With the huge rise in popularity of vaping over the last few years, many previous smokers have swapped the cigarettes for disposable or reusable vapes. Many people consider vaping to be a healthier alternative to smoking and while it is substantially less harmful, it isn’t totally healthy.
Nicotine can cause potential hormonal changes, and vaping presents further health issues. While vaping itself isn’t known to cause hair loss, it can have a potential impact on hair due to those nicotine chemicals being present in vape juice.
In this guide, we will explore whether or not there is a link between vaping and hair loss and how Crown Clinic can help with any hair loss problems.
The rise in vaping
Smoking is slowly becoming a thing of the past as more people opt for vaping instead.
According to a study by Action on Smoking and Health, since 2021, the proportion of people who currently vape (7.6%) is greater than those who smoke (3.6%). In 2023, 20.5% of children (aged 11-17) had tried vaping. This is up from 15.8% in 2022 and 13.9% in 2020, before the first COVID lockdown.
This shows that more young people are being drawn to using vapes. This is likely down to a number of reasons, such as vaping becoming a trend, the low price of disposable vapes and the exotic flavours they are available in.
Is there a link between vaping and hair loss?
As previously mentioned, vaping can negatively affect hair, but can it cause hair loss? While there isn’t a direct link between the two, vape liquids contain a certain ingredient that can potentially cause hair loss, which is nicotine. This substance creates a bodily reaction that reduces the amount of blood flow to vital areas, such as the scalp and hair follicles. The end result can be hair loss if there is a low amount of blood pressure in these areas. Furthermore, research has found that vaping can cause oxidative stress, which can damage hair follicles.
There are preventive measures you can take to slow down hair loss. These preventive measures include:
- Eating a healthy, balanced diet
- Getting a good amount of sleep
- Maintaining a good exercise plan
- Avoiding stress (this could be through meditation or yoga)
If you notice yourself experiencing any signs of hair loss, you should seek proper healthcare advice from a professional.
Can smoking cause hair loss?
The short answer is, yes, smoking can lead to hair loss. There are a variety of studies that suggest smoking tobacco can be a contributing factor to hair loss, and that cigarette smokers are more likely to lose their hair than non-smokers or vape users.
This suggests that any tobacco smokers conscious of losing their hair should consider kicking the habit before any permanent hair loss takes place.
How can Crown Clinic help?
Whether you have permanent hair loss or are showing signs of hair loss, you can solve your problems with Crown Clinic. We offer a variety of treatments, from FUE and FUT hair transplants to scalp micropigmentation, all of which can be a lifeline to those looking for a solution to their hair loss issues.
Get in touch with our experienced team or visit our contact page to arrange a consultation with our world-renowned expert, Dr. Shahmalak.