Diet plays a big role in skin and hair health, so it may be that fad diets are contributing to hair loss in millennials. There’s a trend towards diets that exclude entire food groups or categories of food—such as low or zero-carb diets, and vegetarian and vegan diets. These diets aren’t inherently bad, but many people suffer from nutritional deficiencies when they change their diet drastically, because they don’t realize that they need to replace the nutrients that they’re missing out on.
Make sure your diet isn’t contributing to hair loss by maintaining a healthy protein intake, and getting plenty of zinc, vitamin D, and other vitamins and minerals.
Excessive fitness regimes may contribute to hair loss, too. Excessive exercise is unhealthy in many ways, most importantly because it can reduce the body’s ability to recover after each exercise session. It’s also a known trigger for hereditary hair loss in both men and women. To solve this problem, make sure you’re not overdoing it with exercise, especially with anaerobic workouts.
Hair Styling and Hair Products
Many popular hair styles, such as braids, extensions, and tight ponytails, can put a lot of stress on the hair follicle and shaft. Over time, this may contribute to hair loss. This kind of hair loss is called traction alopecia. If you think you have hair loss caused by hair styling, the best thing to do is to style your hair differently. For instance, try a loose ponytail, or leave your hair down.
Another issue may be more widespread use of hair products such as dyes and bleaches. This leads to chemical damage that can cause the hair to break. It may also contribute to scalp irritation that might cause further hair loss. Again, avoiding the use of these products is the most effective way to prevent or repair the damage they can cause.
Higher Stress Levels
Many studies have noted that millennials face higher stress levels than any other generation. Stress over relationships, work or inability to find a job, and education issues, are causing insomnia in millennials.There’s also a strong link between stress and hair loss. This means the increased stress millennials are experiencing may be contributing to early hair loss, too.
To counteract the effects of stress-induced hair loss, it may help to find ways to relax, such as meditation or healthy exercise.
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