Does it seem like your hair is growing more slowly or has stopped growing altogether? The aging process as well as using products with harmful chemicals in them and environmental pollutants can weaken the hair, causing it to break or weaken. Though your hair will continue to grow, it may appear thinner or shorter due to breakage. If you have genetic factors that predispose you to hair loss or baldness, this can further complicate your ability to grow a healthy head of hair.
Though there are some issues, such as male and female pattern baldness, that you have no control over, you can increase the health and appearance of your hair in most cases. Consistent efforts to take care of your hair will result in healthy growth, more fullness, and a smooth appearance. Here are some ways to promote the growth and maintenance of healthy hair.
Brush Daily and Avoid Harmful Accessories
Brushing hair daily with a natural bristle brush helps stimulate hair follicle growth through scalp massage. Brush from the roots to the tip to promote blood circulation and to distribute natural oils that conditions the hair.
You should also avoid accessories like clips and rubber bands that can harm the hair and cause breakage. If you want to use accessories, look for those that are specially designed to not harm the hair.
Eat Healthy Foods to Encourage Growth
Getting enough iron is one of the most important elements of a hair-friendly diet. Iron deficiency can cause hair to fall out or thin. Good sources of iron include clams, beans, pumpkin seeds, and organic meats.
Those who want healthy hair should also eat a diet that is rich in proteins, Vitamin A (dark leafy greens), Vitamin C (fruits) and Omega-3 fatty acids (found in avocados). Biotin is another vitamin that is directly connected to hair growth. Biotin can be taken in supplement form and is also present in avocados, egg yolks, dairy foods, and sweet potatoes.
Diets high in bad fats, salt, alcohol, or sugar can inhibit hair growth. Poor eating habits deprive the body of much-needed nutrients to maintain normal function and can also constrict blood vessels, clog arteries and lead to overall poor health.
Drink Plenty of Water
Staying hydrated is key to overall health and will help you maintain healthy hair. Water encourages cellular growth and reproduction and helps the body remove toxins. It also encourages blood flow, which leads to hair growth. You should aim to drink six to eight glasses of water per day – more if you are in the heat or involved in vigorous activity. By simply replacing one or two caffeinated beverages with water per day, you can reach your water goals and improve your overall health.
Watch The Hair Products You Use
Many hair products on the market are laden with harmful chemicals such as sodium lauryl sulfate, ammonia, propylene glycol, and formaldehyde. These harsh chemicals, along with the use of heated tools like blow dryers and curling or straightening irons, can lead to dryness, breakage, and overall poor hair health. When buying hair products, look for those that do not have parabens or other harmful chemicals. If you need more direction, ask your hairstylist to recommend products that are safe and promote hair growth. If you do use heat styling tools, make sure to use a heat protectant prior to their usage to protect your hair.
Balance Your Hormones
Hormones like cortisol and estrogen need to be balanced to create the best environment for healthy and sustained hair growth. Elevated estrogen levels, for example, can lead to male and female hair loss as well a host of other problems. Hormones can be balanced by managing stress levels, taking supplements, or working with a specialist. Getting eight hours of sleep per night is also an excellent way to manage stress. It ensures your body is properly restored and able to focus on cell repair and hair growth.
Though there are many steps you can take to encourage your hair’s strength and growth, some individuals are genetically predisposed to hair loss. If you have a healthy diet and lifestyle and your hair is still thinning as you age, consider a hair transplantation procedure. Consult with a specialist like Dr. Varona today to find out more about the options available.