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Can hot showers cause hair loss?

In addition to heavy exercise, wearing hats and sleeping position causing hair loss, you can add hot showers causing hair loss to the list of hair loss and balding myths. Hot water alone cannot cause hair loss. Boiling water, on the other hand, could cause hair loss because of the damage it can do to one’s scalp, causing hair follicles to weaken and hair to fall out. However, you do not have to worry, as most people do not wash their hair using water that is hot enough to damage the scalp.

Washing your hair with hot water cleans your scalp and washes away oils in your hair more effectively than cold water, and has no effect on your rate of hair growth or your hair growth patterns.  However, washing your hair with water that is too hot can dry out your hair and scalp, making hair brittle and more prone to breakage.  When you wash your hair in water that’s too hot, you also remove more oil from your scalp which can lead to an overproduction of oil that can damage your hair at the root and cause excess shedding.

If you wash your hair too frequently, your hair may become dry and frizzy as a result of the natural oils being stripped away; therefore, it is important to determine how often you should wash your hair depending on hair type. People with thicker, oily hair may want to wash their hair more often than someone with thin, dry hair. In addition, those with oily hair may want to wash their hair with hotter water to get rid of sebum oil from the scalp than those with normal or dry hair.

To protect your hair, try to wash your hair in warm water instead of hot and rinse with cooler temperatures to seal moisture into your hair and prevent breakage.  Brushing or combing wet hair should also be avoided because it can cause strands to snap and break; try detangling your hair before you step into the water and gently blot it with a towel to dry it.

If you are losing hair fast and would like to get a professional’s opinion, the Bosley Medical specialists can tell you more about the causes of your hair loss and the treatment options available to you, during a no cost, private consultation.

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