Wednesday, February 14, 2018

LOVE YOUR HAIR THIS VALENTINES DAY



For women in their 40's, you may have noticed changes in your hair.  It may have gone thinner, drier, brittle and worst -- you may have developed bald spots, also known as alopecia.

A few years back, I suffered this problem. Sadly, my dermatologist said, that the main culprit was STRESS.

When you are in your 40's dear mommies... the question now... how do you manage stress?  Admittedly, I worry a lot that results to stress.  Things like -- college funds, finding the ideal school for my teens, negative news, etc.  But I know I have to manage stress -- for my health's sake!



TIPS FOR REDUCING STRESS:  


Exercise regularly.  It doesn't have to be too strenuous. I enjoy leisurely walk. Or if I go to events, I make it a point to include walking as part of my commuting journey.

 


Keep a positive attitude and learn how to relax.  There are many things to achieve this. For me, I read inspirational books and watch movies that touch the heart. Looking at photos of our travels also help me relax. I make digital collage/movies of my teens when they were still babies, and it brings smile into my day.  And yes... cuddling my pets make me calm.  And gardening too.  When you are in your 40's, you have to find things and hobbies that you truly enjoy, as your time with your teens are lessened.  



Eat a healthy balanced diet.  Your body needs nutrition to fight off stress.  No to alcohol and smoking please -- it will only destroy your body and make you ugly and old  (hahaha!)


HEALTHY MIND, LESS STRESS = HEALTHY HAIR


So over the years, I have learned to manage stress, and thankfully, my alopecia is gone. The next hair problem that I tried to manage is hair fall.

In your 40's and beyond, a bad hair day can turn into bad hair years if you let it. Certain hormonal factors like lower estrogen can contribute to lackluster hair, making you miss the gorgeous hair of your teens. However, you don't have to accept that hair thinning and dryness just "comes with age".

I maintain a healthy scalp by lessening the effect of shampoo. I shampoo every other day. And I choose shampoo that is organic and with no harsh chemical.  I also massage my scalp with natural oil, once a week.  They say that your scalp is like a "topsoil". The healthier the topsoil, the better the grass will grow.  Interesting huh?

I also avoid the hair drier and curling iron. Excessive heat can damage hair. Especially, my hair type -- fine strands that easily breaks.

Support hair growth by eating the right food. Protein-rich eggs, dark leafy greens with iron, citrus fruits for Vitamin C, fruits and veggies rich in Vitamin A (like carrots) and Vitamin E (Avocado) and fish, nuts and seeds for Omega-3.


LASTLY, CHOOSE NATURAL PRODUCTS:


You might want to try Novuhair -- nature's answer to hair loss.  Some of the natural ingredients that it contains are:  ginger, aloe vera, ginseng and lemongrass.  

For my other articles on my #NovuhairJourney, you may read and here .