Hair Health & Beauty
HOW TO HAVE BEAUTIFUL & healthy HAIR
How do we define beautiful hair? There are certain universal attributes we desire; shine, strength, volume, moisture, body, bounce and health. When our hair fails to meet these markers we often feel disheartened, discouraged and lost for answers and effective solutions. Yet each and every one of us is capable of having beautiful hair.
UNDERSTANDING HAIR HEALTH
What does it mean to have beautiful hair? It might seem like an obsolete term or stroke of luck that some women have luscious locks while others struggle to keep their precious strands. However, hair health and beauty is the result of a complex biological structure and cycle. While some factors lie outside of your control like medical illnesses or life events, you do have control over your daily health and beauty routines.
FACTORS THAT INFLUENCE HAIR HEALTH & BEAUTY
Hair is anatomically made of rich protein cells called keratin. Follicles feed on nutrients in order to resume a healthy growth cycle. From this, it’s easy to deduce that what we eat influences our hair health and beauty. Eating foods that lack nutrients can starve the follicles of vital growth nutrients and micronutrients.
“Micronutrients are major elements in the normal hair follicle cycle, playing a role in cellular turnover, a frequent occurrence in the matrix cells in the follicle bulb that are rapidly dividing." - The Role of Vitamins and Minerals in Hair Loss: A Review by Almohanna, Ahmed, Tsatalis and Tosti, 2018
The fact is that our food choices can largely define the health and beauty of our hair. Furthermore, crash dieting shocks the body, and hair growth cycle to cease the growth.
What you can do:
- Enhance your intake of nutrient-rich foods, get adequate protein and Vitamin D intake.
- Stock up on lean meats, leafy greens, and foods rich in Omega fatty acids and B-vitamins.
- If the source of the nutrients are foods that go against you palette, a nutritional supplement formulated for hair health benefits may help replenish mineral deficiencies.
- Lastly, monitor your water intake to ensure you're drinking enough fluids and staying hydrated.
Exercise & Circulation
Exercise seems to be the solution to most of our ailments, and rightfully so. To function at the optimal capacity, there are few things as influential to our overall health and wellbeing as regular exercise. Consistent exercise enables the natural flow of blood, oxygen and nutrients through the body so that you can achieve peak health.
What you can do:
- Consult with your physician about the best options for you to start exercising. It is generally recommended to get at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise, or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise weekly.
- Find a routine that works for you and focus on consistency.
- The key to a successful exercise regimen is to do what you enjoy, whether it walking, swimming, running, rowing, cycling or yoga.
Scalp Massage & Circulation / Blood Flow
Hair follicles are fed by tiny capillaries that bring blood, oxygen and nutrients vital to cellular functions. Have good flow circulation and blood flow as a result of exercising therefore helps with overall hair health.
The way you treat your hair has a significant influence on your hair health and beauty. The goal is to create a healthy environment for your scalp. The way we style our hair and take care of it ultimately shapes its body, volume, health and shine. Too much heat can dry out moisture and lead to breakage. Too much product can weigh hair down and pull at the follicles or even clog the follicles, leading to shedding and hair loss. Put the microscope on your beauty routines: are you wearing tight hairstyles? Are you going too many days between washes? Women are busier than ever, so who can keep track of a beauty routine? We completely understand. Yet the solution to many hair health and beauty issues lies right there in front of us: it’s how we handle and care for our hair.
What you can do:
- Wash and condition hair regularly with a high quality products to eliminate buildup and residue that can clog hair follicles and ultimately, stifle growth.
- Limit heat tools and blow drying by using cool temperature settings or a thermal protectant for an extra layer of protection.
- Avoid chemical processes that weaken your hair.
- Let your hair flow. Tight updo's on ponytails tug and pull at the hair follicles which leads to Traction Alopecia, a condition where hairs fall out from being tugged, pulled, or kept too tight for long periods of time that can ultimately damage the hair follicle.