|Hi, So I started school again (highschool) & I've also started working out a lot too. After working out I get really sweaty & my hair just feels really gross. I know that you shouldn't wash your hair everyday b/c that's really bad for it but I don't want to go to school & have smelly hair. What should I do ? Also my hair falls out A LOT, everytime I shower it's like I've stepped into a shower scene of a horror film. Do you have any remedies for this ? Please reply. Thanks !|
Kudos for starting a workout routine. Not much feels better than a good workout, and not much feels more disgusting than walking around covered in sweat. I strongly recommend that you shower as soon as possible after working out, in order to keep your skin and hair fresh!
It’s not necessarily “washing” your hair everyday that’s bad, it’s “shampooing”. It is perfectly fine to rinse and condition your hair on a daily basis! Shampoo is both your friend and foe… while it’s necessary (I suggest every other day, or every two days) in order to remove buildup on the scalp, shampoo contains a high volume of detergents that will strip your hair of it’s natural oils, making it dry and frizzy when used too often. So showering off the sweat is fine!
Dry shampoo is also a godsend for de-greasing second day hair. It absorbs oil without completely drying out your hair, and makes it look and feel fresh after use. My favorite:
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Hair falling out is not an uncommon thing, although sometimes it might seem excessive. Hair sheds naturally every day, and sometimes hair sheds more often than other times. This could be caused by a number of things, from a low-iron diet, to hormone fluctuations (your newly vamped workout routine could be boosting your hormones, causing temporary hair fallout). Changing seasons and humidity are also natural causes for hair loss, and if your hair has a lot of texture or thickness, you might see it fall out more excessively.
To keep your hair from falling out unnaturally, never brush it when it’s wet - apply a leave-in conditioner or detangler and use a wide-tooth comb to remove snarls. Also avoid keeping your hair in a tight ponytail for too long, and try to wear your hair in it’s natural texture as much as possible. Using heat on your hair too much can damage it, causing it to break off or fall out more than it should.
You don’t need to be worried unless you start to notice that your hair is becoming substantially more thin. In that case, you might want to consult your doctor, to see what the cause could be.
Let’s Talk About - A Healthy Lifestyle for Healthy Skin (pH Balance)
Ever wonder why people eating salads always look so happy? Maybe because they know it’s giving them clear skin! Let me tell you my thoughts; it could save your complexion.
If you have acne or hyperpigmentation, you’ll KNOW how difficult it is to get rid of and prevent. That’s simply because the cause is deeper than the surface of your skin. Hormones, and the acidic/alkaline value in your skin (or pH balance) play a major part in the health of your skin, as well as the rest of your body. Even though your body’s chemistry seems like something that you can’t touch, the truth is you can alter your hormones, in a good way, to keep yourself and your skin happy.
One key ingredient in your overall health and the clarity of your skin is your DIET. I remember when I was a young teenager and I bought ProActiv, thinking that it would finally clear up my skin - ProActiv came with a packet of information about acne, and it actually said that food DIDN’T affect breakouts… even then, I knew that was wrong. I’ve long been a junk-food-o-holic, and I’ve always seen the link between what I put in my mouth and what happened to my skin.
So let’s get into it… how does the food you eat alter your hormones/pH balance?
If you remember from Chemistry class (joke - I don’t remember anything from Chemistry class), pH scales the level of alkaline and acid. Here, have a diagram:
Too much acid in the body causes inflammation, and can leave your body vulnerable to bacterial invasions (AKA poor health). Most notably, when your body is mostly acidic, you will see very poor skin reactions… acne, oiliness, hyper pigmentation, and the like. That being said, having too much alkaline could cause similar issues… dry, irritated skin, and breakouts once again. The key is to have a more balanced pH.
*Let it be noted that when discussing this, we are not taking into account the actual pH of the food itself, but how the food affects the pH of your body & skin.
