Just about everyone wants to know the secret to healthy hair! Is it the latest and greatest in hair potions, or a brand new salon quality hair product that everyone who’s everyone in Hollywood is using?
The answer may surprise you…
Experts agree that a healthy lifestyle including a balanced diet with protein and other nutrients along with exercise is the key to improving the look, feel and quality of your hair.
Healthy hair requires the same nutrients and vitamins as the rest of our bodies do. Protein is especially important when it comes to hair health because all hair is made of protein. Protein provides the building blocks, which allows our bodies to replace, repair and grow healthy skin, bones and hair.
A lack of protein in our diet slows the rate of new hair growth and since we lose hair daily, if it is not replenished quickly our scalp will start to show through. Regular exercise also provides similar benefits to hair quality by improving blood flow to the scalp.
The oxygen rich blood flow provides nutrients and antioxidants to the hair follicle keeping your hair healthier and stronger.
Medication is another factor that affects the well being of our luscious locks. The side effects of many commonly prescribed medications include extensive hair loss.
These medications include blood thinners, antidepressants, birth control, weight loss drugs and cholesterol lowering pills.
Genetic susceptibility to male and female pattern baldness is another factor that contributes to hair loss. In males, normal testosterone is converted to a more potent testosterone called dihydrotestosterone, or DHT. DHT alters the growth and shed stages of hair growth and damages the hair follicle. This typically occurs with men in their 20’s when their testosterone levels peak. This type of baldness is irreversible because the hair follicle eventually shrinks and dies.
Both men and women are prone to thinning and slower growing hair as they approach their 40’s. After menopause, some women experience significant hair loss.
Female pattern balding is very similar to male balding except that women tend to lose hair evenly leaving them with less hair as opposed to a totally bald scalp.
What can we do to prevent hair loss and keep our hair healthy and strong?
1. Stress Less! Exercising regularly and getting a good night’s rest will help us maintain our hair health.
2. Eat a well balanced diet! Iron, Protein, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Vitamin C & Biotin are all extremely important for hair growth.
3. Avoid medications and foods that contribute to hair loss. Be sure to consume enough nutritious food – a very low calorie diet can create serious hair loss.
4. Don’t over process your hair! Avoid over-using flat irons, curling irons and over blow-drying your hair. Be sure not to color your hair more frequently than every 6 – 8 weeks.
5. If you’ve tried it all and are still experiencing hair loss…call Folicure to book your free consultation with John, a Dallas based hair restoration expert – go ahead and get your hair back!