Some Of Your Bad Habits May Be Contributing To Hair Loss
Hair loss is an issue for many people, no matter their age, race, or sex. And while genetics plays a significant role in hair loss, some bad habits can be as much of a culprit as bad genes.
Really, this is good news. While you can’t beat genetics, you can surely make some changes to your bad habits. Because, yes, when it comes to hair maintenance, some habits are way worse than others.
As they say: prevention is better than cure. Instead of spending thousands on hair transplants 10 years from now, why not just abstain from these harmful activities?
You either lose your bad habits or your hair—you choose. Here are the practices you need to stop ASAP.
(Of course, if you want a quick and effective scalp touch-up, you should check out our offer on scalp microblading!)
Bad habits that contribute to hair loss
If you’re guilty of one or more of these bad habits, then it’s time you reevaluate your life choices.
Which of these bad habits haunt your hair care routine?
1. Using too much hot water
Nothing beats a hot shower after a long day at work, but unfortunately, your hair can’t beat too much exposure to hot water.
According to Dr. Ryan Welter on Prevention, a hair transplant surgeon from Boston:
“Not only are you washing your hair’s protective oils down the drain, but the heat throws your scalp’s pores into overdrive to keep up with oil production, which can damage the root and lead to additional shedding.”
Instead of using hot water, settle on warm water for your shower.
2. Heat from hair styling
Again, hot temp proves a terrible way to treat our tresses.
The hair’s cuticle does not resist continuous exposure to heat. And once that cuticle is damaged, your hair’s moisture balance goes down the drain. That means your hair becomes more prone to damage than ever before. Yikes.
If you can’t skip the hair styling tools, simply limit them to a few times a week (say two or three). Additionally, use a spray that can act as a heat barrier between your naked hair and the heat from your styling tools.
3. Crash diets
Previously, we talked about health fads and crash diets that can damage your health (and your hair!).
For instance, many keto diet enthusiasts admitted to losing a significant amount of hair during their crash diet.
Note that the keto diet itself isn’t bad. The problem stems from not knowing how much nutrients to feed the body.
Not getting enough protein, for example, may eventually lead you to lose hair.
To avoid nutrient deficiencies (and other dangers!), always consult a nutritionist and/or dietician before embarking on a weight loss journey.
4. Tight hairstyles
You might be wondering at this point: what isn’t a bad habit that leads to hair loss?
We feel you, but hey, don’t shoot the messenger! Tight hairstyles like ponytails and braids can stress the hair follicles because of the excessive tension applied to the hair
Tight hairstyles can even lead to traction alopecia, a condition where hair follicles are permanently weakened. This makes it impossible for the hair to grow.
For best results, loosen up when you can! Avoid tying your hair tightly when you’re relaxing or sleeping. You don’t have to ditch the ponytail, but don’t make it so tight that your hair suffers in the process.
5. Aggressive hair drying
Yes, even your bath towel is out to get you. Forceful hair drying can damage the hair, as the hair is most vulnerable when it’s wet.
Brushing wet hair can produce the same results, as well, so make sure to detangle your tresses before a bath.
Opt for a soft, absorbent towel, as well, like microfiber. And don’t rub your hair! Blot gently but firmly, so the hair is dried but not stressed out.
6. Infrequent hair washing
Skipping a few days of washing your hair can leave you with clogged hair follicles. And clogged follicles deter hair from growing.
Not washing your hair often can also lead to dandruff buildup, which—it goes without saying—is all kinds of gross.
To avoid major ew-ness and slow hair growth, make sure to wash your hair every two days! Consider switching to a sulfate-free shampoo, as well, to avoid hair dryness after shampooing.
7. Birth control pills
Birth control pills can be lifesavers for many women. Unfortunately, if your body doesn’t much agree with your pills, then your hair might take a hit.
Pills with androgen can trigger hair loss in a person who is sensitive to androgen.
If you’re on the pill and notice significant hair loss, go to your OB-Gyne. Depending on their findings, they might switch you to a different pill with lower androgen levels.
(If you’re curious about your androgen sensitivity, simply ask for a quick cheek-swab genetic test from your nearest hair restoration physician.)
We’ve said it twice now, and we’ll say it again: too much heat is bad for the hair. And is there a better source of heat than the sun?
Extended UV exposure can cause the cuticles of our hair to weaken and eventually break. The result? Brittle hair that—you guessed it—can lead to hair loss.
To avoid damaging your hair in the upcoming summer season, use a leave-in conditioner that has built-in sunscreen. Or you can go old-school and wear a pretty summer hat!