Hair loss and smokingYou know you should quit smoking.

If you could see the damage each cigarette does to your body, it would probably be easier.

But you can’t see it and it takes years to get sick, so it’s easy to pretend you’re fine.

And sure, smoking can cause wrinkles and grey hair – but those can be covered.

It’s easy to pretend you’re fine.

So what if I told you there was a link between smoking and hair loss?

That the thinning you’re beginning to see up top is a very real result of smoking.

When it’s in your mirror…and your hairbrush…and your shower drain…it’s harder to pretend you’re fine.

Because smoking and hair loss are linked. You are seeing it. It works like this –

How Hair Grows

At the base of every hair on your body is a small sac called a follicle. This follicle is the root of your hair.

The follicle provides the oxygen, vitamins and minerals your hair needs to grow. If your follicles aren’t healthy, or aren’t getting enough nutrients, your hair can’t be healthy.

The Direct Results of Smoking

It’s a simple system, but one that smoking can directly interfere with. Follicles require oxygen, vitamins, and minerals to trigger hair growth.

But the toxins in cigarette smoke (and cigar and pipe smoke, as well) deprive the follicles of the nutrients your hair needs to grow. No nutrients means no growth. It’s that simple.

It’s not just a lack of nutrients that links smoking to hair loss, though. Smoking restricts blood flow throughout your body – including hair follicles.

Without blood flow, the follicles themselves become damaged.

Now, because of smoking, you’re not triggering new growth, and you’re also unable to nourish the hair you have because the follicles responsible for doing all of it are damaged.

The Indirect Results of Smoking

And those aren’t even the only ways smoking and hair loss are related. You probably know that smoking weakens the immune system, making you more susceptible to disease.

But you may not realize that many illnesses can cause hair loss.

What You Can Do About It

Luckily, there are ways to stop hair loss and even start growing hair again.

First, quit smoking. Don’t just talk about it this time, but really do quit. You don’t even have to quit cold turkey.

There are options from behavior modification to over-the-counter aids that can help you become a nonsmoker. And don’t think it’s too late – hair loss caused by smoking is often reversible.

Then, check your diet. Those vitamins and minerals your hair needs to grow come from somewhere. The best place is off your dinner plate.

Make sure you’re getting plenty of lean proteins to promote growth and omega-3s for a healthy scalp.

Keep your blood flow flowing. We’ve established that blood flow is essential to counter the connection between smoking and hair loss, so get moving.

Exercise is vital to healthy blood flow. It keeps your entire cardiovascular system running smoothly. Plus, it will make quitting smoking easier, too.

Find the hair loss product that works for you. You can find plenty of products out there these days that can help boost your efforts to stop hair loss and start new growth.

Products like Restore FX that works with your body to stop hair loss in its tracks and promote new hair growth.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that smoking and hair loss aren’t related. You can see it in the mirror. It’s happening.

But you can do something about it. Quit now. It’s never too late to mitigate the damage caused by smoking.