Bad Habits That Make Your Hair Thin
Hair is a woman’s most important feature therefore signs of thinning hair can take a toll on any woman’s self-esteem.
Thinning hair is a signal that your health is declining as a result of conditions such as hormonal imbalance, excessive stress, vitamin deficiency or poor nutrition. These conditions can be prevented or minimized by use of supplements, learning how to relax and eating a diet that has the required vitamins and minerals.
But, the following bad habits that you do daily can cause further thinning of your hair:
1. Use of hot styling tools
Frequent use of hot styling tools damages the proteins that make up your hair and its protective cuticle. When this cuticle is damaged, the moisture balance is disrupted and your hair starts breaking and thinning. Limit the amount of times you use the hot tools and if possible start with the coolest setting available. Always apply a spray that gives you heat-protection and creates a thermal barrier to reduce friction.
2. Mishandling your wet hair
When the hair strands are saturated with water, they become fragile and break easily. To decrease this effect, comb your hair before it gets wet and avoid rubbing it after a shower but instead, blot it dry with a towel.
3.Taking hot showers
Hot water makes the hair strands dehydrated, leading to dry, brittle hair that is prone to falling out. Hot water also washes the protective oils of your hair. To protect your hair, use warm water in the shower, and rinse hair with the coolest temperature possible.
4. Going on a crash diet
During a crash diet, you end up starving yourself and this forces the body to direct its energy to essential functions instead of making hair. The remedy for this is to eat a healthy diet with plenty of lean protein.
5. Tight hairstyles
Tight hairstyles puts excessive tension on your hair follicles. This damages them and creates scars that destroy the follicles permanently, making it impossible for hair to grow. Wear your hair down whenever possible and when you tie your strands back, do it softly to avoid pulling the hair.
6. Certain medications
Medications like anti-depressants, anti-hypertensives, statins and thyroid replacement hormones can cause changes in the hair. The changes can interfere with normal hair growth. If you are on any of these medications, ask your doctor about alternative medications that do not have hair-thinning repercussions.
7. Using styling products that have long-lasting hold
Products that have all-day mega hold are usually high in alcohol, this makes hair dry and brittle. During combing this product residue causes the hair to break and fall out. Avoid any products that will make your hair stiff and instead opt for the solutions with a softer-hold so that the hair’s moisture is kept intact.
Finally, to avoid thin looking hair will require a lot of care on your part regarding the type of nutrition and right dietary supplements to take. You will also have to change your bad lifestyle habits and embrace healthy habits.