Exercise and Hair Loss

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Excessive Exercise can lead to Hair Loss.

Hair Loss is a very common problem

Hair Loss in WomenWe all know that regular exercise is vital for a healthy lifestyle, which keeps your body and your hair healthy, besides staying in shape. However, if done in excess along with a diet geared towards weight loss, it may lead to sleep disorder, fatigue and heavy hair fall too. So nutrition should be addressed as a priority.

Recent studies, by medical professionals, focusing on hair loss indicate that high level exercise training may cause hair loss. Excessive exercise can make the body experience chronic stress conditions, which is one of the two main reasons of telogen effluvium. It is a condition in which hair follicles enter the resting phase prematurely, which causes more hair loss than usual.

The negative impact of strenuous over-exercising is more in women due to reduction in estrogen and rise in testosterone. It can disturb the menstrual cycle and lead to brittle bones.

One explanation is that women tend to be more vulnerable to shifts in hormone levels and are thus more sensitive to any testosterone-boosting activities, whether it be exercising or otherwise.

Too much of exercise disturbs the hair growing pattern and lead to hair fall. Dr.Feroz Khan from Darling Roots Hair Clinic, says any type of vigorous exercise puts the body, including hair, to stress. The body burns fat and carbohydrates during work out. Therefore, an adequate diet need to be followed to prevent hair loss. Any form of exercise be it working out, walking, swimming or jogging, for five days a week and about 45 minutes to one hour is enough. Along with that, one must consume a proper diet full of vitamins, proteins and minerals. Else, it will definitely lead to hair loss, says Dr.Feroz Khan.

Poor nutrition is another cause of telogen effluvium, making the hair thinner throughout the scalp. Other factors that can lead to hair loss include using steroids to boost physical performance and a lack of proper hair care, such as leaving chlorinated water on hair after swimming or allowing sweat to build up on the scalp for too many days.

Prevention / Solution to combat hair loss while exercising!

Regular brisk exercise will prevent some hair loss because it boosts general health as well as circulation. The health of your hair is a reflection of overall health of your body, says Dr.Feroz Khan.

As per Dr.Khan, moderate exercise, taking care of proper nutrition, getting normal sleep, drinking lots of water and citrus juices and practicing stress reduction is vital to promote scalp health.

Peripheral Vascular Disease: Is a condition in which there is inadequate blood circulation to the lower limbs. Exercise plays a key role in improving circulation in people who have peripheral artery disease, which causes hair loss on the legs.

Anemia and Hair Loss.

Female athletes are at higher risk of microcytic anemia ( iron deficiency anemia), One consequence of iron deficiency can be hair loss. Termed alopecia, this type of hair loss shows circular areas or may spread to all over the scalp. There may be a receding hairline or inflammation, and a person may lose eyebrows, eyelashes or pubic hair.

Steroids and Hair Loss.

Athletes and others who use anabolic steroids to boost the intensity or effectiveness of their workouts can lose hair. These steroids are similar to testosterone, a main contributor to hair loss. In some extremely rare cases, excessive exercise without steroids can raise testosterone levels and lead to hair loss.

Sweat Buildup and Hair Loss.

Sweat causes salty buildup on scalp with moisture that can cause hair  to break , shed, make them dull and dry. You can prevent sweat damage to hair by controlling salt buildup. This can be prevented by washing hair with a shampoo that is mild and pH-balanced at least twice a week. Condition weekly with a moisturizing protein conditioner. Also limit your use of curling irons and blow driers that will damage your hair.

Swimming pool and hair Loss! Chlorine is the Culprit.

Swimming pools need to keep high levels of chemicals such as chlorine in them for public health and safety. Swimming in chlorinated pools can cause hair to break off because of drying effect of chlorine.

The best way to protect your hair is prior to swimming wet your hair with non-chlorinated water so it absorbs the regular water first. If you can rinse with non-chlorinated water, every half an hour while you are in pool and wearing a swim cap and conditioning your hair after swimming will help to prevent the ill effects of chlorine.

Darling Roots Important Tips For People Who Attend Gym Regularly.

  • Make sure your workouts are as stress-free as possible.
  • Warm-up before your workout and cool-down after.
  • Stretch muscles thoroughly. Injuries are the ultimate body stressors.
  • Keep your scalp healthy and free from sweat.
  • Wash and rotate your hats regularly.
  • Wash your hair with a mild pH-balanced shampoo twice a week and use a protein-rich conditioner.
  • Reduce amount of heat you apply to your hair, heat damages hair.
  • Replace tight, restricting hairstyles with looser options.
  • Be gentle when you brush and style your hair.

Before you get into the swimming pool, wet your hair with non-chlorinated water.  Your hair will soak up the regular water and will not be damaged as badly by the chlorine.  If possible, get out of the pool and rinse your hair after 30 minutes of swimming.  Otherwise, wear a swim cap.  Also, make sure you wash your hair with shampoo after each pool workout.

Exercise safely and minimally and you can hang on to your hair.

Work on improving your overall health and your hair will follow you.