October 15, 2021

Can showers cause you to lose your hair?

Showers are a great way to refresh and cleanse, but they can also cause you to lose your hair. This is a common concern that a lot of people have when starting a shower routine. Here are some ways showers affect hair loss:

Water temperature

When the water is too hot, it weakens your hair shafts, causing them to break. This often leads to hair loss. Luckily, there is a simple fix: just lower the water temperature. Warm, not hot, water will do wonders for your hair. Cold showers are also a great way to stimulate the scalp and strengthen your hair. Depending on personal preference, you can choose to have a warmer or cooler shower.

Recommendation: Have warm-to-cool showers to avoid hair loss.

Hair products

Many people use shampoo and conditioner every day. If these products are too harsh on your hair, they can cause excessive loss of strands. This makes your hair thinner and weaker-which can lead to more breakage. One way to combat this is to use a deep conditioning treatment every so often. You can also use a mild shampoo and conditioner. If you use too much, your hair can become limp and greasy-looking.

Recommendation: Use a deep conditioning treatment every few weeks and mild shampoo and conditioner as needed. Avoid using excessive amounts of any product.

Showering too much

People often take multiple showers per day, but this can actually have the opposite effect on your hair health. Showers actually strip natural oils from your scalp and strands, which can lead to dryness and breakage. Some people recommend that you take no more than one shower a day and that you use a gentle shampoo free of sulfates. If you have dandruff, it is especially important to limit your showers.

Recommendation: Limit the number of showers- take no more than one per day. Use gentle shampoo free of sulfates if you have dandruff.

Water hardness

Water hardness affects how often you need to wash your hair. Hard water can dry out your scalp and your hair, which can lead to more breakage and hair loss. If you have hard water at your house, consider a shower filter to remove the minerals from your water. That way you do not have to wash every day.

Recommendation: Consider a shower filter if you have hard water.

Water pressure

You might not notice any difference in your hair when changing the water's pressure from very low to very high, but it does cause friction on your strands, which can make them brittle and break easily. Be careful with high-pressure showers.

Recommendation: Be careful with high-pressure showers.

Shampooing

Shampooing can actually cause you to lose more hair than just leaving it alone. In general, the less you shampoo the better as this allows your natural oils to condition and strengthen your roots. However, if you have dandruff or a flaky scalp, you may need to shampoo a few more times a week. If you have the right products, this won't damage your hair or cause excessive loss.

Recommendation: Shampoo a few times a week if needed for dandruff.

Conditioner

Conditioner is a great way to smooth and hydrate your hair, but it can also cause some issues. Be sure that you are not putting too much of it on as this will weigh down your locks and lead them to break off. Also, be sure that you are rinsing the conditioner off of your hair completely, as leaving it on can cause buildup which can be extremely harmful to strands. Lastly, try not to use too many different products on your locks- one or two will do just fine!

Recommendation: Do not put too much conditioner on your hair, be sure to rinse it off completely, and do not use too many different products.

Too much stress on the head

If you are constantly scrubbing your hair in circular motions under the showerhead, then you put too much strain on your roots. This can lead to hair damage and breakage. When scrubbing your locks, try to use the pads of your fingers instead.

Recommendation: Limit the circular scrubbing under the showerhead and use the pads of your fingers instead.

Baking soda

Microscopic tears can develop in hair shafts when you have baking soda or another alkalizing agent on them for too long. These tears are very small and you may not notice them-which is why it's important to rinse out all chemicals from your hair, no matter how natural they are.

Recommendation: Rinse out all chemicals from your hair, no matter how natural they are.

Water volume

Constant exposure to high volume water will cause your scalp to become dehydrated, which will lead to breakage and extreme shedding. The solution to this problem is simple- just lower the water pressure!

Recommendation: Just lower the water pressure!

Towel drying

When you rub your hair with a towel after showering, you can end up with the same problem as when scrubbing it- micro-tears in the hair shaft. Instead, try to pat dry and use a wide-tooth comb instead of a brush to detangle your locks.

Recommendations: Avoid over-drying your hair with a towel.

Blowdrying

The excessive heat from blowdrying damages your hair and causes it to frizz, leading to more moisture loss. blowdrying can lead to hair loss as well as it weakens the hair by stripping away oils. Furthermore, blowdrying can lead to split ends and more breakage

Recommendation: Try not to blowdry your hair often. If possible, let it dry naturally. Use a diffuser if you must use a hair-dryer

Excessive brushing

Brushing your locks can lead to a lot of breakages, especially if you brush wet hair. The best way to go about this is to gently take down knots with a wide-tooth comb or by hand instead. Hair loss can also be caused by brushing when hair is in vulnerable stages, such as after you wash it or when it's wet. Also, make sure that the brush you are using has soft bristles

Recommendation: Be careful with your brushing knots gently with a wide-tooth comb or by hand, don't brush when hair.

Hair dye

Unfortunately, dyeing your hair can strip the natural oils from it and lead to excessive dryness. It can also cause you to lose colour in patches if not done properly, which causes further damage. hair loss is caused by hair lightening products as well- they can cause immense damage to dark locks.

Recommendation: Go lighter, if you must dye your hair. Consult an expert if you plan on doing it yourself.

Covering up hair loss with Scalp micropigmentation

If you have lost your hair by having a bad showering routine then you might want to consult your doctor. This is because there are more serious conditions which can cause hair loss. There are also cosmetic solutions one of them being Scalp micropigmentation, also known as Sculp tattooing. This procedure is used to cover up baldness by giving the appearance of a full head of hair via some ink on the top of the scalp. Some people may be happy with this solution but for those who want their hair back.

Summary

If you want to prevent hair loss in the shower, then you need to be sure that you Limit the amount of heat to which your hair is exposed. Keep it below 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Limit the amount of conditioner you put on your hair as it can lead to build up and unwanted weight. Do not scrub your scalp in a circular manner under the showerhead, rather use the pads of your fingers to massage it gently. Limit the number of chemicals you put in your hair, if possible try to rinse them out completely before getting out of the shower. Limit your use of the showerhead- unless water pressure is too low, in which case just lower it. Do not use baking soda on your hair. Rinse out all chemicals from your hair no matter how natural they are. Try to pat dry your locks gently and avoid blowing them with a hairdryer. Be careful when brushing wet or damp hair, take down knots gently. Give your locks some days to dry naturally instead of blow-drying them or rubbing them with a towel. If you dye your hair, make sure that you use good quality hair dye and go lighter if possible instead of darker. Consult an expert if there is balding or loss of colour due to chemicals or other damage.

Article written by CraigSMPLiverpool
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