When we talk about keeping our hair looking and feeling its best self, we always recommend taking the holistic approach. Gone are the days of those Juju magic hair growth serums and relying on Jamaican Black Castor Oil to grow our hair.
Now evidence shows us that Good Hair is more than just a quick fix or a protein treatment here and there but actually a lifestyle. Here are the three elements you need to work on to get yourself that Good Hair.
Usually the element people are most used to knowing how to look after and prioritise. Your hair, like the rest of your body, is made up of cells. It can be particularly affected by damage to your organs, nutrient absorption and hormones. This is age old advice, but staying fit and healthy does play a large role in keeping up your Good Hair.
Good Hair is also linked to your mental health, both good stress (loving what you do and working hard at it) or distress (negative feelings of anxiety, worry or pain). Cortisol is a hormone in your body linked to stress. If your cortisol levels are too high, the hormone stops your body from processing protein. Lack of protein leads to hair loss.
If your cortisol levels are too low, this leads to a reduction in your immune function. Your body can then develop antibodies (our bodies fighting squad) to attack your hair follicles. A perfect balance between stress, and distress prevents your body going into that attack mode.
Remember when your teachers would tell you that #youarewhatyoueat and to stop eating so much junk food? It's not just for your arteries, it's also for your hair. A good, balanced diet is key to all of your wellbeing and the final component of Good Hair.
Stop now if you think that by nutrition we mean Protein, Protein, Protein. We do not. Whilst protein is a key aspect of a balanced diet, it is not the only aspect. What's more, whilst your body needs protein, what it actually needs more is the Trace Minerals that break down protein. These are called enzymes - your body's hustlers. If you're eating lots of protein and not seeing results, it may be time to step up your game with the foods that are rich in enzymes that break down proteins.
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