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Just like exercising and eating healthy to take care of your body, hair requires a little attention in order to stay healthy and strong. From medications that can change the coarseness of hair to a diet that has all of the vitamins and minerals that the hair needs, here are four factors that affect how healthy your hair is at any given time.

1. Birth Control

Given that hormonal changes are one of the factors that affect aging hair, it should come as no surprise that other types of hormone imbalances can cause your hair to react wildly. One of the most common types of hormones that affects hair quality is birth control pills. Switching from one type to a new type can cause hair to become dry and brittle, and even forgetting to take them on a regular schedule can make your hair look and feel different.

2. Stress

Stress can affect both your mental and physical well-being, and that includes the health of your hair. In fact, many scientists believe that stress plays a role in various types of alopecia – or hair loss. Also, stressful situations that cause rapid weight loss can cause hair to temporarily stop growing or fall out.

3. Diet

What you eat and drink plays a large role in how healthy your hair stays. Iron and protein are important for hair, and keep it strong and help it stay shiny. However, certain diets like going vegan, don’t provide a lot of protein so you need to make sure you’re getting enough of these essentials in your daily diet.

4. Hair Product

Harsh products in some shampoos and hair products can actually affect the health of your hair. Oftentimes, these types of products have detergents, like sulfide, that can strip hair of color and essential oils. This can make your hair look dull and dry. Try switching to products that have more natural ingredients to keep hair strong and vibrant looking.



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