Above: Sheetal Rawal, scientist (human genetics) & founder of Apsara Skin Care
By: Marty S.
Many of us do a number of things to our hair so that it looks thicker, shinier, and bouncier. For example, some people use a curling iron or hair straightener every week while other people get a hair trim every month or so. Over time, these practices eventually become habits that are ingrained into our routine. While we want all of our habits to be healthy and productive, sometimes these habits are doing more harm than good. In fact, there are certain habits you might do every day that could be seriously damaging your hair.
Knowing what your habits are is vital. If these troublesome habits are causing your hair fall or early graying, it becomes much easier to find solutions that can reverse this damage. There are a lot of habits that can harm your hair, but today we will go over 3 of them. Keep reading to learn 3 habits you must stop doing if you want to put an end to hair fall and early graying. With enough time, you might start to see your hair look thicker, shinier, and bouncier than before.
1. Your Diet Lacks Adequate Nutrition
While you might think that your diet does not or should not matter, in reality, it may have a noticeable impact on the health of your hair. If you want to get rid of hair fall and early graying, your diet should consist of a lot of natural foods. When broken down, many natural foods contain nutrients that can travel through your bloodstream to your hair follicles, where they can help support healthy hair growth. Conversely, if there aren’t enough natural foods in your diet, not only will your hair follicles be malnourished, but they could also be impacted by preservatives and other harsh chemicals found in canned foods, artificially made foods, and fast food.
As you would expect, there are a countless number of nutrients that can benefit your hair follicles and stop hair and early graying, so we would like to quickly go over 3 key ones. The first is protein, which has the ability to strengthen your hair and encourage hair growth. The second is iron, which helps your hair follicles absorb more oxygen from your bloodstream. The third is Vitamin C, which can minimize free radical damage to your hair follicles and hair strands. (If you would like to learn even more about these nutrients, click here.)
All of these nutrients and more can be found in a healthy diet of natural foods such as beans, nuts, lentils, spinach, and kale. Supplements may also be considered if your diet is not as consistent as you would like it to be or you have trouble getting a certain nutrient into your diet.
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2. You Are Constantly Stressed
Another factor that can determine if you develop hair fall and early graying is stress. Stress disrupts the normal lifecycle of your hair follicles, to the point where you are shedding more hair than growing it. This specific type of hair loss is called “telogen effluvium”. You won’t see the effects of stress-related hair fall right away but about three months afterward, when a new lifecycle begins. Stress has also been studied to alter the melanin in your hair follicles; experiencing more stress may lead to more early graying.
While telogen effluvium isn’t permanent, the permanence of stress-related early graying is unclear. Therefore, it is important to know that both can be entirely avoided if you keep your stress levels low. That is certainly harder to practice than it is to say, but one tip that we use regularly is having a stress-relieving activity that you can rely on. For some people, that might be taking a short stroll while for others that could be reading. Whatever that activity is for you, you should always keep it in the back of your mind, especially when you are about to enter a very stressful time. Having the option to destress at your own time as opposed to allowing that stress to ferment in your mind can be a wonderful tool to help prevent hair fall and early graying as well as restore your inner peace. To learn other tips to relieve your stress effectively, we encourage you to click here and find out more.
3. Your Hair Care Products Contain Harsh Chemicals
Though you may have thought otherwise, the products you have been using to stop your hair fall and early graying may have been causing them to develop in the first place. This applies to not just your shampoo and conditioner, but also hair dyes, mousses, and other styling products. Many hair care products in the market contain harsh chemicals like parabens and phthalates that could harm your hair shaft and hair follicles. This might cause a lot of hair issues like hair fall and early graying.
To avoid exposing your hair to harsh chemicals, you should make a switch to all-natural products. Use an all-natural shampoo and conditioner in your hair care routine to clean your hair and prevent hair fall and early graying. If you like styling your hair with mousse, hair gel, or hairspray, we recommend trying a natural hair oil when your hair is wet so it is easier to shape your hair and nourish it at the same time. However, if you use hair tools like curling irons and hair straighteners on your hair, we would suggest using them at a minimum to avoid any hair breakage.
There are more habits that you should avoid if you don’t want hair fall and early graying of hair. To learn 3 more of these habits, listen to this episode of the Apsara Skin Care podcast. Enjoy and please leave us a review on our iTunes podcast page!
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