Hair loss is not an ideal situation for anyone; in fact, it can cause a lot of stress and anxiety. The good news is that an overhaul of your diet could play an important part in strengthening your hair follicles. Still, it’s important to know that ageing and genetics are uncontrollable factors that may trigger hair loss.
Let’s start with the health of your scalp. Here are some tips for maintaining a clean and fresh scalp.
When shampooing your hair, avoid rubbing your scalp; instead, massage the shampoo gently into your scalp to increase circulation and prevent scalp abrasions.
On the no-no list: sulphates, alcohols and fragrances. Read the product label and avoid products that contain these ingredients. By removing the natural oils from your hair and the dead skin cells from your skin, sulphates dry out your scalp and increase its sensitivity. Your hair loses moisture when you use products that contain alcohol and fragrances. Your scalp will become inflamed, dry, itchy and damaged.
A lot of shampoos remove the natural oils from your hair, so your scalp may produce more oil to stay hydrated, giving your hair an oily appearance. Wash your hair no more than three or four times a week.
Your diet is super important when it comes to the health of your body, skin and hair. When the body produces more harmful free radicals than helpful antioxidants, it experiences oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is thought to affect the health of your scalp and cause hair loss, in addition to causing diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
Taking a probiotic may help improve the skin microbiome and promote a healthy scalp. Probiotics can also help balance the gut microbiome.
Your hair won't grow if your body doesn't have enough protein. Along with eggs, fish and beef, protein-rich foods include beans, lentils, soy and fish in your diet.
To keep your body and hair shafts hydrated, drink enough water. If the body doesn't have enough water to reach the scalp, your hair can become dry and potentially stop growing.
Use a scalp scrub to exfoliate your scalp. These can help remove extra skin cells, oil and dandruff, and dilate the blood vessels under your skin, which can help promote hair growth.
Pay close attention to your scalp as it has an impact on the condition of your hair. Avoid harsh procedures like heat, curling and dyes if you find you’re losing a lot of hair. If you experience any itching, redness, flakiness, irritation or excessive hair loss, consult a dermatologist. Additionally, hairstyles like braids or tight ponytails can affect your hair. Wash your hair and scalp regularly to maintain a healthy scalp.
This article is for informational purposes only. Always check with your doctor or medical practitioner about any health concerns, before embarking on any fitness or nutrition programme, and usage of any medication.