Hair Follicles: Rejuvenate & Restore Weak Follicles
Hair follicles are small glands located at the base of each hair shaft that produce oil and protein used in the growth of new hair. The hair follicle cycles through four stages of growth, resting, active, shedding and re-growing. When you see hair fall out, it is the end of the cycle of the hair follicle. Hair follicles are also known as sebaceous glands.
When hair follicles become weak they stop producing healthy hair. This happens when there isn't enough vitamin B12 available in the body to produce new cells. Vitamin B12 helps make DNA, which tells the body how to create cells. When there is not enough vitamin B12 available, the body stops making DNA and eventually the hair follicle becomes weak.
If you're worried about hair loss or thinning hair due to weak or damaged follicles, let’s explore 10 things you can do naturally (or from home) to keep your hair follicles healthy and strong.
Here Are 10 Ways To Strengthen Hair Follicles and Improve Hair Health:
1. Avoid hot showers.
Hot water can damage hair follicles and lead to hair loss. Stick to lukewarm or cool water when washing your hair.
2. Don't over-wash your hair.
Washing your hair too often can strip it of natural oils that keep it healthy. Aim to wash your hair every 2-3 days.
3. Use a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo.
When you wash your hair, use a gentle shampoo that does not contain any harsh chemicals like sulfates, parabens, silicones, sodium laurel sulfate, etc.
Sulfates can strip hair of its natural oils, leading to dryness and breakage. Choose a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo to protect your hair.
4. Rinse with cold water.
Cold water can help close the hair cuticle and make your hair appear shinier and healthier.
5. Use a moisturizing conditioner.
Conditioner helps to hydrate and repair hair. Choose a conditioner that is moisturizing to keep your hair healthy.
6. Avoid heat styling.
Heat styling can damage hair follicles and lead to hair loss. If you must heat style your hair, use the lowest setting possible.
7. Let your hair air dry.
Do not blow-dry your hair while wet. Blow-drying your hair while wet may damage the cuticle and weaken the protective barrier against moisture loss.
Air drying is the best way to dry your hair to avoid damage. If you must use a blow dryer, use the lowest setting possible.
8. Protect your hair from the sun.
The sun can damage hair follicles and lead to hair loss. Wear a hat or scarf when you're outdoors to protect your hair.
9. Eat a healthy diet.
Eating a diet that is rich in nutrients can help to improve hair health. Make sure to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
10. Take supplements.
Certain supplements can help to improve hair health. Some good options include biotin, iron, and omega-3 fatty acids.
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