedding:

Taking hot showers

Hot water can dehydrate the strands of your hair, causing brittle, dry hair that’s more vulnerable to breakage and falling. Heat drains your hair of protective oils and also causes the scalp’s pores to go on overdrive with oil production, damaging roots and resulting in even more shedding. Instead, go for warm showers and rinse your hair with cool water.

Heavy exercise

Weightlifting and other forms of heavy exercise causes an increase in testosterone levels. While testosterone, a male hormone that is also found in women, may improve strength and endurance, too much can have a negative impact on hair growth. Some people are more vulnerable to the effects of testosterone on hair growth compared to others. If you’re active with heavy exercise, taking hair growth supplements can help balance out the hormones in your body to prevent hair shedding.

Heat styling

Guilty of using scorching hot styling tools to get that perfect look? It’s time to quit this bad habit. Extremely hot temperatures damage proteins in your hair as well as in your protective cuticle. Limit the use of hot tools, including the blow dryer, to 3 times a week max. Use cool settings whenever possible, and apply serums that provide your hair with additional care.

Not washing hair regularly

Dry shampoo may be all the rage; and while it’s convenient, it isn’t the best thing for your hair. Each time you don’t wash your hair, you’re encouraging the accumulation of excessive dandruff or product on your scalp which leads to clogged hair follicles. In serious cases, this kind of environment on your scalp makes it difficult to grow. While it’s acceptable to skip shampoo for a day, don’t miss out on washing your hair every 2 days most especially if you use a lot of styling products or if you sweat a lot.

Poor diet

Everything you eat (or don’t eat) will directly affect the health and quality of your hair. Just like your body, your hair also needs specific vitamins and nutrients to grow strong. Foods rich in vitamin E, protein, copper, and zinc are essential for growing healthy hair. Eating junk food or going on crash diets will only lead to nutrient deficiencies that cause hair thinning, hair loss, and brittle hair that’s prone to breakage.

Once you eliminate these bad habits from your lifestyle, you’ll start seeing noticeable hair growth in no time.


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