A healthy and strong hair is closely linked with your eating habits and your general body health and wellbeing.
To keep your hair’s vitality, you need to pay close attention to your body. Your level of activity, your diet, an unsuitable sleep pattern, hormonal changes, some medicines, poor hair care routine, and other external factors (sun exposure or pollution) will damage your hair and increase the risk for hair loss.
To balance these negative effects and keep your hair healthy and strong, start a positive daily routine that improves your mental and body general wellbeing.
Health care professionals advise people to keep their hair and body in good health by including in the diet ingredients that increase hair growth, regenerate the follicles, and improve the hair’s quality and strength.
Healthy hair tips
- Eat foods that contain biotin: eggs, fatty fish, nuts, seeds, spinach, broccoli, sweet potatoes, liver, spirulina, etc.
- Eat fortified foods with Vitamin D: cheese, mushrooms, beef liver, milk, cereals, soy drinks
- Use herbal supplements that contain vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants for hair
- Learn to relax before bedtime and improve your sleep
- Exercise to relax and improve blood circulation in your body
- Find ways to destress, unwind and relieve anxiety
- Talk with your doctor or pharmacist about the medication you take and its effects on your hair
- Quit smoking and drink less alcohol
- Cover your hair to avoid sun damage
- Avoid vigorous hair brushing
- Follow a suitable hair care routine that starts with knowing your hair type
White hair doesn’t have a remedy and there is no miracle product to stop graying hair but taking good care of it remains essential.
Hair care routine
Hair was valued by our ancestors just as much as we are obsessed with it now. Having shiny, luscious, strong hair was always seen as something that needs to be achieved in order to be beautiful.
What is the best hair care routine? It depends on your lifestyle and hair type. Hair professionals and doctors have these recommendations for everybody:
- Massage your scalp to stimulate hair growth (add oil if necessary)
- Keep your hair clean to avoid getting dandruff and an itchy scalp
- Wash your hair less often (2-3 days distance between washes)
- Shorten the time spent in the shower
- Avoid washing your hair with hot water
- Use a mild shampoo
- If you use conditioner, use it only on your hair lengths and avoid the scalp
- Pat dry your hair rather than vigorous toweling
- African-American hair needs extra care and using a leave-in conditioner will stop hair breakage
- Dry your hair naturally if possible or use a hairdryer that has low heat levels
- Avoid tight ponytails or braids
- If you dye your hair frequently, take some breaks from dyeing
- Use dry shampoo between washes to prolong the time between showers
- Make your own hair masks with natural ingredients if you can (olive oil and eggs, avocado oil, honey)
- Trim your hair regularly to get rid of split ends and encourage hair growth
Hair care products
Just like the beauty market, the hair care products market is continually growing with new brand names appearing every year.
There are different hair care products that cover a variety of needs:
- Haircare products for cleaning the hair: liquid or solid shampoos
- Products to moisturize and nourish the hair: conditioners, hair masks, leave-in conditioners
- Scalp care products: natural oils
- Medicated hair care products: anti-dandruff
- Products specially designed for the main hair types (curly, coily, wavy, straight)
- Haircare for fine normal, mixed or dry hair
- Products for fine hair
- Haircare for damaged hair
- Products that stimulate hair growth
- Haircare products for colored/bleached hair
Organic products are said to be the best to maintain healthy hair. Even so, it all depends on what your body tells you. Sometimes the most praised recommended products and brands, might not work and even have a negative effect on some individuals. Asking for samples or buying smaller recipients to try and test is a good idea.
When you find your perfect products and the best hair care routine for yourself, stick to it!
Part of the hair care routine is hair drying. Generally, our fast-paced lifestyle doesn’t allow too much time to leave the hair to dry naturally. To maintain healthy hair it’s important to use a suitable hair dryer that lowers the risk of hair damage.
What type of hairdryer is best for your hair?
The best hairdryer is the one that really fits the best with your hair type and your lifestyle regardless of the brand.
For fine hair, hair that is prone to breakage and color-treated hair, a dryer that has low- medium heat settings is the best option.
If you have thick hair you could use the high heating option however, it’s better to avoid using this too frequently.
To help you decide which hair dryer is the best for you, there are plenty of reviews online on the manufacturers’ pages, online shops, or review websites. People look out for various factors when deciding to buy a hairdryer:
- Wattage – how powerful the hairdryer is
- AC/DC – alternating/direct current
- Settings – to control the heat level
- Noise level
- Exterior appearance (color, packaging)
- Length of the cord
- How easy is to handle – weight, shape
- Accessories attached to it
- Money vs value
- New technology – ceramic/ionic technology, infrared heat
- Beauty salons or other users’ recommendations
Choose a hairdryer after you have had a look at all these factors and use it carefully according to the manufacturer’s recommendation.
Following your hair care routine, comes the hair styling. Hair styling products can affect the health of your scalp and hair be it by using inappropriate cosmetic products or hair straighteners, hair wands, and hair tongs. The most visible damage is how dry and brittle the hair becomes in a very short time.
To sum up, it’s very important to maintain a balanced lifestyle in order to have beautiful healthy hair. The products used to wash, condition, dry, and style our hair, have a major impact on its strength and health.