The world can be a stressful place at times. Particularly these days, with the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic. If you’re not worried about catching the virus, you’re worried about losing your job or having to close your business. You’re concerned about your friends and family. There seems to be a never-ending stream of things to stress over.
Did you know that stress affects your hair? You’re already worried about so much, you certainly don’t need anything else to keep you awake at night. Especially if you have a genetic predisposition to losing your hair already. That’s why taking care of your hair during this trying time is so important. You may not be able to control what happens with the COVID 19 pandemic, but you can certainly prevent hair loss by taking a few preventative measures.
1. Have a healthy diet
Diet is one of the most potent weapons in your arsenal against hair loss. Consuming proteins is essential as your hair is made of keratin, a type of protein. Build up your stores by eating meat, fish, dairy, and legumes. Certain supplements also help. Try taking biotin, vitamin B5, and iron supplements for healthier, stronger hair. You may also benefit from Vitamin C and zinc supplements.
2. Cut down on harsh chemicals and overprocessing
Your hair and scalp are very sensitive to the shampoos and conditioners you use, as well as the styling processes you employ. You may want to switch to hair care and styling products that are gentler and do not strip your hair and scalp of oil and nutrients, causing them to become weaker.
Cut down on the number of times you use heat styling implements (blow dryers, curling irons, flat irons). Also, do not overbrush your hair as this damages the hair shaft. Do not comb or brush your hair while it is wet. Hair is weakest when it is damp and prone to breakage. Frequently coloring your hair tends to strip your hair of moisture, leaving it dry and more likely to break as well.
3. Reduce your stress levels
Sometimes this isn’t always possible. Life tends to throw a lot at you. However, it might be worthwhile to use some stress reduction techniques where you can to help you cope better. Your hair will thank you for it. You can try:
4. Take care of your scalp
In taking care of our hair, we tend to underestimate the benefits of taking care of our scalp. Your hair grows from your scalp and an unhealthy scalp can never produce healthy hair. You can see some scalp conditions on this website that can prevent healthy hair growth. Your scalp will benefit from treatments designed especially for it. Treatments that target dryness and fungus will help preserve and stimulate growth. Your scalp may also benefit from a massage. Massages stimulate hair follicles, promoting growth.
5. Trim hair regularly
Trimming your hair helps prevent split ends. Split ends travel up the hair shaft causing your hair to look dry, dull, and lifeless. If the split end reaches far enough into the hair shaft, it can also cause hair loss.
6. Stay hydrated
In addition to being made of protein, a significant portion of your hair shaft is made of water. Consuming more water keeps your hair nourished and gives it the material it needs to grow.
Exercise not only improves the overall health of your body but also helps with hair growth. Exercise activity stimulates hair follicles.
8. Protect your hair and scalp as you age
As you age, you are more likely to lose hair and have scalp conditions that result in hair loss. Hair thins out as you grow older and hair follicles may even stop regenerating hair. Some of the preventative measures taken above can help you avoid the worst of this as you advance in years. Depending on severity though, the only recourse you may have is to visit a specialist to get advice on thickening and regrowing your hair.
When you look at someone or meet them for the first time, more often than not, you are drawn to their hair. Their hair tells you a lot about them, how much they care about their grooming, how well they take care of themselves, even their health. You find people with well-groomed, healthy hair attractive. You make judgments about people with unkempt, uncared hair.
Similar judgments can be made about you. This is why it’s so important to take care of your hair. We’ve shown you how. Hopefully, the methods we’ve given you will prove useful in the future.