10 Ways To Help Prevent Hair Loss

Prevent Hair Loss

Yes, you have heard them all: 5, 7, 10 ways to help prevent hair loss and you are probably wondering which one, if any, of the ones you have heard about you can apply to your everyday routine. So here are the top 10 ways to help prevent hair loss.

Catch Some zzz’s

Like the rest of our body, the hair too needs its beauty sleep, as it is during this period it recovers from the day’s stress and concentrates on growing. Good quality sleep of eight hours a night can help improve the strength of your hair.

Foodlicious

Certain foods can help prevent hair loss. A protein and potassium rich diet will ensure that your hair gets the essential nutrients it requires to stay healthy. Protein helps strengthen keratin and potassium is an essential element in preventing hair loss, as it regulates the hair’s PH balance and acts as a conditioner, helping the hair to stay healthy and strong from the root.

Supplement Up!

If eating healthy is too time consuming for you and you somehow always manage to eat on the go, then supplements that provide essential minerals and vitamins for healthy hair are just what you and your hair need. They can give your hair the extra boost it needs to stay healthy and strong.

Extensions Down

Extensions is a big no-no. Not only because they were in style last year but also because it damages your hair more than you can imagine. In severe cases it can even cause hair loss.

Treat Yourself to a Scalp Massage

Scalp massages stimulate blood flow in the area and make it easier for the nutrients to get to the hair follicles.

Love Your Body

It is no news that cigarettes, alcohol or any other drugs can harm you and your body. But it can also lead to hair loss. So it is true when people say “your body is a temple” and it should be treated like that.

Stay Friction-Free

Do you often wear your hair up or in tight styles? Give it a rest and let it down from time to time. There is a reason why Rapunzel’s hair managed to grow that long, right? Constantly wearing your hair in tight styles creates a high level of traction and friction on the hair, which can lead to a hair loss condition called traction alopecia.

Avoid Chemicals to Prevent Hair Loss

Dyeing your hair and using heat tools can have a negative effect on the hair. Continuous usage of these kinds of treatments and tools can have an adverse effect on your hair as the chemicals in them can cause long-term damage.

Stay Calm

Easier said than done, right? Stress is a nasty state of mind to be in, for the mind itself bur also for the hair. And hair loss can be trigged by stress so meditation and yoga are two things that you can practice that will help you reduce stress.

10 Ways To Help Prevent Hair Loss
Give your hair as much love and care as you give your body. Drink a lot of water, eat healthy and avoid bad habits such as smoking.

Medication

Now, you do not have to run to the nearest pharmacy and buy all their hair loss preventing medication. You can however, if you are seriously worried about hair loss, pay the pharmacy a visit and ask for some hair growth boosters suited for you.

Featured photo: Global Panorama via Flickr
Vix Walker via Flickr

Healthier Hair Growth Vitamins That can Work and Why

Hair growth vitamins that really work

Let us be honest – how many of us have not heard of  vitamins that we can take and…voilà! Magic will happen and our hair, nails and skin will thank us eternally? If we’re even more honest, how many of us have not yearned for hair growth vitamins that really work? Probably most of us, so here are three that could make you believe in magic and give you an understanding of why they can work so well.

“Usually I will recommend supplements to those who are looking to address certain skin, nail or hair issues,” said Dr. Marina Peredo in an interview while referring to three supplements in particular that have been proven to work to our advantage addressing these issues.

Biotin is one of the healthier hair growth vitamins that can really work

Make this little vitamin your new best friend because that’s how much you will love what it does for your hair health. But how and why does it work, you may wonder? Biotin encourages the production of protein, and protein itself stimulates healthier hair growth and texture. So it’s good to take it when you experience brittle nails or thinning hair.

Vitamin B

Vitamin B is an antioxidant and it helps remove bacteria from your skin.  Not only does vitamin B treat your skin right, it’s great for your hair. Vitamin B is important for your metabolism because it plays an important role in supporting it. In turn, this helps nutrients reach your scalp more easily, which helps make your hair stronger and healthier. Vitamin B can also help keep the pigmentation in your hair vibrant – all of this is why it’s one of the healthier hair vitamins that can really work.

Hair growth vitamins that really work
Supplements that contain biotin, vitamin B or marine fatty acids are vitamins that can really work to help your hair, so why not include one with your daily meal?

