Hair fall is one of the most common problems faced by people. It’s a problem that affects both men and women. While it can happen at any age, the most common age group to experience hair fall is between the ages of 30 and 60. It’s a condition that affects both men and women. It occurs when the scalp loses its ability to produce new hair. This can be caused by a number of factors, such as stress, poor diet, smoking or a genetic predisposition. In this post, we discuss the effect of smoking on hair fall and the treatment options available. We also give you the details of a study done by researchers to prove that smoking is a major cause of hair loss in women as well as in men.
Smoking is not only bad for your general health, but it also affects your hairs. Smoking damages the blood vessels that nourish the hair follicles. This causes the hair to fall out. Smokers lose more hair on their head than non-smokers.
Smoking leads to hair loss by following effects :
- Smoking leads to formation of many chemicals known as smoke metabolites. These chemicals causes blood vessels to contract, resulting in low blood supply to hair roots or hair follicles.
- Smoking leads to DNA damage thus affect growth cycle of hair follicles.
- Smoke metabolites leads to formation of hazardous chemical structures in body, known as free radicles. These free radicals impose oxidative stress on hair follicular cells resulting in inhibition of hair growth.
- Smoking creates small areas of inflammation around hair follicles resulting in fibrosis around hair follicles thus reducing blood supply to hair producing cells.
There are so many studies and researches that support the fact that smoking leads to higher amount of hair loss. Still few studies have shown no improvement in hair loss after stopping of smoking especially in Andro-genetic Alopecia (AGA) patients.
Even if there is no full proof data to confirm relationship between hair loss and smoking, we highly recommend that you must stop smoking to boost hair growth as most of studies indicate that smoking is one of the cause of hair loss in both men and women. Apart from hair growth, looking at overall health benefits, you must stop smoking earliest.