Tips for maintaining strong and healthy hair

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smiling young man in leather jacket passing his hand through his hair in the dusk

Androgenetic alopecia is one of the most common causes of hair loss and since it is linked to our genes can be very complex to treat. In most cases the longer you wait to act to try to find a solution, the more difficult it is to recover a thick and healthy hair. However, there are ways that you can stimulate regrowth and keep your scalp in good condition.

If you’re not ready to let nature take its course with your hair you’ll be interested in these simple tips for getting thick, healthy hair.

#Wash your hair regularly.

Keeping your hair and scalp healthy is crucial to having healthy and strong hair. Not washing your hair regularly can cause oil and environmental toxins to build up on the scalp, which can inhibit regrowth and damage our hair. It is important, however, not to over-wash. Washing the hair too frequently can deprive our hair of its natural oils that play an important protective role.

Generally it is best to wash your hair 3-4 times a week, especially if you wear your hair long.

People with short hair may need to wash their hair more frequently because their shafts, being closer to the scalp, can become oily and greasy more quickly.

Washing hair with warm water rather than hot water can help reduce hair loss and prevent heat damage.

Shampoo is for the scalp and conditioner is for the ends. When using shampoo, it is important to focus on massaging the scalp rather than the hair. The hair shafts will look clean as soon as you rinse your scalp.

# Pay attention to the shampoo you use.

Shampoos should contain ingredients that simultaneously clean, protect and moisturize your hair. If you wash your hair regularly but with a poor quality shampoo, you risk causing more harm than good.

When buying shampoo, try to prioritize a product that contains plant-based ingredients that can moisturize, nourish and protect your hair. The shea butter, biotin caffeine and green tea are for example some of the beneficial ingredients for the growth and health of hair. There are also professional shampoos that can promote regrowth through their scalp-stimulating action.

It is important to avoid products that contain certain ingredients that are harmful to the scalp and hair such as:

Sodium lauryl (or laureth) sulfate.

Carbon tar dyes.

Formaldehyde

Parabens

Phthalates

#Treat scalp disorders

Did you know that the Malassezia, a fungus that lives on human skin is one of the main causes of miniaturization of the hair?.

The malasezia is naturally present on our skin but when it spreads excessively it can inhibit hair growth as a result of the oxidative stress it produces. Malassezia can be treated through the topical use of ketoconazole, which is an anti-fungal ingredient that you can find in some shampoos, especially those that are indicated to curb hair loss.

Other scalp conditions that can increase hair loss and reduce regrowth rates include seborrheic dermatitis, dandruff and dry skin..

A healthy hair is inextricably linked to a healthy scalp. If you are experiencing itching, flaking or other signs of a scalp in poor condition you should try to solve this problem in order to notice improvements in your hair.

Fortunately, there are various medicated shampoos that can help solve most of these problems.

# Avoid dyeing your hair

Despite being many popular with both men and women hair dyes are damaging to the hair and scalp. Dyes usedamaging chemicals such as bleach to help hair change color. These chemicals strip hair of its natural protective barrier, making it weaker and more prone to breakage. Some studies also suggest how hair dyes can aggravate any autoimmune scalp diseases because of the inflammation and oxidative stress they produce.

#Be careful with the sun

What can we say about the sun and its effect on hair?

Just as it happens with the skin, UVA and UVB rays can create a damage to our hair. A prolonged excessive exposure to the sun can cause fall and breakage of the hair. This is not to say that we should avoid being outdoors. With more time we stay indoors and do not expose us to sunlight with more we run the risk of having deficiencies of vitamin D which is essential for the health of our hair.

So when the opportunity arises to go out for a walk in the open air, do not miss it, just bring a hat or apply a hair spray with high sun protection factor.

#Use heat protectant products before using heat styling tools

The heat, as well as harmful chemicals in some shampoos and dyes, can be damaging to our hair..

Just like the harmful chemicals in some shampoos and dyes, heat can also be harmful to your hair. Hot styling tools, such as phons, straighteners, heated curlers and curling irons,can damage the keratin in our hair..

If possible try to avoid using a hair dryer and opt to air dry your hair..

If you prefer to dry your hair with a blow dryer or if you want to use hot styling tools to achieve the desired look the advice is to use thermal protection products to protect your hair.

Most of these products contain silicone which is easily spread over the strands just by quickly running your hands through your hair.

#Massage the scalp

There is nothing better than a goodscalp massage. Various studies show that the positive effects of massage go beyond a pleasant feeling of well-being.

Massage produces heat which in turn causes blood vessels to dilate. This produces anincreased blood flow in the areas being massaged. It is easy to understand how when the scalp receives a massage there is a greater blood supply to the follicles and this stimulates hair regrowth.

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