How Yoga Supports Healthy Hair
Did you know according to these statistics, the average woman in the U.S. will spend over $55,000 on grooming and styling in her lifetime?! We all want beautiful “Gisele Bundchen” locks. Women will go to extreme lengths to keep their hair looking gorgeous, from Keratin treatments, to hair cuts following new trends of the season, to hair extensions and regular blow outs.
How Exercise Helps Build Beautiful Hair
Exercise is actually one of the most beneficial ingredients for gorgeous hair, and it’s free for the most part! One of the biggest reasons for your hair falling out, is stress. Stress produces cortisone (stress hormones) which causes hair loss. When you exercise you actually release serotonin (your feel-good happy hormones) and these reduce stress and consequently reduce hair loss.
Exercise is important for great hair health and especially Bikram yoga, where you sweat a lot. When you sweat, toxins are eliminated through the pores of the skin. When we sweat from our scalp, hair follicles are unclogged, giving space for new hair to grow. When we exercise, blood flow is increased bringing with it more nutrients and more oxygen to our muscles, skin and scalp. Because the hair roots are being provided with nourishment, healthy hair growth is the end result.
How Yoga Helps Stimulate Hair Follicles
So what kind of yoga is good for stimulating hair growth? According to Hair Buddha, apparently, the most beneficial yoga postures for healthy hair growth are breathing exercises (Pranayama) and inversion yoga poses like:
● Headstand (Sirsasana)
● Plow Pose (Halasana)
● Shoulder stand (Sarvangasana)
● Big Toe Pose (Padangusthasana)
● Forward stretch (Uttanasana)
● Downward facing dog stretch (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
● Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar)
The reason that inversion yoga poses work so well is that they stimulate blood flow to your scalp and head area. This provides essential ingredients for hair growth. These specific postures also correct hormonal imbalances which are another cause of hair loss.
The magic ingredient
So we have hair products and hairdressers that assist us but what about extra support. Supplements are the missing ingredient that pulls all the elements together. For amazing hair growth, eat food high in Biotin (which builds healthy hair) such as avocados, egg yolks, almonds, cauliflower, and sweet potatoes. There are also supplements out there which do the trick when consumed daily.
So if your hair is thinning and falling out and doesn’t have the luster it once had, start eating right, take the right supplements, exercise (focusing in on yoga) and take back that beautiful head of hair of yours to show off!