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How to (Gently) Tell Your Hair to Chill

How to (Gently) Tell Your Hair to Chill
“Everybody please remain calm!” It’s what I’d like to shout in an intercom to my hair follicles like a flight attendant to a group of jittery passengers during turbulence. The turbulence? It could be any of the usual suspects like the holidays, relationships, and news flashes or as stealthy as a few nights of subpar sleep, too-tight top-knots, and a spike in my sugar consumption. What I’m saying is, life can be stressful. And our hair can be the first thing to show it. Hair loss, dandruff, and general dullness and malaise are all warning signs that your scalp is feeling it just as much as you are. But we’re not here as harbingers of doom. Read on to find out a few ways you can implement self-care this month—let’s take it from the top.

Treat Yourself to a Massage 

In some worse-case-scenario cases, stress can lead to hair loss. As your body processes difficult demands and stress chemicals, it often leaves your hair in what is known as the “telogen” phase. We’ll break it down: this is a kind of hiatus, or resting phase for your hair follicles which causes them (ironically) to relax. When this happens for an extended period of time, however, the hair is released from the follicle leading to shedding. For some, this causes a vicious cycle of worry about hair loss which in turn worsens the symptoms. Luckily, although we can’t book a spa trip every single time life throws a curveball at us, we can do the next best thing: take a deep breath and grab your scalp massager. We know we’re a bit of a broken record here, but it’s true…stimulating the scalp is soothing and helps to get the blood flowing to your head. Candles, chimes, and essential oils optional.

Your Hair Has Cravings, Too

This one’s a given: A balanced intake of lean proteins, fruit, veggies, and wholegrains is the kindest thing you can do for your do, whether it’s stressed-out or not. Omega-3 fatty acids are a one-way ticket to stronger, glossier strands and are especially crucial because our bodies don’t naturally produce them. Look to oily fish like salmon and sardines as well as nuts and seeds for your daily dose. Blueberries are a great sort of antioxidants, while leafy greens, such as spinach, bolster your iron levels and help oxygen to get transported to your hair follicles for a boost of growth and resilience. 

Find Your Body’s Rhythm 

It goes without saying that we’re scientists, not doctors over here, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t end with a few friendly suggestions for everyday ways you can wind down and take the best possible care of yourself, even when the going gets tough. But above all, remember that you’re doing the best you can and we’re here to support you, answer your questions, and ensure your products match your needs through every season and life change. 

  • Walking

  • Stretching

  • Deep breathing 

  • Journaling

  • Spending time outdoors

  • Getting a good night’s sleep

  • Sticking to your hair care routine