Ensuring your hair stays healthy is about far more than just the products you use. Your lifestyle and fitness habits can have a significant impact on the condition and strength of your hair too. Here are some fitness habits we should all take up in order to keep your hair in top condition
Take regular exercise
Exercising regularly is the best way to maintain a healthy heart and good circulation, which can help improve the scalp’s blood flow. This in turns aids in delivering essential nutrients to your hair follicles to keep hair strong and healthy, whilst promoting new growth. It doesn’t matter what kind of exercise you do, whether you join a gym, take up running or prefer a dance class, as long as you get your heart racing and your blood pumping!
Eat a balanced diet
Hair needs vitamins and minerals in order to grow strong and healthy. Lack of essential minerals can cause conditions which lead to hair loss, such as iron-deficiency anaemia. Restrictive diets – particularly those which eliminate entire food groups – could rob your hair of the nutrients it needs to stay healthy, and you may notice thinning hair or patchy hair loss. Ensure you include plenty of natural sources of iron in your diet, such as red meat, eggs and leafy green vegetables, as well as plenty of protein and fresh fruit and vegetables.
Get some shut-eye
A good night’s sleep is important not only for your energy levels and concentration, but also for your hair. Sleep is a time when the body restores itself, and lack of sleep can lead to elevated stress levels, which could cause thinning hair or hair loss. Aim for between six to nine hours a night to ensure you feel your best. For those who have trouble relaxing, a lavender pillow mist or soothing music can help you drift off to sleep, as can turning off devices such as your computer and mobile phone an hour before bedtime.
Reduce your stress levels
Stressful life events happen to all of us and can impact our looks, including our hair.
Everyday stress is as much a factor as significant life events, and reducing your stress levels can help to protect you against hair loss conditions such as Telogen Effluvium. Unwind with relaxation techniques or try gentle, regular exercise which is proven to help reduce stress levels.
The Belgravia Centre
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.