It's a commonly known fact that alcohol and smoking aren't great for your overall health. But it turns out that these can both cause hair loss. We'll give you time to let that sink in. It really fuc*ing sucks.
Men's hair loss can be a touchy topic, but we're just trying to help you! If you're losing hair sooner than you think you should be, alcohol and drinking could be to blame.
How Does Alcohol Cause Hair Loss?
You know those killer hangovers you get from drinking too much? It's caused by dehydration. It zaps your insides of water leaving you feeling miserable. The same thing happens to your hair follicles when you drink. It starves them of water. As if that's not bad enough, when your body is trying to force all the alcohol out of your system, it flushes needed essential nutrients out that are crucial for hair growth. It can leave your hair dry, thin, weak, and full of split ends. After just one intense night of binge drinking your hair loses a lot of its bounce and vitality.
Two key minerals play a huge part in keeping your hair healthy. Zinc and iron. Zinc keeps your body running smoothly and keeps your hair looking incredible. A lack of iron can cause hair to prematurely turn grey and also fall out. Yikes, no thanks.
How Does Smoking Cause Hair Loss?
We'll just throw this out there, smoking is fuc*ing terrible for you dude. Not only does it cause so many cardiac and respiratory problems, it's a leading cause of hair loss and damaged hair. When you puff on just one cigarette you may be thinking it's harmless. Guess what? It's not. Just one cigarette bathes your body's cells in 4,000 different chemicals, with each one doing harmful things to your body.
Similar to alcohol, smoking dehydrates the shit out of you. This causes hair loss, thinning, and breakage. Cigarettes contain nicotine and carbon monoxide, which are two chemicals that are extremely dangerous to your health. They cause your blood vessels to constrict which makes it harder for blood to pump throughout your body and limits your blood's ability to carry oxygen. This directly impacts your hair follicles causing them to jump ship from your noggin.
What Can You Do About It?
Dudes, kick your smoking habit to the curb. Seriously. It's a nasty habit that will turn you bald way faster than any genetics will. It's one of the leading causes of death around the world. If that's still not enough for you, smoking has the power to affect how you look and feel. Smokers tend to look older than they are, especially with those grey hairs and bald heads they sport around every day. You'll also feel better and breathe easier with clear lungs and a thick head of hair.
Now, we're not saying you have to eliminate alcohol forever. Although that would be great, it's not as harmful as smoking is for your locks and health (in moderation). Just avoid binge drinking, and attempt to start limiting your drinking habits. One to three drinks a week is a great start.
Once you stop smoking and get a handle on your drinking, you'll instantly notice results. Your hair will stop falling out and it will slowly regain its strength and healthy texture.
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