We have about 100,000 of them, and each one grows by about 1 cm in a month. Usually, after eight years of growing, they reach waist length. When we lose our heads, we panic. Check how to prevent a lush pony from turning into a ponytail …
The body’s “litmus paper”?
Tufts on the sink, shower and brush? Literally everywhere – many of us know it from an autopsy. Before you panic, however, take a deep breath. Hair loss is a natural phenomenon. Usually, we lose from several to several dozen bands every day. Considering that there are between 100,000 and 150,000 hairs on our head, it’s really not much. When should we start to worry then? If we lose more than 100 hairs a day for eight weeks, it is worth consulting a dermatologist.
The condition of our hairstyle is like a “litmus test” of the body, and falling out, breaking, dull or thin hair may indicate not only an unhealthy lifestyle or bad habits, but also a disease. The list of health ailments that may cause excessive hair loss includes: anemia, depression, diabetes, scalp diseases (psoriasis, mycosis, seborrheic dermatitis) and thyroid disorders. In women after childbirth or during the menopause, hair loss may be caused by hormonal disorders. The enemy of our hair is also severe stress, poor diet and excessive styling.
I do not remember…
As a rule, it is difficult for us to admit to “crimes against beauty”, but most of us have “something” on our conscience … Perhaps in the last few weeks you have not parted with a straightener or a curling iron? In just one day you turned from a brunette into a platinum blonde? Or have you gone overboard with the amount of varnishes, foams, gums or styling agents containing alcohol? Contrary to appearances, in the case of hair: the less cosmetics, the better. The excess of chemical compounds weighs down the hair and makes it damaged faster. This is why minimalism in care has become the most popular trend in recent years.
The most important thing is to find the right shampoo and hair conditioner for your scalp. It is worth choosing cosmetics containing natural plant extracts: nettle, rosemary or aloe. A strengthening shampoo with ceramides, keratin or vitamins will also be a good solution. Such preparations contain active substances that affect the hair follicles, strengthen the hair root in the bulb and soothe irritation. You can also try the home-made hair rinses of nettle, horsetail or black turnip recommended by “hair maniacs”, which contain iron, silicon, calcium, zinc, magnesium and potassium. The scalp massage with castor oil, which stimulates hair growth, will bring equally good results. After just a few weeks of minimalist care, your strands will become healthier and shinier.
The condition of our hairstyle is significantly influenced not only by care, but also by diet … Malnutrition and deficiencies of vitamins and micro- and macroelements are one of the most common causes of weakened and falling out hair. If you eat fast food and drink gallons of coffee, which makes it difficult for iron and zinc to absorb, it’s no wonder your strands have become thin and brittle. The enemies of thick hair also include alcohol, which flushes nutrients out of the body, and tobacco smoke, which constricts blood vessels, which means that the hair roots receive less nutrients. As a result, our villi become weakened and begin to fall out.
Dermatologists and trichologists, or doctors dealing with the health of the scalp and hair, have long said that the key to beautiful and strong hair is a balanced diet. From now on, your plate should contain fatty sea fish such as: herring, mackerel or salmon, which are a good source of omega-3 acids, proteins, amino acids, and vitamins: A and D. Another ingredient that determines the appearance of our hairstyle is iron – an element that strengthens the hair structure. Its deficiency not only means that the brush is cleaned more often, but can also contribute to the development of anemia(anemia). The best source of iron are products of animal origin, which provide the so-called heme iron with the bioavailability of about 40 percent. Include in your diet: turkey, lean beef and offal.
As for vitamins, biotin (vitamin H), which is an energy stimulus for hair growth, is found in yeast, milk and liver. On the other hand b ery important for the proper functioning of keratinocytes, the cells that build the hair shaft – Vitamin B5 is present in liver, egg yolks and bee products. The condition of our hair, skin and nails is also influenced by the vitamins of youth : A, C and E. Look for them in green, red and orange vegetables and fruits. And one more thing, replace your daily espresso with horsetail tea, a precious source of silicon.
You will see the first effects of a healthy and rational diet in the form of hair strengthening after about four months of use. In order to accelerate the results, it is worth reaching for dietary supplements. The iconic Merz Spezial Dragees have been available in Polish pharmacies for over 25 years and are popular with successive generations of users. The ingredients contained in the dragees have been selected to provide the body with the right nutrients in the right proportions to support natural biological processes. The tablets contain biotin and zinc, which prevent hair loss, pantothenic acid influencing the energy metabolism within the hair follicles, niacin (vitamin PP), which contributes to the proper functioning of the scalp by facilitating the transport of nutrients to the hair bulb,