Have you been noticing extra strands of hair in your comb? Or maybe you are finding huge heavy clumps of hair in the shower? Such signs are not only alarming but herald that your preventive techniques for protecting your hair are far from being right. Nevertheless, hair care methods have come a long way to prove that thinning of your hair is not only related to genetics alone but actually has a lot to do with the way you handle and care for your tresses. Dr. Glynis Ablon, who happens to be an expert in men dermatology opines that any form of physical or environmental stress is something that can be fought to help reduce thinning of hair and take care of the damage that’s already been done. Simple things like a healthy diet and working with the right set of hair products including oils and shampoo can do the job right. Additionally, it’s also important to know that how daily lifestyle and habits also have a far flung impact on hair and could be one of the most common culprits that can be listed. Here’s a mull over across 7 such reasons why you are brushing your hair towards thinning.
Towel Drying Roughly
Most men are pretty particular about towel drying their hair right after shower and they tend to do it vigorously. Such practices are not only detrimental for your cuticles but also do equal damage to outer strands of your hair. One should know that the entire structure of your hair is held by three bonds which impart strength and vitality. Now, when your hair is sopping wet, it tends to swell causing the cuticle to lift up. Subsequently, when it dries, the cuticle returns to its original position. When it’s lifted a little bit during the stage when your hair is wet, it makes your hair vulnerable to almost anything that comes in contact with it, including your microfiber towel too. Sounds scary? Fret not. There are few simple things that you can do to stop these things from happening, like using Ayurvedic Hair Oil Products and a good natural conditioner. Also, it’s important that you change the very way you towel dry. Instead of rubbing your towel with wet hands, try and pat your hair dry.
The Presence of Chlorine
Fancy a dive in the pool? Remember, the presence of chlorine in pool water almost everywhere works quite vehemently by resorting to remove all natural oils from hair strands and thus weakening the bonding that exists between hair fibres. Thus, they are left prone to being dry which in turn leads to hair fall. As a remedy to this, try using a shampoo that has goodness of moisturizers and conditioner on a daily basis right after your shower in the pool. This should help promote the health of your hair after it’s been a while in the pool exposed to chlorine treated water and also restore the moisture and strength.
Harmful UV Rays
UV rays have been found to degrade hair bonding contributing towards its brittleness and dryness and ultimately lead to breakage resulting in thinning and baldness, in the long run. Also, if your hair is long and thick, it can give you rough texture which makes it all the way more unmanageable. Now, one might be always being able to feel the burn, but the rays of sun that carry harmful UV rays not only damage your skin but also your hair in the same manner. So, what do you do? Does it mean it’s the end of day for you out in the sun? No way! Just use a good SPF, try wearing a hat and use a shampoo with hydrating features to help protect and retain moisture.
Combing or Brushing In an Aggressive Manner
Needless to reiterate, brushing or combing techniques puts a lot of physical stress on the hair fibers also contributing to cause the cuticle to strip and flake. Furthermore, aggressive brushing while your hair is still wet or damp which leads to pulling and excessive amount of hair fall and breakage. Treat your hair like as if you would have treated silk. Always make sure to use grooming tools that work gentle on your hair and stay away from irons and curlers for good.
Wearing a Cap or a Hat Every Time
The goodness of wearing a hat to protect your hair from the sun is always a good practice. However, if you indulge in wearing a cap, like for instance, a baseball cap all the time, it might not be a good idea. Any type of undue stress on your hair, like pulling or a moderate amount of rubbing can lead to easy breakage and hair fall. Any baseball cap when it fits right also creates a good amount of pressure from all sides of your hair. In case, you need to wear it all the time, ensure that you use Coconut Hair Oil along with a good moisturizer based conditioner to alleviate breakage and hair fall in tandem.
Picking On The Wrong Grooming Products
Using wrong grooming products like a bar of soap to clean your hair can actually do more harm than good. Primarily, it leads to excessive drying of hair and at the end, it leads to final destination, which is hair loss and breakage. The underlying cause is the presence of several chemical ingredients which are commonly found in store bought products. These products include preservatives which are added to extend the shelf life of grooming products and include parabens as well as formaldehyde which have been found to affect hormones in quite a few studies. Also, the presence of ethanolamines causes keratin to break down which results in scalp irritation. On the other hand, you got polyethylene glycol that works to take away the much-needed moisture from the hair shafts and cause further damage.
Over Styling Your Hair
More than 80 percent of dermatologists believe that physical stress-causing elements are the ones that cause the most damage. However, the damage may be also linked to certain predisposition genetics. In other words, the more you tend to over-style your hair subjecting it to physical stress and pressure, the more you are guaranteed towards hair thinning and baldness in the long run.