Over the span of your lifetime, your hair changes with age and health. If your body is suffering from an imbalance – whether it be your hormones, high blood pressure or iron deficiency – you could be prone to hair loss. It is important to understand the right vitamins and nutrition to offset potential hair loss, and promote healthy, luscious hair!
Learn to connect with your hair with the right advice, and watch your hair blossom. Afro hair in particular is unique; no other race is able to teach you about your hair from personal experience.
We all lean towards the latest products recommended on YouTube or our peers. There are very important things to consider before using products, as everything works differently for everybody.
We can spend hundreds trying out recommended products and not using them, because they end up breaking our hair or not doing what we expect them to do. To avoidthis, connect with your hair with these steps.
Connect with your hair
The first step is to identify your hair type and porosity level. The next step is to identify your scalp condition. Our scalp mood can change depending on what’s going on inside our body, or what how you have been treating it with products. A healthy scalp is the foundation to healthy hair.
Your hair goes through three stages when it is growing:
1. The Anagen (Growing) stage. Your age, hormones and overall well-being depend on this stage. On average, your hair should grow 1cm a month. Moisturising the hair with the right products is absolutely important for afro hair in particular to keep its length.
2. Catagen (Intermediate) stage. During the growth stage, your cells are very busy making sure your hair keeps growing. When the hair shaft breaks down, the cells are getting ready to produce new hair.
3. Telogen (Resting) Stage. During this period, your hair does not grow very quickly at all, and you will see your hair coming out more. Your hair has to complete this stage before new hair announces: “I am coming through.”
A fourth stage that some may experience:
4. Exogen (Shedding) Stage. We lose hair at different rates each day, but unusual amounts of hair shedding should have the advice from your trichologist or your doctor. There can be a lot of factorsfor shedding, including areata alopecia and cicatricial (scarring).
Check on your scalp!
There are a few things that can happen to your scalp. Flaky scalp, for example, consists of large white flakes that come away from the scalp. This will affect the growth of the hair, and you could disturb the follicles if you are constantly itching your scalp, because it is overtly dry. Having an oily scalp in many cases is not bad if your hair is natural, but if you have relaxed hair, then you may experience issues with your roots sticking to your scalp.
The scalp can be damaged in many ways, such as misusing styles, which are too tight, harsh chemicals, and toxic products with ingredients that draw moisture from the scalp. If we aim for our scalp to be as healthy as possible, then we have a very good chance ours can be healthy.
Just like a plant, our hair can get accustomed to being treated a certain way. Pay attention to your hair and scalp routinely, to allow it to grow to its full potential. When we develop a regime with our hair, and do the same things to our hair on the same days or months, our hair will get used to how we treat it.
It will then grow in the desired state.
The most important thing to consider is to maintain a healthy body. After all, your hair is your body. Eating foods that are high in lycopene, such as tomatoes, watermelon, grapefruit and prunes, are all great for the hair because they give the natural source of antioxidants, which are very essential for healthy hair.
Drinking two to three litres of water a day particularly helps with the hydration of your hair, because it will help flush out toxins that are left in your body.
Light to medium exercise is excellent for hair growth, because it opens up the follicles, so the hair can oxygenate and then start to grow.
It is important to detox your hair and scalp once every three months. This clears all the debris, so new and fresh products can penetrate your hair.
If your hair has too many products, and you are continuing to wash and moisturise, you will have a product overload. To the naked eye you might not be able to see it, but the hair is a very thin strand. It will only take so much and will reject any excess, which will sit around the cuticle of the hair and hinder growth.
The main things our hair needs are:
• a healthy scalp
• to be treated and conditioned very well with the right products
• to be hydrated and moisturised
• quality products that do not contain harmful ingredients, like parabens and sulphate
The great thing about your beautiful crown is that it is very unique to you – whether it is straight, wavy kinky or curly. Only YOU can give your hair the TLC it needs to get the best out of it.
Love your hair, and it will love you back.
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