In this blog we talk you through 18 things you could be doing that's speeding up your hair loss. Some of these things are really surprising!
DHT Follicle Sensitivity
Male or female pattern baldness is caused by a sensitivity to Dihydrotestosterone this is a hormone that's produced in the skin liver and testes it occurs in both men and women but dht-related hair loss is much more prevalent in men two-thirds of men worldwide will develop male pattern baldness by the time they are 30.
Dht flows in the bloodstream and attaches itself to genetically susceptible hair follicles and shrinks them this is a process called miniaturization it gradually kills the hair follicle so no hair can grow there the good news is that the formation of excess dht can be stopped.
Not Getting Enough Sleep
You need seven to nine hours of sleep sleep helps your body to repair and maintain cells including those at the scalp and the hair follicles researchers have found a link between food additives and hair loss and it doesn't matter if the additives or natural or chemical additives like sulfates or ammonia.
Interesting facts did you know that cochineal extract or carmine dye is a food additive extracted from dried bugs and is commonly used in fruit drinks sweets yogurts and other foods it's thought to bring about hair loss as well as a number of allergic reactions.
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Whey Protein Accelerates Hair Loss
Whey protein exaggerates or accelerates the hair loss process because there is evidence it increased the level of testosterone when combined with muscle building exercise high levels of branched chain amino acids in whey protein isolate known as bcaa play a significant role in raising testosterone research has found
Farjo also mentioned that his son was a regular gym goer and user of whey protein when he began to experience hair loss but since stopping whey protein his hair has regrown. This reason was also supported by a study that was carried out in 2010. According to dr Thomy Cormada Ziyoga a hair transplant surgeon at the private clinic of Harley street there has been a surge in men experiencing accelerated hair loss due to the use of powdered protein and the activity they participate in at the gym. Dr Cormada ziyoga has also said that 70 of the male patients that come into her clinic are avid users of protein shakes.
However she did say that the protein shakes are not the root cause of the problem she goes on to say that it's very important to distinguish between cause and effect protein shakes do not cause hair loss. But as we've just learned they do accelerate hair loss for those men who are genetically predisposed to androgenetic alopecia
Alcohol stops minerals such as iron copper and zinc from being properly absorbed and these deficiencies can lead to thinning and unhealthy hair. Alcohol dehydrates you which can make your scalp dry and cause hair to become brittle and start thinning. Relaxing helps to reduce cortisol and research shows that too much cortisol in your body can prematurely shift hair into the shedding phase rather than the growing phase.
Too Much Shampooing
So I actually think that shampooing can actually lead to hair loss. If you're shampooing too frequently and this is for a number of reasons primarily. If you're shampooing your hair every day or every other day it's stripping your hair of all the natural oils which are called sebum which actually helps to moisturize the hair and the scalp and it helps to maintain a healthy environment for hair growth. When you're stripping away sebum it's actually doing more harm than good your hair gets brittle and it's likely to get dry so that's the first reason.
Secondly if you're shampooing every every day or every other day you really need to be careful of what is actually in the ingredients of the shampoo so I’ve mentioned it in one of my other videos but check the ingredients make sure that there it's a sulfate and paraben free shampoo.
Avoid roughly drying your hair
One of our really good friends Scott from home hair he's an expert in hair care in the video he mentions that you've got to be really careful about how you towel dry your hair. If you roughly towel dry your hair it's actually breaking the hair follicles. Allow your hair to dry naturally or just pad your hair gently with the towel s
Sugar causes damage to your hair in two main ways:
1. sugar causes inflammation
when you consume a lot of sugar it floods the blood causing insulin and androgens to spike this binds to hair follicles causing them to move into the shedding phase. This type of hair loss can happen if you're eating lots of sugary foods on a daily basis
2. Interfering with protein absorption
Our hair is actually made up of a rough protein called keratin and the protein we eat is really useful for hair growth as it helps to maintain and repair cells. Sugar hinders the absorption of protein so it's a really good idea to cut back on sugar and increase our intake of protein by eating more oats yogurts beef chicken and turkey.
As well as having lots of bad fats that cause heart disease, high fat diets can increase your rate of hair loss. This study from last year found that mice when consuming a western-style diet experienced inflammation and hair loss.
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Scientists have established how smoking can lead to hair loss it does so by impairing how the enzyme system in the hair follicle operates this enzyme system is called follicular protease antiprotease and it's involved in remodeling tissues when the hair is undergoing a regrowth process. Protease is an enzyme that breaks down proteins into amino acids it can also digest connective tissues and these are found everywhere in the body. They also have other functions other than this. An antiprotease opposes the actions of protease it basically means that smoking starts to break down hair follicles and when they do the hair cannot regrow
There have been a small number of studies exploring the side effects of illegal drugs on animals in one study researchers injected cocaine under the skin of rats within 48 hours patches of hair loss developed around the injection areas and later the cells and living tissue around the area died this study concluded that cocaine injected or inhaled is toxic enough to reduce cell division in hair follicles and consequently may cause telogen effluvium.
While bleaching your hair can be really fashionable it does come with some side effects when you bleach your hair the bleaching process not only breaks down the melanin it also breaks down the fatty acids on the hair shaft so this can make your hair really dry and brittle. You can experience over bleaching or fried hair due to excessive bleaching the hair cuticle is also permanently raised by this bleaching which results in rapid and continuous loss of moisture from the hair.
Bleached hair is also dry porous and brittle and you can experience continued problems of split ends and hair breakage if you bleach your hair too often. So to summarize bleaching does damage the hair so you should be mindful of this when having a bleached hairstyle.
Hair can become dry and brittle and break near the scalp in this condition the hair breaks from the middle of the strand or a few inches away from the scalp this kind of damage is a clear sign of keratin weakening and breakage due to severe damage to the hair protein. If you or someone that you know is experiencing this type of hair loss and it's a good idea to steer clear of harsh shampoos bleaches heat styling products you should also avoid hairstyles that might be putting pressure on the hair such as a tight ponytail or braid this leads to a condition called traction alopecia which is gradual hair loss caused primarily by pulling force being applied to the hair so an easy way to slow down hair loss is to stop these constrictive hairstyles.
The same way that you might build your physique by eating more protein on cutting back on sugar and fatty foods your hair is exactly the same it needs certain vitamins and nutrients and protein to stay thick healthy and strong. If your diet is lacking in nutrients such as vitamin B12 proteins and iron then it's likely to lead to unhealthy and potentially thinning hair these nutrients are responsible for the production of carotene which is a protein that's really important for hair growth. Your hair is actually made of a rough protein called keratin fried and sugary foods increase the production of sebaceous dht which can speed up hair loss so a balanced diet and when you cut back on sugary or fried foods can do wonders for your hair. Rather than showing a direct link between creatine and hair loss a small scale study has shown a link between an increased intake of creatine and higher levels of dihydrotestosterone which may accelerate hair loss in guys who are genetically predisposed to male pattern balding.