Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Don't Be Scared of a Little Sweat

Ways Exercising Can Stimulate Hair Growth

Hello Beautiful Ones,

There has been many instances in the past in which I avoided working out because I did not want to "sweat my perm out", end up with curly-haired edges, or just did not want my hair looking a mess. Not only did I deprive my body of much needed exercise which caused weight gain, but I was causing my hair to suffer. The first thing we think about when we think of exercise is our bodies. We almost never emphasize the benefits it can have on our hair. In the book, "If You Love It, It Will Grow: A Guide to Growing Long Afro-Textured Hair", Dr. Phoenyx Austin discusses a few ways exercise stimulate hair growth:

  • Exercise helps regulate the glands which produce the hormones that will stimulate hair follicles

  • Exercise improves blood flow and nutrient delivery to the dermal papilla, which will stimulate hair follicles

  • Exercise boosts your metabolism, which will accelerate the rate at which your hair follicles produce hair

  • Exercise reduces the release of cortisol (the "stress hormone"), which is responsible for pushing hair into the telogen phase (resting phase of hair follicle)

Now that you have the benefits of exercise on hair growth, this should be an incentive to work out, especially if long, healthy hair is your ultimate goal. Plan your hairstyles that is suitable for an active lifestyle, because hair growth and exercise work together.

Regardless of whether you desire long hair or not, you should still strive to healthy overall: inside and out. Moreover, let us all aim to make exercise a part of our lifestyle. Remember, many adverse health issues can be reduced with proper nutrition and regular exercise. Please do not avoid exercise to avoid messing up your hair.

Rule of thumb: Luv Your Hair. Luv Your Body. Luv Yourself

Do you avoid exercising because of your hair?

Coming soon... Tips to maintain hair when working out.

Good Luck on Your Hair & Fitness Journey!


Hair Kitty Kitty

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