Avoiding Hair Loss

Avoiding Hair Loss

Hair loss is usually a problem that people deal with when the problem reveals itself, but hair loss is actually something you can prevent — somewhat. While many forms of hair loss are genetic and sometimes inevitable, many other forms of hair loss are avoidable.

If you’re looking to keep more hair on your head — most of us are — take a look at some activities you should avoid to keep your mane looking luscious and full for as long as possible.

Avoid Hot Showers
All of us love hot showers. After all, there is nothing more relaxing than stepping into a steamy shower after a long day at school or work. Unfortunately, those showers that we love cause damage to our hair follicles. The hot water strips the scalp of the essential oils that it needs to thrive, leading hair follicles to become inflamed and hair strands to become brittle. This can lead to hair that falls out when your brushing your hair or taking a shower. 

Avoid the Extensive Use of Hair Gels and Other Products
Again, many people love hair gel. Hair gel can be useful for taming pesky fly aways or getting that slicked back look that makes you feel super confident. However, studies have shown that hair gels and other styling products can lead to hair loss. This is because the chemicals in these hair gels linger on your scalp, which keeps new hair follicles from rising to the surface. If you must use some type of hair gel, try to use one without the chemicals.

Avoid Hair Styling Tools 
As alluded to in the first item on our list, hot temperatures are not good for hair. This applies to styling tools as well. The high temperatures of hair dryers, straighteners, and curling irons can render hair dry and brittle, making it more vulnerable to falling out when the slightest bit of pressure is applied to it. However, sometimes using hair styling tools is unavoidable. If you must use hair styling tools, you should invest in a high-quality heat protectant spray that will coat your strands in protective chemicals that will mitigate the harmful effects of heat.

Avoid Tight Headbands
Something else you can do is to avoid tight headbands. While these headbands may be fashionable, they can cause damage to the hair strands by applying excessive force, leading to a condition called traction alopecia.

What to Do
While all these tips are beneficial in avoiding hair loss, some of you reading this may already be experiencing hair loss for a variety of different reasons and avoiding the above activities and behaviors may not help you much. 
Fortunately, there are many different treatments available for those who are experiencing hair loss. One new treatment is called scalp micropigmentation, where pigments are applied to the hairline to make it appear much more dense and full. Companies offering this procedure, such as SMP Australia, will work with you to create a customized hairline that is perfect for you and your needs.