Does Air Pollution Cause Hair Loss

When we suffer from hair loss, we always try to find a reasonable explanation for it. Sometimes we can put it down to iron deficiency, or perhaps it’s genetic. But have you ever considered that maybe the air is at fault? According to studies going back over 10 years ago, air pollution can actually contribute to hair loss – a lot more than you might think. How? Let’s continue.

So Does Pollution in the Air Cause Hair to Fall Out?

The short answer is: yes. Air pollution can cause hair loss. Hair follicle cells rely on sufficient proteins being present – but common air pollutants can weaken the amount of these cells which means the numbers of these cells can be drastically reduced.

Pollutants in the air will target the very protein responsible for fueling hair growth, so being exposed to those air pollutants can slow down new hair growth processes within the body. It goes without saying that with more exposure to this kind of pollution, the higher chance there will be of experiencing hair loss. Pollutants can speed up the ageing of the hair, which in turn, can cause hair to become thinner where hair regrowth and hair follicles is then adversely affected.


Hair Loss Studies Show…

Air pollution has a direct effect on the vitality and health of the hair follicles and the scalp. Studies show how the extent of the hair loss can be the same as the effects of male pattern baldness and hair loss. Air pollution can also act as the trigger that can cause scar alopecia and alopecia areata.

Air Pollution and Other Effects

Air pollution can also cause build up on hair and can cause hair color to become more dull. Pullutants can cause free radical damage to hair and can result in colour loss and even greying.

When the hair and scalp is affected this way, there is a good chance you will experience irritated scalp and dandruff which in turn can result in loss of hair.

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So How Can You Protect Your Hair from Air Pollution?

Luckily, there are several steps you can take to protect your hair from air pollution and slow down the hair loss process. Remember usually if your scalp is healthy, healthy hair will follow.

  • Use a weekly scalp scrub to remove any buildup of air pollution, dead skin cells, oil and excess product from the hair.
  • You could choose to take a collagen supplement. Air pollution will always be around there’s no getting away from it, and you don’t have any control about how much pollution you’ll be exposed to, so it’s best to find a healthier way forward. A collagen supplement, will help to neutralise any free radical damage.
  • Eat foods and consume drinks high in antioxidants to help protect the body against acids and pollutants.
  • Look into products with potent antioxidant ingredients such as green tea, vitamin C and vitamin E.
  • Find an anti-pollution shampoo. These are created especially to counter the negative effects of air pollution with ingredients such as antioxidants and highly beneficial oils.

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There is a guaranteed hair loss solution we can help you with and that’s scalp micropigmentation. There are ways to treat hair loss problems and SMP is very effective. Skalpec provides the following services for men and women:

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  • Liverpool – Terence Jones Owner and lead technician of Skalptec & Winner of Best Scalp Tech MPUK UK National Award (our Head Office is located in Burscough, Merseyside). Click here to discover for more about Terence.
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There are various ways to treat hair loss and Scalp Micropigmentation is one of them where after just a few treatment sessions you will see guaranteed results – results you will be happy with. Skalptec is an established SMP provider with clinics across the UK and Netherlands.

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