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Can Too Much Exercise Cause Hair Loss?

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Exercise is an important part of our lives. As we’re growing up, we go through gym classes in school to help us have healthy habits later in life. Many of us go on to either get a gym membership, have some workout equipment at home, go for morning jogs, or use apps to track our steps, making sure we’re getting a proper amount of physical activity to promote good health.

While we’re working toward a healthier lifestyle, it’s important to keep in mind that you can always have too much of a good thing, even when it comes to exercising. Excessive exercise can create health problems.

But can too much exercise also impact our hair?

Does Workout Sweat Cause Hair Loss?

This may sound like a bit of a stretch, but workout sweat could potentially contribute to damaging hair follicles and lead to some hair loss if not treated properly. Now… before you decide to skip the gym to protect your hair, let’s go over the circumstances that could cause sweat to damage your hair.

The vast majority of what makes up your sweat is water. However, sweat also includes other elements like uric acid and salt. If salt is getting into your hair follicles, it can clog and damage them – leading to hair loss. If you take care of your hair properly (including washing your hair after a sweat-inducing workout), you shouldn’t have to worry about related hair loss.

Does Bodybuilding Cause Hair Loss?

Bodybuilding doesn’t necessarily cause hair loss, but how you go about it could! Certain activities – such as weightlifting – can not only build up muscle but can also increase the amount of testosterone in your body. Additionally, many bodybuilders try to increase the amount of testosterone produced by using protein shakes as part of their workout routine as well.

Increases in testosterone can also cause an increase in dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT can cause your hair follicles to shrink, which will result in shorter growth phases of your hair. As a result, it causes an acceleration in hair loss. This mostly affects people who already have a predisposition to hair loss by accelerating male or female pattern baldness. That said, most of us are predisposed to experiencing some level of hair loss as we get older.

Does Exercise Regrow Hair?

Cardio exercises can potentially stimulate hair growth. The kind of workouts involved in cardio gets the blood pumping. Healthy circulation is important to get nutrients to where they need to be in your body – including your scalp. Additionally, cardio has been shown to reduce the amount of DHT in your blood… offsetting the damage it can do to your hair.

AHRC Can Help Restore And Promote Healthy Hair

Good habits – such as a proper diet, regular exercise, and a good night’s sleep – are important for your health, but that’s not always enough to prevent hair loss. For many of us, hair loss is inevitable… but balding or staying bald doesn’t have to be.

Austin Hair Restoration Clinic offers a variety of non-surgical options as well as the minimally invasive ARTAS® Robotic Hair Transplant System, a procedure that produces exceptional results and will get you back to your day-to-day life in just a few days. Contact us today for a free consultation.