You could be a fitness freak for whom good health is the main priority, but are you caring for your hair as much as you care for your health? Your hair could be dense and long but it is not healthy if it is frizzled or weak from the root. Healthy hair stays thick, is smooth and shiny and grows longer than weak hair.
Achieving healthy hair isn’t so easy, you can’t just shampoo-rinse-repeat and expect to get strong silky hair. Your diet, your clothing, and the hair products you use play an important role in deciding your hair’s health.
These simple tips will be useful for strengthening your hair and increasing their longevity. By following these tips you will find your hair becoming easier to style, each strand looking thicker and stronger and your lifestyle becomes much better.
Avoid Using Products That Dry Out Your Hair
You must use shampoo only when you really need it, i.e. when your hair and scalp is greasy and dirty. There’s no need to wash your hair daily as shampoo can dry your hair out and remove the natural oils in your hair. But, don’t forget to use a conditioner 2-3 times a week. Also, avoid using 2in1 shampoo/conditioner, they do more damage than good.
Focus on Food, Not Supplements
If you follow a balanced diet that includes the right amount of vegetables, proteins, and fruits then you can skip the supplements. A balanced diet is enough for healthy hair, extra nutrients in the form of supplements won’t make any difference.
But, if you are a vegan or a vegetarian then you need to do something about your protein intake to compensate the lack of protein since protein is vital to thicker and healthy hair.
Pay Attention to Your Scalp
Oily hair may make you look unkempt but the fact that your scalp is producing ‘sebum’- the hair secreted by your scalp is a good thing. Sebum keeps your scalp and cuticles soft and hydrated. But, however excess sebum production may result in scalp infection and yeast infections which are not good for your hair. There’s no need to worry though, a simple shampoo wash will do the job, but try to limit your shampoo usage to 2-3 times a week.
If your scalp is asymptomatic or not showing any signs of flakiness, itching, or pain then you should be happy as these are the clear signs of a healthy scalp. But, if you think that these symptoms are true for you then you should seek a dermatologist’s advice. Try an anti-dandruff shampoo at the sign of flakiness and if it doesn’t help then you could be suffering from something more serious like scalp psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, overly dry skin, or another condition. Contacting your dermatologist is the best thing you can do in this case.
Wear It Loose While You Sweat
If you have an active lifestyle, your lifestyle choices can be useful for your hair too as it increases nutrient absorption by your scalp. But it can be compromising too like if you wear a helmet while cycling, the friction produced by the helmet rubbing against the scalp can cause hair damage, also if you have long hair you may suffer from traction alopecia which is caused by excessive pulling or strain.
The sweat produced by your body when you workout can settle in your scalp too, therefore, be sure to shampoo your hair after an intense workout session to avoid dandruff and drying of your hair. Basically, anything that causes inflammation of hair affects hair growth too. Sunburn and allergic reaction are included in this too, therefore be sure to keep your hair loose and free, wear a hat when it’s sunny and use hair friendly sunscreen products.