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Ugh..Cigarettes and Hair.

By: jo2
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[Disclaimer: I know most of my fellow Dreaddys know all of this already, butI'vebeen a bit slow on the realization tip]

I took a look at my hair today and I found my self veryunsatisfied. I could not figure out why is it my hair looks and feels so harsh. I eat well {ital}, i work out and i maintain my self well... but why does my hair feel different... Then it struck me... Bam!! Your smoking...I picked up a cigarette 5 months ago and never put it down since then I smoke a pack in 1.5 weeks. Look at what it does D:

  • Your breath smells worse than rotten trash.
  • Smoking ages you.
  • Smoke emits through your pores clogging them with tar and resin that cause blackheads.
  • The pores emit a stale tobacco smell.
  • Skin attains a yellowish gray, or somewhat murky complexion.
  • Smoking thins the skin.
  • Smoking depletes the collagen in your skin.
  • Smoking affects the lower and deeper part of your skin.
  • Your skin ages more rapidly and its elasticity is broken down causing wrinkles.
  • Nicotine causes blood vessels to constrict, reducing oxygen to the tissues.
  • Nicotine adds years to your appearance.
  • Nicotine suppresses the immune system increasing risk of viral infections like warts.
  • Heavy smokers have nearly five times the risk of wrinkles compared to those who dont.
  • Wrinkles surface around the mouth from the constant contractions of the smoking action.
  • Crows feet emerge around the eyes from squinting to avoid smoke in the eye.
  • Disgusting brown stains on your teeth makes it look like youve been chewing on a turd.
  • Healing process is delayed causing more visible scars.
  • Vitamin A depletion.
  • Vitamin C depletion which is involved in the synthesis of collagen.
  • Smoking can alter your body shape by affecting the endocrinal system, or the glands that secrete body changing hormones. This typically causes a potbelly and thin legs.
  • Smoking dehydrates your skin and hair.
  • Smoking causes deprivation of oxygen to the skin and hair.
  • One puff of cigarette smoke produces more than a trillion free radicals in your lungs. Free radicals are highly unstable oxygen molecules that cause aging.
  • The top layers of your hair will become brittle.
  • Smokers Face was added to the medical dictionary in 1985. Characteristics are lines, wrinkles, cheek lines, gauntness of features, and gray skin.

Point is Dont smoke and expect your hair to behave.

I Understand Healing Begins 20 Minutes From Your Last Cigarette

  • 20 Minutes: Your blood pressure and pulse rate drops to normal, and the body temperature of your hands and feet increases to normal.
  • 8 Hours: Nicotine will drop 93% from the normal daily levels.
  • 12 Hours: Carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal, and the oxygen level increases to normal.
  • 48 Hours: Nerve endings begin regrowth, and your ability to smell and taste increases.
  • 72 Hours: Your body will be nicotine free.
  • 10 Days - 2 Weeks: Blood circulation in your gums and teeth return to normal.
  • 2 Weeks - 3 Months: Your risk of a heart attack decreases, and lung function improves.
  • 3 Weeks - 3 Months: Circulation drastically improves, and the chronic cough disappears.
  • 1 - 9 Months: Sinus problems, fatigue, and shortness of breath decrease. Cilia have regrown in your lungs which handles mucus, cleans your lungs, and reduces infections. Overall energy increases.
  • 1 Year: Heart disease risk drops to less than half that of a smoker.
  • 5 - 15 Years: Stroke risk drops to the same as a non-smoker.
  • 10 Years: Risk of death by lung cancer is cut in half. Cancer of the mouth, throat, and esophagus risk decreases .
  • 15 Years: Risk of heart disease is the same as someone that has never smoked.

But my only question to my fellow dread heads how do I fix what I have done to my hair?.

Kudos toTrent.

Baba Fats
06/04/12 07:42:56PM @baba-fats:

But you don't smoke cigs, Eagle. YOu smoke Beedies. there's so much less tobacco in them, and less Nicotine. Just unfiltered.

As for how to fix your hair. When you quit (which I haven't yet, so don't quote, me), your new growth should be healthier. There's not a whole lot you can do for the hair that is already out of your head, because it doesn't react with the hair that is still inside. It is, for all intents and purposes, dead. But as your new hair grows, it will be strong and when it tangles with the hair that is already there, it will strengthen that part of the lock up

06/04/12 06:41:03PM @hippiegal:

The longer you live smoke-free, the better your hair will be as it grows out. Eventually your locks will be as healthy as the rest of you.

☮ soaring eagle ॐ
06/04/12 06:26:16PM @soaring-eagle:

im glad i quit (even tho i do have 1 on occassions like 1-2 a week)

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