Bad Habits That Lead to Hair Loss

by Anjelina Tongco

Hair fall is totally common and anyone who has hair that’s long enough can expect to experience this on any given day. According to experts, people lose anywhere from 50 to 100 strands of hair every day due to hair fall, and that includes even those with healthy hair. There are many things that could lead to hair loss and, eventually, hair thinning. Some of them are habits that you’ve done for so long that it has become a natural instinct. Here are a few bad habits most people have that lead to hair loss. 

  1. Washing hair with hot water - taking a hot shower makes you feel more relaxed but washing your hair while you shower with hot water isn’t doing it any good. Hot showers tend to damage hair and the consequences often include increased hair loss. 
  2. Wearing tight hairstyles - wearing a tight, neat ponytail is a great way to keep hair off of your face. It also adds a smart, polished vibe to any look. Wearing tight hairstyles like ponytails and braids, though, can weaken hair and cause it to fall out. Instead of doing tight ponytails and braids, opt for loose and casual looks to prevent damaging your hair. 
  3. Brushing hair while it’s wet - unless you’re using a wet brush that is specially made to detangle wet hair, you shouldn’t be brushing your hair until it’s at least 80% dry. If you’re in a rush, you can blow dry your hair on the lowest heat setting but, for the most part, you should be air drying your hair instead. 
  4. Heat styling too often - flat irons and curling wands make it convenient to change up your looks whenever you please and however you please but using these heat styling tools too often can also damage hair and result in hair loss. That doesn’t mean curling or straightening hair is off the table, though, you just need to do it less often or resort to heatless styling. 
  5. Getting your hair chemically treated - to perm hair and sport a new look, you’ll have to subject your hair to some damage. This goes for other chemical treatments, too, such as rebonding and bleaching. Getting a chemical hair treatment just for aesthetics might be a good idea now, but it’ll hurt your hair health down the line.
  6. Letting your hair grow damaged - damaged hair can grow back healthy but, before that can happen, you need to get rid of it. Schedule regular appointments with your stylist and get a trim (at least) once every six to eight weeks. Doing this will get rid of all the damaged hairs that are stunting its growth and causing hair fall. 

Already suffering from hair fall and hair thinning? Now that you know which habits might be aggravating the situation, you have to be more mindful and make sure to cut out any of the stuff mentioned above that you might be doing (mindlessly or otherwise). You can also try hair loss treatments such as a keratin treatment