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Habits that make your hair thinner

Many aspects of our lifestyle, from what we eat to how we style our hair, affects the health and thickness of our mane. Thicker hair is just about making a few simple tweaks to your lifestyle. So here we list a few habits that actually make your hair thinner. If you stop these habits, you have hope to grow yourself a thick mane, back again! Oh yeah.

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Steamy showers

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Hot water dehydrates strands, leading to dry, brittle hair that's more prone to snap and fall out. You may be washing the protective oils from your scalp when you take steamy showers, and the heat sends your pores into overdrive to keep up with the oil production. This damages your roots and leads to hair fall.

Hair dryers

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The temperature that a hair dryer emits can damage the proteins that make up your hair and protect the cuticle. Once the cuticle is damaged, your hair is more prone to breakage.

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Crash diets

In a bid to make your body thinner, you may just be doing the same to your hair – making it thinner. Your body requires nutrients for bodily functions which includes hair production. When this is suddenly and drastically shut out or reduced, your scalp becomes unhealthy and your hair starts to thin out.

Wet hair

Mishandling wet hair is one more reason why your hair is thinning. Your hair is the most fragile when it is saturated with water and is therefore prone to severe breakage if dried harshly. Wet hair must not be combed as well, since the pores on your scalp are open after bathing and this can cause hair fall.

Tight hairstyles

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Tying a tight pony or braiding your hair can cause permanent damage to the hair cuticle. These styles, if used for prolonged periods of time without rest, can lead to traction alopecia.

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Hair styling products

Gels and waxes/sprays that set your hair firm for long periods of time usually contain alcohol that makes your hair rigid. This leads to dry and brittle hair in the long run.

Scratching your head

Itchy scalp may result in hair loss due to scratching-induced hair damage. This can be due to dandruff and must be addressed.

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Unclean scalp

Not washing your hair enough can cause a build-up of product and an itchy scalp. Both of these can severely damage your hair and make it thinner.



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