Marine Fatty Acids

Omega-3 works like magic when it comes to combating dry and damaged hair, hair thinning and a flaky scalp. Omega-3 adds luster, elasticity and shine to dull and worn down hair and helps kick-start healthier hair growth. The acids it contains help regenerate blood circulation in the scalp and provide nourishment to the hair follicles. If you start taking Omega-3 supplements you may notice your hair feels stronger and healthier.

 

 

How to Get Rid of Split Ends

Split Ends

Your hair may look good from afar, but up close, you could have split ends in your hair. Split ends are often a sign that it’s time to visit the hair salon, but wouldn’t it be nice to not have to go to your hairdresser as often? Why does hair split anyway, and why do you have so many split ends sometimes? Here’s more information about just what are split ends, the most common reasons for split ends, ways to prevent them from happening and how to get rid of split ends when they occur.

What Are Split Ends?

Split ends are just what they sound like: the frayed ends of your strands where the hair shaft is no longer a smooth whole but has spliced into two or more pieces. You can see if your hair has split ends by looking closely at the tips of your hair.

Split ends can happen for a few reasons. The scientific explanation is that if the cuticle (the outermost protective layer of the hair) becomes damaged, hair becomes vulnerable to cracks and splits. This is more likely to happen if your hair is weathered and artificially dyed. The hair strength depends on the amount of water in the hair cuticle.

While dying your hair or using other chemical treatments can weaken it, that’s not the only reason for split ends. Several different things can contribute to your hair splintering apart and fortunately, you can make a few simple changes in your hair care routine to help preserve your locks so they last longer without splitting.

Common Causes for Split Ends

Heat. Since the main factor for split ends and broken hair is the lack of moisture, heat tools will damage your hair and shorten the amount of time you can go between cuts. If you use heat tools frequently and don’t use a heat protectant, split ends will occur faster than if you let your hair dry by itself. Excessive sun exposure can have the same effect. Try to turn down the temperature on your hair dryer, straightener, curling wand or other heat tools to give your hair a break. Tackle your hair in smaller sections and be willing to take more time to work at a lower temperature. It may be more time-consuming, but it’ll extend the life of your hair and help you avoid split ends.

Chemicals. Using hair products with a lot of chemicals, or bleaching and dyeing your hair, can also increase the strain on your hair and dry it out faster, leading to split ends.

Over-washing. Try to not wash your hair every day, and use a gentle, natural shampoo free of sulfates and parabens. This will help ensure you don’t strip your hair of too much of its natural oils. Another tip is to only shampoo the scalp and only condition your ends. This helps distribute the product in your hair only to the areas where it is needed, so you don’t end up with a greasy scalp from too much conditioner at the roots or split ends that have had too much moisture stripped away by shampoo.

 

Brushing. Brushing your hair when it is very tangled can also cause your hair to break off or split at the ends. Forcefully combing through knots strains the hair and can lead to breakage and split ends. What can you do differently to prevent split ends caused by brushing? Detangle your hair carefully with your fingers before using a brush or comb. Once you start brushing or combing, move gently and carefully through the hair, tackling knots at the end of your hair first instead of trying to force your way through from above.

If combing or brushing is proving difficult, move your tool further down and try again. It’s also important to make sure you’re using the right kind of hair brush or comb for your hair to avoid split ends. If your hair is proving too difficult to comb or brush, apply coconut oil, a detangling product or leave-in conditioners to your strands before brushing it out.

Genetics. A condition called trichorrhexis nodosa, which is when nodes around your hair shaft grow thicker or weaker than usual, causes the hair to break more easily and could also be the cause of your split end woes. Sometimes this is an inherited condition, but it can also be caused by iron deficiency, hypothyroidism, too much ammonia in the body or because of another syndrome.

Styling. Some hairstyles, like a tight ponytail or bun, cause a lot of pressure and friction on the hair shaft and can lead to breakage and split ends. Loosen your hair elastic or opt for a more gentle scrunchie material to reduce the force on your hair.

Split Ends
Treating your hair with coconut oil can help keep it moisturized, shiny, and prevent split ends.

What Can I Do About Split Ends?

