Anyone with long hair can probably attest to the large amount that can clog a shower drain. We all regularly lose anywhere from 50-100 hairs per day, but problems start when new hair doesn’t begin to grow. Alopecia, the technical term for hair loss, can affect both men and women and cause a significant amount of anxiety and distress, leading issues in the bedroom or depression.
There is no doubt that hair loss goes far beyond a bad hair day for most people. Caused by hormonal changes, genetic factors, a medical condition, or inevitable aging, hair loss can be gradual or can come on due to sudden trauma. Luckily, there are ways that you can limit hair loss and increase the health of the hair you have.
1. Consider your holistic health
Ensuring that your overall physical and mental well-being is in check is one of the most critical factors in getting healthy hair. Start with trying to tackle some of the following:
- Stop smoking
- Avoid sudden and significant weight loss
- Avoid drinking alcohol
- Stay hydrated
- Limit your stress
- See a doctor – dermatologists are trained to diagnose skin, nail, and hair conditions, so if they can get to the ‘root’ of the problem, it may treat your hair loss.
2. Eat right
A poor diet that’s low in vitamins and nutrients can lead to hair loss. However, some superfoods encourage the growth of more robust and healthier hair, so opt to incorporate these foods into your meal plans every day:
- Spinach – Packed with iron, omega-3, magnesium, calcium, potassium, vitamin A, C, and protein, spinach is the ideal superfood for healthy hair. Moreover, spinach contains the natural conditioner sebum.
- Carrots – Carrots are known to be bursting with vitamin A, which improves hair thickness, strength and growth. Conversely, a deficiency of vitamin A may lead to an itchy and dry scalp.
- Sweet potatoes – The beta carotene in orange-colored veggies and fruit can protect against dull, dry hair and stimulate sebum production leading to healthier hair.
- Eggs – Full of keratin and the B vitamin biotin, eggs can strengthen new hair growth.
- Lentils – Lentils are easy to toss into just about any meal and are an excellent source of biotin, folic acid, zinc, iron, and protein, all of which are needed for overall health and hair nutrition.
3. Change your habits
If you are serious about wanting healthier hair, then we recommend changing some of the habits you may have, including the following:
- Buy the right shampoo – It is critical to use the correct type of shampoo for your scalp type, whether dry or oily. Ideally, you should purchase a shampoo that’s free of paraben, sulfate, and silicone that can make your hair more prone to breaking.
- Get a head massage – A massage stimulates the scalp, revitalizing hair growth and making your hair appear thicker. Hair oils and products like CL growth serum can also encourage hair growth and improve the overall condition of the hair you have.
- Avoid the heat – Hot showers, blow dryers, curling irons, and flat irons can all seriously damage your hair. Instead, opt for showering in cool water and lightly towel drying your hair.
- Stop pulling – Your hair is weakest when it is wet, so it is best to avoid brushing it and rather use your fingers or a wide-toothed comb. Stop styling your hair in tight buns or ponytails and avoid any habits of pulling or twisting your hair.
- Ban chemicals – Coloring, perming, straightening and relaxing will further damage the hair you have left. Go natural, and be your beautiful self. If you want to use a colorant, try a temporary one like a root cover up.
- Treat yourself to a haircut – Regularly trim your hair to rid it of dry, brittle ends that can split. The right haircut can also add a lot of volume and make your hair appear fuller.
By being proactive about your overall health, eating right and amending your habits, we are sure that you will quickly be on the path to healthier hair.