Best Care for Strong Hair
Strong hair. It is the envy of women worldwide. From Texas to Timbuktu, we are bombarded with ads featuring women who throw around their shiny, lustrous, healthy hair and tie it in knots to showcase its strength and structural integrity. But achieving strong hair is no easy task. You must start from the inside out by nourishing your body and scalp with the appropriate hair healthy nutrients.
Top Issues for those Seeking Strong Hair
Below we address some common concerns regarding brittle, fragile hair, along with natural alternatives for supporting healthy hair growth. If your question is not addressed, feel free to contact one of our experts by clicking to the left.
There are several factors that can lead to brittle, fragile, damaged hair, and eventually excessive shedding and hair loss.
Medical Conditions. There are a wide range of medical conditions that can bring on hair loss, including autoimmune disorders, thyroid disorders, hormonal imbalances (including menopause and pregnancy), nutritional deficiencies, among many others.
Prescription Medicines. Fragile hair and hair loss can be a side effect of certain medications, such as antidepressants, beta-blockers, high blood pressure medications, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and some types of birth control pills.
Stress. Prolonged stress or a stressful event, such as surgery, an intense illness; dramatic weight loss can cause hair loss. Hair loss may occur between a few weeks or six months after any of these experiences.
Poor Diet. Diet plays a huge role in nourishing hair follicles and growing healthy hair. Deficiencies in the B vitamin group, essential fatty acids, protein, iron, and vitamins A, E and C can lead to hair loss.
Pollutants/Environment. Research conducted at the University of London has linked the onset of baldness to environmental factors, such as air pollution and smoking. Scientists believe that toxins found in polluted air can enter the bloodstream and the hair follicle causing oxidative stress, destroying healthy cell activity and disrupting the hair growth function.
Hair Styles and Styling Products. Ironically, the things we do to make our hair beautiful can ultimately damage it. Coloring hair, over washing hair, drying hair, relaxing hair, flat ironing hair, curling hair, brushing hair, overusing styling products can damage hair follicles, destroy healthy cell activity and disrupt the normal hair growth function leading to excessive shedding and hair loss.
Yes! With proper nourishment, you can eliminate hair loss and breakage, stimulate and repair dormant or damaged hair follicles and nourish strong, healthy hair. You may consider eating a diet rich in protein, essential fatty acids (especially omega-3 fatty acids), Vitamin A, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin B-12, Biotin, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. You may also want to supplement your food intake with a natural supplement like Hair Essentials™ that offers an abundant supply of hair-healthy nutrients.
Unfortunately, getting older does impact the health of our hair.
Hair is healthiest in our pre-teens and our 20s. Hair follicles are strong; the hair growth cycle is efficient; and there are usually minimal hormonal or medical concerns.
In our 30s, we may become prone to hormonal fluctuations due to childbirth, increased stress due to families and careers, nutritional deficiencies due to diet - all of which can impact hair. In addition, the hair growth cycle starts to slow down slightly, and we may start to see changes in our hair's texture - dryer, coarser, thinner in diameter.
Hair for most women in our 40s is evolving rapidly. Due to slowing hair growth cycle, the hair becomes finer, limper and, likely, grayer than it once was. We may also experience increased hair breakage and damage from decades of hair drying, coloring, and styling.
Hair for most women in our 50s is going through a rather rapid transition due to menopause. Hair thinning and hair loss due to hormone depletion and the accumulated effect of increasing DHT levels becomes more apparent.
In our 60s, hair is likely starting to become noticeably thinner. The hair growth cycle continues to slow, and with hormone changes more prominent, we continue to lose hair. In addition, we may be more prone to stress, surgeries and medical conditions that can further contribute to hair loss.
Hair for most women age 70 and older is often dramatically thinner. While ageing is itself a contributing factor to hair loss, nutritional deficiencies due to weakening digestion and poor absorption of nutrients, can also play a significant role as we age.
The best way to combat hair issues as we age is to properly nourish our body with hair-healthy foods. You may also consider taking a hair- healthy, all-natural dietary supplement like Hair Essentials™, which naturally encourages hormones responsible for hair growth to stay in balance, reduces scalp inflammation which can lead to hair loss, protects hair follicle cells against oxidative stress and damage, regulates the time hair remains in the dormant stage and stimulates inactive hair follicles. Hair Essentials also combats free radicals, nourishes cells on the scalp creating a healthier environment for hair growth, and provides vital nutrients for the structural development of healthy hair.
Provide your body with hair-healthy nutrients. The best way to nourish strong, healthy hair is from the inside out. Remember, though, that desirable, long lasting changes, cannot be achieved overnight, they require diligence and consistency. Be sure to drink plenty of water, eat a balanced diet and consider taking a supplement like Hair Essentials™ to boost your intake of hair healthy nutrients.
Reduce the amount of chemicals you put on your hair. Artificial chemicals are bad for any part of your body — and your hair is no exception. Too much coloring, perming or relaxing can damage the hair cuticle layer lead to breakage. It may also lead to hair follicle damage, which impacts future hair growth. Make sure you keep the number of chemical processes to a minimum.
