Working out frequently can be beneficial for more than just your physique, but can it potentially be harmful to the well-being of your hair? Some say that exercise can be damaging to your hair, causing breakage, and hair loss. Others claim that it’s a great addition to accelerate the process of growing long, sleek, and healthy hair. So. Exercise and hair loss. Is there a connection?
WELL, IT DEPENDS
There are multiple factors that can weigh in on whether regular exercise can be beneficial for the health of your hair. From the type of exercise performed to post-workout care, even down to your diet and daily vitamin and nutrient intake. Thankfully, there are definitely ways to make sure that you’re staying healthy all around, while also keeping your luscious locks in tip-top shape! So don’t cancel that gym membership just yet!
While taking care of your hair on the outside and ensuring that it’s receiving key nutrients is a large factor in healthy hair growth and maintenance, it’s equally important to feed your hair proper nutrients from within. With regular exercise and activity can come caloric deficits. While caloric deficits are great for maintaining a certain physique, and meeting fitness goals, if done improperly, they can lead to a decrease in hair health. By cutting back a daily caloric intake too much, it can lead to a lack of meeting the necessary amounts of vitamins and nutrients that are naturally found in foods, which fuel healthy hair growth.
When you train intensely, your body uses stored energy, vitamins, and nutrients in its post-recovery. If you are not refuelling with an adequate amount of these vitamins and nutrients in your daily intake to compensate, it can lead to unhealthy hair; resulting in dryness, breakage, and even potentially stunted growth, and hair loss. Eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, and vitamin E can help assist in optimal hair health and growth. Pair a nutrient-rich diet with an all natural hair care regime containing other essential nutrients such as biotin and silk amino acids like those found in Zac Von Sleek’s shampoo and conditioner, and you’ll be on the fast track to naturally healthier hair; inside and out!
It is also possible that certain ingredients in some protein shakes can increase testosterone and DHT, which can lead to hair loss. DHT is a hormone that is caused by testosterone, which is responsible for hair loss due to the hair follicle becoming overexposed; typically in men. While protein shakes are not solely responsible for hair loss, they can be responsible for accelerating the loss of hair in males who are already prone to hair loss. By adding the Zac Von Sleek shampoo, conditioner and hair serum containing DHT blockers to your post-workout regime, you can sip your post-workout protein shakes worry free!
Some athletes and workout pros alike enjoy taking anabolic steroids to get the most out of each workout, and increase stamina, muscle gain, and strength. Most of these steroids have similarities to testosterone, which again, in excess can contribute to hair loss. Due to the excess of DHT from steroid use, the hair follicle will start to produce hair which is thinner and weaker, and eventually, will stop producing hair in general, leading to baldness.
While steroids can seem to be a great quick fix for optimal results in a short amount of time, the damage that can be caused to your hair due to prolonged use can be irreversible.
LISTEN TO YOUR BODY
While higher intensity workouts can be greatly beneficial for cardiovascular health, and overall physique, they sometimes can do the opposite for your hair. Working out regularly increases the blood circulation throughout your body, which in turn keeps the hair follicles stimulated, thus resulting in healthy, regular hair growth. While this is a great way to not only help hair growth, but stay in shape physically as well, it can become a problem if exercise is done too frequently, or too strenuously. Exercising vigorously can place strain and stress on the body, which can cause hair loss. Lack of sleep, proper nutrition due to not replenishing key nutrients used during workouts, and stress can all lead to excessive hair shedding. Too much stress can cause the body to release a hormone called cortisone, which leads to hair loss.
There are some studies showing that workouts containing regular anaerobic exercise suited to build muscle mass (such as weight lifting, or even HIIT circuits) can place more stress on the body which in turn can cause hair loss. Steady state aerobic exercise can be a better option for healthier hair.
A good way to ensure that you’re working out in a way that is beneficial to your health, and your hair, is to switch up your exercises regularly, and alternate between high-intensity, and more moderately paced workouts. It’s also important to make sure that you’re properly cooling down post-workout! If you have noticed hair loss after regularly working out vigorously, a good alternative would be to try walking at a moderate pace, or yoga. Some yogis claim that it can be beneficial for circulation due to the blood circulation from headstand positions!
PRACTICE GOOD POST-WORKOUT HAIR CARE
While it’s a no brainer that showering post-workout is essential to avoid smelling like a football locker room, it also can be beneficial for your hair. Although sweat is the body’s natural way of opening up the pores and helps flush out toxins that are harmful to your scalp and hair follicles, it can also do the opposite if you allow it to build up. Washing your hair post-workout is important to cleanse and clarify the scalp of any excessive buildup from sweat. A clean scalp is essential to healthy hair growth. Wash any sweaty hats you’ve continuously worn as well, as these can also provide an imperfect environment for healthy hair to grow! The new tea tree and nettle hydrolat Scalp Toner from Zac Von Sleek, which is a great way to truly cleanse clogged pores from excess oils, sweat, environmental pollutants. Tea tree oil is known to be an excellent natural antifungal as well and soothes skin irritation and dry scalp. Tea Tree water or hydrosol is gentler than the essential oil, ideal to clear out scalp impurity. Nettle water comes in to stop hair loss in its tracks by increasing blood circulation to hair follicles and working as a natural DHT blocker (Coming soon).
Swimming laps can be a common source of a good cardio workout, but it can also lead to dryness and breakage due to the high levels of chlorine in pools. Hit the showers after your workout, and rid your scalp of excessive sweat and oils away with a nice scalp massage, using the Zac Von Sleek shampoo and conditioner to clarify and replenish healthy oils, while nourishing in depth with its a no-weight formula. Follow up with the hair serum containing oils such as cannabis, jojoba, argan, saw palmetto, nigella, castor, hibiscus, and coconut oil, to lock in moisture and shine while replenishing key oils and nutrients such as biotin and MSM.
Another way to prevent hair loss and breakage while working out is by paying attention to your styling methods as well. While a slicked back pony or tight braids can be great for keeping your hair out of your face and held back during a workout, it can wreak havoc on your hair. Giving your hair a little room to breathe is important, as tight hairstyles can pull on and weaken the hair strands, causing damage from breakage.
Thankfully, working out is all around still very beneficial for your whole entire body, physically and mentally! Although there are certain things to avoid to keep from causing hair damage, it can provide more benefits than not working out, so long as you do it properly, and take good care of your hair in the process. Follow these guidelines to keep your hair in the best shape possible while getting fit. And hey, if you needed a reason to get back in the gym, here it is!