Everyone has habits, some good, some bad, have you ever stopped and thought about how these habits could be affecting certain aspects of your life? Today we’re looking into some every day habits that might have a negative effect on your hair and could even cause hair loss.
Our diet can affect many aspects of our life and a poor diet can in some cases cause serious health problems in the future. Some people don’t realise that poor diet and bad eating habits can have a negative effect on the health of their hair.
It is important to eat a balanced diet if you want to have healthy hair, your body needs a mixture of nutrients and vitamins to keep both the hair and your body healthy. For example, protein works towards promoting hair growth and keeping the hair strong and healthy, Vitamin A and C work towards fighting hair loss, and other nutrients such as copper and iron are essential for keeping hair loss issues at bay.
Try to eat a balanced diet with foods such as fish, chicken, spinach, eggs and sweet potato to keep your body and hair as healthy as possible. If you think your diet might be lacking certain vitamins there are a range of supplements that can help.
Do you often just tie your hair up in a quick hair style that you know is easy and suits you? Many of us are stuck in the habit of having the same hairstyle day in, day out, although you might think nothing of this – it can actually lead to hair loss.
Traction alopecia is a type of hair loss that happens over a long period of time. If you put your hair under constant strain or tension it can cause the hair to break or to fall out. This gradual hair loss happens due to pulling force being applied to the hair on a regular basis.
If you frequently wear your hair in tight styles such as high ponytails, buns or braids you can put tension on the hair and run the risk of gradually losing some of the hair. Traction alopecia can easily be stopped, to stop this you can simply try wearing your hair in different styles, by simply leaving your hair down or by choosing styles that do not require the hair to be pulled tight.
There are always different trends that we want to follow, even when it comes to our hair. Hair dye trends were huge last year from the more subtle ‘rose gold’ to full blown bright ‘unicorn’ hair. Whilst following these trends and trying something new might seem like no harm at all, it can actually become a damaging habit.
For anyone who wants blonde hair, or wants to lighten the hair before opting for a bright colour you’ll need to bleach your hair with the use of peroxide. Peroxide works to break down natural pigment in the hair which can become drying and can in turn damage the hair.
If you don’t bleach your hair and opt for a normal dye thinking it’s the better option it’s important to remember most hair dyes contain ammonia. With continuous use, ammonia can damage the hair, the dye doesn’t just ‘stain’ your hair it actually breaks through a couple of barriers in order to set permanently. The dye works its way into the hair shaft which means it has to get through the hairs natural protection – the cuticle, which can over time cause your hair to become damaged.
Getting into the habit of dying your hair frequently can cause damage to the hair, and could cause breakage and thinning of the hair. We recommend you dye your hair as little as possible and try to only dye root re-growth rather than all of the hair. It is important to go to a professional salon too, as they can assess the condition of your hair before advising what dyes can be used.
Just as dying your hair too often can cause chemical damage, using heat tools such as a hairdryer, straighteners or curling tongs can also damage the hair. Using heat on your hair on a daily basis is a habit we advise you to try and break away from.
Heat styling is fine in moderation however, excessive heat usage can damage your hair causing it to become dry and brittle which can result in the hair breaking and becoming shorter. Try to keep your heat styling to a minimum, try washing your hair before bed and letting it dry naturally, and try using straighteners or curling tongs every other day.