To keep a more balanced pH, and thus clearer skin, you must remove some of the acidic foods from your diet and incorporate in more alkaline foods. Here is a helpful (but not whole) list:
- Almond Milk
- Black Beans
- Corn Syrup
- Hard Liquor
- Soft Drinks
- Drugs, Medicinal
- Drugs, Psychedelic
- Sea Veggies
- Spinach, green
- Sweet Potatoes
- Wheat Grass
- Wild Greens
- Dates, dried
- Figs, dried
- Fresh Fruit Juices
Makes sense, doesn’t it? Note that all animal proteins, caffeine, and processed foods are acidic, and almost all vegetables are alkaline. But eating all veggies isn’t going to give your skin a healthy balance… you need a bit of acidic foods, and a bit of alkaline foods. Think of the food pyramid! You need a dose of each food group every day to maintain a balance in your body.
(This is the food pyramid I knew when I was growing up… they’ve changed it to something weird looking, but I think this makes more sense.)
Another important thing to think about are the hormones that are actually in your food. This might sound like vegan hype, but it is true that in most dairy and meat products, there are extra hormones that can affect our bodies. Of course animals produce their own hormones, but many are fed extra hormones to make them produce or grow more. This can sometimes be said of vegetables as well! To avoid this, choose organic products, or food that advertises that it is hormone-free. (You’ll also be helping your local community business, as most organic produce, etc. is sold locally). Also remember to ALWAYS rinse off your produce before you consume it… see how herbacides, etc. is listed under acid-forming?
Still can’t figure out what’s up with your skin? Try keeping a food diary… it sounds silly, but it will help 100%. Monitor your daily intake of food and beverages, and also keep track of your skin’s daily condition. Soon you will begin to see a pattern between the foods that you eat, and how often you eat them, and the clarity of your skin. Knowing which foods trigger your breakouts can help you learn what to avoid. Physically writing this down everyday is easiest for me, but you can also get Food Journal apps on your smartphone!
There are more factors, apart from your diet, that could affect your skin’s pH balance & body’s hormones… stress, lack of sleep, and sun damage to your skin. Choosing some healthy lifestyle changes could correct this… and make you happier overall!
- Try meditating, or just sitting in silence and breathing deeply for a few minutes every day. Clearing your mind can not only relax your body, but can also help you think more positively throughout the day.
- Simple exercise, like yoga, pilates, or a daily workout DVD, can boost your heart rate as well as your mood, and encourage healthy blood flow (which is key for a glowing complexion!
- Wear sunscreen of at least SPF 15 every day to prevent overexposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays… when your skin is damaged, you cause it’s pH to become imbalanced.
Of course I am no scientist, but it is upsetting to see people with skin conditions that make them self-conscious that they simply can’t get rid of. There are only so many topical methods that you can try, and it gets frustrating when nothing seems to help. I hope this methodology helps some of you to understand your skin a bit better - and in this case, we learn that beauty truly is more than skin-deep.
Cold sores don’t really go away from what I understand, you can only help soothe the symptoms and hope to prevent them from appearing by properly caring for yourself.
To reduce the redness and swelling of them, apply a cold compress (a towel ran under cold water, an ice cube in a plastic bag, etc) for about 20 minutes.
There are creams meant to treat them, but once again they only soothe the symptoms. Even if they seem to heal the cold sore, they’re just soothing the pain, etc, until it heals itself naturally.
Also, make sure that you’re always wearing sunscreen, as well as lip balm that contains SPF. Too much sun exposure can really make cold sores worse, as well as make them stay for longer.
I’m not really familiar with cold sores, but I do recommend talking to your doctor about it, who will be able to recommend further treatments! They’re caused by a virus that doesn’t just go away.
Stressed about frizz, fly-aways, and split ends? Wishing you had perfect, happy, and healthy hair? Well don’t worry… you’re not alone. In fact, most of us are constantly fighting the day-to-day struggle of maintaining healthy hair. Our hair is the tell-tale-giveaway of how healthy we are. In short, our hair shows everything.
As most of you already know, our hair is made out of a protein called Keratin. Each individual hair that we have grows from a follicle and is comprised of three different layers: the cuticle, the cortex (which is the middle layer), and the medulla (which is also known as the central layer). On average, you will lose about 60-100 hairs a day, however if you are losing more, you should re-evaluate your health. Hair loss can be caused by a multitude of medical problems, medications, stress, damaging products or dyes, and most importantly your diet.
