Smoking is one of the worst habits around. It damages almost every organ in the body and kills nearly 444,000 people in the US per year, according to the American Cancer Society. And 100,000 people in the UK, per year, according to Patient.co.uk.
Smoking-related deaths are mainly due to cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and heart disease.
Half of all smokers die from smoking-related diseases and if you are a long-term smoker, on average, your life expectancy is about 10 years less than a non-smoker.
Remembering Why You Wear Your Hair Natural
The #1 reason why most black women go back to rocking their natural hair, is because it's considered a better option for the hair and general health. Embarking on a natural hair journey, as a smoker, is counterproductive, in relation to what you're trying to achieve. That is, healthy natural hair.
Here's 5 Reasons Why Smoking is Bad For Your Hair
- It stinks: The most obvious and immediate effect of smoking is your hair will smell like smoke.
- Dull Locks: Smoking can cause your strands to turn brittle and dull-looking. This is because smoking constricts your blood vessels, which restricts oxygen flow into the scalp. Essentially, your hair ends up lacking the nourishment it needs.
- Fired up: From eyebrow hairs to the strands of hair on heads, I've seen people accidentally catch their hair on fire while lighting up a cigarette. The stench of fuming hair and SOS calls to your stylist are never fun.
- Hair loss: If you're not losing hair because of flames, you might be losing it because smoking can cause premature thinning of the hair, even balding in some cases. A 2007 study published in the Archives of Dermatology proved that smokers, especially those who smoke more frequently, are more likely to experience balding and thinning of the hair. This is most likely attributed to the fact that smoking damages the hair follicle and interferes with circulation and hormone production in the scalp.
- Premature graying: A report in the British Medical Journal proved a link between smoking and premature graying. This can be attributed to the fact that the toxins contained in cigarettes can not only cause damage to hormones, but to hair follicles as well. Also, once the hair turns gray, it can take on an unwanted yellow hue, due to tar and nicotine contained in cigarettes.
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