When you run your fingers through your hair, have you noticed it is quite as thick as it usually is? Maybe your forehead looks larger or a bald patch is forming? No matter signs, thinning hair can significantly impact your self-esteem. Although it might feel like an isolating problem, it’s more common than you might believe. In fact, 85% of men and 40% of women will experience some degree of hair loss in Highland Park. While you might attribute it to age, it could be the result of a bad habit. Here are 5 surprising reasons you might be losing your hair.
1. Not Washing Your Hair Enough
Believe it or not, if you don’t shampoo your hair often enough, it could cause it to fall out. Washing your hair removes oil and pollutants that can irritate your scalp. If they aren’t washed away regularly, it can cause inflammation, which can disturb your hair growth; however, washing your hair too often can also cause you to shed more. Although everyone’s needs differ, most people should shampoo their hair at least every other day.
2. Not Eating Healthy
A balanced diet is essential for healthy hair. Your diet should consist of a variety of proteins, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats. If you’re lacking iron, vitamin D, or zinc, you may experience thinning hair.
3. Overbleaching Your Hair
Bleaching your hair can damage the cuticle which causes the fibers the thin. This can make your hair more prone to breakage. You don’t need to give up your hair color. Instead, it’s best to ask your hairstylist for a high-lift color, not bleach. If that’s not possible, try to limit how often you bleach your hair.
4. Using the Wrong Brush
Your brush is intended to make your hair look better by removing tangles and smoothing it but using the wrong brush can cause a lot of damage, like one made of boar bristles. The best brush to use is one that’s ventilated with rounded plastic prongs.
Smoking reduces blood flow to your scalp, which can hinder the growth of hair follicles. It can also increase stress levels and free-radical development that inhibit certain cellular tasks vital for hair growth. Kicking the habit can sometimes reverse thinning hair, but that depends on how much damage has been done to the circulatory system.
Reverse Thinning Hair
Often, breaking a bad habit can turn back the clock to restore your beautiful locks. Unfortunately, if the changes aren’t enough, it is time to see your hair restoration professional. Many people are turning to NeoGraft, which uses your own hair follicles to reverse your thinning hair.
About Dr. Irvin Wiesman
Dr. Irvin Wiesman is a board-certified plastic surgeon, as well as in hand and microvascular surgery. Dr. Wiesman also specializes in hair restoration. He offers NeoGraft to treat hair loss in men and women. If you’re ready to invest in your self-esteem using a revolutionary treatment, contact our office today to schedule your consultation.