When you think about going to the gym, you do so to improve your health. So, finding out your hard work could actually be damaging your health can come as a big surprise! Many women have been left in shock after developing workout-related hair loss.
Before you panic however, it’s not the actual exercise that’s causing the hair to fall out – instead it’s the way you tie your hair!
Beware of traction alopecia!
If you have longer hair, the last thing you need when you’re trying to exercise is it constantly getting in your face! Therefore, you tie it back. This isn’t just less irritating, it’s also safer if you’re using machines at the gym. Long hair can get caught up in machinery, causing it to either snap off or be yanked out of place.
The trouble is, if you pull your hair back too tightly, it can lead to what is known as traction alopecia. This is where the hair is pulled so tightly, it either snaps off or the hair follicle is damaged. Unlike actual hair, the body does not regenerate hair follicles. So, if they become damaged, any workout-related hair loss experienced could end up being permanent.
Can workout-related hair loss be reversed?
If the follicle becomes damaged, then the resulting hair loss cannot be reversed. However, in the majority of cases, it’s simply the hair shaft that has been broken off. So, in these instances the workout-related hair loss would be temporary.
There are treatments available which can help in the temporary cover-up of the condition. However, it’s much better to actually prevent traction alopecia in the first place. Avoid tying your hair back too tightly. You should also avoid the use of tight headbands.
If you’re concerned about workout-related hair loss and you’ve noticed your hair starting to fall out more frequently, always get checked out by a doctor. They will be able to rule out other potential causes and give you a proper diagnosis.