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7 Everyday Things That Could Be Making Your Hair Loss Worse

Created on 20-8-2018 by The Hairmop Team
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Dealing with hair loss is hard enough. The last thing you want to do is make it worse.

The average person loses 50 to 100 hairs from their head each day. Those hairs usually grow back normally. But if you’re suffering the effects of male pattern baldness, those hairs come back finer, weaker, and with less pigment – if they grow back at all.

Dealing with hair loss is hard enough. The last thing you want to do is make it worse.

So if you want to keep your hair, you have to do everything in your power to preserve what you have. If you allow any of these everyday occurrences to damage your hair or disrupt its growth cycle, your hair may never be able to recover.


1. Traumatic or Persistent Stress

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Stressful events can disrupt your hair follicles’ natural growth cycle, forcing them into the shedding and dormant phases sooner than expected. If you’re already dealing with male pattern baldness, this can make your thin and receding spots look even worse.

Plus, if those follicles shocked by stress were already losing the battle to DHT, they might never come back.

Fortunately, regular everyday stress (like sitting in traffic or dealing with an office mate who chews with their mouth open) won’t trigger hair loss. In order for stress to affect your hair, it has to be a severely stressful event or a long period of chronic, persistent stress. In both cases, you would be aware that you’re dealing with a stress problem.

Nevertheless, look to eradicate all stress from your life. Eat proper nutrition, get yourself some regular exercise, and learn relaxation techniques to keep yourself calm and peaceful. It’s good for your hair and your overall health.

2. Poor Nutrition

Nutrition is an important part of a healthy body, including your hair. If you starve your body of the nutrients it needs, it won’t have the resources required to overcome the burden of DHT and grow healthy hair.

A simple way to diagnose poor nutrition is to monitor your skin and hair texture. If your skin is dry and brittle and your hair breaks easily, you’re likely lacking good nutrition.

To promote hair loss, it’s important to consume…

  • Iron
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Antioxidants
  • Water
  • Vitamins A, B complex, C, E, and D
  • Zinc
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium

Protein is an especially important part of hair growth and health, as well. The FDA recommends consuming about 50 grams of protein every day (on a 2000 calorie/day diet). Add meat, poultry, eggs, fish, seeds, soy products, nuts, and beans to your meals.

Avoid refined grains wherever you can. When they’re refined, they lose B vitamins (that are important or hair and overall health) and fiber (that help you digest food so nutrients flow throughout the body). Stimulants like cigarettes, soda, alcohol, and caffeine also leach nutrients from the body.

3. Trauma from Styling and Care

When you’re losing your hair, every strand counts. It’s important to protect the ones you have.

If you’re too rough with your hair, you might inadvertently break off strands. If those follicles were struggling under the weight of DHT, they might not be able to produce a cosmetically decent hair again.

You can cause traction alopecia by pulling your hair too tightly. This is more common in women, but it can occur in men if you have long hair and tie it back. Consider wearing a looser style or cutting your hair short. Shorter usually looks better on guys dealing with hair loss, anyway.

Also, avoid using damaging products like chemical relaxers, alcohol-based shampoos, heat protectants, salt sprays, and fragrances. Damaging products don’t just affect the hair shaft – they can cause damage to the hair follicles that make your hair.

Finally, try not to dry your head too vigorously when you get out of the shower. That can cause unnecessary breakage you just don’t need. Give your head a few pats, then let your hair dry in the air. When it’s time to brush, use slow, gentle strokes.

4. Certain Medications

Some medications can exacerbate or kick-off your hair loss, even if they were prescribed by a doctor for a valid reason. Some medications damage the hair follicle or disrupt the hair growth cycle.

Anticoagulants (blood thinners to help you avoid blood clots) are the most common baldness-causing medicine. They force the hair into the telogen effluvium stage – the resting phase. Large doses of vitamins can shock hair into falling out, especially Vitamin A. Blood pressure drugs are also known to cause hair loss.

If you’re taking a medication that can cause hair loss as a side effect, speak to your doctor about an alternative or a treatment to counteract the side effect. Your health is more important than your hair, but there may be a way to have both.

5. Playing with Your Hair

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Repeatedly touching your hair throughout the day may seem innocent, but each touch is an opportunity to pull out or break off hair that might struggle to come back.

Avoid scratching or rubbing your head aggressively. Don’t pull or twist your strands. If you touch or adjust your hair absently, find another habit to occupy your fingers.

Pulling out your hair doesn’t just ruin that one hair shaft. It puts strain on your follicles, too, eventually causing permanent hair loss in that spot.

Essentially, it’s best to avoid touching your hair unless you have to.

If you really can’t stop pulling your hair, you may be dealing with trichotillomania, a mental disorder that causes people to compulsively pull their hair out of their scalp. In severe versions of the condition, people pull out their body hair, eyebrows, and even eyelashes. If you think you’re suffering from trichotillomania, speak with your doctor right away.

6. Crash Dieting / Rapid Weight Loss

When guys start losing their hair, they often start to take interest in their overall appearance, including their weight. But if you try to lose weight too quickly, you can actually cause more damage to your hair.

When we starve ourselves, our bodies direct energy to our most important functions, like keeping our brain and heart working. Hair growth isn’t an essential function, so it’s one of the first processes a starving body abandons.

Interestingly, when doctors diagnose anorexics, one of the first things they look for is hair loss. It’s a clear symptom that something unhealthy is happening within the body.

To protect your hair, you have to eat in a healthy way several times a day. Avoid crash diets that promise you’ll lose “10 pounds in a week.” One to two pounds per week is considered fast weight loss.

7. Time

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If you’re suffering from androgenic alopecia, your biggest enemy is time.

Unfortunately, most hair loss in men is androgenic alopecia, so we can move time from the list of things that could make your hair loss worse to the list of things that definitely will make it worse.

Androgenic alopecia (or male pattern baldness) is the type of hair loss that makes you lose hair on the top, front, and crown of your head. According to the American Hair Loss Association, it affects two-thirds of men by age 35 and 85% of men by age 50.

Over time, DHT molecules continue to bind to the receptor sites on your hair follicles. They clog the follicle so it produces a weaker, finer, and less-pigmented hair. Eventually the follicle loses the ability to produce a hair at all and dies.

The solution: Begin a hair loss treatment regimen as soon as possible. Every day you delay means more hair your treatment plan will have to recover. Treatments take time – sometimes years – so it’s important to start as soon as you can to avoid suffering.

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Don’t Make Your Hair Loss Worse

Protecting (and possibly regrowing) your hair isn’t an easy task. You have to use every tool in your toolbox to make it last as long as you can. Overcome these everyday obstacles if you want to keep your hair.

 

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