We’re almost through our second month of the new year! Do you already have forgotten resolutions or failed New Year goals? Let me offer up two lifestyle tips that you can start now and aim for year after year. Not only will you be healthier in body and mind, but you will also look good. These simple wellness steps directly affect your hair growth! The starting point for healthy hair should always focus on consistency. You can be spontaneous with your Netflix watching, but you must be consistent in taking care of your body. Surprisingly, it does not take an outlandish routine change to do your hair some good. Whether you’re looking to strengthen your locks or boost hair growth, you might not realize the importance of hair health. Why do these two steps matter? Everyday Health’s article, “7 Things Your Hair Reveals About Your Health 7 Things Your Hair Reveals About Your Health” states:

“Your hair can let you and your doctor know whether you’re stressed, have a nutritional deficiency, a thyroid problem, or other health issues.”

Step #1: A Balanced Diet

Diet - Heatly HairWith or without supplements, you must remember your food intake. You can eat a healthy meal a few times a week, but the power is in a consistent, nutrient-filled diet. Protein, iron, zinc, and B-12 vitamins are a few mentionable hair growth vitamins. Honestly, there are many beneficial ingredients throughout the food pyramid for your hair! But the key to success lies in the eating routine itself. The human body thrives when it is fed a multitude of minerals in appropriate amounts. Consuming excess quantities of particular ingredients can be harmful to the body’s biological functions.

The food you digest is broken down and shipped off to various parts of the body. Each organ then takes the nutrients and processes them into usable goods for the body to work efficiently. Eating a mineral-rich diet will offer each organ the necessary ingredients to function. It will maintain a healthy flow, so you can feel your best and look your best! Flooding your body with one element when you binge on a sweet dessert or a basket of dinner rolls will put stress on specific organs over others. Try not to overload on one food. Our body’s natural chemistry requires balance, and you can maintain this balance through daily vitamin consumption. It’s easy to forget there is a chemical and hormonal exchange flowing at all times within our bodies. Feed your body mineral-rich foods regularly, and be sure to follow through with a consistent water intake.

Step #2: Take Time To Destress

De-StressNow it’s time to calm your body intentionally. Our societal norms keep us busy. There are places to be and people to see. Not to mention, endless work to do! My advice to you is to slow down. We already talked about the internal cocktail of chemicals that move through the body when we digest food. It is equally essential to reflect on the role of external factors. Our bodies will raise or lower chemical ingredients when we experience stress. In high levels, stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline can be damaging to your hair.

Combating stress does not have to take a large amount of your time. You can actively reduce stress hormones by setting aside 15minutes to destress. Not only will you feel good, but your hair will look good as cortisol levels decrease. Some of you may find mental relaxation through working out. That’s great! But do not forget to stop once a day to give your brain a break. This pause from stress may come in the form of meditation, a soothing bath, listening to music, etc. Whatever it is you do, remember the goal is to stop for a moment to breathe and shut off the pressures of life’s stressors. The human body requires a chain reaction of hormones and transmitting nutrients. It is a communication system that allows your brain to think, your immune system to fight, and all your organs to carry out their functions. The body will naturally find balance when you give it the time to catch up.

There is a lot of hidden internal chaos within our bodies. Internal chemical changes affect our outside appearance, including our hair. The cycle of hair growth is very much a living organism. We don’t always think of our hair as vital of an organ as the heart or lungs. It doesn’t seem to move or fulfill any specific function. Still, hair has the ability to notify us when something within the body is imbalanced. If a necessary ingredient is missing or stress is overdrive, your hair may be the first to signal a problem. Do yourself (and your hair) a favor, consume a healthy diet regularly and remember to pause life’s stress daily.

Work Cited:

Vann, M., By, Migala, J., Zoldan, R., Lawler, M., & Upham, B. (2019, April 2n). 7 things your Hair reveals about your Health: Everyday Health. Retrieved February 18, 2021, from https://www.everydayhealth.com/skin-and-beauty-pictures/things-your-hair-says-about-your-health.aspx 

Contributing Editor
MaKayla Bartels
The Hair Society
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