Too many of us are guilty of an over the top or excessive grooming regiment. Daily cleansing, shampooing, conditioning, moisturizing, purification, cream, lip balm, and on and on and on. Conditioners and shampoos are essential for removing dirt, grime, sweat, and excessive oils, but if you’re using harsh shampoos with high levels of chemicals and cleaning agents, then they wash away those all-important hair protective moisturizers along with them.
Make doubly sure that you are using a shampoo that contains all-natural products and is paraben and sulfate free.
Heat Styling Tools
Heat styling tools like straighteners and rollers are known to damage and destroy hair follicles if used excessively. Many dermatologists will confirm this fact. Hot hair styling products damage the natural moisturizer of the hair as well as the cuticle layer, trap particles on the surface of the scalp, cause fraying, split ends, and breaking of the hair. Heat styling also products remove essential oils and sterilize dynamic nutrients.
Make sure to use a lower heat setting on your machine and blow-dry or use styling tools only when necessary, otherwise avoid it. The best way to dry your hair, if possible, is to let it air dry.
Working too hard or bearing any kind of mental, physical, or emotional stress disturbs the natural balance of our hormones. This affects the proper functioning of cells and tissues, which are responsible for the healthy growth of hair. So, if you want really good hair, then it is important to stay stress-free. Make sure to include a minimum of 20 to 40 minutes of de-stressing meditation and relaxation in your daily exercise regimen to keep your hair and skin from deteriorating under the weight of stress.
Avoid Rough Handling of Your Hair
Don’t treat your hair like a piece of heavy machinery, to be battered and bruised at will. Minimize dyeing, perming, straightening, styling and even combing to traumatize the hair as little as possible. Certain vigorous combing methods and patterns of brushing will yank and tug on the fragile roots. This can weaken the hair from the root, and hence, result in damaging of the hair cuticle, and eventually hair fallout. Dealing intensely with one’s scalp in this manner will end in hair splits, snaps, or frays. Therefore, avoid rough handling your hair and pamper them a little.
Lack of Exercise
Our body secretes oil, which is removed from our pores and scalp during the time of exercising. When your hair and skin are sebum free, then this will provide nutrients to flow through them. Exercising for even 30 minutes a day can make a huge difference.
Proper sleep is perhaps the most important thing for healthy skin and hair. This is because our cells and tissues rejuvenate and repair themselves when we sleep. If we are not sleeping enough, then we are not providing adequate time to our body to heal. A lack of proper sleep and consistent sleep patterns can lead to unhealthy skin and fracture hair growth.
Yes, we know you know this. No use harping on about it. Smoking is not good for the respiratory system, skin and yes, you guessed it, hair. If you want healthy, long, and shiny hair that grows strong from the roots to the tip, quit smoking (and vaping).
Eating Processed or Packaged Foods
Pizzas, cakes, donuts and burgers are food products which contain high levels of saturated fats, calories, sugars and artificial enhancers. They are tempting to the taste buds but hardly provide any nutrients. Consumption of processed foods on a regular basis has been scientifically shown to cause inflammation, chronic bodily tension, fatigue and build up in skin tissue. This translates into weaker and more brittle hair.