It’s a new year, and that means one thing… it’s time to get those new year’s resolutions into full swing! It’s the time of year that we decide to make a handful of resolutions to better ourselves and work harder. Today we’re taking a look at some popular new year’s resolutions to see how they could affect your hair.
Giving up smoking is a very popular new year’s resolution that many people will decide on in order to improve their general health. It is known that smoking can have many negative effects on our health, but did you know it can also have a negative impact on your hair?
Studies suggest that smoking can increase the rate of men’s hair loss. Smoking causes hair loss through restricting blood flow to the scalp and increasing hormone production which can in turn damage follicles, contributing to hair loss.
With this in mind, if you’re planning on cutting out cigarettes for good this New Year you won’t only be improving your health but also decreasing your chance of hair loss.
With Christmas being the time to eat, drink and be merry it is no surprise that some people opt to give up, or at least cut down on drinking in the new year. With popular campaigns such as ‘Dry January’ giving up drinking is something many people support.
Although exceeding the recommended units of alcohol has no direct link between hair loss there are several side effects related to heavy drinking that can have an impact on hair loss. When we drink a lot, our body can become dehydrated and this can cause a loss of minerals in the body. Becoming dehydrated can cause the hair to become dry and brittle, and prone to breakage. As well as a loss of important minerals such as Iron, which is an essential mineral for the health of our hair, an Iron deficiency can lead to the baldness condition telogen effluvium.
Getting fit is one of the most popular new year’s resolutions each year. People decide to hit the gym to improve their overall health and in some cases to try change the way the look by losing weight or building muscle.
Maintaining a lean physique could be one of the answers to keeping your hair. A recent study has discovered that having a lower overall weight and less fat around your body can actually cause your body to grow more hair. So, by joining the gym this year you’ll get fitter and you could increase your hair growth, it’s a win, win.
Similar to joining the gym in a bid to live a healthier lifestyle many people decide to change their diet in the new year to either lose weight or live an overall healthier lifestyle. Eating a balanced diet is key to keeping your hair healthy, and a few small changes this new year could improve the health of your hair.
It is important to ensure you get a good portion of protein each day such as fish chicken or eggs, as well as ensuring you get a good helping of vitamin A and C throughout the day, this can be found in vegetables such as spinach and sweet potato. Snacking on nuts and seeds which are high in protein and vitamins (instead of chocolate and crisps) is a great way to nourish your body and hair.