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May 05, 2014

Smoking and Hair Loss:

How Smoking Affects Hair Health

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When smokers take a puff, the body automatically attempts to clean the chemicals from its system. Cleaning takes energy away from other body functions such as hair growth.

Carbon monoxide
Hair follicles are among the fastest growing cells in the body. That is why follicles need continuous access to nutrients and oxygen. Because carbon monoxide limits the oxygen and nutrients available in the blood stream, hair follicle cells suffer from malnutrition and inadequate oxygen when an individual smoker inhales it.

Living in high gear
Nicotine in cigarettes triggers the release of adrenaline, keeping the body revved up. Living in high gear, over time, wears out the entire system, causing the smoker to age faster.

Circulation
Nicotine in the system keeps blood vessels in a contracted state. This restricts blood flow to our fast growing follicle cells, and every other cell in the body.

Hormones
Smoking increases the dihydrotestosterone in hair follicles and, smokers generally have higher levels of testosterone in their system. When elevated amounts of DHT and testosterone get together, the chance of hair loss is increased.

Second hand cigarette smoke contains 250 toxins and 50 of them are carcinogens. If you are around secondhand smoke frequently it is a health hazard and may aggravate hair loss.

How to Restore Health to Your Hair

Hair loss and early graying are visible effects of smoking, making them good motivators for smoking cessation. If you want to quit, make sure you have support and talk to your doctor about the best way to approach it. Here are four more tips:

  1. You will need to learn other ways to relax. Many people smoke when stressed and need new tools to cool their jets post smoking. Music, meditation, breathing or stretching exercises, soaking in the tub, or taking up a hobby, are options. You must find something that works for you.
  2. It is helpful to rid the house of anything related to cigarettes and smoking. That includes cleaning the carpet, drapes, and furniture to eliminate cigarette odor.
  3. Did you know that eating fruits, veggies, and dairy products affect the taste of cigarettes? Many smokers report smoking tastes terrible after eating those good-for-you foods.
  4. Getting exercise helps relieve nervous energy and makes it easier for the body to clean out toxins. The exercise does not have to be strenuous or boring. Walking, yoga, shooting hoops, bike riding, playing tennis, and dancing are suggestions, but choose something you enjoy.
  5. Consider looking into the Low Light Laser Therapy to regrow and restore your hair.

Your health and your hair matter!