As hair experts, the best advice we can give you is to treat your hair as you would your skin.
That means take care to protect it, especially in extreme temperatures.¬† However, like skin, good care begins from within.¬† Although there are many ways to improve the condition of your hair, the most valuable approach is to¬†absorb the¬†right vitamins through a balanced diet.
A Balanced Diet
If healthy hair starts with a balanced diet then which vitamins and food groups should you choose?¬† In general, eating a sensible, varied diet of fruit, vegetables, lean meats and dairy ‚Äď plus lots of water ‚Äď should improve blood circulation and thus maintain healthy hair.
However, there are particular vitamins that can help your hair:
Protein and Iron
Protein deficiency can result in poor hair health.¬† It is believed that a lack of keratin moves growing hairs into the Telogen or ‚Äėresting‚Äô phase¬† and this causes hairs to shed from the scalp.
In addition, iron helps the body function in a variety of ways.¬† It‚Äôs an essential part of haemoglobin, the red pigment in our blood that allows it to carry oxygen around the body ‚Äď including the scalp. ¬†A healthy level of iron intake is recommended.
Foods high in protein include:
- beans, nuts and pulses
- white and red meats
- red meats (the richest source of iron) e.g. beef, kidney, liver
- dried fruits e.g. apricots, raisins
- oily fish e.g. tuna, sardines, mussels
- iron-fortified cereals
- green vegetables ¬†
- vitamin C-rich foods e.g. oranges, broccoli, cabbage, sprouts ¬†
Note: many of the above foods are also rich in Vitamin A which, in large doses, can contribute to osteoporosis and/or hair loss.¬† Always consult your GP if you have any concerns.
There are a number of lifestyle factors that can affect the health of your hair.¬† Smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, the use of recreational drugs and some medications can affect blood flow to the scalp which could lead to hair loss problems.¬† You know what to do!
Since hair follicles need a regular supply of oxygen, increasing your level of activity promotes blood flow to the scalp and boosts healthier hair.¬† Experts recommend 30mins of aerobic exercise at least three times a week.¬† Our favourite form of exercise is trampolining which can genuinely boost blood supply to the scalp.¬†¬†A mini-indoor trampoline session while watching your favourite TV programme isn't too arduous...
Always consult your GP before undertaking any fitness regime.
General hair care rules
We‚Äôve all heard the saying that ‚Äúprevention is better than cure‚ÄĚ.¬† When it comes to your hair, there are some general rules you can follow to prevent further damage:
- Avoid excessive exposure to sun, rain and wind ‚Äď just like skin, hair is equally susceptible to damage by the elements.¬† Wear a hat or hair protection product on holiday and in the swimming pool.
- Minimise chemical treatments (bleaching, perms) ‚Äď these can cause irreparable damage to the hair shaft.
- Avoid tight ponytails - constantly tying hair back can cause certain types of alopecia.¬† Make sure you mostly wear your hair loose.
- Keep hair hydrated ‚Äď lack of water causes hair to break.¬† It‚Äôs essential to drink water, avoid too many caffeine drinks and use protein-rich shampoos/conditioner to help improve its overall condition.
- Avoid over-styling and heating the hair ‚Äď this causes the hair shaft to weaken and break.¬† Allow your hair to dry naturally wherever possible.
- Eat a balanced diet and take regular exercise ‚Äď remember, stimulating blood flow and oxygen supply is good for your mind, body and scalp too‚Ä¶
With any hair problem, the sooner you seek help and¬†advice, the sooner¬†you can¬†find a remedy.¬† If you're at all concerned about your hair, please call A&A Studios, one of the UK's largest hair advice centres, for expert opinion.¬†¬†
DID YOU KNOW?
1 in every 1,000 people will suffer from Alopecia Areata at some point in their lives...