A thick lock of hair is usually a sign of youth and health on first impressions. Without aÂ head full of thick hair, a person can sometimes look older than they really are. Sometimes it dependsÂ on your hair type as well, because if your hair strands are coarser, it will generally make yourÂ hair look thicker. I myself have very fine hair, and if I donâ€™t take care of it, they can sometimesÂ look limp and make me look really dull. Taking care of your hair doesnâ€™t just mean making sureÂ you are using the right shampoo or applying the right products; what you eat or donâ€™t eat willÂ affect the condition of your hair too.
Three different hair cycles
There are three different phases your hair goes through in your lifetime. There are known asÂ the Anagen cycle (growth phase), Catagen cycle (transition phase) and the Telogen cycle (restÂ stage). Most of your hairs on your head are in their Anagen stage, which lasts from 2-8 years onÂ your head. The Catagen stage typically lasts 2-3 weeks, and the Telogen phase lasts around 2-4Â months. While most hair follicles on your hair are always going through transitions, for a healthyÂ normal head, 90% of them should be in their Anagen stage and only 10% should be in either theÂ Catagen or Telogen stage.
Normal hair loss
It is normal for people to lose 50-100 strands of hair every day and upon washing, sometimes Â you can lose up to 250 strands. But all that is normal because even if you donâ€™t wash your hair orÂ tug at it, those hairs will still fall off on their own. Unusual hair loss can sometimes be attributedÂ to heredity, pregnancy, and medical problems such as thyroid disorders, anemia, psoriasis andÂ seborrheic dermatitis. Physical or emotional stress can also be one of the reasons why a personÂ may lose a large amount of hair overnight.
Reasons for unhealthy hair
Always styling and manipulating your tresses may prove to be more harm in the long run evenÂ though the hair loss during these inflictions is temporary. Drying your hair too roughly when itâ€™sÂ wet, daily blow drying hair, and tying your hair too tightly on a daily basis tend to break yourÂ hair and make it brittle over time, and in the long run may add to premature hair loss. Itâ€™s best toÂ let your hair breathe once in a while without too many styling methods.
Foods to improve hair growth
If you are born with fine or thick hair, improving your diet will not drastically change your hairÂ type, but rather, it will significantly improve the growth of new and healthy hair in time to come. Â People often overlook ways to improve the health of their hair through diets because they tendÂ to forget that it is the follicles and condition of the scalp that determines the growth of hair. HereÂ are some of the foods to eat to improve the condition of your scalp and future hair growth.
- Omega 3 fatty acids
Omega 3 fatty acids are needed to provide hair with a shiny and moisturized outlook. Having Â sufficient omega 3 fatty acids will ensure a healthy scalp and will help prevent dry and brittleÂ hairs that are prone to breakage. Foods that contain omega 3 are salmon, flax seeds, chia seedsÂ and fish oil.
- Vitamins A and C
This helps your body produce sebum secreted by hair follicles and acts like a natural conditionerÂ for your hair. Foods that have vitamins A and C are kale, carrots, broccoli and brussels sprouts.
Iron improves blood circulation and in turn promotes healthy cell growth. This works for a betterÂ quality hair growth as well. Foods that contain iron include dark, leafy greens, beans, artichoke,Â liver, and egg yolks.
- B vitamins
Foods that are high in all the B vitamins promote better and healthier skin. Having all the rightÂ nutrients your body needs to improve the condition of your skin and scalp will result in healthierÂ and better hair quality.
Zinc is a powerful anti-oxidant that will improve the general being of your skin and stimulateÂ hair growth for your scalp. Foods contain zinc include seafood, nuts and beans, and poultry.
Hair care from inside out
The health and condition of our hair is very much dependent on the scalp which is also partÂ of our skin. I think the best way one can ensure healthy hair is through diet, as that is theÂ only method foolproof enough compared to applying external products. Apart from heredity,Â prevention of hair loss and unhealthy hair is not as impossible as it seems. If your body is healthyÂ from the inside, it should reflect on the outside and vice versa. So the next time when you decideÂ on your meals, think of your hair!