These healthy habits will help get your hair in tip-top shape


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Many people experience hair loss at some point in their lives. Knowing what's causing it and developing healthy habits will help your hair get, and stay, in tip-top shape.


1. Eat foods rich in anti-oxidants

Free radicals are byproducts of the transformation of food into energy by our bodies. They're also found in the air we breathe and have the potential to damage healthy cells. Antioxidants fight free radicals; these include vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, beta-carotene and magnesium. Eating foods rich in these will make your hair healthier and may help to prevent hair loss. Add leafy vegetables, eggs, milk, oranges, grapefruits and mangos to your diet and you'll not only have more nourished hair but also better overall health.


2. Relax, sleep and exercise

Hair loss can be a result of stress. Telogen effluvium occurs when hair follicles are pushed into a resting phase that makes hair shed and thin out. Chronic stress has a negative effect on hair growth and can lead to persistent T.E. Alopecia areata, which can also be triggered by stress, occurs when the body's immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles.

When people undergo stressful events or periods they tend to sleep less, lose weight and eat unhealthily. All of these factors can cause system imbalances that lead to hair loss.

Stress-related hair loss isn't usually permanent. Exercising and sleeping more can help alleviate stress and get your hair back to normal. If stress persists for too long, consider seeking professional help and getting access to a great support system.


3. Use natural shampoos and conditioners

Hair-care products that contain lots of synthetic chemicals can actually damage your hair. Ingredients such as sulfates and propylene glycol are usual suspects that can strip the hair of moisture and break down its healthy proteins over time. Switching to natural products with beneficial ingredients such as plant proteins can help keep your hair healthy. Additionally, using argan, coconut or other natural oils on your scalp can help nourish and strengthen your hair. This is especially vital if you have fragile hair or are already experiencing hair loss.


4. Question your doctor about your prescriptions

Make it a habit of asking your doctor about potential side effects for any prescription medication you have to take. For example, some contraceptives and medications used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disorders and depression can cause hair loss. See what advice your doctor has to counter these potential side effects.


Tolu AjiboyeTolu Ajiboye is a writer with a passion for health and beauty. She's currently freelance writing for www.hairlossrevolution.com