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10 Common Habits That Lead to Hair Loss
October 24 2018

10 Common Habits That Lead to Hair Loss

While many people may think that hair loss is an inevitable part of life, this is not necessarily true. While some hair loss may be unavoidable, the truth is, we may be participating in activities or habits each day that are contributing to the loss of hair. Let's take a look at some of the bad habits that are contributing to this issue without us even realizing it.

Eating Too Much Sugar

Who would have thought that a sweet tooth could lead to hair loss? It can! When we consume high amounts of sugar, it causes a spike in blood glucose levels. As a result, more insulin is produced, which increases the levels of male sex hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), causing hair follicles to shrink and for hair to fall out.

Not Getting Enough Protein

It is important to consume the right amount of protein for several reasons, and hair health is an important one. Keratin, which is an important protein for hair growth, is essential. When we are not getting enough protein in our diets, it can cause the hair to thin and eventually fall out. We can ensure that we are getting enough protein each day by consuming lean meats, protein shakes, nuts, and other healthy, protein-rich foods.

Treating Wet Hair Too Roughly

When our hair is wet, either after washing or maybe after being in a pool, many of us tend to grab a comb and yank at the tangles. This is common especially when we are in a hurry. What we may not realize is that this is one of the worst habits that can contribute to hair loss. This can cause hair to break, thin, and fall out.

Excessive Heat Styling

Who doesn't love styling their hair in cascading curls or waves, or perhaps having perfectly straightened, shiny strands? If you use heat to style the hair on a regular basis, you may be causing damage, so go for the natural look instead. Excessive blow drying, curling, and straightening weaken the hair by damaging the protein. As a result, hair loss can occur.

Drastic Color Changes

Those who are born blonde may wish to have dark hair, just as dark-haired people may love the look of bleached or lightened hair. The use of the harsh chemicals in hair dyes and bleaches can be harmful to the hair when used excessively. If you choose to color or bleach your hair, it is best to only change the color by a shade or two. This helps reduce damage to the hair protein and follicle, therefore reducing hair loss.

Fad Diets

While some people may not realize it, your hair needs a variety of healthy nutrients in order to grow properly. Skipping an entire food group, such as carbohydrates, can be unhealthy and lead to hair loss. The hair needs a well-balanced diet just as the body does. Think twice next time you read or hear about a diet that eliminates an entire food group promising rapid weight loss. Denying your hair the vitamins and minerals that it needs can lead to thinning and hair loss.

Tight Hairstyles

Everyone is going to wear a tight updo every once in a while! However, regular wear of tight buns, ponytails, and braids causes stress on the hair follicle, causing strands to break and fall out.

Using The Wrong Shampoo Or Conditioner

If you are not using the right products to cleanse your hair, it could lead to a dry, itchy scalp. This, in turn, can lead to the hair falling out or thinning. By contrast, if your shampoo is causing an oil build up, the hair follicles can become clogged and cause hair to fall out as well.

Smoking Cigarettes

Everyone knows how smoking can negatively affect our bodies, however, many people are surprised to discover that cigarette use can cause the hair to fall out. Cigarette smoke contains excessive toxins, which flow through the blood and damage the hair follicle. Hair loss can be the result.

Excessive Alcohol Use

While it is perfectly acceptable to enjoy a drink or two on occasion, excessive alcohol use can lead to hair loss. Alcoholic beverages do not provide any nutritional benefits and can lead to malnourishment. The hair follicles do not receive the nutrients they need to be healthy, and hair loss can occur.

If the habits discussed above apply to you, and you are experiencing hair loss as a result, contact us at New Look Institute. We have several solutions for men and women that can help you look your best. Our treatments are completely natural-looking, and safe. Treatments include extensions & toppers, as well as wigs and hair restoration systems. We invite you to come in for a consultation. We provide the most professional, individualized attention available in order to exceed the expectations of every client!