7 Common Habits That Damage Your Hair
Edited By Stephanie Dawson
Men are more likely to lose hair, but its common in women too. The main causes of hair loss are associated with our daily lifestyle, food habits, choice of make-up, medications, usage of drugs, and some other habits.
Here are 7 bad habits you should avoid to prevent your hair loss:
1. Excessive use of chemical-based hair products
Most hair care products promise to nourish your hair and make it shine. Do they deliver that promise? Many of these products are based on chemicals that dry your hair instead. Shampooing will keep your hair healthy and clean only if you choose non-chemical shampoos that contain natural herbs and natural active ingredients. Conditioners with natural herbal extracts condition your hair well.
2. Tight Hair styles
Hairstyles that involve ponytails or extremely tight buns or braids are a cause of hair loss. These tight hairstyles weaken the roots and this becomes a reason for hair loss. Dr. Joshua Zeichner explains that traction over a long period of time may lead to inflammation at the roots of your hair and cause hair loss. Enjoy a looser hair style that is comfortable and healthy for your hair.
3. Physical Stress
Physical stressors like an accident, flu, or surgery can cause hair loss. Our hair has a life cycle which is programmed as growth phase, rest phase, and shedding phase. When we go through physical stress or illness it can disturb the hair cycle and may push our hair into shedding phase. Hair loss caused by physical trauma can be noticed within 3-6 months.
4. Lack of proper nutrition
Just like our body needs nutrients to remain healthy, the cells of our hair also need nutrients to remain healthy and thick. Nutrition is important and we get it from what we eat. Enjoy a balanced diet full of vitamins, minerals, and proteins. This will keep your brain cells healthy and reduce hair loss.
5. Too much sun exposure
Too much sun makes your hair dry making it more prone to breakage, the UV rays damage hair. A hat should be worn when going out in the sunlight. You can also make use of SPF spray on your hair.
6. Lack of sleep
Your scalp is part of your skin. However you treat your skin, treat your scalp the same way. Ample sleep is necessary to keep your hair and scalp healthy. Lack of sleep often leads to unhealthy damaged hair which results in hair loss. This will also help keep you stress-free which will help result in healthy hair.
7. Over Styling
Heat damages your hair by drying it out. It can also damage your follicles making them unable to grow healthy locks. Doctors advise avoiding blow dryers and curling or straightening irons. If you feel you must use a blow dryer use it on the middle portion of your hair avoiding roots and tips.