Reduce or lower the heat. Styling tools (i.e. flat irons, curling irons, blow dryers) apply high levels of heat directly to the hair. High levels of heat eventually damage the hair’s cuticle layer, which covers the shaft of the hair strand and protects your hair fibers. Once this layer is removed or damaged, it cannot be fixed. Your hair fibers become dry because they cannot retain moisture and vulnerable as they are no longer protected from the elements. Heat damage also breaks down the chemical structure of your hair. The more structure that is lost, the less elastic and more prone to breakage you hair becomes.
Get your hair trimmed. Over time, split ends tend to divide into even bigger split ends, causing your hair to thin and weaken. To keep hair looking healthy, trim your ends every month, or every other month if you're trying to grow hair long.
Be gentle with wet hair. When hair is wet, cuticle scales can lift, making moist strands more delicate and more susceptible to breakage and split ends than dry hair. Make sure you always smooth damp hair with a wide-tooth comb and avoid towel-drying, which can rip or break the strands if you rub too hard.
Don’t pull hair too tight. Ponytails and can cause hair to break, especially if the hair is pulled too tightly. Be sure to wear loose ponytails and braids and put your hair up when it is dry as wet hair is more prone to damage and breakage.
Reduce the amount of shampoo. Over-washing can wash away natural moisture that helps hair look healthy, making your hair dry. Although a significant amount of research has gone into making shampoos that are beneficial for hair, it is still best to shampoo only as often as your hair requires.
Additional tips on how to Naturally Grow Strong Hair
Try these natural remedies to help repair damaged hair, reverse hair loss, prevent future hair loss and encourage strong, healthy hair growth.
Excessive UVA and UVB rays have the power to damage the hair from the cuticle to the inner structure of the hair which in turn can cause faded hair color, dry, brittle hair, broken or split ends, frizzy hair and weakened and thinning hair. The best way to protect your hair from the sun's rays is to block the exposure to the sun. While most hats provide 100% protection from the sun's rays, you will want to protect the hair that hangs out of your hat. Many styling aids, leave in conditioners, and hair sprays have an SPF built in You can also dilute SPF sun block with water and spray onto your damp hair before styling and mist throughout the day.
Rebalance the hair’s natural pH levels.
This typically prevents brittleness and adds moisture to hair without adding weight to the surface, which makes hair significantly stronger.
If you have permanently dyed or relaxed hair, your hair was treated with a highly alkali substance to expose and change the hair's cuticle, and then, it was "neutralized" with a highly acidic substance to flatten the cuticle again. This is a damaging process and slightly acidic hair products are needed to keep the hair cuticle lying flat.
If you have curly hair, then your cuticle is already partially open. It is especially important for people with curly hair to return their hair to a slightly acidic pH level, since the open cuticle prevents natural acidic sebum to keep the hair at a pH level between 4.5 and 5.5.
If you have straight hair, you should use products that are pH balanced, but may not need to apply extra products because the sebum moves through your hair, creating a natural pH balance.
A pH between 4 and 7 is best for most hair types. If your hair care products do not indicate pH levels, you can buy test strips online or from beauty supply stores. Pour your liquid product into a glass, stick the test strip into the glass for the amount of time the strip directions indicate. Remove the strip and compare it to the diagram to find the pH of the product. Discontinue the use of any product outside of the 4 to 7 pH range.
To rebalance pH, wash your hair with pH balanced shampoos and conditioners. Rinse your hair. This will return your hair to a neutral, rather than acidic pH level. Water has a pH level of 7, so it is more alkali than your hair. You can also pour aloe vera juice in a bottle and mist it over your hair or rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar diluted with water. The simple solutions use natural acid to bring your hair into an acidic pH range.
Get plenty of exercise.
Exercise has several benefits – the least of which is healthy hair! An intense cardio is a great way to rid the body of toxins. This has a direct impact on your sebum, an oily, conditioning substance secreted by skin glands that helps prevent hair from drying out. Stretching helps maintain healthier hair by allowing blood to circulate more easily to the scalp. This increased blood flow provides essential oxygen and nutrients to our hair cells, without which they can't thrive. Yoga, pilates and inverted poses or backbends increase the amount of blood that circulates to the scalp. Not only does the scalp receive oxygen from increased blood flow, but you can relieve neck and back tension, which also benefits hair as tight muscles can stagnate blood flow. Finally, since stress can cause unexpected hair loss, it's important to stay active to reduce stress levels and prevent thinning hair.
Eat a balanced diet and supplement with Hair Essentials™.
The old adage ‘You are what you eat’ certainly rings true when it comes to hair health! Eat a diet rich in protein, essential fatty acids (especially omega-3 fatty acids), Vitamin A, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin B-12, Biotin, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. You may also want to supplement your food intake with a natural supplement like Hair Essentials™ that offers an abundant supply of hair-healthy nutrients.Hair Essentials™ provides more than 20 all-natural, hair-healthy vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids and other nutrients that support strong hair growth. Its more than 20 all-natural ingredients are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream and go straight to the scalp where they work in combination to:
- Repair damaged hair follicles
- Stimulate inactive hair follicles
- Reduce scalp inflammation which can lead to hair loss
- Encourage hormones responsible for hair growth to stay in balance
- Regulate the time hair remains in the dormant stage
- Protect hair follicle cells against oxidative stress and damage
- Support healthy circulation to the scalp
- Boost hair cell division
- Seed follicles with the nutrients they need for new hair growth
- Provide vital nutrients for the structural development of healthy hair