Hair Growth is a very fragile metabolic process most of us don’t even bother to think about until it’s too late. You see, there are numbers of factors that can slow down hair growth these days and, although most of us would like to believe all hair problems are a result of bad genetics and external influences, the truth is that a lot of crucial decisions and habits that, among other things influence and the hair growth, ultimately rest on us. So, if you’ve ever wondered what are the most common mistakes, habits or even events that can halt normal hair growth, take a look at this list:
1. Chemical Treatments
Harsh, prolonged, frequent chemical hair treatments such as bleaching, relaxing or permanently curling hair (perming) won’t only reduce the quality of your hair making it lifeless, damaged and very prone to breakage but it can seriously slow down hair growth as well. But, that’s not the worst info you’ll get today. You see, some medical researches have even successfully managed to link these treatments with the growing occurrence of male balding pattern in women!
2. Physical and Emotional Trauma and Stress
Emotional and physical traumas as well as high levels of stress can and probably will take a toll on your hair and although there is really no way to foresee and prevent all the traumatic moments in your life, you could at least try to take on a different approach and reduce the list of things you tend to stress about every day to a unavoidable minimum. This type of hair loss occurs when, due to stress or trauma, almost all hair follicles enter the so-called resting phase in the same moment and although it may result in a very speedy hair loss, the good news is that the effects are reversible.
3. Nutrient Deficiency
Poor diet, unbalanced diet as well as eating disorders are just some of many things that can mess with steady hair growth. Our bodies need protein, vitamins, minerals – it needs all kinds of nutrients to keep working properly and sustain healthy, undisturbed hair growth. If you’re not eating enough or not eating the right food, you will start to notice that your hair isn’t as good as it once was and doesn’t grow as fast as it did – that is your body telling you that it doesn’t have enough fuel.
4. Some Medications
Sad but true- even some medications used to treat diabetes, heart conditions, blood pressure or high cholesterol can be responsible for thinning hair. It’s one of the side effects you can’t really affect although you might want to consult your doctor to inquire about alternative medications and/or supplements that could reverse the process.
5. Hormonal Changes
Hormonal imbalance during pregnancy or menopause as well as thyroid problems and even contraceptive pills, steroids and hormone replacement procedures can cause a temporary or in some cases permanent hair loss too.
6. Sleep Deprivation
My dad often says that if people are meant to be nocturnal creatures they would be given infra red eyes and - guess what? He is right! The rule that says that a healthy good night’s rest must last 7-8 hours isn’t made to make you lose a significant part of your life but to help your body rest, relax and regenerate. Yup, body regenerates while you sleep – your skin repairs itself, your eyes rest, your brain rests and your hair grows so sleep deprivation and sleeping disorders may lead to slow hair growth among many other things such as dull skin, brittle nails, inability to concentrate and weakened memory.
7. Bad Habits
Your coffee drinking habit as well as smoking addiction are two things you should most definitely blame for your unsatisfactory hair growth. And although coffee might even do your body good if taken in very small doses, nicotine actually hardens blood vessels limiting the circulation of blood and causing healthy hair follicles to die.
So the next time you catch yourself considering a new miraculous hair growth medication, procedure or a supplement, think hard about all those completely free ways to ensure optimal hair growth by trying to modify your lifestyle just a little bit. Well, I hope you found a lot of useful information here and if you know any other things that can mess with normal hair growth, do feel free to share them.