Lifestyle changes for healthy hair and prevent hair loss

A healthy lifestyle can go along way in ensuring a healthy level of hair growth.

Get plenty of sleep

Sleep is an essential part of healthy living. Adults should aim for seven to nine hours of sleep per night. During sleep, growth hormones help speed up cell reproduction and can contribute to a healthy rate of hair growth.

Reducing stress

Stress can have many negative effects on body including yhe hair. Excessive stress can lead to hairloss by disrupting the grow-th phase of the hair cycle and pushing the hair follicles into the resting phase.

Some healthy ways to lower stress levels include:

Regular exercise

Yoga

Meditation

Counselling

Getting enough sleep

Listening to music

Going on vacations

Pursuing fun hobbies

Be gentle on hair

Be gentle when brushing or sty-ling your hair. Frequent twisting, twirling or pulling on your hair can cause breakage. This can make it seem like your hair is growing at slower rate.

Avoid:

• Tight hairstyles like braids, pony tails or cornrows

• Perms and hair straightening chemicals

• Hot straightening or curling irons

• Bleaching your hair

If you must use chemicals or bleach in your hair, visit a salon and follow all after care in instructions.

Quit smoking

Smoking is associated with range of health issues including hair-loss. Smoking may cause damage to the hair follicle and result in an imbalance in the hair growth cycle.

Dry Scalp Massage

Dry Scalp Massage may stimulate and increase circulation to hair follicles, which may lead to thicker hair. One small study showed that men who had four minutes of scalp massage everyday had thicker hair after 24 hours.

However, some temporary hair loss occurred after 12 weeks before the hair started growing thicker. It’s also important to note that the men in the study used a massage device for scalp massage, not their fingers. Rubbing the scalp with your fingers may actually contribute to hair loss.

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