Hair Loss

Could Pollution Be Contributing to Your Hair Loss?


August 15, 2017

Living in a big city is filled with fun and excitement, but did you know it could be taking a toll on your hair? Recent research has linked environmental pollution found in urban environments to negative effects on the hair and scalp.

Studies show particles from pollutants, such as dust, smoke, lead, arsenic, and sulfur dioxide, settle on the hair and scalp resulting in scalp sensitivity. People with this sensitivity can experience a prickling sensation on the scalp, itching, dandruff, oily scalp, and pain in the roots of their hair. When the condition goes unresolved, it causes hair follicles to shed prematurely, resulting in the appearance of thinning hair overall.

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Hair is particularly vulnerable to indoor and outdoor pollution because it is often left unprotected. Styling products such as hairspray, mousse and gel, which are sticky and heavy, help attract and hold on to the harmful particles. 

Hair loss caused by pollution can coexist with or mimic androgenetic alopecia, also known as male pattern baldness and female pattern baldness. This condition can present with overall thinning, thinning at the crown, finer texture, a widening of the part, and/or a receding hairline at the temples that produces an “M” shape. Men and women with this type of hair loss should speak with their doctors if they are concerned about exposure to pollution.

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If you’re worried about pollution impacting the health of your hair, try these steps to mitigate any damage:

Use Anti-Pollution Hair Products:

Many hair care companies are creating products that remove and repel pollutants. Using anti-pollution shampoos and conditioners twice a week, along with your regular shampoo and conditioner, can help protect the health of your hair and scalp.

Limit Styling Product Use:

It’s best if you can avoid styling products altogether because they attract and hold on to pollution particles in the environment. If you’re still tempted to use your favorite products, try swapping them for a single lightweight all-in-one styling solution, instead of using multiple formulas.

Hydrate and Protect with Coconut Oil:

Regular application of coconut oil on the outer surface of the hair can help protect against the absorption of pollutants.

Use Minoxidil to Help Regrow Hair:

Pollution slows down your hair’s growth cycle, so it’s important to give it a boost and encourage the follicles to grow by using Minoxidil daily. Minoxidil is a key ingredient in our EXT Extreme Hair Therapy® solution and it helps reduce further hair loss while promoting regrowth.

By following these simple steps, you could start to see your hair's health improve within 6-8 weeks, if your hair loss is caused by pollution. But, if there’s another reason for your hair loss, it’s time to explore your options. Thousands of men and women turn to Hair Club to help them achieve the look they want. With more than 40 years in the hair restoration business, we offer only proven solutions that can help with any type and level of hair loss.

Contact us today to schedule your free, private consultation and learn more about which hair loss solution is right for you.

For informational purposes only. The exact cause of hair loss can only be determined by a medical professional.

These studies were not performed by Hair Club. For more information about these studies click here.