Wellness is a big thing at the moment. For those who may not be familiar with the term, it states that we should have the right balance of, and be healthy in, mind and body. Therefore, there are different ways to achieve wellness. This could be taking holidays that emphasise digital detoxing, to choosing food that is in its natural state and in turn eliminating processed and refined foods; quinoa anyone?
From a hair point of view (because we do love hair!) wellness can certainly impact how healthy hair is. Therefore, we broke it down into three categories showing what overall wellness can do for our hair.
Here is a list of some of the beneficial foods for hair:
Salmon is rich in Omega 3, great for hair follicles and bringing shine to our hair.
Leafy greens such as spinach and kale are rich in iron, an important mineral needed for hair. If levels of iron are to low in the body, anaemia can develop which may lead to hair loss.
Dry and brittle hair may be the result of little protein in your diet and chicken and turkey are foods that are rich in protein. For vegetarians and vegans, legumes such as lentils and beans also contain a source of protein. Remember hair is made up of keratin, which is ? You guessed it, a protein.
Eggs, specifically the yolk, contains biotin, the b vitamin which encourages hair growth.
Hair masks good enough to eat? Try natural treatments like honey and avocado,r banana and coconut oil or yogurt and rosewater to add strength and shine to your hair.
There has been many links to stress and hair loss although there is still an unclear direct cause. Therefore, rather than stress being a direct cause of hair loss, it is the way people deal with stress which leads to thinning hair. For example, lack of appetite, skipping meals and therefore not eating a balanced diet leads will eventually impact on the health of hair.
Tips to Living Stress Free
- Put that phone down! We live in digital, hyper connected world which is 24/7. Take a break from the glare of the screen. For example, one hour before you sleep, put your phone away and not underneath your pillow! The artificial light disrupts sleep so it’s best to scroll through those Instagram feeds another time.
- The weather is warming up (and will hopefully continue) so take a stroll through the park and surround yourself with nature. Evidence has suggested that nature and green, open spaces makes us feel more calm.
- Laughter is the best medicine. Whether it’s a catch up with friends or putting on that movie that had you in stitches, find solace in humour.
A study recently suggested that 2 in 5 black American women do not exercise because they want to maintain their hair. The women who responded in the questionnaire for the study- led by a senior researcher called Dr Amy McMichael, a dermatologist at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine- said that ‘sweating out the hairstyle’ was one of the main reasons they avoided exercise. Of course styling and maintaining black hair is costly and time consuming (another reason noted in the study as to why exercise was avoided). Money spent on a bomb blow out and then looking not so fresh after your spin class is frustrating but your health is very important. Hair and exercise can be in sync, there are many ways that you can protect your hair. Try protective hair styles and cowashing, refreshing hair after a workout by spritzing it or using a a silk scarf to protect your hair from sweat whilst working out.