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Does Vaping Cause Hair Loss?

Vaping (e-cigarettes) has become an increasingly popular way to consume nicotine and marijuana. There are many ways to vape, but what keeps this trend going is that it’s easy to use and doesn’t produce any smoke (it’s also safe for your lungs).

It is widely known that vaping decreases the chances of smoking, but not all vapers are aware of all the long-term health impacts they can experience, such as hair loss.

In this article, we dive into the connection between hair loss and vaping.

Article Contents:

  • Does vaping cause hair loss?
  • Does vaping cause hair to thin?
  • Vaping vs traditional cigarettes
  • Nicotine and hair loss
  • Will my hair grow back if I stop vaping

Does Vaping Actually Cause Hair Loss?

The quick answer is, yes, vaping can cause hair loss. However, the real question is, how much hair loss does vaping actually cause?

To what effect vaping has on hair loss is unclear. Some say vaping can cause permanent hair loss, and others say it’s completely harmless. The actual vapor can harm your body, and after prolonged use of vaping, you may experience hair loss.

Does Vaping Cause Hair Thinning?

Hair thinning is the loss of diameter or mass from the existing hair. Hair thinning is a common problem many people face, but they don’t know what causes it. Vaping nicotine can be one of the worst ways to cause hair thinning as your body cannot breathe properly, leading to thinning hair, and eventually, your hair falling out.

Vaping and E-Cigarettes Vs. Traditional Cigarettes

One of the main reasons for vaping is that they think it’s better than smoking regular cigarettes. People are becoming increasingly aware of the dangers of smoking traditional cigarettes, so they are switching to e-cigarettes.

Many people think e-cigarettes don’t harm, but that is not true. They don’t have the same effects as traditional cigarettes because they don’t burn any material. Traditional cigarettes burn tobacco, so you get all the tar when you inhale, while e-cigarettes heat liquid materials which produce vapor, and that’s what you inhale.

What Is Nicotine, And Does It Cause Hair Loss?

Nicotine is a potent parasympathomimetic alkaloid in the tobacco plant. It is an addictive substance that is found in a wide variety of tobacco leaves. It can be extracted from tobacco into different products like gum, cigarettes, cigars, etc.

Most e-liquids contain nicotine. Nicotine acts as a stimulant that increases your heart rate and blood pressure, deprives the hair follicles of crucial nutrients, impairing hair growth.

When you vape, your blood pressure increases, which can harm the surrounding follicles and roots. High blood pressure can cause hair loss as your hair strands cannot breathe and eventually fall out. This can lead to bald spots, which never (or rarely) grow back. It also increases your chance of scalp diseases like Malassezia Folliculitis.

If I Stop Vaping, Will My Hair Grow Back?

“Will my hair grow back if I stop vaping” is a common question we get. The answer is, your hair can grow back, but not necessarily.

If you stop using nicotine all of a sudden, it can lead to withdrawal symptoms which will lead to hair loss as the follicles in your scalp begin to shrink, making it more prone to dryness and causing some bald spots.

If you’ve noticed that your hair is thinning or falling out, and are concerned about hair loss from vaping, contact Natural Transplants. Our team provides hair restoration for men and women experiencing hair loss, traveling from all over the nation and globally to visit our clinics in South Florida and Washington DC. And of course, if you have more questions about the effects vaping has on hair loss, our hair loss specialists are here to help.