Because of the way that most of us eat nowadays, our bodies simply do not absorb the proper amounts of vitamins and nutrients that we need. Even if you eat super healthily, you still may not be getting enough of those vitamins and nutrients. As stated on Pantene’s website, “… insufficient protein in one’s diet can lead to a decrease in hair’s diameter, making hair less healthy and thick. In addition, crash dieting can result in hair loss, as hair’s growth cycle can be impacted, causing a higher than normal number of hair follicles to shed their hair fibers.” One of the biggest steps to obtaining healthy, luscious locks is by both changing the way you eat and taking supplements.
Some healthy supplements to take into consideration are:
• Omega 3 Fatty Acids- By the name, you would think they’re something bad for your body; but they’re actually the exact opposite. Our body needs Omega 3 Fatty Acids in order for it to be healthy. Omega 3 Fatty Acids are great at treating and preventing hair loss. They are most commonly found in flaxseeds, walnuts, fish, soybeans, tofu, and squash.
• Vitamin A- It’s an antioxidant that has been known to help your body produce healthy amounts of Sebum, which is the chemical that makes your hair oily and actually conditions your scalp. It can be found in meat, milk, eggs, chees, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, apricots, and peaches. It’s recommended that if taken as a supplement you take at least 5,000 IU daily. Too much of it (more than 25,000 IU) is extraordinarily toxic and will cause you serious health problems. So just to be safe, just stick to your 5,000 IU and you should be good.
• Niacin (Vitamin B3)- Niacin has been proven to help with blood circulation and especially help with blood circulation in the scalp. It can be found in fish, chicken, turkey, and a lot of other meats. It’s suggested that you take only about 15 mg. daily.
• Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5)- Pantothenic Acid has been known to help prevent premature grey hair and hair loss. It’s most commonly found in whole grains and egg yolks. If taken as a supplement, only take about 4-7 mg. daily.
• Vitamin B6- This vitamin has been known to prevent hair loss and also help create melanin (the chemical responsible for giving hair it’s color). This one is found commonly in foods such as whole grains, vegetables, and egg yolks. It is advised that you only take 1.6 mg. If you take too much, you may experience numbness in hands in feet, so just stick to the minimum dosage.
• Vitamin B12- Known to prevent hair loss, and can be found in chicken, fish, eggs, and milk. Advised daily dosage is only 2 mg.
• Vitamin C- An antioxidant that not only helps maintain healthy hair but also healthy ski and a healthy immune system. It can be found most commonly citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwi, cantaloupe, pineapple, tomatoes, green peppers, potatoes, and dark vegetables. If taken as a supplement, a 60 mg. dosage is suggested for daily use.
• Vitamin E- Another antioxidant that aids in blood circulation in the scalp. Commonly found in soybeans, raw seeds, nuts, dried beans, and leafy green vegetables, this vitamin has a suggested daily dose of up to 400 IU. Abuse of Vitamin E can lead to serious health risks such as raised blood pressure, and reduced blood clotting, so anyone who is on a high blood pressure medication should get clearance from their doctor before taking it as a supplement.
• Biotin- This is the best vitamin to take when trying to increase hair growth, and just get your hair generally healthy. It causes your body to produce more Keratin which is why you commonly see promises to help promote hair and nail growth on bottles containing Biotin. It is commonly found in prenatal vitamins which some people take even while they’re not pregnant to help with healthy hair, skin, and nails, however just a plain Biotin supplement is a lot cheaper and still works just as well. It can be found in whole grains, egg yolks, rice, and milk, however I would strongly encourage you to take it as a supplement too. The daily dosage is usually 150-300 mcg, however if you just follow the dosage instructions on the bottle, you should be fine.
• Inositol- Known to help keep your hair follicles healthy, this vitamin can be found in whole grains and citrus fruits. The daily dosage for Inositol is only 600 mg. or less.
• Zinc- Zinc works wonders on all areas of our body. In fact it is one of the essential vitamins to maintaining healthy hair. Studies have shown that Zinc deficiencies can cause excessive hair loss and health practitioners often recommend Zinc to help restore the hair’s balance of not shedding too much. However taking too much of this medication can cause it too. So be careful and only take the suggested daily dose of 11 mg. a day.
