Surprisingly, there are a lot of small things you can do that can make a big impact on the way your hair look and feels. Even if you are dealing with thinning hair, a bit of focused attention could transform your locks into hair that you love. Where do you start? Here are some of the most important tips for maintaining a healthy head of hair.
#1: Focus on preventing hair damage
Many of us are guilty of putting our hair under too much stress. There are ways to reduce these risks to prevent hair loss and damage.
- Avoid the overuse of high heat flat irons and curling irons that will damage the hair.
- Move to all natural hair care products. This helps to reduce the amount of chemical damage to your hair each day.
- Skip the blow drying as often as possible and instead focus on allowing your hair to air dry naturally.
#2: Increase Your Vitamin Intake
Not only is a healthy mixture of nutrients good for your hair, but it improves your overall health as well. It’s always wise to speak to your doctor about what type of nutrient deficiencies you may have or to determine how much of a vitamin you should consume. However, there are a few specific vitamins and minerals that are specifically helpful for developing strong, healthy hair. The best way to get these is through improving your diet. If you can’t do that, aim for a supplement.
- B Vitamins: Get these from nuts, seeds, avocados, salmon, and eggs
- Vitamin A: Spinach, milk, sweet potatoes, and carrots
- Vitamin C: Citrus fruits, bell peppers, and strawberries
- Vitamin D: Fatty fish, such as salmon and egg yolk (and the sun!)
- Iron: Eggs, red meat, spinach, and beans
- Zinc: Beef, pumpkins seeds, and beans
#3: Change Up Your Hair Styling Products
Using hair dyes frequently or a lot of styling gels, is going to weigh down your hair and may cause damage over time. One of the best decisions you can make for moving forward is to ditch the overuse of products. Instead, let your hairstylist offer insights into which ones may actually be good for you. This simple switch can mean reducing a lot of the damage to your hair while also ensuring that any product you use is not going to further weaken it.
Again, go with all natural products whenever possible. These are becoming more readily available than ever.
#4: Get Your Scalp Healthy
Your scalp plays a significant role in your overall hair health, even if you don’t realize it. If it is inflamed, you may have damage that’s evidence in redness or flakiness. You can improve the health of your scalp in a few simple steps.
One of the most important things to do is to massage it. Spend a few minutes each day just using circular motions on your scalp using your fingertips. This movement helps to encourage oxygen rich blood to flow to the area, helping to stimulate cell growth and wash away toxin buildup in the cells.
You will also see benefits when you implement a scalp care regimen. At the center, we focus on scalp care based on your scalp type. We do this by utilizing the foundation blocks of the study of trichology.
#5: Destress and Control Hormones
A lot of times, poor hormone management leads to hair loss and thinning. If you are unsure if you have an issue with your hormone regulation, ask your doctor for some insight. There are significant steps you can take that can improve this.
After learning of hormone irregularities, talk to your doctor about making changes. Sometimes medications are necessary. In most cases, weight loss, coupled with a healthy diet can make a big difference. If you have hair loss that’s due to the medications you take, this is also a good time to talk to your doctor.
Finding a way to tone down your stress is going to increase your ability to feel good. It also helps to give your hair the ability to get the nutrients you’re taking in because your body isn’t focused on stress.