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Smoking and Hair Loss

It is true that hair loss is an unfortunate side effect of growing older and that, eventually, most everyone will experience hair loss; however, our lifestyle choices and environmental conditions may play a role in expediting this process. Studies show that smokers across all races tend to experience hair loss at a higher rate.

Hair loss is caused by a number of factors but is most directly affected by the health of the hair follicle. Radiation, stress, a change in hormones, or the disruption of the hair’s growth phase are all common causes of hair loss that can damage this part of the scalp. The nicotine in cigarettes and tobacco is unique in that it constricts blood vessels to reduce blood flow. Without proper blood flow, your hair is deprived of oxygen, resulting in a disruption to the hair growth cycle. Your hair will not receive the proper nutrients and will not grow normally or will fall out completely.

Smoking cigarettes has been linked to multiple types of hair loss, including Telogen Effluvium, male patterned baldness, and female pattern hair loss. Once you begin smoking, your hair may start to thin, may recede along your hairline, or even fall out all around the scalp. Hair loss treatment from a specialist is often necessary in order to repair the damage.

Unfortunately, if you have smoked for a number of years, the damage may already be done. Habitual smokers may have caused permanent damage to their hair follicle that cannot be reversed. Similarly, those smokers that have simply decided to switch to e-cigarettes are also not safe from hair loss; new studies show that e-cigarettes could be just as harmful to your scalp’s health.

The experts at Hairline Ink recognized the need for a permanent hair loss solution and thus have perfected their treatment, scalp micropigmentation. In just two to three treatments, you can have the look of real 3D hair follicles and a full head of hair. Our specialized pigment also allows us to customize the shade to your specifications, meaning our treatment is completely tailored to your needs. Call us today at 585-250-0835 or visit our homepage for more information!

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