3 Bad Habits That Can Lead To Premature Hair Loss
Timing is everything when it comes to premature hair loss. In order to stop the process in its tracks, you’ll need to be aware of the signs of balding and take action quickly. Understanding that the earlier you take action, the better, it’s ideal to kick bad hair loss habits before they even become an issue.
In short, if it’s going lead to hair loss down the road, is it worth doing now?
The beer and pizza you’re living off of can most definitely contribute to premature hair loss. A healthy hair diet should be rich in natural fatty oils, protein, and nutrient dense. Those who smoke and drink alcohol should also be mindful, as both can actually aggravate hair loss by restricting blood vessels in your scalp, which reduces circulation and limits blood flow to your hair follicles.
For those trying to lose weight, avoid crash diets at all cost. Heavily reducing your body’s calorie intake forces your body to direct its energy towards critical organs like your heart and brain, leaving your scalp health on the backburner until it has more energy to spare. This can be seen most dramatically in those with eating disorders, with one of the top symptoms being significant hair loss.
Instead, opt for the healthy diet that encompasses roughly 46 grams of lean protein per day (think 25-30% of your total calories). Think fish, chicken, legumes, lentils, beans, eggs and spinach. Since your hair is primarily made of protein, upping its intake can help further strengthen your strands. If you’re not getting enough, your hair will likely be one of the first areas of your body to suffer.
Failing To Supplement
There are numerous vitamins you can take that help hair grow faster and stronger, but biotin is frequently recommended for a reason. The B-vitamin can help prevent hair loss, since it’s packed with the nutrients your hair needs in order to create new, healthy strands. Quality and dosage are key, so remember that not all brands are created equal. We opt for a supplement that has a high dose of biotin (8,000mcg biotin per serving) and made with the highest quality non-GMO and gluten-free ingredients.
Taking Steamy Hot Showers
We get it, hot showers feel good (especially in the winter). But unfortunately for your strands, hot water dehydrates your scalp (just like any other skin on your body). This dry scalp leads to dry, brittle hair, making it more likely to fall out or break. It also strips your hair of its naturally protective oils, which requires your scalp to then overproduce oil to replenish the damage… Creating an unhealthy wash-and-repeat cycle that’s hard to climb out of. Spare your strands the stress by decreasing the temperature in your shower. Opt for warm water during the majority of your regimen, then rinse with the coolest water possible to seal the shafts.