Hair loss is a common condition for both men and women and there are multiple reasons why this occurs. Simple daily habits such as how you style your hair, the food you eat and the kind of shampoo you use could be damaging your hair.
Over half of men are expected to experience male pattern baldness by the time they reach fifty years old. Male pattern baldness is often down to genetics where the hair loss happens in a typical and predictable pattern. Men tend to lose hair from the crown of their head and the hairline recedes upwards from the temples. Whereas in women, a common cause of hair loss is pregnancy. Postpartum hair loss is a condition which affects many women three to six months after they have given birth.
Damaging Habits For Your Hair
However there are some everyday habits which may be triggering hair loss and breakage that many of us are guilty of doing on a daily basis. Some damaging habits include;
- Tying your hair up in a similar tight hairstyle daily. By repeatedly tying your hair up, the hair follicles are placed under excessive strain and the hair follicles become weakened. Although most of the time this is temporary, if you do this on a long term basis, the strain can cause permanent damage to your hair roots.
- Tying up or brushing hair when it is wet. As the hair is especially fragile when it is damp, you can cause unnecessary hair breakage by brushing or styling wet hair.
- Using shampoos which contain damaging ingredients. Harmful ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) is present in some shampoos which helps them bubble and lather up, however can actually strip hair from its natural oils and break down protein in the hair. SLS can also lead to a dry and itchy scalp which can contribute to hair loss.
- Not eating a well-balanced diet, by restricting your diet your hair can suffer by thinning out and become prone to breakage.
If you are unsure as to why your hair may be falling out, it is recommended that you speak to a doctor or hair loss expert for more information.