Before taking a closer look into the reasons why overdoing it with exercise might be having some unintended negative effects on your hair, it is important to note that exercise contributes to an overall healthy lifestyle.
Exercise is far too important for you to just stop doing it because it might cause your hair to suffer a little. If you go about your fitness regimen in the right way and read these cautionary tips you should be able to couple both!
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Many believe that exercising too much will ruin your hair but that is not necessarily the case.This is a topic of discussion that may be blown slightly out of proportion. Just see for yourself.
Go to your local gym and look around. Not everyone there is bald. Some of them might be of course but, chances are, it’s not because of the type of workouts they undertake. The effects are more specific than that.
To get a better idea of how exercising too much can cause some problems to your hair, let’s take a look at what the general causes of hair loss are.
Hair Loss Causes
The first and most common cause of hair loss is directly linked to your genes. Commonly known as male pattern baldness or androgenetic alopecia, you inherit it from your parents and it’s usually permanent and long term. Hereditary hair loss happens as a consequence of a sex hormone called Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and can affect both men and women.
DHT is derived from testosterone. When your body has too much testosterone, which is the case with most men after a certain age, the leftover DHT will flow through your bloodstream and link to hair follicles, causing them to shrink and become less efficient in terms of growth.
On the other hand, temporary hair loss or hair breakage can be a consequence or combination of many factors like bad nutrition, stress or inefficient, poorly chosen hair routine or side effects from medication. If you are experiencing temporary hair loss and are questioning your workout, continue reading for some tips on how to make you exercise routine non-detrimental to your hair growth.
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Exercising without causing Hair or Skin Damage
Firstly, in the case of nutrition,which happens to come hand in hand with fitness, many overlook how the food you put into your body can aid or harm your progression in the gym. A common fault, is to have a diet focused entirely on protein and red meat. Although this may help you build muscle, you need to make sure you’re getting other nutrients too. Indeed for healthy hair, your body needs Omega-3 Fatty Acids, B-Complex Vitamins and a good amount of iron.
This means that in addition to your red meats or whichever your preferred source of protein is, you should also have some fruits, vegetables and nuts in your diet as well. There are plenty of nutritious and delicious options for you out there such as avocado, grapes, pumpkin and spinach.
Feeding your body with healthy and carefully selected ingredients is key. You do the same for your hair when you chose your products, it isn’t any different for diet. If you are seeking to have a better diet, remember to read ingredients lists and product labels.
Apply this good habit to other routines such as your hair and skin routine. For your hair, try our Iles Formula Signature Collection. All of our products are a sophisticated blend of key raw virgin ingredients, woken up to perform phenomenally through high technology and are free of harmful chemicals such as paraben, phthalate and sulfate. For your skin, check out Groom and Style’s comprehensive guide to healthy and glowing skin.
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Second, as far as stress goes, you could just be putting your body under way too much strain and overdoing it. We’re often told that if we want to see any significant progress when exercising, then we have to push ourselves beyond our limits. Sorry but this does not have to be the case.
You can progress without overdoing it. Over-exercising is actually harmful and this will affect your hair as well. Limit your exercising to four days a week if you can.
Try skipping a day after every workout to give your body some rest. Think smartly of combining high and low-intensity workouts. As an example, a couple of days in the week, choose to focus on cardio and maybe try cycling on an exercise bike. This is a good exercise, which anybody can do and is easy to control the intensity of.
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Third, regarding bad hair care, the good news is that it’s a relatively simple fix. Make sure that you shower once your workout is over. Allowing sweat to build upon your scalp is poison for your hair follicles and they won’t last. Hence, make showering a priority to deal with that.
Use the Iles Formula Hair Turban Towel if you are not home and need your hair to dry fast (without harming it) to get on with your day.
Finally, use high-quality shampoo. The Iles Formula Haute Performance shampoo comes in either in 200ml/6.8 fl. or in 1000ml/33.8 fl., so you can just pick your favorite format whether you are home or at the gym!
Remember, the more moisture the better. Stay away from dry shampoos as tempting as they might be.
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Exercise should not result in hair loss and damage, unless you don’t pay attention to your care regimen. All you need here is a little bit of caution. Reap the benefits of a healthy diet, regular exercise and tailored hygiene…the results will definitely show on your hair as well!
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Article by guest writer Janet Owens.
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