Unfortunately, once a hair strand has a split end, you can’t just put the pieces back together and restore things to the way they were. Split end damage is permanent and irreversible, and can only be hidden or removed. Eventually, you’ll need to remove the split end to prevent it from becoming further damaged or even harming neighboring strands, but there are a few tricks you can use to hide the damage — and to help prevent split ends before they start.

Cut it. If your ends are already split, a fresh start is the best way to go. Cut the damaged parts off and start taking better care of your hair to prevent ends from splitting again. Split ends can snag on your other hair strands, leading to a domino effect of damage, so it’s better to trim off split ends ASAP. Even if you don’t notice a lot of damage to your hair, it’s a good idea to get a maintenance trim of ¼ to ½ inch at least every 4 to 6 months to keep your ends healthy.

Oils. Scientific research shows that coconut oil actually helps prevent breakage and split ends. In a 2009 study, researchers found that treating hair with oils reduced the formation of split ends. The study tested oils from passion fruit seeds, Brazilian nuts, palm oil, mineral oils and more. Considering that extraction of palm oil takes a huge toll on the environment and mineral oils could be harmful for our health if not sufficiently purified, we recommend Brazilian nut, olive oil or coconut oil. For a deep moisture treatment, warm the oil and apply it allover your hair and scalp. Leave it in for as long as you want and then wash it out. For a quicker oil finish, apply a small amount of oil to your ends after washing, or whenever it feels dry. This added moisture can help strengthen your hair and prevent split ends from forming.

Hair Masks. Keeping your hair moisturized can also help prevent split ends. Use a hair mask or other moisturizing treatments once a week to penetrate your hair shafts and protect strands. After washing it out, apply a leave-in conditioner or hair cream. Make sure to use a heat protectant in your hair if you decide to style it with conditioner or cream left in, because the moisture from those products can amplify the heat you apply to your hair, creating an opportunity for heat damage and split ends.

Protect the Hair From the Weather. If it’s really sunny and hot outside or very cold — basically, if temperatures are extreme in any way — wear a hat or scarf, or use a sun protection spray. Make a loose braid if it’s windy, or gently tuck your hair up inside a hat to prevent excessive tangling. Never leave the house with wet hair when it’s cold outside. The change in temperature and climate can put stress on your hair and cause split ends. Follow these tips and your hair ends should stay healthier and stronger, for longer.

Featured photo: Arianne Leishman via Flickr

To Blow-Dry or Not? The Best Hair Dryer Tips to Protect Your Hair

Best Hair Dryer

For many of us, a hair dryer is a tool that’s always there. It has looked the same for a very long time, and we might not even think about looking for the best hair dryer. About a year ago, the British industrial designer and inventor Richard Dyson launched his new, revolutionizing hair dryer – the Dyson Supersonic. He pointed out that dryers have looked the same for the past 60 years. It’s a part of most of our everyday routines, and we might not realize that there’s a problem with ours.

Most of us know that we should be careful with how much we use heat tools on our hair. At the same time it’s nearly impossible to avoid them completely. In fact, 75.5% of women and 24.5% of men in the U.S. regularly use a hair dryer. This adds up to a lot of time, watts and burned scalps. That’s why Dyson wanted to create a hair dryer that’s gentle on the hair. But then you might wonder, how much of a difference can there really be?

We’re not really sure, but Dyson believed he could create the best hair dryer, and spent four years and 600 prototypes on creating the perfect one. He said there were 103 engineers involved that tested it out on more than 1,010 miles of hair and did 7,000 acoustic tests, as they wanted to create a silent and fast tool. The company had help from celebrity stylist Jen Atkin, whose client list includes names like Kim Kardashian, Jessica Alba and Katy Perry. She is now the brand ambassador.

The only problem with such a well-researched product is that the price tag lands on $399. This probably feels like a little too hefty for many of us, but regardless of what brand of appliance you have, there are some general rules for how to take care of your hair and make heat styling less damaging.

The Best Hair Dryer Tips to Maintain Healthy Hair

Best Hair Dryer
The products you use help determine how often you need to wash and dry your hair. Make sure to always use a heat protectant before exposing your hair to any heat.

Use a Tool With Different Settings

It can be hard to know which the best hair dryer is, but whichever model you choose, you can protect your hair by changing the settings of your hair dryer – fine, thin hair needs a lower temperature, while thicker hair can handle a higher one (although generally not the highest).  More expensive tools tend to make a difference by how quickly they act. If your hair dryer has more power and stronger air flow it will dry your hair faster and reduce the time you need to expose your hair to hot air.

