Our hair is a mirror of what conditions our bodies are currently going through. Be it stress, unhappiness, unbalanced diet, inadequate intake of proper nutrients, and ingestion of toxins.
Symptoms of damaged or weak hair include; hair breakage, split ends, clumps of hair falling out, balding, thinning, dry or dandruff scalp. Damaged or weak hair may be a result of; chemically treated hair, stressing the hair through heat or through tight braiding or tight weave-ons or not giving the hair a chance to breathe when constantly wearing wigs (otherwise known as hair imprisonment).
Hair grows everywhere on the human body except the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, eyelids, and lips. Hair grows more quickly in summer than colder weather and more slowly at night than during the day.
We can make our hair healthy thru the foods we eat. When it comes to foods for healthy hair and beauty, a variety of fresh and less processed food is the best way to go. Try a balanced diet of lean proteins, fruits, and vegetables, whole grains and legumes.
What can I do to promote Hair Growth?
Here are a few things that are known to help promote hair growth.
1. Drink Your Water and lots of it – Many people with long healthy hair & glowing skin will tell you that they drink the recommended daily amount of 8 glasses of water a day.
2. Diet & Nutrition – Eating healthy plays a very important part in hair growth. Your hair needs the proper nutrients in order to look its best and to grow at its optimum length.
3. Exercise – Improves blood flow and nutrient supply throughout the body including the scalp.
4. Minimize Heat – Applied Heat is NOT our friend (curling irons etc). Avoid it as much as possible. If you must use heat, then always use a heat protectant to minimize damage.
5. Handle hair with extreme care – Be patient and take your time! Our hair is extremely fragile and requires gentle styling, handling, and natural products.
6. Keep your hair clean – shampoo hair regularly to keep your hair follicles from clogging with dirt and excess sebum (i.e. natural oils produced by the scalp).
7. Scalp Massages – Massaging scalp on a regular basis helps to circulate blood and stimulate the scalps production of natural oils.
8. Protect your ends – Oil or moisturize your ends daily to help keep them from breaking as your hair grows.
Here is a list of vitamins good for hair:
Vitamin A: it is an antioxidant that aids in the making of healthy sebum in the scalp. Food sources rich in Vitamin A are spinach, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, apricots and peaches. Other sources include fish liver oil, meat, milk, cheese, eggs.
Vitamin C: they work towards maintaining hair health. Sources of vitamin C are citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwi, cantaloupe, pineapple, tomatoes, and dark green vegetables.
Vitamin E: it helps in improving the scalp circulation. Food sources rich in vitamin E are vegetable oils, wheat germ oil, soybeans, raw seeds and nuts, dried beans, and leafy green vegetables.
Biotin: it works as an anti aging agent by preventing graying of hair and hair loss. Sources of biotin are: whole grains, egg yolks, liver, rice and milk.
Inositol: it helps in keeping hair follicles healthy. Rich food sources include whole grains, liver and citrus fruits.
Niacin (Vitamin B3): it aids in promoting scalp circulation. Rich food sources include wheat germ, fish, chicken, turkey.
Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5): it helps in preventing graying and hair loss. Rich food sources encompass whole grain cereals, organ meats and egg yolks.
Vitamin B6: Prevents hair loss. Food sources include brewer’s yeast, liver, whole grain cereals, vegetables, organ meats and egg yolk.
Vitamin B12: Prevents hair loss. Rich food sources include chicken, fish, eggs and milk.
Aloe vera and honey: Cut three aloe vera leaves and scrape off the gel. Mix the gel with honey, and apply it to the scalp. Let it work for 20 minutes and rinse.
Potato water: When cooking potatoes do not throw away the water. Let it cool, and rinse your hair with it. This rinse accelerates hair growth.
Cactus or aloe: Cut some cactus or aloe leaves in small pieces and leave them in water overnight. Apply the water to the hair and leave it for as long as possible.
Water and lemon: Apply as a rinse to your hair. Makes hair grow and leaves it clean and shiny.
Honey and Water: Apply honey and water as a spray to keep it moisturized.
Some hair problems can be linked to medical conditions. This includes scalp infections, metabolic, endocrine and hormonal disorders. It is wise to also consult your physician.
A Nutritionist looks at hair problems from the totality of your wellbeing. Your hair, like your fingernails and skin, are an extension of what goes on inside the body. Take care of what goes in and the outside shines glamorously.
Consult your Nutritionist today.