impACT - Common Hair Stressors
While our hair truly can be an indicator of our health, it may not be obvious at first as it can take up to three months for hair symptoms to appear. The good news is, however, that many issues are reversible or manageable, and addressing them can encourage you to make necessary lifestyle changes that will improve your daily life, as well as your hair and scalp.
Nutrition- what you are feeding or may not be feeding the hungry follicle can make a difference
A “non-essential” organ of the body, the hair is the last in the queue to receive nutrients. As a result, an insufficiency of proteins, leafy greens, fresh fruits, wholegrains and carbohydrates can create issues, as can a lack of quality nutrition overall, whether through poor personal food choices, struggling gut health or severe/crash diets. On one hand dairy and sugar, common inflammatory ingredients, can stress body and therefore the hair, while on the other certain supplements can be very helpful, and adequate hydration is essential.
Lifestyle Habits-can we improve on them ? I bet we can
Smoking and excessive drinking are not great for our hair. Insomnia has detrimental effects too, while quality sleep helps to boost its health, as does regular exercise. Repetitively playing with your hair (especially absent-mindedly), tying it back too tightly, roughly brushing or combing when wet and an excess of chemical processes and heating equipment may not cause hair to fall out, but may break it when done repetitively or incorrectly.
Time of Life- what's going on with the hair..my skin ?
While the scalp’s enviroment and our hair’s thickness and growth span change later in life, it is possible to have issues with our hair at any time. Two things can be considered here: first, genetics may come into play causing some people to be more likely to suffer hair loss and/or thinning of the strands and shorter growth spans than others; secondly, hormones, especially during puberty and when moving into the twilight of our lives, can bring issues such as oily scalps, dry hair and hair shedding.
Mentally and Emotionally-don't under estimate the impact this has
Stress, anxiety and depression can all have negative effects on the health of our hair. 2020 was extreme when it came to the toll on our mental and emotional health, and life pressures in areas such as work, relationships, money, family, pregnancy, illness, injury and trauma can all add to our daily stress, which raises cortisol levels and affects the hair.
Medication and Medical Treatments-some are for and some work against
Medications can adversely affect hair, as can coming on and off medications, and medical treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy. In fact, certain cancers, hormonal issues, the thyroid and even allergies can cause hair conditions. While we at ACT can help boost the health of your hair, it is always important to follow professional medical advice when facing medical issues.