Five habits which may be accelerating your baldness
Many people suffer from the loss of hair. And where there may be a stereotype on balding being only for older men, this is simply not true. Hair loss can affect any age and any demographic. Understanding what can cause hair loss is essential to taking preventive measures which will prolong the lifespan of a full head of hair. Here are the top 5 things that Americans do which speeds up the hair loss process.
Number One: Wearing a Hat
Hats, bandanas, and other head covering that are worn for an extended amount of time increases the risk for hair loss. The reason that the hair falls out at a faster rate is for two reasons. The first reason is that while the hair is dead, the scalp is not. It must have sunlight and exposure to the elements. If your head is not getting the proper natural exposure to the sun and other elements the skin and follicles become weakened and hair loss increases. Secondly, anything which is covering the head has a tendency to cause a level of friction on the head. The more the hair is rubbed back and forth the more apt you are to lose hair.
Number Two: Too tight pony tail/ Hairstyle
Ponytails, braids, and other hair styles which require that you “pull” the hair back can speed up your hair loss. If the hair is bound too tightly, there is unneeded strain put on the scalp. Just like a string which is being pulled, eventually the tension will give and you will start to see hair loss. To minimize the hair loss, keep an organized but less tense pull on your hair. If possible, try to use styles which do not require pulling the hair back (such as using a headband). If you feel tension at the temples or experience headaches when your hair is pulled back the ponytail or hairstyle is too tight.
Number Three: Too many Chemicals
One of America’s trends is hair dyes. Some individuals change their hair color every month. Others dye their hair monthly. Regardless of the frequency in which you use a hair dye, you are adding chemicals which are not beneficial to the scalp. There is only so much that your hair can take before the chemicals literally burn the piece of hair from your scalp. Thin hairs and weak hairs are more prone to dislodging from scalp follicles. Also, bleaching the hair and temporary “wash away” dyes are extremely harmful to the hair. Minimize or eliminate the use of hair dyes and the amount of chemicals you put on your scalp to slow down the hair loss process.
Number Four: Beads and weights
Americans have a tendency to want to embellish the hair with various foreign objects. Whether you are using beads, fabric, plastic, etc., these are all adding to the weight which is put onto the hair. Anything which has an extensive amount of tension applied constantly will have weaknesses. As it regards your hair, the areas which have the most weight added (be it beads added to the hair, glues , or fabrics) the more apt those areas will be to seeing hair loss.
Number Five: Over Brushing
Your hair is not your teeth. Granted, you do want to ensure that your hair is free from tangles, but you do not want to over brush your hair. However, many people are constantly brushing and primping. Combs and brushes are not designed to be gentle on the scalp and hair. Yes, they perform a task and the job gets done, but the brush and the comb is at its core a rake for your scalp. The more you pull the tool through your hair the more strands will get tangled around the brush and the comb. If you are noticing that you have a great deal of hair loss in your brush or comb, you may want to ask yourself how frequently you are primping and tending your hair.
Hair loss is a condition which in many cases is preventable or at least can be managed through a few simple changes. However, if you are expiring hair loss/ baldness and need to have professional help in reducing the visual effects of the loss please feel free to contact the scalp micro pigmentation website. Skalp is not a hair replacement system, but a way to help you maintain the look of being able to grow hair. If you have any inquiries on how you can prevent and minimize hair loss, or if you would like more information about the micro pigmentation services please contact us.