Alcohol and Hair Growth
Q: Will drinking a lot of alcohol slow down hair growth? Will it cause hair loss?
A: As much as you might think otherwise, the answer to both questions is "Yes."
In addition, alcohol is a diuretic and excessive drinking can lead to dehydration with can further inhibit healthy hair growth.
Alcohol consumption has also been shown to lower the iron levels in the blood and thereby interfere with the normal hair growth cycle. Studies have shown that excessive alcohol consumption can lead to hair loss (especially in women). This is also affected by alcohol's dehydrating properties.
And we should also point out that alcohol can adversely affect the hair when exposed on the exterior as well. Alcohol is used in some hair products to make them quick-drying and allow them to be dispensed smoothly. But these alcohols can strip moisture from the hair and leave the hair prone to styling damage, particularly in heat drying and thermal styling processes.
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