Whether or not you’re considering hair transplant surgery, you want the hair you have to be as healthy as possible. It isn’t as simple as upgrading hair products, either; everything from how often you wash your hair to what you eat can have an impact. Instead of spending a fortune on unnecessary products or losing your hair to neglect, we’ve made a list just for you on things you can do to keep your hair healthy and lively (at any age):
Easy There, Killa
Your hair really does need some tender, loving care: certain shampoos or heat treatments can do more damage than help. Even if you’re guilty of a few bad hair habits, there’s no time like the present to change!
- Less is more, especially when it comes to your shampoo. Although it’s designed to clean your hair, too much can strip your hair of the natural oils and minerals that keep it healthy and shiny. In fact, some hair gurus will recommend you nix shampoo altogether.
- Be gentle with wet hair, as it’s far more fragile than dry hair. Instead of using a harsh cotton towel to dry your hair, opt for an old t-shirt. Try to comb and detangle your hair before you wash it, and use a wide-toothed comb when you still have conditioner in your hair.
- Beat the heat, as much as you can. While completely cutting out heat treatments may not be possible, limiting them is best. Invest in a hair dryer that has a cooling option, or a straightener that works without being over 300 degrees. Heat-protective products are also recommended.
- A softer style works for your hair better than harsh up-dos. Loosen ponytails, braids, and any other hairstyle that puts a little stress on your roots. Additionally, try to limit products that make your hair too stiff or too big and opt instead for a little texture.
You Are What You Eat
Although you may not think that cheeseburger you had at lunch could impact your hair, it definitely can. For stronger, healthier hair, try opting for any of these foods:
- Fish, such as salmon, tuna, or trout, are rich in protein and Vitamin D, as well as omega-3 fatty acids—all of which your hair LOVES.
- Walnuts are also rich in fatty acids, biotin, and vitamin E which help protect your hair against damage.
- Eggs, in addition to protein, have zinc, selenium, sulfur, and iron—which is responsible for carrying oxygen to your hair follicles.
- Blueberries are abundant in vitamin C, which is critical for circulation to the scalp.
- Spinach has beta carotene, folate, and vitamin C—all of which benefit scalp oils.
Sometimes, hair damage and loss can be attributed simply to age or other genetic factors; other times, it’s a result of daily habits. If you’re eating right but still having trouble with your locks, you may want to have your vitamin and mineral levels checked and take supplements as recommended by your doctor.
In addition to limiting product use, try to choose silicone-based products to limit the amount of damage done to your hair. Leave-in conditioners are also excellent for protecting hair and don’t forget about following the product directions precisely. Finally, be sure you trust your hairstylist—whether it’s a cut or a styling, they shouldn’t be hurting your scalp by doing their job.
For questions on how to keep your hair healthy after a hair transplant surgery, contact us! We’re here to help you look and feel your best.