Use a Heat Protectant

Always use a heat protectant!  There are many different variants of heat protectant sprays to protect your hair from the heat tool you’re using. Spray it in the hair and comb it through to spread it evenly.

Do Not Style Too Often

If you deep cleanse your hair and style it properly, it will last for several days and you can let your hair rest in between. Also, let the hair dry halfway naturally before blow-drying it to spare it from the damaging heat. When you do blow dry your hair, keep your distance – at least eight inches away – and keep the dryer moving to spread the heat evenly.

Never Wear Wet Hair Up

Remember to not put your hair in a ponytail or bun when it is wet. The hair is more sensitive when wet, and putting it up can lead to damage.

Hair Masks

A moisturizing hair mask will revitalize your hair and make it strong and shiny. Use it about once a week after washing. You can also make one yourself with what you have in your kitchen.

Leave-In Conditioner and Oils

After washing your hair it might be a good idea to apply a leave in conditioner. This allows hair to let it soak up even more moisture. After styling your hair, rub some Moroccan oil or coconut oil in your hands and gently work through your hair. This can help apply some long lasting shine and moisture. If you just want a shiny finish, only apply it on the lower half of your hair. If you are looking for healthier hair growth, massaging oil into your scalp can help get your blood circulation going for further moisturizing scalp benefits.

Photos by Corey Balazowic via Flickr

Mainstream via Flickr

Saw Palmetto for Hair Loss: Effects & Benefits

Saw Palmetto Benefits

Everyone experiences some degree of hair shedding as part of the natural cycle of hair growth. But if you’re losing an excessive amount of hair (more than 100 strands a day or more) — there could be an underlying issue.

But don’t worry: there are natural remedies, like Saw Palmetto for hair loss. Saw Palmetto, a palm-like plant, has many health benefits.

What is Saw Palmetto and What Does it Do?

Saw Palmetto is a plant that has long, saw-toothed leaves. It can grow as a small shrub or reach 10 feet high in some climates. The plant has white flowers and yellow berries that turn black when ripe. Native Americans used these berries for food and natural medicine for hundreds of years. In the early 20th century, men took the berries to treat urinary tract problems, increase sperm production and even boost libido.

Hair loss can sometimes be caused by a hormone imbalance in the body. Saw Palmetto contains plant-based extracts that can naturally help balance hormones such as DHT in the body, so taking Saw Palmetto for hair growth can be a good idea. The active ingredients of Saw Palmetto include fatty acids, plant sterols, and sugars. It is available as pills, dried berries, liquid or powdered capsules.

What Are the Saw Palmetto Benefits For My Hair?

Taking Saw Palmetto for hair loss has gained a lot of popularity during recent years because of the Saw Palmetto benefits that make it a natural way of fighting hair thinning and promoting overall hair health. It contains components that work by preventing the conversion of testosterone into DHT. DHT is a naturally occurring hormone in the body that contributes to hair thinning by shrinking hair follicles.

Saw Palmetto Benefits
Saw Palmetto is a plant whose berries can be used to support healthier hair growth.

A recent study published in 2017 compared the effects of Saw Palmetto with finasteride (more commonly known under the brand name Propecia). Thirty-eight percent of the 100 hair loss patients who were given 320 mg of Saw Palmetto saw a statistically significant increase in hair growth. In a 2002 study on 10 men with androgenetic alopecia male pattern baldness), there was an improvement in 60% of the participants. In a study from 2004, 34 men and 28 women received topically applied saw palmetto extract on the scalp. Sixty-seven percent of the participants saw a reduction in scalp sebum production, and 35% experienced increased hair density, demonstrating the benefits of Saw Palmetto for women as well as men.

What Are Some Other Benefits of Saw Palmetto?

Saw Palmetto is an attractive hair health treatment option for people who want to avoid prescription drugs such as finasteride, which can have unpleasant side effects, such as lowered libido.  In some cases, Saw Palmetto has been used as a form of treatment for conditions including low sex drive, low sperm count, diabetes, prostate cancer, bronchitis, and more.

