So you have been noticing that you are losing more hair than usual, but have you wondered why that has been happening. Could it be because you have some routines that are not suiting you properly? Could it be because you are not taking care of your hair, the way you should?
There are certain practices that many of us have in our daily lives, which actually might seem harmless, but are actually invitations to hair loss. In this article and the next one, we will attempt to look at just those seemingly harmless practices and how they can lead to hair loss:
When you do not eat properly, you can be sure that your entire body will start showing the effects, including your hair. Your body, including your hair, needs the sufficient amount of proteins, minerals and vitamins and if the same is not present, you hair loss is bound to happen. And while not having sufficient dietary supplements is problem enough, dieting can cause more trouble. There are many people, who choose to go on a crash diet, because they feel that this is the best way to lose weight. However, such crash diets end up affecting the hair more than other parts of the body. Even if you are planning a diet, make sure that there are sufficient proteins in each meal, which will assist in keeping your hair healthy.
While it might seem like an extremely comforting thought to stand for ages under the hot shower, but the fact remains that hot water is not all that beneficial for your hair. When you wash your hair with very hot water, the essential oils are stripped off, leaving your hair and scalp dry. It is best that you use cold or luke warm water to wash your hair.
Now, there might also be those who don’t wash their hair enough. The scalp tends to get dirty and the dirt gets trapped on the hair follicles, and this can lead to weakening of the hair. While it is not necessary that you wash your hair every day, but is best that you wash your hair at least two to three times a week.
You might be the type of person who washes his or her hair every other day and uses only luke warm water for the purpose, but if you are not shampooing properly, you might still be inviting hair loss. It is important that you choose a shampoo that suits your hair and scalp type. It is equally important that you follow your shampoo procedure with a conditioner.
So you went out on a whim and coloured your hair, but now you feel that it does not look great on you. Your next immediate step would be strip the colour out of your hair, a process generally done using some sort of chemicals or bleach. However, this process would also damage the very cuticles of your hair, guaranteeing hair fall.
There are a lot of people who rush through their post wash hair care routine, simply because they feel that they don’t have sufficient time. However, when your hair is wet, it is the time they are the most vulnerable, which is why, it is crucial that you treat wet hair with care. Once you are out of the shower, take the time to dry them properly, either with a cotton towel or allowing them to dry out naturally. When your hair is somewhat dry, you can consider using a hair dryer or any other styling products.
Heat does damage to your hair in a multiple ways, and using instruments that inflict direct heat on hair would be one of them. So if you are someone who uses their hair dryer, flat iron or curling tongs on a regular basis, you should be prepared to lose more than a few hairs every day.
The sun too can inflict a certain amount of damage, especially if your hair has been chemically treated. This could include colouring, chemical straightening or perming. When you subject your hair to such treatments, it will lead to the weakening of hair and when you step out in the sun, there is further damage. If you are heading out into the sun, it would be best that you either cover your head with a scarf or wear a hat!
Your hair styles could also lead to hair loss, which means that if you are someone who wears your hair in tight braids or ponytails, you could be asking for trouble. As a matter of fact, tight hairstyles could lead to a condition known as traction alopecia, which is actually a common cause for hair loss. in this condition, the follicles are pulled and strained, because of the tightness of the hair style, and that leads to hair loss. Even when you are heading to bed, it is best that you not tie up your hair too tight, because when you roll around in your sleep, there is the creation of a lot of friction.
In this article we have looked at some of the most common causes of hair loss, which are actually brought upon by our own selves. However, there are several more bad practices that we have in our daily lives which could lead to hair loss, and in the next article, we will continue to look at some more of the same.