Following on from the post before last, here are five more things you should avoid if you don’t want to lose your hair.

1. Tight hats

Wearing a tight hat that consistently pulls on your hair can train the hair roots to grow nearer and nearer to the surface of the skin. This won’t effect everyone since the way some people wear their hats won’t cause pulling of the hair. So you’ll hear people saying things like “I’ve worn a hat for twenty years and I’ve still got a full head of hair”. While this may be true for some it’s better to be safe than sorry.

2. Shampoos containing sodium lauryl sulphate

From my experience people who have switched to shampoos that don’t contain sodium lauryl sulphate have reported positive results. Some people don’t think SLS will do you any harm while others (including Dr. mercola) won’t touch it with a barge pole, due to it’s toxicity. Whether it’s the SLS itself or just the fact that shampoos that don’t contain SLS tend to contain much higher quality and more nutritious ingredients, the latter seem to work out better.

3. Hair braids and other hair pulling hair styles

The same principal applies here as with wearing tight hats. It’s especially true if you tightly tie your hair back pulling the more vulnerable hairs at the top of your head. Many fashion and beauty journalists have run stories on Naomi Campbell’s hair loss, suggesting it may have been caused by tightly tied back hair. Others have suggested that rage and negative emotions in general have caused stress related hair loss.

4. Relaxers

I don’t have a great deal of experience with relaxers but I have had readers and visitors to nicehair.org telling me that they believe relaxers have caused their hair loss. From the horror stories I’ve heard, my suggestion is that you avoid use of relaxers like the plague.

5. Pollution

According to researchers at the university of London, men living in highly polluted areas are more likely to lose their hair than those living in less polluted areas. Mike Philpott, from the school of medicine at Queen Mary University of London, said:

“We think any pollutant that can get into the bloodstream or into the skin and into the hair follicle could cause some stress to it and impair the ability of the hair to make a fibre.”

(reported by the Telegraph.)