Saw Palmetto In Supplements

If you’d like to try Saw Palmetto for hair regrowth, you might benefit from a hair supplement containing all natural ingredients. Nutrafol contains a mixture of standardized, patented and clinically tested botanicals to support healthier hair, including Saw Palmetto.

A Natural Solution

If you experience thinning hair, taking Saw Palmetto for hair loss might be a great option for you. earn more about how you can take advantage of the Nutrafol approach of working on the whole body, from the inside out.

Photo: Nan Palmero via Flickr

8 Best Tips – How to Help Your Hair Grow Faster

How to help make your hair grow faster is a question often up for discussion. And truth be told, there is no magical way to grow it out in record time. But there are, however, some tips that you can try, making your hair grow faster the old-fashioned way. Here are the 8 best ones.

1. Dry Scalp Massage

We have said it before but we dare to repeat it again – scalp massages do wonders for your hair. Los Angeles haircare specialist Philip B says that massaging your head helps stimulate the blood flow to your scalp, which helps nutrients get to your hair follicles faster.

2. Wet Hair Massage

Yes, it is as simple as it sounds, so while washing your hair why not give it some extra love by massaging it with your fingertips? This wet hair massage might be one of the easiest ways to make your hair grow faster.

3. Vitamin Yourself Up

One apple a day, keeps the doctor away. The same kind of thinking applies to vitamins, too. So make sure to take your vitamins every day – invest in those that contains antioxidant and vitamin B. Supplements that include biotin can help support healthy hair and nail growth, and experts highly recommend it as part of your everyday routine.

4. Trim it Well!

Chopping off your hair and watching it leave you can feel slightly dramatic. But it is important to remember that healthy hair tends to grow faster. So if you keep your split ends, they can work their way up and damage the rest of your hair.

 

Make your hair grow faster
Say bye-bye to your heat tools to encourage healthier hair growth.

5. Stop Using Heat Tools

Girl meets heat tool, girl falls in love with the heat tool, the heat tool ruins girl’s hair – oldest story in the book. Avoid the situation by avoiding heat tools as much as you can. And if you must use heat tools, make sure to use some heat protectant products to safeguard your hair.

6. Ice Ice, Baby

Many people do not know this, but rinsing your hair with cold water before stepping out of the shower helps seal the hair cuticles and prevent moisture loss and heat damage. So let the water temperature drop a few degrees and your hair will be eternally thankful.

7. Condition!

Washing your hair with shampoo may take all the dirt and grime out of our hair, but it strips it of its natural oils and nutrients that protect your hair. That’s why conditioner is our unspoken savior – it replenishes nutrients that your hair needs to be healthy and shiny. So make sure to use it wisely and often and you should see healthier hair growth.

 

8. Treat Yourself to Hair Masks

Just like the right conditioner will protect your hair from becoming dry and brittle, treating it to nourishing hair masks once in a while is a great way to moisturize and revitalize your hair. You don’t need to splurge on expensive ones to grow hair faster. Home-made remedy hair masks can work just as many wonders. A good start is making a mask with coconut oil or olive oil, which most people already have at home.

Try Our 10 Life Hacks to Hide Greasy Hair

Greasy Hair

For the past few years it has been a trend to let the hair rest and not wash it too often. Sometimes you just need a trick to hide greasy hair. Well…we have ten great life hacks for doing just that!

1. Do not Wash It

Not washing your hair every day will save you a lot of time. The fact is that the scalp typically adjusts its sebum production according to how often you wash it. That is because if you remove the hair’s natural oils, the glands that produce sebum in the scalp will start to compensate by producing more of it. Get your hair used to not getting shampoo every day by washing a day later than you normally would, and then increase the time in between washes. If you get greasy hair in the beginning of the process, hide it using our other tricks below!

2. Use a Shower Cap

This will keep your hair dry on the days you shower without washing the hair. It will preserve your hairstyle and prevent the hair from picking up moisture.

3. Use The Right Kind of Products

Using a high quality shampoo with natural ingredients can help make your hair feel clean longer. And if you are trying to extend the time in between washes, just try to use as few styling products as possible. Oily products build up on the scalp and makes it greasy faster, so take that into account when you plan your washing days.

