New Years Resolutions to Help with Hair Health
Happy New Year!!!
It’s officially 2023, so you know what that means. It’s time to get moving on those New Year’s resolutions you set for yourself.
Did you know that only about 9% of people successfully keep their New Year’s resolutions. In fact, 23% of people will have given up on theirs by the end of the first week of January.
There are a lot of people out there that feel like the new year is a great time to set goals for themselves, when really the best time to start working towards your goals is immediately. There is nothing special about starting a goal, or making a plan, at the beginning of the year. It’s just an arbitrary date that makes it a little easier to track. But with the fail rate of New Year’s resolutions being so high, maybe you shouldn’t start at the beginning of the year.
The main reason that people fail at their New Year’s resolutions is because of timing. They weren’t ready to jump in and start working towards their goal, they just set a goal because they thought by setting it at the beginning of the year it would motivate them to actually reach it.
With that being said, let’s look at some New Year’s resolutions that don’t take a lot of effort but can help improve your hair health this year.
Healthy Hair in 2023
Self-care is on the mind of everyone these days, so why not start off 2023 with some resolutions designed to make yourself look and feel good.
Having healthy hair can make a great first impression and can make you feel more confident in yourself. Let’s take a look at a few things you can do this year to help keep your hair as healthy as possible.
1. Avoid Over-washing Your Hair
While it may seem counterintuitive if your goal is healthy hair, washing your hair less actually helps maintain the natural oils that your hair needs in order to thrive.
Yes, of course if you get dirty or sweaty, then you should wash your hair, but if you’ve just been sitting around and not doing much in terms of physical activity, then there is no need to wash your hair every day.
Washing your hair every other day or even every couple days can help to keep those natural oils on your hair. Washing every day, or multiple times per day, will strip those oils and can cause your hair to become brittle, dry, and harder to style. It can also lead to dry scalp among other issues.
2. Maintain a Schedule of Regular Trims
You don’t need a full haircut, depending on what style you’re planning for your hair, but rather, just a small trim. This will help remove any split ends that have developed and keeps your hair looking as healthy as possible.
By getting regular trims you can get rid of the damaged parts of your hair which can make your hair look unkempt or “straw-like.” This can also help prevent your hair from breaking as well as prevent the damage from moving further up the strand towards your scalp.
Small trims every month or two are an easy way to keep your hair looking healthy.
3. Be Sure To Eat Your Vitamins
We know that most people base their New Year’s resolutions around getting their bodies healthier and doing so can actually help your hair health as well.
If you’re not looking to set an exercise goal this year, try to at least change your diet, or consume more vitamins. There are many vitamins that are essential to hair health that are contained in various foods that we eat or in supplements.
Vitamins B, C, D as well as biotin, iron, zinc and protein are all essential to promoting healthy hair. You can find these vitamins and minerals in foods or supplements specifically created to help with your hair.
If healthy hair is your goal this year, and you don’t want to change up your diet too much, there are plenty of supplements available that you can take once a day to help strengthen and fortify your hair starting from the roots out. But, Dr. Krejci is a big fan of eating nutritious food so, whenever possible, she wants you to incorporate healthy eating choices into your daily routine.
An easy way to get many of the nutrients you need is to think of your food like a rainbow. Orange, Red, Green, Blue, Brown (e.g. Carrots, Tomatoes, Avocado, Spinach, Blueberries, Nuts); all the different colored foods contain different vitamins and minerals so you should attempt to “eat a rainbow” every day! (Shout out to Dr. Zoe Draelos, Board Certified Dermatologist, for this concept)
4. Protect Your Hair from the Sun
One of the easiest ways to help prevent damage to your hair is to protect it when you’re out in the sun or the elements. UV rays from the sun can cause your hair to become dry and brittle as well as cause discoloration.
Protecting your hair from the sun is as simple as wearing a hat or other head covering. You can also minimize your overall exposure to the sun or add some SPF products designed for your head, to your haircare routine.
The lighter your hair color the less natural protection your hair has from the sun, so be sure to use caution when being outside for extended periods of time. That “sun-kissed” look to your skin and hair from a winter vacation to the beach may be tempting but it’s really just a sign of UV damage. The sun’s rays causes wrinkles and cancer of the skin while it wreaks havoc on your hair.
Keep Your Hair as Healthy as Possible
This year set yourself up for success with a New Year’s resolution that you can keep. Promoting healthy hair is a great way to make yourself look and feel good. It doesn’t require as much of a commitment as going to the gym or exercising regularly (although we would recommend that as well), and it can have incredible results.
We here at the Limmer Hair Transplant Center want to wish everyone a Happy New Year, and we hope that everyone strives to be a better version of themselves as we move through 2023.