Does smoking have an effect on hair loss? And if yes, what is the impact of smoking on hair loss? In this article I will explain how smoking will influence you hair condition.
Why does smoking have an effect on hair loss?
I will start by saying that smoking does have an impact on hair loss. Your hair grows from hair follicles located just below your scalp. These hair follicles need oxygen, vitamins, minerals and essential nutrients to function properly and to be able to produce healthy hair. Cigarette smoke contains thousands (for the most part toxic chemicals) that have a harmful effect on your entire body, including your hair. Smoking has a negative effect on your blood circulation. This also means that there is less blood that will find its way to the hair follicles. As a result, your hairgrowth cycle wil get disrupted and your hair follicles may be less able to be able to produce strong and healthy hair. This is the main reason that smoking is bad for your hair growth. There are also other bad effects of smoking that can affect hair loss. Smoking who will also have a negative impact on your immune system. If you have a low immune system there is a bigger chance you can get some type of illness that affects your hair condition. It is also proven that smoking accelerates the aging process. People who smoke show earlier signs of premature aging like fine lines and wrinkles on the face. it is no surprise that hair loss also falls into this category.
Studies on the relationship between smoking and hair loss
In 2007 some reseachers in Taiwan studied the impact of smoking on hair loss in males. The research was done on more than 700 Taiwaneze men age 40 and older. This study showed that the men that smoked had significantly less hair compared to the non-smokers. They also discovered that the more a man smoked the bigger the impact was on his hair loss. If A man smoked more than 20 cigarettes per day his chances of having moderate to severe hair loss increased by 100%..
Is smoking the MAIN reason that you are getting bold?
No, most certainly not. As I mentioned before smoking will affect your hair loss most definitely, however the impact of smoking on your hair loss is much lower compared to the impact of DHT and stress. So if you’re looking for the primary reason that you’re hair loss is increasing it is certainly not smoking. I hope this information will not cause you to continu smoking like you did before. Smoking is, apart from being bad for your hair just very damaging to your general health condition. If you want to enjoy the remaining hairs on your head as long as possible I suggest you should stop smoking as soon as possible.