Smoking and hair loss

Most people see smoking as a form of relieving stress, while some see it as a nuisance. Whichever team you’re on, it is common knowledge that there are more harmful effects of smoking than positive ones. We’re not going to get into how it affects your health, instead, we’re talking about how smoking can be linked to hair loss. Not many people are aware, but smoking can cause premature hair loss or aggravate it. There are several ways smoking can accelerate hair loss, some of them are:

Affects blood circulation

Your hair needs oxygen, minerals and other nutrients (Vitamins, Omega-3) to maintain good health and strength. Cigarettes contain highly toxic chemicals that are proven to compromise your blood circulation. Poor circulation means your hair will not receive an adequate amount of these nutrients, thus slowing and interrupting the hair-growth cycle. This will damage your hair strands and ends, plus it will also cause hair fall.

Increases DHT

DHT is the androgen that helps to give men male traits and characteristics. Cigarettes increase DHT production in the body. An increase in DHT is known to shrink hair follicles, thus causing hair loss in men. So, smoking will indirectly cause hair loss and a receding hairline in this case.

Weakens your immune system

Cigarette smoking can compromise the strength of your immune system. A weak immune system means less protection against illnesses and diseases. Further, these diseases can cause hair loss or even the medicines used to fight these diseases can contribute to hair loss. A weakened immune system may also increase your chances of a bacterial or fungal infection on the scalp. These infections can cause severe hair fall.

Increases head oil secretion

Tobacco has nicotine- it can stimulate your dopamine system or accelerate the secretion of dopamine. It also simultaneously promotes the secretion of adrenaline. This, in turn, increases the secretion of oil on the scalp. Oil blocks your hair follicles, making them unable to breathe. Eventually, it will affect hair growth and cause hair loss.

Environmental Pollution

Cigarette smoke isn’t just bad for you if you inhale it, the lingering smoke in the air around you can also contribute to hair loss. If you smoke in your car or at home, the smoke will accumulate over time (if there’s no proper circulation of air). This polluted air can aggravate hair loss and cause hair damage over some time.

The only way to stop these issues and reverse their effects is to quit smoking. You will see noticeable results within weeks of quitting. However, quitting smoking can be very difficult as it’s highly addictive. Often, it can take several tries to give up the habit for good. Either way, till there is visible thinning on your scalp, Kerrato hair fibres have your back. They will effortlessly give you thicker-looking hair and make you feel as if there was no damage by smoking in the first place.

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