2014-02-28 / Sports

Jen’s Fitness Forum

By Jen Font de Bon

Hair loss can be attributed to many factors. While some are unavoidable, others can be prevented. Follow the tips below to keep your hair healthy and strong!

PRODUCTS. Avoid using hairsprays, dies, creams, and shampoos with excessive amounts of chemicals.

Experts suggest steering clear of certain ingredients, such as parabens, DEA, TEA, sulfate, synthetic color, fragrance, propylene glycol, and formaldehyde donors, such as Quaternium-15 and Ureas. Protect your hair by choosing nontoxic products. Also, follow directions on how to apply different products. Overuse can make hair weak, causing it to break more easily.

WASHING. Wash your hair every two to three days to keep it strong, silky, and bright. If you feel like you need to clean it more often, alternate between a full wash and a rinse, shampooing only the hairline or roots. Also, use fingertips to gently massage shampoo into scalp. Avoid any aggressive rubbing or towel drying.

BRUSHING. Put the brush aside. Too much hair brushing can lead to split ends and brittle strands. After the shower, comb hair with a widetooth comb to smooth out tangles. Start at the ends and comb down, moving up only when the previous section is knot-free.

DRYING & STYLING. Let your hair air-dry whenever possible. If you are going to use a blow dryer, let hair dry naturally until it’s just slightly damp and then style.

Always point the dryer in the same direction that the hair grows. Work with small sections at a time and use a round brush to dry from the roots to the ends. Also, avoid using tight hairstyles as they can cause breakage and over time lead to permanent hair loss.

AVOID STRESS. Noticeable hair loss can happen anywhere from one to three months after stress begins. But don’t let this tense you up even more. It will start to grow again once things get back to normal. If you find yourself often feeling nervous or anxious, take the time to pinpoint the cause.

Once you’ve done that, you’ll be better able to resolve what’s bothering you and get back on track. Also, make sure you set aside time for yourself every day. Give your body what it needs to feel good with a healthy diet, good exercise habits and quiet time.

If you find yourself constantly sweating the small stuff, put things in perspective by taking time to be thankful for all of the good, happy and positive things in your life. Finally, make sure you get six to eight hours of sleep per night.

DIET. What we eat affects our locks. Iron, protein, and vitamins A, B and E are essential for a healthy head of hair, along with certain minerals, such as copper, selenium, and zinc. Choose fresh and natural over processed and make a varied color palate of plantbased foods your priority.

Balance your diet, consuming foods such as eggs, spinach, nuts, salmon, lentils, yogurt, blueberries, sweet potatoes, asparagus, brown rice, quinoa, celery, oranges and mango.

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