Hair loss and your living environment

There are a number of factors that can cause hair loss. Hair loss cannot be chalked up to genes in all cases. Your living environment plays an active role in maintaining hair strength. According to specialists at Simply Scalp, environmental factors can damage the hair follicles and that inhibits hair growth and causes hair loss.


The carcinogens and poisonous substances in the polluted air can diminish the protein levels in the hair. The pollutant can enter the body through bloodstream or they may be absorbed by the skin and that weakens the hair follicles. That is why people living in industrial cities are more prone to baldness than those living in the countryside.


Regular exposure to dust can cause infection or inflammation of the scalp. At an early stage it’ll cause intense itch on the scalp and if the condition is not taken care of then hair can soon start to fall out.

Hard Water

Hard water is not good for the hair. Dryness of scalp can be caused by water with high calcium and magnesium content. Hair can get damaged in the long run. Hard water is generally found in hilly areas. Excessive treatment of the water can also increase the calcium or magnesium levels.


Some chemicals can be harmful for the hair. If you like swimming, then beware that the chlorine used to disinfect the pool water can cause damage to the hair. Many hair styling products use hard chemicals. Repetitive use of such products weakens the hair and causes hair loss. 


Smoking is bad for hair health. Even second hand smoking can damage the hair follicles DNA. Smoking can cause oxidative stress and research has shown that it can lead to hair loss. Kicking this habit is a good idea not only to prevent hair loss but also for your overall well being.

Sun Exposure

Exposure to the sun for a long time can trigger Telogen Effluvium. This condition causes hair follicles to enter the resting phase which leads to hair loss.

So take care of your living environment to have healthy hair.

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