Science has made a revelation that explains a whole lot - energy drinks could be linked to hair loss.
That’s right, all those years of washing down a meat pie with a cold bevvy from the petrol station may be why your hair is um, lacking to say the least.
The discovery was made by a group of Chinese scientists who took 1028 blokes aged between 19 - 51 and divided them by how many “sugar-sweetened beverages” they smash back in a week and published the results in the Nutrients scientific journal. Heartbreakingly, they found that “high consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with a higher risk of male pattern hair loss."
Those participants that admitted to losing hair said they drink an average of 12 sugary beverages a week, almost two a day.
“Sugar-sweetened beverages” isn’t just energy drinks by the way. It also includes fizzy drinks, sports drinks, juice, sweet milk, and sweet tea/coffee.
So yeah, if you’re thinking of swapping that lunchtime energy hit with a fizzy, you’re no better off. You might just have to run with the water.
The amount of sugary drinks you’re skulling daily does may assist in your hair leaving you, but other factors have a much bigger say.
Genetics has the biggest impact on whether you’ll be rocking the chrome dome or not later in life. If your dad, uncle, or grandad was a Baldilocks then you're more likely to share his shiny-headed fate.
Other factors include diet with the study participants who ate more fast food and less fruit and veges experiencing more hair loss. This is because hair follicle cells are at their strongest when provided with nutrients found in a solid diet.
“Hair follicle cells are the second fastest dividing cells in the body and require all the nutrients of a well-balanced healthy diet,” Dermatologist Dr Sharon Wong told The Sun.
"This includes lean proteins, good carbohydrates and fats, vitamins and minerals, but there is no one superfood for hair. Nutritional deficiencies and crash diets are a common cause of hair thinning and shedding."