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Preventing Hair Loss

  • Take care of your hair -- by paying less attention to it.† Coloring or perming your hair too often can damage it.† Don't perm and color the same day.†
  • Limit heat exposure. Too much blow-drying or hot-curling can damage hair.
  • Limit chlorine exposure. Wear a bathing cap while swimming and shampoo immediately afterwards.
  • Hair is more fragile when wet. Avoid vigorous combing or brushing wet hair.† Using a conditioner or detangler after shampooing can make grooming easier.
  • Avoid drinking too much alcohol and avoid using it on your hair. Hair care products that contain alcohol can make hair dry, brittle and prone to breakage.
  • Over-brushing damages hair -- 100 strokes a day is history.
  • Over-pulling also damages hair. Tight ponytails and braids are damaging.
  • Healthy hair is found on healthy people. Crash diets, illnesses, and even childbirth can cause or exacerbate hair loss.
  • Medications that can cause hair loss include Vitamin A, certain antidepressants, testosterone products, beta blockers, certain cholesterol-lowering agents, and chemotherapy.
  • Stopping birth control pills can contribute to hair loss.
  • Certain medical conditions like lupus, having polycystic ovaries, and hypo or hyperthyroidism can cause hair loss, so consult your physician if you experience unexpected hair loss.
  • Crash diets aren't good for your health or your hair. Rapid weight loss plans, especially low-protein diets, can cause hair loss.

Created: 4/3/2001  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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