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10 Common mistakes that lead to hair loss

While some conditions are out of one's control, most of the time, it’s the little mistakes that causes this unpleasant situation.

Did you know? Excess towel drying causes hair to get pulled out of the roots.

We all dread hair fall. While some conditions like male pattern baldness are out of one’s control, most of the time, it’s the little mistakes that causes this unpleasant situation. Let’s understand what they are:

  1. Over washing:

Most men usually tend to wash their hair every day. When you do so, you strip your scalp of natural oils that keep your hair nourished. This causes it to detach from the roots and fall more. At max, you should wash it three to four times a week.

If you are suffering from hair loss, opt for a shampoo that treats it.

  1. Blow drying hair without heat protection

Blow drying is an easy and quick way to style your hair. However, exposing your mane to excess heat regularly causes damage, eventually leading to its loss. If you wish to continue using a blow dryer, then invest in a good quality heat protection spray or gel.

  1. Intense towel drying

Nobody likes to step out of the house with wet and unruly hair. We often end up heat drying or towel drying our hair after a shower. Excess and forceful towel drying causes hair to get pulled out of the roots. Instead of a towel, you should use a softer material made with microfibers that doesn’t cause too much friction.

Massaging your scalp regularly with warm hair oil can stimulate hair growth.

  1. Tight hairstyles

Tightly pulled back hair, wearing elastic bands and other such tight hairdos lead to hair loss over a long period of time. Hairstyles like cornrows or dreads can also pull hair causing chronic traction. Try wearing more natural and loose styles to avoid a receding hairline.

  1. Not having enough protein

We usually don’t realise the importance of a balanced and healthy diet when it comes to hair and skin health. A diet that lacks protein causes weak tresses. When you don’t consume enough, your body stops the growth of hair, as they’re made of protein. Talk to a nutritionist or read up on how to increase protein intake as per your diet for a healthy mane.

  1. Overlooking an unhealthy scalp

A scalp that is infected and unhealthy leads to long term hair loss. It could be a form of dermatitis or some sort of microbial infection that is causing itching and loss. You can try over-the-counter products or consult a dermatologist for a long-term solution.

Do not ignore dandruff. Treat it with the right shampoo.

  1. Combing wet hair

Your hair is more fragile when wet. Combing, brushing or styling it when wet leads to excessive loss. Wait for your hair to partially dry on its own before your start brushing them.

  1. Taking too much of emotional stress

Stress exasperates an already existing hair loss problem. It is very important to maintain a healthy and happy lifestyle for lusciously strong hair.

  1. Using hairsprays before heat styling

Hairsprays contain alcohol that burns when it comes in contact with heat from hot irons. If you ever hear a fizzing sound it’s because you used products containing alcohol before styling. This damages your hair eventually leading to hair fall.

  1. Using the wrong sized brush

Yes, there is such a thing as a wrong sized brush. Depending on the texture and volume of your hair, the thickness and size of your brush or comb should vary. People with excessively curly hair should use a broad brush with widely spaced bristles.

Keep these 10 things in mind next time you experience hair fall!

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