If you want healthy hair growth, then the experts recommend to “get moving.” Summertime is the best season for accelerating the process. The late famous celebrity stylist Jean-Louis David often said that being outside in higher temperatures with extended periods of sun would grow hair longer and faster. This is achieved by boosting the number of nutrients needed for the protein called keratin. We don’t know if that is really true, but we do know being physically active can stimulate the follicles in very beneficial ways.
- 1. Exercise increases blood flow to the scalp.
- 2. Sweating from the scalp helps unclog the pores.
- 3. The stress hormone cortisol is reduced, so more hair follicles resume growing.
- 4. Moderate to high level cardio workout gets blood/oxygen circulating.
Let’s look at number 1. Getting the body moving means that your head is also active. Dr. Minaz Ratey, a professor at Harvard Medical School, says that “Exercise is one of the most important ingredients for beautiful hair.” Even beginning with five minutes of brisk walking is helpful. Ratey believes that physical activity with a healthy diet creates an effective nutrients exchange for the muscles, skin and scalp.
As far as sweating, listed in number 2, this is also a key factor for healthy hair growth. The activity nourishes the hair roots. Sweat from our scalp helps us to flush out toxins and unclog the follicles. This enables enough space for the new hair to begin growing. Working out also increases blood flow to our muscles, skin and scalp. The extra blood flow carries with it more nutrients and more oxygen.
Number 3 has to do with keeping a balanced outlook and not letting stress get the best of us. When you exercise and enjoy the activity you’re doing, stress goes out the window, and that’s a good thing. Cortisol has a way of affecting the function and cyclic regulation of the hair follicles.Lastly, getting in a good burn can only help maintain a strong heart, physique and head of hair. Sports that feature cardio workouts like bicycling, jogging, walking, tennis, aerobics, yoga and other activities are all excellent for moving the body, revving the circulation and increasing blood flow to the scalp. Physical activity affects our hormonal cycles, which may contribute to faster hair growth.
Summertime is the perfect season for enjoying outdoor exercise. Not only is it great for keeping your body in shape, but physical activity is a bonus for your hair follicles and keeping them nourished and growing. When you’re busy working out, you don’t have time to concentrate on the normal stresses of life. The aim is to amp up your serotonin levels or the happiness hormone, and keep moving forward, happy and healthy.
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