10 Lifestyle Changes to Make for Increasing Hair Growth

Some people have a genetic propensity to hair loss whereas for others, several common lifestyle choices made every day can adversely affect hair growth. Whether self-induced and hereditary, you can stop hair fall in most cases. But recognizing your contribution to the balding process is the first step toward correcting the situation and can be quite tricky.

Stress

Stress is a significant contributor to hair loss. By raising cortisol levels, extended stress generates excess DHT – the leading cause of androgenetic alopecia. Only clinically proven methods can stop and stop this form of hair loss, but stress can also result in a non-genetic ailment called telogen effluvium. This occurs when severe or sudden stress levels cause an excess amount of hair follicles to access the hair growth cycle’s resting stage.

Stress-induced hair thinning may be resolved without treatment, but it can take time. You will need to adjust your weekly schedule and designate yourself more “me-time.” Vigorous exercise and yoga can help alleviate stress, but if your hair doesn’t show any recovery in a few months, it may be worth going for a checkup and treatment.

Smoking

The chemicals, toxins, and carcinogens found in tobacco smoke can slow down hair growth by destroying the necessary protein molecules that build the hair structure. So not only is smoking one of the fastest ways to expedite the aging process, but it is also a primary cause of hair loss. You will need to adjust your habits if you want to check the amount of damage it does to your hair. And in fact, if you quit smoking, you’ll see not only an improvement in your hair but also your nails, skin, and general health.

Bad Diet

Your hair speaks a lot about your health, and poor food choices can, if only obliquely, lead to thinning hair. Eating disorders and iron deficiencies can result in excessive hair fall as the body engages its energy toward more vital areas of need. High sugar diets can drain the body of nutrients, impair your ability to handle stress, and increase adrenal levels that cause the body to produce more harmful DHT. 

Adding these meals to your diet can help dodge hair fall:

  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Chia Seeds
  • Flax Seeds
  • Lamb
  • Fish
  • Shrimp
  • Egg Whites
  • Yogurt
  • Cashews
  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Chickpeas
  • Spinach
  • Mushrooms
  • Beetroot
  • Gooseberries (or any form of vitamin C as per availability of fruits)
  • Avocados
  • Sweet Potatoes

You may want to change your diet if you’re not getting enough ‘balance,’ but if your hair falls continues, you may need to see a professional because hair fall can also be hormonal.

Avoid Shampoos with Harsh Chemicals 

This may somewhat come as a surprise for many readers, but the truth is that we shouldn’t be washing our hair on a daily basis. We should only be really washing it right when it begins to get oily. The reason for this is because most of the shampoos carry harsh chemicals like sulfates and parabens, which don’t just remove dirt from your hair; they strip away sebum, a vital oil necessary for strong and healthy hair.

Water

Drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day is imperative for a healthy scalp. Start your day with 1 Litre of water and your scalp feels great already.

Hair Oiling

Oil your hair once a week and incorporate this into your lifestyle routine.

Yoga

There are multiple Yoga Aasanas that can be done to improve circulation to the scalp which in turn allows hair follicles to stay active and give birth to new strands of hair. Do them once a week and watch the magic.

Hair Styling

Avoid that heat on your hair from curlers, straighteners or blow-dryers as much as possible, it wreaks havoc on not just the scalp but also the shaft (the lower portion of the hair)

Home Remedy

Salons are great for a quick fix but home remedies truly nourish your hair from within and allow long lasting improvements to be made. Pick up some great home remedies for yourself depending upon the kind of hair and scalp you have. Inculcate 1 home remedy in your weekly routine which would take up only an additional 30 minutes.

Cover your head 

You may be shocked to know that overexposure to the sun’s UV rays can damage your hair as well. If you’re already on a thinning hair stage, carry a scarf with you to cover your head when you’re outdoors.

Hair loss isn’t only in your genes. There are lifestyle choices, habits and lifestyle-induced hormones that can make it worse. It can happen to those who are generally not susceptible and trigger an unexpected onset for those who are. Of course, treatments can help minimize the damage and help grow hair back, but that doesn’t mean you ultimately get off scot-free. You will need to work on the habits that got you to where you are in the first place if you want to regulate hair loss and dodge any reoccurring hair fall.

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