Managing your hair may seem like a small part of the self-care puzzle. But in times of Depression, even simple tasks like hair care may be a toll order for you. Taking small steps towards caring for your hair can be a meaningful part of your journey toward healing and self-love.
These tips can contribute to a sense of routine, normalcy, and even pleasure.
But before then, let’s have a look at how Depression affects your hair.
How Depression Affects Your Hair
When most people are depressed, they ignore their hair care routine for days, weeks or even months. Not washing hair regularly can lead to oil and dirt buildup, which makes it hard to untangle.
Worse still, Depression can affect your appetite and disrupt sleep cycles. Just like your body and skin, your hair needs to be nourished. Loss of appetite can result to nutritional deficiencies, which may lead to hair loss.
Elevated stress levels can contribute to a type of hair loss called telogen effluvium. This condition causes more hair follicles to enter the resting (telogen) phase and can result in excessive hair shedding.
Depression can also alter hormone levels. Fluctuations in hormones like cortisol can lead to an unhealthy scalp environment, which may manifest as dandruff, itching, and overall discomfort.
The psychological impact of hair-related issues can further exacerbate Depression. Hair problems can lead to low self-esteem, and an increased sense of isolation.
I know this is too much to take in, but the truth is, you can still maintain a healthy haircare routine when depressed.
How To Manage Hair When Depressed
When you are depressed, you need to simplify your hair care routine. Opt for low-maintenance hairstyles that require minimal effort. Consider styles like ponytails, buns, or braids, which not only look stylish but also keep your hair protected.
Get Scalp Massage
Getting spa massages helps manage depression and stress levels. And a scalp massage is a great way to keep your scalp healthy while promoting healthier hair growth.
Most people eat un-healthy when they are stressed. This deprives the body of nutrients. Eating healthy food helps keep your body, and hair nourished and moisturized.
Foods containing biotin, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants can support hair health and overall well-being. Keep your body well hydrated.
Use Gentle Hair Products
Stress weakens hair strands, and the use of harsh products can worsen the condition. Mild-scented or vegan shampoos are highly recommended. Use a silk pillowcase and loosen your hair before sleeping.
Taking care of your hair when depressed shouldn’t be an uphill task when you know how to navigate through. With the above tips, you can easily pull through. Give them a shot and share your experience.