Each hair strand on your head has a lifespan of between three to five years; when your hair’s growth cycle is disrupted, you may experience hair loss. Hair loss or alopecia can affect your scalp or entire body and can also be temporary or permanent. The most common cause of hair loss is genetics; this is also more common in men than women. Some people cover bald patches on their heads with hairstyles, scarves, hats, or makeup, while some prefer to let the hair loss run its course unhidden. Fortunately, Martin Maag M.D. may recommend treatment depending on the cause of your hair loss. Even better, the following tips can help improve your overall hair health and possibly prevent hair loss.
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Hair is flexible, but it can only be stretched too much before becoming permanently damaged. Therefore, it is essential to be gentle with your hair and avoid hairstyles that stretch your hair. These include tight braids, ponytails, and cornrows; they pull your hair away from your scalp, eventually loosening the bond between your hair and scalp. You also want to avoid styles that use rubber bands; these also cause a lot of tension in your hair. If you get your hair done at the salon, discuss with your stylist about styles that are gentle on your hair.
Most people use heat to style their hair, dehydrating the hair follicles and making them vulnerable to damage. Using hair dryers, curling irons, and straighteners damage your hair over time by causing moisture in your hair shafts to expand.
The shampoo is meant to cleanse your hair of excess oil and dirt. However, do not overwash with shampoo because this can potentially harm your hair. While buying shampoo, keenly check the ingredient; sulfates have been linked to scalp dryness, frizz, and fragile hair. However, there is no evidence that specific shampoo ingredients cause hair loss, but they may contribute to unhealthy hair. Consider using a shampoo close to all-natural if your hair is dry or frizzy.
Hair chemical treatments such as bleaching damage your hair by slitting protein molecules called keratin. Therefore, if you want to keep your healthy, limit your use of peroxide treatments, dyes, highlights, and perms.
Instead of a plastic brush with stiff bristles, use a soft one made from natural fibers; this promotes healthy oil levels in your hair. Brushing your hair in one direction from the top through the ends helps smooth and condition your hair cuticles. This is because the keratin proteins are stacked on your hair like shingles on a roof. Brushing your hair every day also results in fewer hair clumps.
There is an association between smoking and balding in men. Smoking may not only contribute to hair loss, but it is a bad habit that can cause lung and colon cancers. People who smoke are also more likely to suffer from chronic pain.
Consult your Honest Hair Restoration Center specialist to establish the cause of your hair loss.