Men's Healthy Hair
HOW TO GET HEALTHY HAIR FOR MEN
How do we define healthy hair? Many men desire volume, strength, and fullness to feel empowered and masculine. Who doesn’t want that quintessential suave? Unfortunately, when hair fails to meet this standard, it's natural to feel robbed of your self-image. We're each capable of having healthy hair, but it takes the right products, resources, and solutions to get you there.
UNDERSTANDING HAIR HEALTH
Why do some men have a full head of healthy hair while others struggle to keep it? It feels like a gene lottery, but genetics is only one factor that dictates hair health. Some variables (like medical illnesses or life events) lie outside of your control. Fortunately, you do have full control over your daily lifestyle and hygiene habits.
FACTORS THAT INFLUENCE HAIR HEALTH
Hair contains rich protein cells called keratin. Follicles feed on nutrients that help them execute the hair growth cycle. It goes without saying -- but what we eat influences the quality and health of our hair. Non-nutritious foods 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
Our food choices broadly define the men's hair health. Poor diet, crash dieting, and nutritional deficiency can shock the body. In turn, the hair growth cycle gets stuck in the shedding phase.
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.
- Take a nutritional supplement formulated for hair health to replenish mineral deficiencies.
- Monitor your water intake to ensure you're drinking enough fluids and staying hydrated.
Exercise & Circulation
Exercise is vital to our overall health and wellbeing. Regular exercise enables the natural flow of blood, oxygen, and nutrients through the body so that you can achieve peak health.
What you can do:
- Implement an exercise routine that works for you. Physicians recommend 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 fuels you—be it walking, weight lifting, HIIT, cardio, swimming, running, rowing, cycling, or fitness classes.
- A scalp massage improves circulation and blood flow, sending vital nutrients to the hair follicles. It's also a great way to reduce scalp discomfort and stimulate hair growth.
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.
Your styling habits can shape the quality and health of your hair. The goal is to create a healthy environment for your scalp. Too much product can weigh hair down and pull at the follicles, leading to shedding and hair loss. Let's examine your styling routines: are you wearing tight hairstyles? Are you going too many days between washes? There's no denying that you're busy and have a lot on your plate. Yet the solution to many hair issues is within reach.
What you can do:
- Wash and condition hair regularly to eliminate buildup and residue that can clog hair follicles and stifle growth.
- Limit blow-drying your hair. Use cool temperature settings or a thermal protectant for an extra layer of protection.
- Ditch tight buns, braids, or top knots that pull at the hair follicles and can lead to Traction Alopecia, a mechanical hair loss condition.
- Avoid wearing headwear, hats, or helmets long-term, which can lead to scalp discomfort and irritate the hair follicles.