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Alcohol and hair loss

Recent studies have shown that alcohol consumption has been increased during lockdown in the UK. We all know the obvious effects of having a tipple too many. But many clients may wonder if  alcohol can affect the health of their hair or even if  alcohol causes hair loss…

The short answer is not really. But as ever with alcohol, it’s all about moderation as drinking excessively could lead to not getting the adequate amount of nutrients we need for a healthy head of hair

Hair loss could be unavoidable when coming as a result of genetics, but on other occasions there are proactive life choices we can make to give us the best chance of holding onto our hair. So, give your clients these few tips below:

  • Nutrition is a really important part of caring for your hair, and making sure that you get enough of the right nutrients can be a key factor.
  • If you can keep your alcohol consumption down to a sensible level, then you shouldn’t have to worry about it having a negative impact on hair growth. But what is a sensible amount of alcohol to drink? Well, according to the NHS, whether you’re a man or a woman, you should not drink more than 14 units a week more often than not.
  • If you consistently drink more alcohol than these recommended amounts though, it can lead to deficiencies or poor absorption of vital nutrients, and therefore affect your hair. Iron for example can be lost during excessive drinking, which has been shown to promote healthy hair according to certain studies.
  • Beer is a good source of silicon, and as that’s an essential component of collagen, it delivers positive physiological benefits to the epidermis, hair and nails.
  • Salon brands like NIOXIN provide products for thicker, fuller-looking hair plus advice for dealing with hair loss.

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