The New Year is a time for reinvention, when many of us come up with a list of goals and improvements we hope to make over the next 12 months. Whether you’re aiming to make this the year that you finally use your gym membership, or you’re hoping to take up a new hobby, don’t forget to add taking better care of your hair to your list. Here’s how you can make 2019 your best hair year yet…
Feed your hair
Healthy hair starts from within, so make sure that you’re getting the right nutrients to nourish your hair. Hair is made of protein, so consuming enough protein is important to avoid it becoming brittle and weak. Too little iron is linked to hair loss, as the nutrient supply to the follicles will be disrupted, which impacts the hair growth cycle and can lead to shedding. Omega-3, an essential fatty acid, will also keep your hair looking healthy – our bodies don’t produce it, but it’s found in cells on the scalp and provides the oil needed to keep the hair hydrated, so eat plenty of omega-3 rich foods.
Use less heat
We all know that applying an excessive amount of heat to the hair can cause damage to the hair and scalp, but it doesn’t mean you need to abandon your hairdryer completely. Too much heat damages the keratin in the hair, making it dry and easy to break, so always use the lowest possible temperature setting on your styling tools. Use a heat protectant spray beforehand, which slows down the heat conduction and reduces damage, and never use straighteners or curling irons on wet hair. Give your hair a break from heat whenever you can – let your hair dry naturally as frequently as possible, and consider trying styling techniques that don’t involve heat.
Switch up your style
Do you wear your hair in the same tightly-pulled style, day-in and day-out? You could be at risk of developing traction alopecia, where the hair can fall out as a result of being pulled repeatedly in the same spot. It is reversible and treatable if spotted early, but more severe cases may require a treatment such as minoxidil (Regaine) to encourage hair growth, or a hair transplant if the follicle is too damaged. Wear your hair down as much as possible, or, if it needs to be tied up, wear it in a looser style and change where on the scalp it’s tied.
If you’ve been struggling with hair loss, make it your New Year’s resolution to do something about it. Talk to a medical professional to help get to the bottom of the cause, and therefore the appropriate treatment. There are so many hair loss treatments out there, from shampoos and lotions to laser therapy and hair transplants, so don’t keep putting it off – book a consultation with our team and take the first step to restoring your hair.