When we talk of hair we don’t really want to hear the word ‘thin.’ But if you’ve been shedding more than usual, it’s not too late save your strands. What we eat, how we tie up our hair affects the strength of hair fiber. Thicker hair is just about making a few simple tweaks to your lifestyle. Here is a list of habits that makes your hair thinner.
Hot water dehydrates strands, leading to dry, brittle hair that’s more prone to snap and fall out. Not only are you washing your hair’s protective oils down the drain, but the heat throws your scalp’s pores into overdrive to keep up with oil production, which can damage the root and lead to additional shedding. Scorching temps damage the proteins that make up your hair and its protective cuticle. Once the cuticle is damaged, the moisture balance is disrupted and your hair is more prone to breakage.
Starving is never good. It forces your body to direct its energy towards other essential functions like helping your heart and brain work rather than making hair. What you can do is have a healthy diet. See to it that you consume a lot of protein rich food like fish, chicken, lentils and beans. The reason to consume protein is that hair is primarily made of protein. If there is less protein in your diet, there could be a severe breakage.
Hair gets more fragile when it comes in contact with water. The chances of breakage also increase when water and hair come together. Brushing or combing locks in the shower, then following with aggressive towel-drying, create the perfect storm for snapping it off. Always minimize post shower brushing your hair and always use a soft towel to wipe your hair. One of the reasons for your hair getting thiner could be the way you style your hair. Yes that’s right! If you have the habit of tyeing up a tight ponytail or braids, there are chances that you may loose more hair. Such styles puts excessive tension on the hair follicles, damaging them and creating scars that destroy them permanently. And the worst part is that this can lead to traction alopecia, a condition that permanently weakens the follicle and makes it impossible for hair to grow.
Never trust hairspray or gels that claim to be All-day Mega-hold. They on the other hand make your locks harder to hold on to. Such gels and hairsprays are high in alcohol and thats why it makes your hair dry and brittle. Skip any products that make hair stiff or sticky. Instead, opt for softer-hold solutions like styling creams that keep hair’s moisture intact and don’t create friction when brushing. Taking a wrong oral birth control pills can also lead to thinning of hair. A pill that contains androgens can cause hair loss for someone who is ‘androgen sensitive’ and doesn’t know it. In such a case what you can do is switch to low-androgen index birth control pills like norgestimate (in Ortho-Cyclen, Ortho Tri-Cyclen), norethindrone (in Ovcon 35), desogestrel (in Mircette), or ethynodiol diacetate (in Demulen, Zovia).
Itchy scalp can also cause hair loss. Relieve the itch with a shampoo that contains selenium, zinc pyrithione, or tea tree oil, like Head & Shoulders Extra Strength Dandruff Shampoo. Sun is also one of the main cause of hair loss. Even if you must have given up on tanning out in the sun, it is obvious that your hair is exposed to the ultra violet rays. These rays reduce the strength and elasticity of your hair. Skipping a hair wash is not good. There’s nothing wrong with skipping shampoo for a day. But if it becomes a habit, product residue, dirt, and oil can clog pores in the scalp. Be sure to wash your hair every two days, especially if you’re sweating or using lots of products.