Related Article: Learn how to make your hair grow faster and longer than ever before

4. Dry Shampoo

This is the classic trick to make greasy hair disappear. Spray the dry shampoo of your choice on your roots, let rest and then style your hair as usual. If you are going for the more voluminous look, use the palm of your hand to rub the dry shampoo in and ruffle the hair around.

Greasy Hair
An easy way to hide greasy hair is to invest in a dry shampoo, but there are plenty of other tricks too.

5. Use Baby Powder

Some of us use the trick to grab some baby powder instead of dry shampoo. But don’t go crazy and dump a whole lot of powder directly on your hair. Instead, sprinkle some baby powder on a tissue, place it over your roots and scrunch it together with your fingers to spread it evenly on the roots. This will soak up excess oil without messing up your hairstyle.

6. Hairstyles Can Distract From Greasy Hair

If you do have a greasy hair day and are pressed on time, put your hair up in a style that distracts from greasy roots. The easiest is a slick ponytail, but if you feel creative and have a little more time, try a fake undercut. Do this by making two rows of French braids close to your head on one side. A super popular style is the “hun” – the halfway bun. Spray dry shampoo on your top hair roots and pull your top hair into a messy bun on top of your head. Secure it with hairpins and create a good amount of mussiness.

7. Accessories

Use accessories! A silk scarf around your head will make you look boho chic in a few seconds. A hat covers more, if you feel like it. If you have greasy bangs, a headband or a diadem is a good way to hide them until you have time to wash.

8. Change the Placing of Your Part

It can be as simple as that! If your hair is lying flat around your face it will look greasy faster than if it is in a crazy updo. No time for that? Just spray a little dry shampoo on the roots and turn your centered part into a deep sided one. Changing the direction of your hair roots will give the hair a little more bounce and it will immediately look more fresh.

9. Use That Hot Iron

A trick to make your greasy hair look less so is to just grab your curling iron and make some beachy waves (after applying a heat protectant, of course). Styling your hair in a different shape will take attention away from your roots. Spray it with some saltwater spray to make it the right kind of messy.

10. Hands Off!

The more you touch your hair, the greasier it will become. Makes sense, huh?

Photos: kris krüg via Flickr

Maria Morri via Flickr

Post Election Anxiety May Literally Make You Lose Hair

Post election anxiety

 

The presidential election of 2016 was quite something, and has resulted in the phenomenon post election anxiety. A candidate that set out to become the first female U.S. president in history was pitted against an ultra-rich real estate mogul and reality TV personality. The outcome surprised many people and things still don’t seem to have settled. There’s even something that is only half-jokingly called Trump anxiety disorder. No matter which side you were on and who you voted for, it seems like the process made the American people more divided than ever. If you feel stressed out, you are not alone! Did you know that stress is a huge factor behind why many lose their hair? It also takes about three months for shedding to happen after a particularly stressful event, so right about now is when you may experience the effects from that election night, especially if you’re sensitive to stress factors. Read on to learn why it happens, and what you can do about it.

How The Hair Grows

Hairs on the human head have a life length of about two to six years. The first stage in a hair’s life – the anagen phase – is when it grows a lot, about half an inch every 28 days. This is the phase that you want to last for a long time, if you are aiming for long and full hair. But factors like fluctuating hormones, certain medications or stress will shorten it. The second stage, called the catagen phase, only lasts for about two weeks. The hair follicles detach themselves from blood vessels, and since blood is what makes the hair grow, the growth stops. In the third phase, telogen, the follicle rests before growing a new hair. So the hair simply hangs in there for about three months. Finally, the last phase that is called exogen is when the hair sheds. But at the same time, if you are healthy, new hair starts to grow and normally you would not notice any difference.

How Does Stress Affect My Hair Growth?

If you are stressed, for example from post election anxiety, the growing phase can be disrupted and big chunks of hairs can stop growing at once. This means they all enter the resting phase at the same time, to later shed at the same time in larger numbers than usual. Dermatologist Kurt Stenn performed an experiment on mice and exposed them to loud noises, and found this to be the case. He believes the reasons humans lose hair after being stressed are the same. “Stress does affect the human hair follicle as well, and we assume that what we see in the mouse is the same thing we see in the human – the same transition occurs,” Stenn said. This is believed to have something to do with our brains’ neurotransmitters, or stress hormones like cortisol. This type of hair loss due to stress is called telogen effluvium, when many hairs prepare to fall at the same time.

