Get The Healthiest Looking Hair Ever
How are you factoring in on the bad hair day scale? Are they stretching into bad hair months?If you answered yes, it could be time to take a look at your diet. Great products are one thing, and don’t we love them?!!, but at the most basic level you need good foundations to start with because your hair is a barometer of your health.The key to sprouting shiny and strong strands lies in where they're created. Click To Tweet
High shine, bounce, and fullness come from a vital, healthy body as your hair strands are grown from your blood supply and reflect your inner balance. Essentially once your tresses are visible they’re dead as a doorknob!
Your Hair Reflects What You Eat
Yes, even though you credit it with life and vitality what you see are lifeless protein fibres mostly made up of keratin for strength. The living parts of the hair are the follicles, those tiny holes under your scalp where hair is created.
To you, your hair is your crowning glory, but to your body it’s a nonessential tissue. So if you’re health is on the wane, your body’s priority is your major organs like your heart, rather than those wee follicles (and for that matter your skin cells).
Ever noticed how an unwell person has dull, troublesome hair and skin? That’s why.
Hair Cherishing Nutrients
When you eat a high protein diet it’s hard to miss the improve in your tresses. Foods like salmon, chicken, eggs, nuts and legumes are packed with protein. Check here to see how much you need.
Did you know? A study by Cornell University found that eating less than 26 grams of protein a day can affect the colour of your hair.
Your tresses love fat! Hair is also made up on lipids which keep is from drying out. They’ll lap up omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which you find in oily fish, avocados, eggs and seeds. Evening Primrose Oil supplementation are also great for your tresses.
Iron & Vitamin C
Iron is important as it fortifies the red blood cells which are carriers of oxygen to the hair follicles and vitamin C helps with the body’s absorption of iron.
Most women need about 18mg per day, after menopause this drops to about 8mg per day. If you’re not getting enough you could experience some hair loss or weakness.
Most people think of meat when it comes to iron, but seafood, beans, dark green leafy veggies, dried fruits and some iron fortified cereals also serve up good doses of iron. Add vitamin C rich foods such as tomatoes, broccoli, capscium, berries and, again, dark leafy veggies to help with iron absorption.
Another essential for shiny, bouncy tresses is vitamin D, which you can get get from 10 minutes of sunshine a day. If sunshine’s scarce oily fish has some, but most foods don’t supply a lot so supplementation is your best bet. We need approximately 600 IU a day.
If your hair’s in trouble upping the ante on your diet won’t magically reinstate it, it has to grow into its new state. But in three to six months you can expect to be reaping the benefits of your hair loving nutrients. Bonus? Your body and skin will be showing the effects too!
Life cycle of a hair
Each hair develops in the follicle and goes through three phases of growth (this is adapted from a piece I did in NZ Women’s Health).
This is the active growth phase. All the action happens in the root of the hair where cells divide quickly and push the hair out. Approximately 85 per cent of your hair is in this phase, which lasts two to seven years.
This the transition phase, which lasts about two weeks. During this phase, the hair shaft moves upwards towards the skin’s surface and the dermal papilla (the structure that nourishes cells that give rise to hair) begins to separate from the follicle, but still stays attached.
The resting phase. About 10 to15 per cent of your hair is in this stage. It lasts around three months and then your hair is shed. That’s why you’ll see so many strands in your hair brush – a loss of 100-200 strands a day is completely normal. If you’re seeing more than this, take note. If your hair is feeling thinner, or your finding strands on your pillow there’s something going on in the health department.
Image courtesy of Gratisography
The Elizabeth Arden BoutiqueDecember 4th, 2015
Glow With Jane (WIN!)December 3rd, 2015
Meet The Rolls Royce of Foundation!November 30th, 2015
Win Lip Crayons From Jane IredaleOctober 29th, 2015
3 x All-Natural Skin Lovers To TryOctober 15th, 2015