Many will argue that hair is what gives a person their character. Whether it’s wild and curly or tapered and slicked back, the hair is almost an extension of a personality – and also a fashion statement.
More often than not people don’t realise the harm they are doing to their hair which is why this article focuses on how to keep your hair strong and healthy. Read on!
Don’t Overheat Your Hair
When trying to keep your hair healthy and strong, a very important thing to consider is that heat can cause so much damage. Some of the common hair tools that cause the most heat damage are straightening irons, hot curlers, blow dryers (of course), as well as other heated styling tools. This is especially true if your hair tends to break or if it’s fine or dry. Too much heat can further weaken the hair and it will create strands that are frizzy or damaged. Studies have been conducted to determine the best way to limit damage from hair drying. The prevailing results were that the blow dryer needs to be at least 6 inches away from the surface of the hair, and the person using it needs to keep it moving as to not concentrate on one spot. In addition to this, it’s safe to say that limiting heated styling sessions to two or three times per week will give your hair ample time to recover.
Keep Your Scalp Healthy
Another important aspect of keeping your hair strong and healthy is doing everything you can to keep your scalp healthy. As many experts will tell you, you should not sleep on your scalp if you want your hair to grow properly. The reason behind this is that the scalp has a very rich microbiome of fungus and bacteria, which are necessary to keep the hair growing healthy. Another very important part of keeping your scalp happy and your hair growing is to mind the shampoo you’re using. If you don’t use enough shampoo or overwash your hair, this can lead to skin problems that will negatively impact your hair growth. Furthermore, the skin has some immunity functions and is the first line of defense against environmental aggressors and toxins. Thus, when the scalp is compromised, it can’t keep defending itself so a healthy balance of natural oils and moisture is important on your scalp as much as it is on your face.
Go the Extra Mile
All of these means of keeping your hair quality to a maximum, such as keeping your scalp healthy, and minding the hair products and treatments will surely do a great job, however, sometimes your hair might need an extra boost. This is especially true if you’re experiencing hair loss. While many studies have been conducted on what natural substances can help recover hair and even prevent hair loss, none of these were effective or at least effective long term. This is why surgery techniques, more specifically microsurgery techniques have been developed – to help fight hair loss effectively. You may have heard about this by the term – hair plugs or hair transplant, which is essentially microsurgery where follicles are placed in a manner that resembles your natural hair. This transplant microsurgery is painless and can help with restoring your hair and keeping it healthy and strong.
What to Have in Mind
Last but not least, there is a very strict list of things that you should avoid if you want to maintain the strength and the health of your hair. As many hairdressers and hair health experts will tell you, some of the biggest contributors to poor hair health are hair treatments, styling products, harsh shampoos as well as excessive brushing. While these are big contributors, the way they impact the hair quality is obvious to some extent, and the explanation why you should avoid this is straightforward, other aspects hide beneath the surface. As with any other health concern, what you eat is equally important. Proper dieting will help your hair flourish so you should do your best to avoid overconsumption of alcohol, as well as crash diets or low-calorie diets. Furthermore, some medications such as blood thinners and some prescription drugs can also impact the quality of the hair in a bad way so be sure to consult your physician and pharmacists.
All of the means of maintaining your hair healthy will help you achieve this feat, but if you’re experiencing hair loss, you might want to consider alternative options and go the extra mile in getting that glossy hair back.