If you are a frequent swimmer or someone who enjoys long showers, you may notice that your scalp is dryer after long periods in the water. This dryness can be caused by the water removing the natural oils from your hair. Salt water and chlorinated water will cause this dryness quicker than the tap water coming out of your shower head.
Although water won’t cause hair loss directly, it’s possible that hair follicles can become brittle, damaged and cause hair loss if they remain unusually dry for long periods of time. For women who often tie their hair back while swimming, it’s also possible that their hair loss is being caused by the breakage of the hair by the hair tie or by Traction Alopecia – hair loss caused when the hair is pulled too tight.
If you’re experiencing hair loss, you should first consult with your physician to rule out any underlying medical or dietary conditions that may be causing this symptom. After consulting with your physician, if you think you are experiencing permanent hair loss, Bosley may be able to help. Bosley offers free consultations with their professionals to help you learn more about your hair loss as well as what treatment options are available to you.