People dread the word ‘thin’ when it is used in reference to your hair. Many characteristics of your lifestyle like what you eat or how you style your hair affect the strength of the hair fibers. But the positive news is that you can save your hair from shedding and make them thicker by implementing a few changes in your lifestyle.
If we do not take care of hair, they become dull and dry which can cause hair thinning and hair loss resulting in baldness. To overcome baldness, hair transplantation is the solution for it. Many countries are providing hair transplantation facilities. India is famous for hair transplantation, as it is one of the medical tourism destinations and all treatments are available here at affordable prices. You can choose best doctors & clinics for hair transplant in Pune, Chennai, Delhi, Ahemdabad, Bangalore and Mumbai.
Discussed here are some of the bad habits which ruin your strands and methods how to overcome them.
- Steamy showers
Hot water shower dehydrates the hair strands making them dry and brittle and this makes them more prone to breakage and fall out. Hot water washes away the protective oils from the hair and the heat causes the pores on the scalp to go into overdrive to match the oil production, which can harm the root and cause additional shedding.
Solution – Use warm water when you go for a shower and try to wash your hair with lukewarm water.
- Hot styling tools
High temperature damages the proteins which make up your hair and the cuticles. If the cuticle is harmed then the moisture balance is disturbed and your hair is more vulnerable to breakage.
Solution – Restrict your hot tool usage and start with the coolest setting. Don’t forget to apply a heat protection spray which forms a thermal barrier to minimize friction.
- Crash dieting
Severe dieting causes the body to direct the leftover energy towards the necessary functions like assisting the heart and brain to function rather than producing hair. One of the main symptoms in diagnosing anorexia is in fact severe hair loss.
Consume a healthy diet which has plenty of lean proteins like beans, lentils, chicken and fish. You should consume around 46 grams of proteins per day as it is very vital for hair and basically hair is made up of proteins.
- Wet hair
Wet hair is most fragile and prone to breakage as the protective cuticle is raised slightly. Vigorously towel drying your hair and combing or brushing when your hair is wet causes them to break off.
Solution – Avoid brushing your hair post shower, on the contrary brush them before the bath. Use a soft towel to blot dry the hair after the shower.
- Tight hairstyles
Beware of tying your hair in tight braids or ponytails as these hairstyles put excessive pressure on the hair follicles and in the long run damage them and create scars which permanently destroy them. This can result in traction alopecia, a condition that weakens the follicles permanently and makes it impossible for the hair to re-grow.
Solution – Keep your hair loose whenever possible. While tying your hair avoid pulling it tight and keep the hairstyle loose.
- Using long lasting products
Styling products like gel and hairspray which last for long duration makes the hair hard as they contain high level of alcohol. This leads to the hair becoming dry and brittle, causing them to fall off while brushing.
Solution – Avoid products that make the hair sticky and stiff. Instead use softer hold products like styling creams which keep the moisture intact and does not create friction while brushing.
- Birth control pills
If you are prone to hair shedding or thinning due to hormonal changes then a wrong contraceptive pill can weaken your hair. Women who are androgen sensitive may experience hair loss if the pill contains androgens.
Solution – Change your medication to low androgen index contraceptive pills. You can check your androgen sensitivity by getting a test done by your physician.
- Scratching your scalp
Scratching your scalp due to seborrheic dermatitis or infection can cause hair damage resulting in hair loss. If the cuticle gets damaged then the hair is prone to breakage.
Solution – Use shampoos which contain zinc pyrithione, selenium or tea tree oil which helps to relieve itching. If this does not help, then consult your doctor who can prescribe cortisone foam or antifungal shampoo.
- Sun damage
UV rays of the sun sap at the elasticity and strength of your hair. Prolonged exposure to the UV rays causes the layers of the cuticle to weaken and break this result in brittle hair which can lead to hair loss.
Solution – Whenever out in the sun wear a hat or cover your head with scarf. You could also use leave in conditioner with built in sunscreen to protect your hair from damage.
- Irregular washing of hair
People use dry shampoo so that they can skip a few days between washing the hair. But this causes buildup of products and excessive dandruff which clog the hair follicles making it difficult for the hair to grow.
Solution – Its okay to avoid washing your hair for a day but if it becomes routine then dirt, oil and product residue can clog the pores in the scalp. Wash your hair every two days and use sulfate free shampoo to prevent excessive dryness.
Certain medications can cause hair loss like thyroid replacement drugs, anti depressants, anti anxiety, etc. These medications interfere or disrupt the normal cycle of hair growth, causing the hair to go into resting phase and falling out prematurely.
Solution – Find out from your doctor about alternative medication which does not affect your hair adversely.