Phases of Stress

Because hair loss after a stressful event is delayed three months – that is how long the second and third phases in the hair growth cycle last – it can sometimes be hard to determine what the cause is. If you know the election stressed you out, you might be doing way better now that it is over and you can know that any hair loss is temporary. But if you are constantly stressed, for example because of an anxiety disorder, or if you are sensitive to triggers such as uncertainty of where the country is heading or what will happen to the climate, it can be tricky to do something about it. If you suffer from severe stress you could also suffer from the more dramatic type of hair loss alopecia areata, which means that the hair suddenly comes out in large clumps. The third type of stress related hair loss is trichotillomania. This is a habitual condition caused by stress, when a person pulls out hairs from the body or scalp without realizing it.

Post election anxiety
If you take steps to take care of your physical and mental well-being, you can overcome post-election anxiety and get your hair growth back.

So, I Might Have Post Election Anxiety. What Do I Do About It?

If you are losing hair because of stress, it is time to wind down. Fact is that if you are already experiencing hair loss and you know that you had a stressful experience about three months ago. You can know that is it soon over. Just try to relax and focus on the present. When the next hair growth cycle starts, it will be back to normal. However, if you are stressed in general or suffer from depression or seasonal affective disorder. You may need to change your daily habits.

Slow down

In today’s busy society, we often don’t take time for ourselves to have a mental break before moving on to the next thing. Practice mindfulness in your everyday life by taking a few moments for mediation or yoga. Breathe deeply and focus on yourself. This is particularly important if you suffer from post election anxiety, as political events that could cause stress are constantly covered in the media. Meditation has proven positive effects; mindfulness can actually lower blood pressure and help your brain deal with stress. Focus on being understanding rather than angry. Even if some politicians are enough to make you want to take a kickboxing class instead.

Work Out

Good news, take the kickboxing class as well! Working out, getting your heart rate up and the adrenaline flowing. This will release endorphins and get you in a better mood. It will also help you sleep better, and being rested is vital for reducing stress. Oftentimes when we exercise, we find that for a moment there we only focus on the task at hand. It is way more fun to focus on a run in the forest than the politics of the day. If only for a moment!

Smile

It is actually scientifically proven that you will end up in a better mood if you smile. Even if it is a fake smile and you are just going through the motions. This could be hard if post election anxiety is the problem. Can we suggest watching your political satire TV show of choice?

Limit Your Social Media Consumption

Social media is an addiction for many, and can have a negative impact on your mood. Most people only post stuff that they are proud of and pictures from a good day. Usually you don’t share thoughts when you are depressed or have a bad day. Similarly, social media spreads a lot of political articles and even misinformation. So put down the phone and take a walk outside.

Eat Well

Nutrition is important, and some foods are better for hair growth than others. Avoid junk food and focus on fresh produce. A lot of dark leafy greens that contain iron, and lean protein from chicken and fish. Healthy food will both benefit your hair and make your post election anxiety feel better. Iron and protein are main building blocks in the hair. Zinc and selenium also play some starring roles. If you feel like you don’t get all the nutrients you should, a natural hair supplement is a good solution. Nutrafol contains Sensoril Ashwagandha, a natural ingredient that directly affects your body’s stress levels by decreasing cortisol by 30%. It also improves your resistance to stress, which reduces the amount of adrenalin that is released in your body. The Ashwagandha has been used for thousands of years in the Indian medicine system Ayurveda. This plant reduces stress in a natural way.

Photos: amenclinicsphotos ac via Flickr

micadew via Flickr

5 Best Vitamins For Longer Hair That Will Make Your Life Easier

best vitamins

Are you tired of not knowing which the best vitamins are for growing long hair? Do you dream of having luscious locks but struggle every time you try to grow even an inch? Does the frustration of split ends and breakage make you want to shave it all off? Hold your horses, there’s no need to be dramatic. Read our list, and then make the decision if you want to shave it off – or give it another chance.

Vitamin A: one of the best vitamins?

Vitamin A is a vitamin that falls into the category of best vitamins for healthy hair, and it is necessary for proper cell growth. It is also a vitamin that helps produce sebum in the scalp, which helps prevent hair from drying out and breaking. Good foods sources of vitamin A are carrots, melons, and dark leafy greens. Symptoms of vitamin A deficiency include vision and skin problems. But make sure to not take too much vitamin A supplements, as it can be counterproductive to your hair growth.

