Hair has played an important role in human appearance since the very beginning of time. Whilst men of the past usually had short and functional hairstyles, it was the women who paid special attention to their hair and made sure it was healthy and beautiful. There is evidence that women, even in ancient times, styled their hair and wore braids or coils. This, of course, suggests that hair plays a big role in how we see ourselves and how others see us. Long, thick hair for women was sometimes a status symbol, meaning that whoever had time and means to keep it looking beautiful, played an important role in the society. Hair is an ornament, a means of seduction, if you will, but what happens when one of the most obvious parts of our appearance is jeopardized?
It is true that men are more susceptible to hair loss, but the fact is that women are also commonly affected by this unpleasant problem. Causes may vary, from the ones that are quite easy to solve (like vitamin deficiency) to those that might hide a more serious issue (anemia or thyroid disorders). Universal cure for hair loss does not exist, as every cause has a different treatment method. Here is some advice on how to keep your hair healthy and prevent the ever so unwanted hair loss.
Eat your way to a healthy hair
Our organism resembles a fine-tuned machine, and all machines need an energy source to function. In this case, the food we eat determines whether our body gets enough useful materials to keep functioning properly. Diet is the key to keeping your hair healthy, and it is far more likely that a person with a healthy body will also have healthy hair.
- Iron is a mineral that plays an important role in the supply of nutrients to the follicles. Lack of iron is a well known cause of anemia, which contributes to hair loss. Foods rich in iron can be divided into two groups, animal and plant sources. Animal sources are chicken, fish and red meat. Plant sources are spinach, kale and broccoli. Eat your greens if you want your hair to be healthy.
- Proteins are the stuff your hair is made of, and you cannot do without them. Fortunately, they can be found in various foods such as beans, soy, cheese, milk, eggs, yogurt, pork tenderloin. If dairy and/or animal proteins are not your thing, you can also find proteins in tofu, peanut butter, tempeh, brown rice, quinoa.
- Vitamins are very important for your entire organism and your hair will value the consumption of vitamins B and C in particular. Vitamin C contributes to the absorption of iron and boosts the production of collagen (strengthens the hair shaft capillaries). Vitamin C is found in citrus fruit, tomatoes, baked potatoes, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries. Vitamin B prevents your hair from being brittle thus slowing and preventing the hair loss. Bear in mind that vitamins B and C dissolve in water, so you have to drink enough of it to ensure that the absorption of these is successful.
- Omega-3 fatty acids help your scalp to be well hydrated, and also prevent your hair from being dry and brittle. Common sources of these are deep-sea fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel) and flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts.
Take special care of what you do with your hair
Quite often we disregard that our hair is a living part of our organism. The fact that we don’t feel pain in hair (unless someone pulls it) doesn’t mean that we should neglect it and do however we please with it. Limit the hairdryer usage since heating the hair over and over again can affect the proteins in your hair and dry it out making it weak and brittle. Natural drying is a far better option if you have enough time. Hair straighteners and hair curlers can also do damage to your hair if used frequently.
Bleaching is a big no because it changes the natural structure of the hair, making it more susceptible to outer damage factors.
Dying should not be done more often than every four weeks. Frequent use of hair coloring chemicals damages your hair. If you want to dye your hair, you should make sure it has recovered from the last coloring. Physical hair damage occurs usually when styling. Many styles require the hair to be pulled tightly and they might cause hair loss if done on a regular basis.
Nurture your hair
Feeding your hair doesn’t come solely from your diet. There are also many ways to take care of your hair such as using a mild shampoo and selecting the proper kind. Washing your hair regularly is a must, as you clean your scalp (infections prevented). However, do not wash your hair every day, since this dries out the hair and strips it of its natural protective oils. Use a good hairbrush, and avoid pulling your hair while brushing as well as brushing your hair when it is wet.
Hair extensions might seem an unlikely solution to the hair loss problem, but if used properly these can be of great assistance. Virgin Hair Extensions are a relatively new thing in the hairstyle world, but they can give you instant volume and length and they blend in with your natural hair perfectly. Another positive side to hair extensions is the fact that it is basically impossible to tell that you got your extensions (apart from the closest friends). If you are worried that your hair is too thin or weak for hair extensions do not worry. There are very light hair extensions specialized for nice and thin hair which do not pull your hair at all.
There is also a myth that hair extensions help your hair grow faster. This is just partially true, as with hair extensions you do not comb or manipulate your own hair thus the ends of your hair do not break off as much as they would without the extensions. The thing is that hair extensions can be a quick and a relatively simple solution to your problem. If you are waiting for you hair to grow and/or regenerate hair extensions are your thing.
Hair plays an important part in our appearance, but it can also be an indicator of the health of our entire body. Give your hair the attention it needs: eat healthy and regularly (iron, proteins, vitamins B and C, omega-3 fatty acids), bleaching, dying, hair drying and styles that pull your hair are not very healthy (don’t do it too often or avoid it when and if you can), use a proper kind of shampoo, wash regularly but not too frequently and use a good hairbrush. Hair loss is unpleasant, but can be avoided by following the advice found above.