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Can Exercise Help Prevent Hair Loss?

  • Published on: 24 September, 2015
  • Last update: 10 August, 2017

“If exercise came in pill form, it would be hailed as the blockbuster drug of century.” -Dr. Ratey, professor at Harvard Medical School.

The image you see above is a brain scan courtesy of Dr. Charles Hillman at the Univeristy of Illinois.

He studied a group of children who were administered the same exact exam. The brain image on the left is from a child who sat quietly for 20 minutes before the test, and the brain image on the right is from a child who took a 20 minute walk before the test. The walking not only boosted blood flow and circulation to the brain, it also stimulated many different regions thus improving overall cognitive function!

Exercise is one of the most important ingredients for beautiful hair, and it’s greatly due to all that glorious circulation you get after a good sweat.

If you’re doing all the right things for your hair (such as massaging your head with my favorite Ayurvedic herbal oil to stimulate the follicles, eating healthy foods, and using natural products) and you’re still losing hair, exercise may be your missing ingredient! Here’s why:

1. Sweat purges waste from the follicles!

When we exercise, we sweat and thus release toxins and waste through our pores. When we sweat from our scalp, this actually helps to unclog the hair follicles, giving them enough space for new hair to grow in.

2. Increased blood flow to the brain and scalp

The increased blood flow I mentioned earlier brings with it more nutrients AND more oxygen to your scalp and follicles. This provides nourishment to the hair roots, thereby promoting healthy, mineral-rich hair growth!

3. Stress reduction

Did you know that under severe cases of stress (such as the death of a loved one or extreme emotional isolation) the body can actually go into a survival mode in which it only produces things vital to bodily survival? During these times, hair production may stop altogether!

Exercise is a wonderful way to reduce stress, which is one of the leading causes of hair loss. Cortisol is a hormone our bodies produce when we are experiencing pressure and tension. In some extreme cases, cortisol can even lead to high levels of shedding and alopecia. Exercising, on the other hand, causes our bodies to produce a hormone called serotonin which helps to calm us down and make us happy. The less stressed we are, the healthier we are likely to be. Healthy bodies produce healthy hair!
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Yoga is one of the best exercises for improved health and hair loss. Inverted poses or backbends increase the amount of blood that circulates to the scalp. The scalp will receive some much-needed oxygen, and in the process, inverted poses can relieve neck and back tension which also benefits hair since tight muscles can stagnate blood flow.

Enjoy your workout!

References
1. University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign. “Exercise Appears To Improve Brain Function Among Younger People.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 20 December 2006.
2. Alopecia Hair Loss Linked to Stress. http://consults.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/26/can-stress-cause-the-hair-loss-of-alopecia/
3. Female Pattern Hair Loss. http://www.ahlc.org/female-hair-loss/
4. Sweat it Out for Healthy Hair. http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/How-Your-Workouts-Benefit-Your-Hair-20320370

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