B Vitamins

These are often referred to as the vitamin B complex, which includes all eight B vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9 and B12. This complex plays a huge role in keeping us healthy. B vitamins affect our energy, metabolism, nerves, muscles, skin, nails and hair. The vitamin B complex promotes cell growth and cell division, which are important for healthy hair growth. If you have a B vitamin deficiency, you will feel tired, bruise easily and your hair will not grow as fast as usual. The best way to get all the B vitamins your system needs is through the foods you eat, such as meats, eggs, nuts, grains and vegetables.

Vitamin C

We know that vitamin C can help us boost our immunity, but what many people do not know is that vitamin C also help strengthen our hair. That is because vitamin C helps the body produce collagen, a vital protein for healthy hair, skin, and nails. Vitamin C is considered being an antioxidant that fights free radicals, which damage body tissue. These free radicals have been known to damage hair and make it weak and brittle. So if you experience your hair breaking a lot or shedding, it may be due to vitamin C deficiency.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin. One way to boost your vitamin D levels is to spend some time outside in the sun. And you do not need crazy amounts of it either – 15 to 20 minutes per day is enough. This is not difficult during the warm summer days, but may become slightly more difficult during the winter. That is where supplements and food comes into the picture. Some vitamin D rich foods include fatty fish like salmon and tuna, eggs, mushrooms and milk.

best vitamins
Make sure to include some vitamin D rich food in your nutrition. These nutrients are needed to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E may be the most overlooked vitamin, but it is in fact a very important one. It is an antioxidant that repairs and builds tissue, which is essential for healthy hair growth. Eat vitamin E rich foods such as almonds, seeds, avocado, and broccoli. Applying it to your scalp increases blood circulation, boosts oxygen supply and repairs damaged hair follicles. So you may want to start massaging your scalp at least twice a week with vitamin E oil to support hair growth.

 

 

Seldom or Frequently – How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?

How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?

For the past few years, beauty experts and hair stylists have warned women to not wash their hair every day. But how often should you wash your hair?

Shampooing Too Often

It used to be said that shampooing too often would dry out your scalp and strands, making the hair brittle. This is because your hair produces natural oil, called sebum, which is what keeps your hair shiny. But shampoo traps the sebum, along with any dirt and residue from hair products. When we rinse it all out the hair is stripped of any oils.

It makes sense that doing this too often would dry the hair out, which is why many women have a routine to go to the salon, have a wash and a blowout, and then let the hair rest for about a week. Some dirt is okay and even good for the hair, as it provides moisture and a protective barrier for your scalp.

Shampooing Too Little

However, according to many hair stylists, more and more people are exaggerating the habit of not washing too often. According to hair stylist Michael Angelo in Manhattan, many of his male clients even come in to ask him to tell their girlfriends and wives to wash their hair, because they smell so bad. He says many people have a blowout and then leave the hair alone for ten days, even if they work out and break a sweat.

Dry shampoo is often seen as a strategy to make this work, and Angelo is not opposed to that, but pointed out that it only buys you an extra day or two. The thing is that oil buildup together with product residue will layer itself on your scalp and could clog the hair follicles, leading to an oily, itchy and flaky scalp.

How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?
How much and what kind of hair products you use will have an impact on how often you need to wash your hair.

“Women have been badgered for washing their hair too often, but products are so much better than they were even five years ago,” said hair colorist Rita Hazan.
“But some of them are gentle enough to use daily.”

If you go a long time without washing and have flaky skin on the scalp, a good solution for this could be hair exfoliation. This can help give your hair a deep cleanse, increase blood circulation and make your hair products more effective, as the scalp is fresh and clean.

So, How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?

There is not one good solution that works for everyone, as everyone has different hair thickness, quality and amount of sebum. How often should you wash your hair? Carolyn Goh, is an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the UCLA. Goh said that only a small group of people need to wash their hair every day; people that work out or sweat a lot, or live in a very humid place. And if you have very oily hair, or dandruff, you’ll also need to wash more often. She recommends every two to three days, but it is all a matter of personal preference.

Photo credits:

Mainstream via Flickr