When it comes to achieving and maintaining thicker hair, you have a lot more control over the situation than you might think.
Nutrition, cleaning practices and your choice of hair care products have a lot do with healthy hair, but sometimes thinning hair can be your body’s way of warning you about an underlying health issue. Here’s everything you need to know to put your best hair forward.
Diet and Nutrition
Changes in your skin or hair can sometimes be an indication of a vitamin deficiency, perhaps meaning that you’re neglecting some of the key ingredients to healthy hair. According to the UK Trichological Society, certain vitamins, minerals and amino-acids are crucial to the metabolic pathways involved in keratin protein metabolism, the process connected to hair, skin and fingernail growth. Eating foods rich in the following vitamins and minerals is a great step in the right direction.
If you’re body isn’t getting enough folic acid, you might experience a decrease in hair follicle mitosis —the division of cells to make new and identical cells. Sources of folic acid include lentils. dried beans, peas, nuts and avocado.
The B Vitamins
B5 is useful for hair flexibility, strength and reducing damage that is clearly visible.B5 can be found in sunflower seeds, salmon, avocados, sun-dried tomatoes, corn, broccoli, mushrooms and cauliflower.
B6 can be good for scalp maintenance and help prevent dandruff, sources include fish, beef liver and poultry.
B12 is important for cell reproduction in your hair skin and nails. As well as being found in a lot of the foods already mentioned alternative sources include eggs, crab and oysters.
Vitamins A, C and E
Vitamin C helps maintain healthy collagen levels. Collagen acts as a connective tissue within hair follicles, keep your hair connected to the dermal layer and strong. As you get older, the low production of collagen can lead to wrinkled skin and brittle hair. Vitamin A can help the skin around these follicles stay healthy and Vitamin E provides physical stability to cell membranes and acts as an antioxidant while promoting both healthy skin and hair.
For an easy way to load up on these vitamins and get on your way to thicker hair, be sure that nutrient-rich fruit and veg are part of your weekly meal plan.
Carrots, sweet potatoes and peppers, mangos and milk are all sources of Vitamin A. Dark leafy greens, kiwifruit, broccoli, berries and citrus fruits are your friends for Vitamin C and Vitamin E can be found in almonds, spinach and peanuts.
Why is My Hair Thinning?
You might be surprised to know that it’s natural to shed as much as 100 to 150 hairs a day so don’t be alarmed to notice the odd hair on your shoulder, desk or car seat. That being said if you do discover more hair loss than usual, it could be as a result of these factors.
If over a short period of time you suddenly notice accelerated hair loss, this could be your body’s negative reaction to a crash diet. During crash dieting the body can go into a crisis mode and choose to protect your vital organs first and neglect non-essential body operations such as follicle maintenance. This could be a sign that your body is telling yout to stick to a balanced diet and introduce the fruit,veg and sources of protein mentioned above.
The jury is still out whether short term stress can be linked to rapid hair loss, but long term stress, perhaps cause by the physical toll of long-term illness or depression could be contributing to premature hair loss for some women. Read VOYA’s easy tips to stress less this summer.
Over performing/Under performing Thyroid
Hyperthyroidism and the medication used to treat it can sometimes cause hair loss. Women are four to seven times more likely to have a thyroid disorder and therefore might suffer hair loss as a side effect. For peace of mind, you can talk to your GP and see if this is something that affects you.
To keep your hair looking thicker for longer, consider these steps as part of your hair care routine.
Give your hair a chance to naturally dry when you’re not in a hurry. Easier said than done, we know, but your hair can benefit from taking a break from the extreme heats of blow-drying. This gives it a chance to regain its natural elasticity and volume.
Avoid Coconut Oil
While it is an organic hair care solution, treating your hair with coconut oil is not the one for thin hair, we’re afraid. It’s a coating that will sit on top of your hair, which will add a ton of shine, but also weigh your hair down quite a bit. You’ll end up with excess build up which will end up actually making your hair look thinner than ever.
Your hair has its own natural oils that have some natural cleaning abilities. Although this self-cleaning is far from considered a thorough cleanse by most people’s standards, it can help protect your follicles. Avoid using shampoos that contain ammonium lauryl sulphate or sodium lauryl sulphate as these could dry out your hair and scalp.
Use an Organic Shampoo
Choosing organic or natural hair care products means you won’t have to check the bottles. VOYA’s Silky By Nature shampoo, allows you to avoid harsh chemicals while the seaweed extracts deeply moisturise for healthier, thicker looking hair. One of it’s key ingredient is antioxidant spearmint which helps strengthen hair from route to tip.
If you use conditioner, choose one with essential oils and natural active ingredients to help repair, protect, de-tangle and replenish the hair we recommend VOYA’s Forget Me Knot.