hair texture

Three years ago, for a period of six months, I cut meat and dairy out of my diet completely and it changed my hair texture in a major way. My once curly / wavy tendrils became limp and lost all of their bounce. For a while I didn’t understand why my hair texture changed so much, and after much discussion with my dermatologist I decided being a vegan was not for me….and almost a year later my natural texture returned. Sometimes, hair texture changes are just out of your control, yet some aren’t. Your hair can change from straight to wavy, or like mine, the other way around and then back again. It’s important to know what’s due to biology and what’s self induced. Click through to style notes to get the details. –– Michelle Rotbart

Hormones

These chemical signals directly impact your hair, skin and nails. Most of the obvious changes for occur during pregnancy, when women generally notice healthier and even shinier strands. While those pregnancy vitamins might be helping a bit, it’s the estrogen that causes natural shedding to stop. Hormones don’t always have such positive effects, an imbalance caused by a thyroid issue or even menopause can cause hair to become brittle and dry. If you happen to notice a drastic change, talk to a medical professional.

 

Medication

Anything you put into your body has an affect on how it operates––even common prescriptions for pain, acne or blood pressure can cause changes in your hair. Most of the time the changes someone experiences in their hair are reversible after they stop taking a particular medication. Chemotherapy is one example of a treatment that has a big impact on hair since it attacks fast-growing cells.

 

Aging

As we get a little older, age naturally begins to affect our skin and hair. The oil glands in our scalp start to produce less sebum, resulting in coarser and less voluminous hair. It’s important to stay healthy and watch your nutrition and exercise.

 

Nutrition

Poor nutrition, or even not having enough hair-friendly nutrients like biotin, zinc, vitamin E or iron can affect your hair as well. Make sure to have a well rounded nutritional plan that includes dark leafy greens, eggs, avocados, and salmon. If you have specific dietary needs that don’t include meat or dairy, make sure to speak to your health care professional.

 

Chemical Treatments

Unlike most of the examples mentioned above, this is a trigger you have the most control over. Bleaching, coloring, and texturizing or straightening your hair can have side effects. Make sure to always discuss your chemical treatments with a professional and maintain the proper upkeep to keep hair beautiful and vibrant.

 

Special Thanks to Michelle Rotbart for this post. Michelle is a professional trend forecaster for the NYC-based fashion and retail forecaster, Doneger Group

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