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Can Dehydration Cause Hair Loss?

While hair loss has many causes, including genetics, medical conditions, hormones, or other factors, chronic dehydration may indirectly affect some forms of hair loss. Dehydration can cause irritating issues like tiredness and itchy dry skin or even severe issues like confusion and fainting, leading to life-threatening health concerns.

The hair restoration experts at Balance Hair Restoration, led by double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Pramit Malhotra, want to remind you to stay hydrated so that you can stave off hair loss to help you look and feel your best.

How Water Affects Hair Growth

Approximately 45-75 percent of the average adult body is comprised of water, so proper hydration dramatically influences your overall health and functionality of your body. Every cell in the body requires water, including those that generate new hair. Hair follicles are the fastest-growing tissues in the body, so when your body is well-hydrated and well-functioning, the better your hair grows.

Dehydration and Hair Loss

When you’re dehydrated, your body becomes thirsty. Your skin loses that healthy glow, and your hair doesn’t look lustrous. However, with severe or chronic dehydration, hair can become thin, dry, and brittle, leading to easy breakage and the appearance of thinning hair. Along with eating a healthy diet full of nutrient-dense foods, drinking enough water is key to the health of your hair.

While there is currently no scientific evidence to directly link dehydration and pattern baldness or alopecia areata, dehydration does influence hair growth by impacting your skin.

Dehydration can affect the nutrient supply to your hair. Even mild levels of dehydration reduce blood flow to the skin, which then restricts the blood supply and nutrients being delivered to your hair follicles, negatively impacting hair growth.

Hydration Tips

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