It may come as a surprise to many that there is a serious hair loss hazard at the gym. One that can affect any of us but particularly those who attend regularly and work out hard. We take a closer look and offer some advice on both prevention and cure.
Hair Loss At Gym
So how exactly do we put our hair at risk when we work out? Is there really a hair loss hazard at the gym? The answer is, we are afraid, a definitive yes.
A lot happens when we put our bodies through physical exercise. Most of it is extremely positive for our wider wellbeing. We improve our fitness and reduce cholesterol levels for starters. As we get older it becomes even more important as we fight off atrophy. Most of us will take on a gym routine that we find challenging, to some extent. A few will really push the boat out and attempt much something much tougher. Each to their own of course, but those tougher regimes can come at a price. Ultimately, there is the danger of pushing your body harder than some of its components can cope with. Unfortunately, this sees occasional examples of people suffering from heart attacks and strokes while exercising.
While that sort of tragic outcome is rare it does highlight the potential risks associated with exercise. When we exercise we release a lot of chemicals into our bloodstream. The immune, nervous, muscular, and cardiovascular systems are all switched on. As previously mentioned, this is overwhelmingly a good thing. It improves muscle mass and efficiency in those systems. But it can also trigger a condition called Telogen Effluvium, a lesser-known cause of hair loss. It happens as a result of any kind of shock. This might be an accident, or surgery, or a bereavement. But it can also happen as a reaction to putting your body through the stress of one of those tough workouts.
Telogen Effluvium (TE)
Normally, around 15% of all our hair follicles are in a resting phase. It happens for a brief period after the hair in a follicle reaches the end of its life and is replaced with a new one. All perfectly normal. Unfortunately, a sufferer from TE might experience as much as 70% of their follicles entering that resting phase. In which case the thinning on their head will be extremely apparent.
The good news is that by treating the triggering condition TE can usually be completely reversed. A quick visit to a Trichologist will help establish the best course of action.
There are also steps you can take to reduce the risk.
Avoiding Gym Related Hair Loss
The keyword here is hygiene. Keeping the hair in tip-top condition is always a primary consideration when it comes to fighting hair loss. There is not much we can do to avoid the daily exposure to pollutants. And many of us choose to employ a range of products from dry shampoos and colouring agents to sprays and gels.
While we all, no doubt, have our own routine for washing our hair we also need to think about the scalp. The scalp can be where things build up over time and are harder to remove. At the gym, we make things worse by adding sweat and heat into the mix. This creates a perfect environment for bacteria to thrive. This, in turn, can shock the follicles and shunt them into a rest phase as they recover.
Always clean the hair with a gentle shampoo after exercise. But once or twice a week, make sure you add a scalp scrub into your regime. That can be done by simply adding some coarse salt to your shampoo and massaging it into the scalp. Or you can buy some bespoke scalp cleansing shampoos, of which there are plenty available. Stopping the problem in the first place is the ideal solution of course. This can be done using a lotion that is designed to reduce scalp sweat, a lotion available through a registered Trichologist.
Hair Loss For Women
It is all too easy for a healthy woman to attribute her deteriorating hair condition to the stresses and strains of everyday life. In almost every case, there is a course of treatment available. Often a combination of slight changes to lifestyle with the help of approved and complementary medicines. A Trichologist is able to take a holistic view of your broad health and lifestyle to diagnose and treat the entire range of hair issues. Including TE of the sort we have looked at here, giving you your best chance to avoid that hair loss hazard at the gym.
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