If you always end up blaming your genetics for your bad hair, hair fall, hair greying, or slow hair growth, there is something wrong.
Of course, genetics play a role but so does your diet and lifestyle. So, blaming it all on your poor genetics, will not get you anywhere.
I have seen people who had a balding problem in their family have great hair throughout their lives, and at the same time, I have seen people with great hair genetics go bald, even in their 20s.
That being said, when it comes to your hair, your hair represents how healthy you are from the inside. Inside here means your overall health. So, like many other things in life, your hair will be healthy, if you eat healthily!
But the thing is, people, focus a lot on external aspects of maintaining hair, like using the right shampoo and hair oil. But you need to understand these external trucks only work if you are eating right.
Confused? Don’t worry, I am here to discuss seven hacks that will help you maintain healthy hair, in every season.
1. Follow the protein-rich diet
If you want to see whether a person is protein deficient, you can see it from their scalp. For protein deficient people, it is very easy to have problems like hair fall, hair loss, loss in color, slow hair growth, and more scalp-related problems.
Protein is a building block for your body. Aim to have at least one gram of protein for every kilo of your body weight. You can also seek additional supplements for a quick booster or get a customized protein-rich diet from your nutritionist. Remember, your body needs sufficient protein both to survive and thrive.
2. Zinc it up
Few people know the importance of protein for the human body and even fewer people know that zinc deficiency can also lead to hair fall.
Adding Brazilian nuts, walnuts, pecans, cashews, and almonds, will help you fulfill the zinc requirements of your body. Eat and drink plenty of vegetables, fruits, and green leafy salads. But, if you are still unable to meet your zinc requirements, add a multivitamin, or zinc supplement.
3. Consume Omega 3 fatty acids
To stimulate your hair follicles and sebaceous glands, increase the intake of omega 3 fatty acids that are found in cold-water fish, salmon, sardines, and herring. Flax seeds, yogurt, cottage cheese, are also good sources of omega 3 fatty acids.
4. How frequently do you shampoo your hair?
The frequency of shampooing your hair primarily depends on your lifestyle and hair quality. People with oily hair can consider shampooing daily or alternate days.
On the other hand, people with dry hair, who do not have an active lifestyle, can shampoo twice a week.
5. Choose the right shampoo
With so many brands of shampoos available, it can be difficult to decide which one is right for you. Nowadays, shampoos are categorized on the basis of the type of hair or the kind of hair problems you are suffering.
But, in my opinion, you must never buy a shampoo that has harsh ingredients like ammonium lauryl sulfate and sodium lauryl sulfate. Stores like RPR Haircare, sell hair-friendly products all across Australia.
6. Don’t forget hair conditioners
Conditioning is important to keep your hair soft, shiny, and manageable. However, many people tend to overuse it because of the smooth and shiny texture that it provides your hair. Don’t do that – once a week after shampoo should be sufficient.
Also, your conditioner needs to be spread out through your hair evenly, and remember to keep it for at least 2-3 minutes before you wash it off.
7. Quit your vices
Vices like overconsumption of alcohol, smoking, or even some prescription drugs, or taking blood thinners, and having a low-calorie diet, all contribute to poor hair health. You need to cut it all out, if you want a healthy scalp, and a head full of hair, throughout your life.
Over to you…
A lot of your hair problems can be resolved, the moment you start with a healthy lifestyle. This includes eating right, sleeping right, working out often, and taking less stress for things that are out of your control.
Remember, it all starts with a habit and everyone needs to start somewhere. So, you are never late to start.