Have you ever considered why you have hair on your head? This may seem obvious but hair actually has many functions, and that’s why you should take care of it. Here’s some insight into the function of hair and why you need to look after it, so it looks after you!
If you’re anything like us, your hair is an extension of your personality, in the same way that your clothes and sense of style is. Women tend to spend time, money and attention on maintaining their locks to feel great about themselves – making them feel more beautiful and confident. For men, a trip to the barber shop helps them feel that they are on their ‘A game’ and more attractive to their partner. Consider that biologically, healthy hair is reflective of inner health, and obviously it is everyone’s desire to be beautiful, confident and healthy. In order to maximise your trips to your favourite salon or barber, start with a canvas of healthy hair and watch the magic happen!
Feel confident and beautiful
Ever walked out of a hair salon feeling like a million dollars, swishing your hair as you go or running your fingers through your beautifully coiffed locks? Of course you have! There is little doubt that a freshly done mane promotes your self-esteem and a positive “I can do anything” attitude. It makes you radiate and feel camera ready! That’s why it’s important you always use products recommended by your hair stylist, and listen carefully to your stylist’s advice on whether the treatments and in-salon processing you want applied to your hair are right for you.
Your body’s internal heat production is fuelled by your metabolism, and tightly controlled by your blood vessels and sweat glands. Your head has a high volume of blood flow and a great number of the blood vessels in the head are close in proximity to the thin layer of skin covering your head (i.e. your scalp). This allows heat to escape very quickly from your head, compared to other areas of the body. In fact, you lose approximately 25% of your body heat through your scalp; helping to regulate your body’s core internal temperature at precisely 37°C. Since the hair on your head provides physical insulation, hair plays an important role in this precise temperature control as well.
Nutrients like vitamins, minerals, amino acids, omega 3’s and antioxidants contained in the food you eat are important for the structure and function of your blood vessels and sweat glands, which in turn help with temperature control. Ensuring you consume good sources of vital nutrients ensures that not only do your blood vessels stay healthy, but also the hair remains strong and healthy.
A simple way of making sure that you get a great mix of antioxidants and essential nutrients is to ‘eat the rainbow’. The coloured pigment in fruits and vegetables, like the red pigment Betacarotene in capsicum and berries, is a potent antioxidant which helps to keep free radical damage at bay and reduce inflammation. Fish and nuts also provide a mix of amino acids and omega 3’s, which support the structure of your hair and help you maximise hair growth, fullness and strength.
Protection from the sun’s UV rays
The hair on your head provides protection for your scalp and hair follicles when you are exposed to the sun’s UV rays. Not only does your hair provide a physical barrier from UV rays, it also contains the colour pigment melanin, which is a natural UV blocker. It’s important to ensure that your hair remains healthy and full to counteract damaging UV rays to the scalp and hair follicles. Vitamins, minerals and amino acids are the structural building blocks of your hair, and especially melanin. So top up your intake each day to maximise the fullness, quality and growth of your hair.
It’s easy to implement simple steps to ensure that you have great healthy hair all year round. Healthy hair will help to keep you warm when there is a chill in the air and help to defend against the sun’s harmful UV rays, not to mention helping you look and feel confident! Healthy hair starts with fueling your body with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, omega 3’s and a healthy mix of antioxidants to promote the growth, fullness and quality of your hair. Also, make sure you use products and treatments which have been recommended by your hair stylist, to keep your hair in tip top shape.
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