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Hair We Grow!
Hair growth starts deep under the scalp with cells dividing to produce keratin, the protein building blocks of your gorgeous mane. As we clock more years, cell turnover slows in general leading to lackluster skin and locks. Waning hormones also lead to a change in hair texture and a drop in oil production, making hair feel more coarse, dry and susceptible to breakage. But there are ways to reverse the trend.
Take It Easy
Tuck your hair in a chic shower cap and give your hair a break from daily washing. If your hair is on the drier side, wash it only every 2-3 days. Use a protein-boosting shampoo designed to protect strands and prevent hair loss, like Apivita’s Propoline Tonic for Thinning Hair, a long-running fave from Greece. Keranique’s 30-Day Discovery Set is a triple treat for scalp and hair with Scalp Stimulating Shampoo, Volumizing Keratin Conditioner and Hair Regrowth Treatment Spray (with 2% Minoxidil, clinically proven to regrow hair).
Hot, Hot, Hot!
Don’t scorch your strands in the name of style. Flat irons, curling irons, blowdryers, even excessively hot water, can all sap the strength from your hair. Use a deep conditioning hair mask, then let your hair air dry for a change. As warmer weather draws us outdoors, be sure to protect your locks from the sun’s harsh rays with a chic hat. A salon Keratin treatment can strengthen strands and do wonders for that halo of flyaways.
Better hair growth could be as close as your vitamin cabinet. Iron deficiency can lead to hair loss. Look for a good multi-vitamin with Iron, B Vitamins (including Biotin), Vitamin C and Cysteine. Cysteine works in tandem with Vitamin B to bind protein. Look for N-acetyl-cysteine, which is better metabolized by the body. Essential Fatty Acid Omega-3s and Lecithin (also known as Choline) are also important for proper nutrient absorption. A vitamin-rich diet loaded with lean chicken, fish, egg yolks, red peppers, broccoli and yogurt are good choices. And don’t forget your 8 oz. of water a day. Good ol’ H2O hydrates every cell in your body, helping them to achieve peak function (even those fast-dividing hair cells). Always remember to consult your doctor before taking any supplements or changing your dietary lifestyle.
Sleep More, Stress Less
Sleep and stress often seem to go in tandem. Reducing stress usually leads to better sleep. And better, deeper sleep leads to improved cell function and renewal, which always benefits better hair growth. Skimp on sleep and you shortchange your hair follicles’ ability to produce healthy, strong hair. Prevent hair breakage with a switch to a smooth silk pillowcase for the most tangle-free tresses.