The next steps should be taken in addition to taking supplements and including more vitamin and mineral rich foods in your diet:
• Avoid harsh shampoos. Instead, look for shampoos that will gently cleanse your hair and scalp. Often times, shampoos will lie about being a gentle cleanser and will actually strip your hair of the essential oils needed to keep it hydrated. So read the label and try to avoid ones that will strip your hair too much, but will still get it clean.
• Look for a good conditioner. If your hair is dry, brittle, and damaged, try to use a good conditioning or hot oil repair kit treatment only once every few weeks. Using these products too much can cause your hair to have a product buildup that will leave your hair limp and lifeless. It’s actually not bad to skip the shampoo and use only conditioner on days where your hair is more dry. A good conditioner will both clean and condition your hair. Just be sure to find the right balance between your shampoo and conditioning days.
• Use cold water at the end of your shower to rinse out any left over product in your hair, and to also seal the hair follicle closed. Cold water rinses at the end of your shower also reduce your risk of frizz, and help your hair color look more vibrant.
• Never comb your hair while it’s wet. Hair is most breakable when wet and doing so will cause your hair to break off and give you split ends. Instead let your hair dry to being in between dry and damp.
• If you can, skip showers. Yes that’s right, I said it… skip showers. It doesn’t seem logical does it? But it really does your hair wonders if you shower every other day to allow your Sebum (that natural oil that coats and protects your hair) to build up. If your hair is a little greasy the next day, then you could try spritzing on a little dry shampoo or using a little baby powder in your roots, however avoid washing it completely if you can. Finding the perfect balance between showering and letting your hair build up it’s Sebum will lead to gorgeous shiny and silky hair.
• Avoid heat! Heat actually dries out our hair immensely. If you have to use heated styling products, look for those that are Ion treated (including blow dryers). If they’re truly Ion treated, then they’ll help make your hair look shiny and help tame frizz, however they shouldn’t be used too frequently because they can still damage your hair. When using any heated too, be sure to use a good heat protectant. You can find many cheap ones in your local drug store that work just as well as the salon brands.
• If you have to blow dry your hair, blow dry your hair from your roots to your tips on the coolest setting you can while holding the dryer a good distance of 6-8 inches from your hair. Apply your heat protectant first, and then blow dry your hair while gently combing it in a downward motion. It is very important that you do not blow dry in an upward motion for it will be going against the direction of your cuticle and will cause it to not only frizz but also increase the risk of getting split ends.
• Avoid over processing your hair. One of the most common mistakes that leads us to dry, brittle, and “fried” hair is by dying it with the wrong chemicals or when it’s way too unhealthy to take on that stress. I love dying my hair, so I would never advise anyone not to. But like some of you probably have, I made the mistake of dying it too much when I was younger and had to spend three years nursing it back to health. Bleaches actually strip our hair, so when bleaching it is important to go with the lowest volume you can find and keep your patience. It may mean waiting weeks in between lightening or toning to a lighter color, but if you condition it well and wait, your hair will thank you. Bleaching in general is a long process. It takes much time and patience. If you’re dying your hair instead of bleaching it, try to avoid dying to frequently as well. The harsh ammonia will strip and dry out your hair. If possible look for a vegetable oil safe dye, or limit your use on box hair dyes.
• If you love putting your hair up in a ponytail or bun as often as I do, you know that dratted feeling when the scrunchie snags and gets caught in your hair and rips some of it out. The best way to avoid that is to use those scrunchies without the metal bands or just use clips if possible.
• Leave in conditioning sprays are your best friend.
• And lastly but not least, the number one main step for getting your hair in tip-top shape is to get routine trims and get rid of those split ends. Sure it may make your hair a little shorter which is never fun when you’re trying to grow it out, but at least your split ends won’t get so bad that they’ll be breaking off even higher up causing your hair to look frizzy and fried. The amount of time that you should go in between cuts will vary with whatever stylist you ask, but most will generally say anywhere between six and eight weeks.
I know that these steps sound like tedious tasks, but once you get the hang of them it’ll become an easier routine, and your hair will be much healthier and happier. :)