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Pollution and Hair Loss

Hair loss can occur for a multitude of reasons, whether it be a genetic disposition, disease, medication, or something else. What most people don’t realize is that the environment is also a factor in hair loss. In fact, there are many environmental conditions beyond your control that could result in hair thinning and a partial or total loss of hair.

Over the past few years, there has been an increase in hair loss in urban populations. Initially, many scientists were quick to blame hair treatments or improper hair care, but it has recently been discovered that pollution may be the cause. Air pollution occurs when dangerous particles and noxious gas are released into the atmosphere. These toxins and carcinogens are then reflected back to the Earth’s surface and can prevent the creation of the protein that aids in hair growth. This means that men in heavily polluted areas like Dallas, London, and San Francisco see a disruption in their natural hair growth cycle and, therefore, begin to lose hair.

The best solution to combat this hair loss would be to move to a more rural area where pollution has less of an impact on the air quality; however, we recognize that this is highly impractical, if not impossible. That is why we suggest a few simple modifications to your daily routine to prevent hair loss:

  • Wash your hair often – If you are regularly subjected to polluted air, something as simple as washing your hair semi-regularly could be widely beneficial. Taking at least four showers a week and using shampoo and conditioner will wash the toxins from your hair and will keep your hair follicles healthy.
  • Use antioxidants – Antioxidants like vitamins A and E, beta-carotene, and green tea help free neutralize radicals that may have settled into your scalp. This helps stimulate hair oxidations in addition to aiding hair growth.
  • Keep hair covered – Less exposure to sunlight and air pollution can help counteract hair loss caused by air pollution.

It’s important to note that if you are regularly exposed to air pollution, these solutions may not produce long-term results. The only real permanent fix is a process perfected by Hairline Ink called scalp micropigmentation. In just two to three treatments, our specialists can give you the look of real hair follicles and a full head of hair. Hair loss due to pollution will no longer be a problem. Call us today or visit our homepage for more details!

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