What comes to mind when you think about your health? You might think about your weight and physical fitness. However, have you ever considered how your hair might reflect your overall health?
Straight from the mouth of Master Stylist and Owner of Work of Art Salon (and we can’t forget, she is also our COO!), Damia answers some of our questions regarding hair health.
How do you know if your hair is damaged?
There are a series of simple tests you can do:
- Run your fingers through your hair: does it feel dry or smooth?
- Check the hair on your hairbrush: does the hair appear broken and in small pieces, or are they full strands of hair?
- Check for elasticity: Hair can stretch up to 1/3 beyond its natural length and shrink back to size. If it snaps back quickly, it is lacking moisture. If it stretches too much and/or breaks, it needs more protein. Lack of protein is also evident if the hair is mushy or limp when it is wet.
- Check for porosity:
How does nutrition affect an individual’s hair?
Your hair needs the same well rounded diet that the rest of your body needs. It should include a variety of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. If your diet is lacking, and it is affecting your physical health, it will also affect your hair health.
Visit WebMD to see their Top 10 Foods for Healthy Hair.
How can a medical condition affect one’s hair?
Some sex hormones trigger hereditary hair loss. Medical conditions that cause hair loss include thyroid disease, alopecia areata and scalp infections (like ringworm). Hair loss, thinning, and breakage can be symptoms of various medical conditions. Check out what your hair might be telling you here. If you suspect that the condition of your hair is a symptom of a larger medical condition, seek advice from a medical professional.
What are some tips to keeping your hair healthy?
- Have healthy eating habits that include a variety of vitamins.
- Don’t wash your hair every day. How often you should wash depends on your hair type (how thick or thin, texture, curly vs. straight, etc.)
- If you have to apply heat to your hair, use a protectant spray. Also, never use the heat at its highest level!
- Avoid silicone, sulfate, and alcohol in shampoo and conditioner.
- When you shampoo your hair, shampoo the roots and midshaft-never the ends! The rinsing process will cleanse the ends.
- Rinse and condition your hair under COOL water
- Olive oil grape seed and avocado are good hair masks.
- Use silk pillowcases; the smooth texture reduces hair frizz and breakage when you are tossing and turning.
- Battling dandruff? Honey is an effective treatment; it is water soluble so it won’t cause stickiness.
- When you’ve finished washing your hair, squeeze excess water out. Don’t rub your wet hair with your towel! It will cause breakage and frizz. In addition, don’t wrap your hair in the towel-use a cotton shirt.
Get to know your body and listen to what it is trying to tell you! Don’t forget-everything you put into your body has a consequence. Whether it’s good or bad is up to you.