Does your hair look limp, flat or thin? Do you notice a lot of hair on your comb or brush after using them? Hair loss occurs for many reasons, including age, genetics, stress, hormones and diet. However, in our quest for thick, luxurious hair, we often use products or styling techniques that can damage hair. Dermatologists and hair care experts give the low-down on what causes hair loss and how to prevent it.
COMMON HAIR CARE MISTAKES
As basic as it sounds, we often forget that a healthy scalp is the foundation for healthy hair. Overuse of hair care products, dry skin, dandruff or other irritations of the scalp affect your hair.
Although the scalp is part of the skin, it has its own microbiome. A microbiome contains thousands of beneficial microscopic organisms, including bacteria, fungi and viruses, that protect your skin from disease and environmental stress.
Your scalp contains approximately 100,000 hair follicles and numerous sebaceous glands. Studies show that areas around sebaceous glands have more microbial activity. Irritations to the skin on the scalp can result in inflammation around the hair follicles, which contributes to hair loss. An imbalance of microbes, too much sun or the presence of free radicals can damage cells. The result can be dandruff, itching or thinning hair. Dandruff weakens the roots, which can cause hair to fall out.
The way you style your hair can cause hair loss. Pulling your hair into a tight ponytail, braid or cornrows, especially when it is wet, can pull the hair out or stress your scalp. Instead, secure the hair with covered rubber bands or loose clips. For fun, experiment with different styles to give yourself a fresh, new look.
Hot water, blow dryers and curling irons dry your hair. If you shower with hot water, end with a cool water rinse on your scalp and hair. It will tighten the pores and seal the hair shafts. After bathing, wrap a dry towel around your hair to absorb water. Rubbing the ends can damage hair.
For curly hair, comb when damp with a wide-toothed comb. Let straight hair dry more, then use a wide-toothed comb to separate strands. According to Vidal Sassoon, brushing wet hair can stretch it, cause it to break or pull it out of the roots.
RESTORE YOUR HAIR’S HEALTH AND BALANCE YOUR SCALP’S MICROBIOME
Instead of teasing or backcombing your hair for lift, go for a new style. Backcombing damages the cuticles of the hair shaft. Talk with your stylist about a cut that adds volume. Layering can give a lift to flat hair and make it look fuller. Regular trimming removes straggly ends that make your hair look thin.
It may be tempting to coat your hair with thickeners or volumizers. However, using too much product can weigh your hair down. Use lifting sprays and dry shampoos sparingly. Shampoo within 24 hours after using these products to rejuvenate your hair and scalp.
Hair dye and other chemical treatments can irritate your scalp and cause hair loss. You may experience itching, blistering or redness on your scalp after dyeing your hair. Permanent dyes contain harsh chemicals that not only penetrate the hair shaft but penetrate the scalp. Many of the chemicals in hair products are associated with health risks, including cancer.
TRŪAURA’S SAFE, EFFECTIVE PRODUCTS FOR HEALTHY HAIR
Dermatologists recommend using shampoos and conditioners that moisturize and protect your hair. Use products that protect and nourish the scalp’s microbiome to restore hair and the scalp to their natural condition.
The scientists at TrūAura have developed hair care products that nourish, protect and revitalize your hair. Our Probiotic Moisturizing Shampoo contains prebiotics and probiotics that help maintain the beneficial microbiome of your scalp.
The cleaning agents are sulfate-free, infused with natural surfactants that gently cleanse without removing natural oils. This moisturizing shampoo contains fermented oils, including argan, camellia and sunflower seeds, green tea and sweet almond, that repair damaged hair and reduce frizz. Our shampoo is designed for all hair types, including color-treated hair.
Our Probiotic Moisturizing Conditioner contains moisturizing ingredients that penetrate into the hair shaft to restore oils and nutrients. Conditioning agents and our special blend of essential oils nourish and hydrate your hair all day long. Our fermented oil complex helps keep your hair shiny, moisturized and healthy. A fermented probiotic made from marine bacteria increases hyaluronic acid production, which boosts natural hydration.
A HEALTHY DIET FOR YOUR SCALP AND SKIN
Microbiome-friendly formulations help nourish the scalp and skin. In addition to making smart product choices, smart diet choices matter too. Eating a healthy diet also helps keep hair healthy. Make sure your diet includes essential vitamins, minerals and oils that support skin, scalp and hair. Fresh vegetables and fruit, grains and low-fat proteins constitute the basic foods that promote healthy cells, a healthy body and healthy skin and hair.
We want our customers to look and feel their best. We use natural ingredients that promote skin health, which promotes overall health. For more information about keeping your skin and hair healthy, contact us today. Our friendly staff can help you identify products that will nourish and protect your skin. If you would like the help of a personal consultant, we can help you find one near you.