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5 Things to Stop Doing to Avoid Hair Loss
by Jane Meggitt
If you’re suffering from – and panicking about – hair loss, there’s a good chance your locks loss results from your own practices. Genetics can cause hair loss, and there’s not much you can do about that. However, alopecia, as hair loss is formally known, also occurs due to lifestyle or hairstyle issues.
Stress affects your whole body. You may already know about the connection between stress and acne breakouts. What’s less well known is the link between stress and hair falling out. If you’re highly stressed, visit your doctor. She can prescribe medication to help balance your emotions. Counseling may also reduce your stress levels. A side effect is keeping more hair on your head.
Heat is bad for hair. Hair dryers used at maximum heat or hot styling tools can damage your tresses to the point that hairs break and fall out. Eliminate or minimize the use of hot tools on your head and see if your hair doesn’t improve within a few weeks.
Constant pressure on hair follicles is a major cause of alopecia. Tight braids, buns and even ponytails cause hair loss over time. Avoid styles that don’t let you literally let your hair down at night.
Various types of medication – including oral contraceptives – contribute to hair loss. When taking any prescription or over-the-counter medication, research the possible side effects. If you suspect your birth control pills are the culprit, ask your gynecologist or healthcare provider for another type of pill. Many women are susceptible to oral contraceptives with high androgen – the male hormone – levels.
Antidepressants, blood pressure medications, statins, thyroid replacement hormones and other drugs may cause hair loss in some people. Do not just stop the medication if you suspect it is the cause of your alopecia. Visit your doctor to discuss your concerns and see if it is possible to have the medication changed or if it is safe for you to take a lower dose.
You can lose weight and eat a well-balanced diet. Crash diets result in all sorts of physical problems, and hair loss is among them. It might take a couple of months of nutrition deprivation before it is reflected in hair loss and thinning. If you want to lose weight, visit a nutritionist rather than indulge in the latest fad diet.
If you eat well, take little medication, aren’t stressed and don’t use hot styling tools or wear tight hairstyles, it’s time to visit a hair loss specialist to find out why you are balding.
If you or someone you know would like to learn more about hair loss and how to treat it, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!