To strengthen your hair, you have to start at the hair’s roots in the center of the follicles. Keep in mind that hair, just like fingernails, is made up of dead tissue. So even though you can make strands look better on the outside with conditioners, proteins and oils, ultimately the best way to strengthen weak hair is to keep your follicles fit and healthy. Let’s take a look at these top tips on how to strengthen hair from the roots.
How to Strengthen Hair Roots
1. Eat a Healthy Diet
If you’re experiencing hair loss due to weak roots, one thing you can change immediately is your diet. While that’s not always an easy thing to do, the standard American diet of fast and processed foods isn’t exactly beneficial for our bodies. Eating hair-strengthening foods such as more fruits and vegetables never hurt anyone. In fact, both fruits and vegetables contain natural vitamins that strengthen our hair (as well as our skin and nails).
Omega-3 is one form of fatty acids that help to strengthen hair and roots, and these can be found in foods like salmon, tuna, kale, flax seeds, and walnuts. In addition, making sure to eat enough protein will help to strengthen hair, since hair is made up of protein.
You may not even need to revamp your entire diet; simply adding a few of these foods to your meals can nourish your follicles from the inside out.
2. Take Supplements
Don’t underestimate the power of supplements to strengthen weak hair. Supplements rich in vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, iron, zinc, biotin and horsetail plant extract all promote healthy hair growth. Viviscal contains all these nutrients plus our marine-based active ingredient, AminoMar™, which is exclusive to Viviscal supplements. This powerful Viviscal formula is clinically proven to promote existing hair growth.*
- Vitamin C neutralizes hair-damaging free radicals and can help the body process iron as well.*
- Iron helps to make red blood cells, which promote hair growth by enabling more oxygen to reach your cells, including the cells in hair follicles.* Hair loss is commonly known to be linked to iron deficiency (anemia).
- Zinc helps prevent hair loss by maintaining proper protein structure and cell functioning within the follicle.
- Biotin is a B-vitamin that ultimately strengthens hair by first metabolizing the protein in the foods you eat, converting it to amino acids.* Amino acids are the building blocks that make up the hair strand’s structure.
- Horsetail plant extract is an herb that is rich in the mineral silica. Horsetail plant has antioxidant properties, and it’s also believed to improve blood circulation, which helps the blood vessels deliver key nutrients to the follicles.
Make sure to drink enough water daily, along with eating hair-strengthening foods, as a vital way to keep your follicles fit. Proper hydration is important to all bodily functions and drinking pure water—not just soda, tea, juice or coffee—helps to ensure that your hair (and skin) are supple and hydrated as well. Water also helps to flush out toxins from the body, keeping your system running cleaner and smoother.
4. Unclog Follicles
Despite your best efforts, follicles can sometimes get clogged over time, whether it’s with product or mineral buildup or the scalp’s own natural sebum. And this makes for a less healthy scalp that can lead to weak roots as well. Use an occasional clarifying treatment such as a de-mineralizer to cut down on buildup.
When it comes to sebum production, it’s important to have the right amount of sebum in order to lubricate the roots and hair. If the scalp produces too little sebum, the hair will become brittle and the scalp will be dry. On the other hand, if the scalp produces too much sebum, the follicles can get clogged, making hair growth look less healthy.
To keep the hair and scalp clean, switch to a gentle shampoo like our Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo or Viviscal Man Full Force Fortifying Shampoo, but you do not have to wash hair too often. Over-washing hair or using products with harsh detergents can cause overproduction of sebum, which leads to buildup.
When it comes to how to strengthen hair roots, these tips are the best ways to start. Not only will these changes help to improve your hair, you’ll probably look and feel better overall. If you’ve ever wondered, “How do you make your hair stronger?” start by nourishing from the inside and before long you’ll see changes on the outside.