10 bad habits causing hair thinning
Are you a fairly healthy person? But if you notice thinning hair then you should know that certain everyday habits can cause hair loss. If you do not stop these habits, you may become bald. This blog helps you answer your question of why you may be losing your hair.
- Taking hot showers
Hot water dehydrates hair strands. This makes your hair dry and brittle by stripping away your hair’s natural oil coating. And that is why your hair is prone to snap and fall out.
- Wearing your hair out often
When you get your hair done, you want to wear it out and let the whole world know that you look good! At times, you love to leave it down to just let it blow in the wind. But when you wear your hair out, it is more susceptible to the outdoor environments (including articles of clothing and accessories you are wearing). The outdoor environment and the climate can cause breakage to your hair strands. The cold winter winds cause split ends, breakage and damage to your hair shafts.
- Styling too often
Styling your hair too often is one of the top ways in which you damage your hair and cause thinning hair. Using the brush and combing frequently, will cause knots in your hair. The constant friction of the brushing or combing motion will cause severe hair breakage and split ends.
- Wearing tight hairstyles
Using headbands and hair ties (even the “ouch-less” brand) and other hair accessories, can cause your hair to be damaged. This, in turn, can cause split ends as well as breakage. Wearing tight hairstyles like braids, weaves, tight buns, and ponytails can cause a hair loss condition called traction alopecia. This is caused by putting too much strain on the hair follicle. This can lead to hair thinning and severe hair damage.
- Playing with your hair too often
Do you touch your hair all day? Playing with your hair too often can cause hair thinning and here is why. When you run your fingers through your hair or twirl it around your finger, it causes your hair to lose its natural moisture. This leads to dry, brittle and weak hair. And you might unintentionally snap or damage your hair with the friction from continued movements or from your nails or jewelry.
- Using extremely harsh chemicals
Hair dyes and hairsprays are all filled with extremely harsh chemicals. These affect the overall look, feel and health of your hair. Overtime, using irritating chemicals can cause damage to your scalp or can even cause permanent damage to your hair follicles called scarring alopecia.
- Using heat too often
If you want to straighten your hair to make it more manageable, you might be using hot combs, straighteners, curling irons, blow dryers, etc. But these can cause major and irreplaceable damage to your hair strands. This results in hair thinning.
- Sleeping on a cotton pillowcase
After a long day, all you want to do is go to sleep! But sleeping on a cotton pillowcase causes friction as you toss and turn for hours at night. This strips your hair of its natural oils and moisture, causing your hair to dry out. This, in turn, causes breakage and split ends. This ultimately leads to dull and brittle hair. Use a satin or silk pillowcase. This material keeps moisture in your hair and allows your hair to move around smoothly on the pillow. This reduces the risk of knots and split ends caused by friction.
When you smoke, the toxins from the cigarettes cause damage to the DNA of your hair follicle. It causes an imbalance in your body that is responsible for tissue and cell formation and generation. This affects your hair growth cycles. It can cause inflammation of your follicles causing your hair to fall out.
- Trying too many new products
Are you addicted to using too many products? It would be better to stop using harsh chemicals on your hair and switch to products with natural ingredients.
What can you do to prevent thinning hair?
The very first step is to comprehend when you should seek help for hair thinning and hair fall. It is normal to lose approximately 50-100 hair strands a day. If it is more than this, it is advised to seek medical assistance. If you are looking for a safe, effective and natural solution for hair thinning, it is best to try homeopathy treatment. Homeopathic medicines for hair loss show a good long-term response in hair thinning. Moreover, homeopathy is free from any toxic side-effects.
It is advised to visit the nearest homeopathy clinic for a consultation! Book an online appointment now with hair specialists at Dr Batra's™. We can determine if you’ve alopecia or other hair loss related conditions.