Did you know that cigarette smoking is directly related to hair loss?

You’d be living under a rock if you didn’t know that smoking could harm your lungs and cause cancer.

However, what a lot of people aren’t aware of is the impact it can have on your hair. Each cigarette contains over 4,000 poisonous carcinogenic chemicals and metals.

Every puff you take is depleting energy from other productive functions, which includes hair growth.

When you smoke, your body’s natural reaction is to remove the unwanted toxins from your system, which take priority over everything else.

Specifically, the nicotine found in cigarettes affects your circulation – as it keeps your blood vessels in a contracted state. This in-turn restricts the flow of blood to not only every cell in your body but to your fast growing follicle cells.

Your follicle cells are one of the fastest growing cells in your body and need constant nourishment to keep doing a good job.

When you smoke, the carbon monoxide can cause malnutrition in the follicle cells due to a lack of oxygen provided.

If you’re a smoker there are some obvious signs that your habit, no many how often you smoke is having an impact on your hair.

These include:

  • Early graying.
  • Hair loss.
  • Dry and brittle hair.

Here are some tips on how you can restore your hair before it’s too late:

  1. Give up smoking all together – make sure you have support from your family and friends.
  2. Book in a consultation with a hair expert or consult your stylist.
  3. Invest in hydrating haircare products that promote hair re-growth and prevent further loss.
  4. In extreme cases, investigate non-invasive laser treatments to promote hair re-growth.

For further information or questions around smoking and hair loss, please click here.

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  • Smoking is so incredibly expensive! Tough on a budget as well as deadly to health.


  • I am trying to give them away altogether bit it is so hard.


  • I don’t smoke but I can imagine how hard it must be to quit. Even so, there are so many good reasons to stop smoking. What I cannot understand is why young people take up the habit when they have been educated about the dangers from a very young age.


  • This makes a lot of sense. Smoking can damage every cell in the human body.


  • Although I never took up smoking, I can only imagine how hard it must be to give up ..so I am sending you all my strength & support mom107723..WISHING YOU WELL.


  • Only dags need fags :)


  • It is a horrible addiction, i have stopped 3 times for a length of time, longest 18months without nasty cigarettes, then tragedy struck, and the fags won again, but i never give up giving up.

    • Never give up ..success maybe around the next corner.

      • Good on you for never giving up – wishing you every success!


  • Hubby is a smoker and he’s thinning on top :/ I tried smoking, bought a pack of 20 when I was 18. Still had 19 of them 12 months later and they went in the bin. Nasty dirty habit


  • I am utterly shocked at how many people still smoke.. Crazy baby!


  • this is just what i needed to read. thank you this has helped me in a big way


  • Great informative article. Thanks for posting


  • very clever, playing on vanity lol


  • I gave up smoking cold turkey 15 yrs ago when my Dad was diagnosed with Cancer. I sat there puffing on my cigarette and i looked at my kids and knew that i didnt want them to have to deal with the same pain that I was dealing with at that moment so i stabbed out my cigarette and threw the rest of the pack in the bin and that was that.


  • Just another reason not to smoke. Have never done it myself.


  • Thank god I don’t smoke. Never have never will. It’s so damaging to your life and those around you


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