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by: Better Not Younger
May 14, 2021
A healthy sex life has more advantages than you might have ever realized. In fact, it can even affect hair health. As you age, your hair naturally starts to thin and change texture, but there are a number of ways to take care of your hair as the years go by—and one of those ways is with sex. There’s a lot that happens with your body while engaging in sex—and we’re not talking about pleasure or intimacy, though those are a given. If you’re looking for a new way to keep your hair luscious and healthy, keep reading to find out how enjoying a sexy night in bed can help.
You probably already know that having sex releases hormones, including estrogen. Though going through perimenopause, menopause and postmenopause decreases estrogen production, you’ll still produce low levels of it. And when you have sex, you’ll often still experience a flare in estrogen, which could boost hair growth. Studies have been done on how various hormones affect hair growth, and while some research has acknowledged that more studying can be done, it has been shown that hormones can have a positive effect on hair growth. Think about it—if you’ve been pregnant, you might have experienced hair growth while your hormones were increased, and this is much the same.
Did you know that as we grow older, our bodies don’t absorb nutrients as well? However, some research has shown that sex can actually help our bodies metabolize nutrients. This means that if you’re taking our Significant Other Hair, Skin & Nails Supplement—and engaging in a little fun between the sheets, too—you could be helping your hair to thrive big time! These gummies are packed with biotin, vitamins and minerals to reinforce your roots and promote your healthiest hair.
Another hormone that can be affected by sex is cortisol, or the stress hormone. When you work up a sweat and get your heart racing, you naturally release oxytocin, another hormone that’s sometimes called the love hormone. With the increase in oxytocin and decrease in cortisol (which can also naturally happen during sex or exercise), you’ll often feel happy, relaxed and less stressed. You know that chill feeling you often get after sex? That’s what we’re talking about. All of this contributes to a lower stress level—which can promote hair health. Being stressed can wreak havoc on your entire body, and your hair is part of that. With less stress, your hair can better thrive.
You know how it goes—when you get all hot and bothered (which is hopefully how your partner makes you feel), your heart starts pumping and your blood starts to really flow. All of that contributes to your hair, too. Increased blood flow, like what happens during sex, can stimulate your hair follicles and promote growth. Aging hair follicles can use a little boost here and there to keep them working, and that’s where sex comes in. The circulation also increases oxygen and helps your scalp and follicles soak in the nutrients it needs to keep your hair growing. This circulation can also decrease hair loss, another concern with aging hair.
Again, much of this comes back to hormones. When you orgasm, your body releases serotonin and DHEA, both of which make you feel happy. Similarly to the cortisol decrease and oxytocin boost, the serotonin from orgasming will also give you all the happy feels. How does that affect your hair? When you’re happy and content, your body is more equipped to show that, which includes less hair falling out. This can also set up a chain reaction: If you’re happier, you’re more likely to take care of yourself during your daily routine, which means you might eat better and sleep better. All of this contributes to hair health.
In a nutshell, we think one of the best and most fun ways to give your hair a boost is with sex. Not only will you be in for a bit of good old-fashioned fun with your partner, but you’re taking care of your hair in the process. Who says you have to sit back and watch your hair get thinner and weaker as you get older? Definitely not us! Take charge of your hair-care routine and put those hormones to work—for good.
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