We have all seen them. The beautiful girls on Pinterest who have hair for days!
Long, thick and flowing down the back, or thrown up into an effortless silky ponytail.
So, how do they do it?!
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Well, in my personal experience working with many different clients- each with a unique head of hair- the answer lies partially in coveted genes, but there are actually many things that can be done to improve the overall health and strength of your locks.
One of the easiest and most cost effective ways to improve on the appearance, feel, and strength of hair, is to take essential vitamins for hair growth. There are certain outward components that make a difference in appearance, such as if the cuticle (the component of hair that decides whether your day will be ruined by frizz), is frayed or open, or if your hair is chemically damaged. However, something we can all do to immediately begin to improve the appearance and integrity of our hair is to begin a checklist of things we can be implementing in our diets.
Now, lets cover some great ways to encourage healthy hair from the inside!
You are what you eat.
Though our diets don’t necessarily guarantee and lustrous healthy head of hair, it is true that a balanced healthy diet affects your hair for the positive.
Being deficient in key vitamins and minerals can come out in a wide variety of ways, and dull, unhealthy hair is unfortunately one of them.
- Vitamin A helps in the production of sebum (the oily substance that nourishes moisturizes the scalp). This vitamin is critical for keeping the scalp in the ideal condition for hair growth and nourishment. Vitamin A can be found in the orange and green veggies such as carrots, sweet potatoes, and kale.
- The “B” Vitamins produce the red blood cells that carry oxygen and nutrients to the scalp. Super important when you consider the amount of growth activity that is occurring at any one moment on the scalp! The hair follicles need a constant supply of oxygen and nutrients, so having a deficiency in B vitamins can stunt hair production and growth. Some B vitamins are exclusively available in animal product foods, so if you are not fond of meat or are a vegetarian or vegan, grab a B vitamin supplement such as Biotin or B12.
- Vitamin C is essential in the creation of collagen, which is not only great for the overall appearance and elasticity of the face, but also one of the main components of a strand of hair. Vitamin C is also the vitamin that allows the body to absorb iron, a crucial mineral in the health of hair. Vitamin C can be found in citrus fruits and some peppers, as well as strawberries.
- Vitamin D is one of those “covers all its bases” type of vitamins. From teeth, to bone health, to hair, to overall happiness (some suggest it fights depression). Alopecia, hair loss, has been researched extensively. One possible cause of alopecia has been thought to be deficiency of Vitamin D. We can soak up this vital nutrient through the suns rays, or in foods such as fish oil, mushrooms, and fortified foods such as milk. With all the benefits, you really can’t lose by choosing to add these foods, or a Vitamin D supplement into your daily routine.
If you’re anything like me, you’ll opt for a natural remedy over a medication any day of the week.
In my practice, I have worked with MANY essential oils and carriers.
I have found that there are a number of benefits to be had by simply applying a few drops of oil to the body, and a little bit goes a long way.
- Peppermint oil not only smells fabulous, but is a great natural way to stimulate. A few drops on the tips of the fingers, and by a few i mean start out with no more than 3 drops, and then apply the oil to the scalp a little at a time, as the sensation can be a little strong at first.
- Lavender oil is super soothing. While you’re soothing and conditioning the scalp, your senses with delight in the relaxation also! This oil can be used a bit more liberally because it does not have the same awakening sensation as the peppermint oil.
- Almond oil is often referred to as a carrier oil, which means that it can be used with an essential oil such as peppermint to dilute the essential oil in order for the effect to not be too overpowering. However, almond oil works wonderfully on its own as a soothing, moisturizing treatment for the scalp. An oil as rich as almond oil works to keep the hair follicles moisturized so that they are in prime condition.
- Moroccan Argan Oil. A great choice of product to nourish the hair and scalp that also provides antioxidants to protect from free radical damage. The beauty of this oil is that it can be found in a number of hair care and styling products, and they often advertise this ingredient right on the front of the packaging.
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Nutritional Supplement Powders
Vitamins and minerals, fruits and vegetables, and even extracts and oils that take the form of a comprehensive blend of many of the a fore mentioned things, are fortunately widely available.
Aaaaaaand, if you are like me and would prefer to opt out of the suggested five to NINE servings of fruits and veggies per day, here is a link to my all time favorite – Amazing Greens.
It has tons of fruits and veggies packed into one powdered scoop, and not to mention it tastes delicious, so you can mix it in with anything or simply dissolve it in some milk.
Ingredients such as keratin, biotin, collagen, extracts, fruits and vegetables can all be found in the easy to use packaging of a powdered supplement, and with consistent and correct use, can impact your hair’s health for the better.
Remember, though, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Be sure to look for ingredients that are unnatural, binders, additives, and unnecessary to be sure that you are not being sold something that you would be better off not taking.
From The Inside Out
So, a natural diet of actual food that includes vitamins and minerals necessary for hair and scalp health is ideal, but supplementing where you are lacking is definitely a viable option.
The body only produces eleven out of the twenty amino acids necessary every day, and its up to us produce the other nine.
This means that obtaining nutrients is necessary if we want to be a picture of health, and this includes our hair.
Be sure to purchase supplements that are all natural, with no synthetic ingredients, and double up if possible by making use of products that are a blend of complementary nutrients.
As stated before, you are what you eat, so you have to put in what you’d like to get out!
Thanks for stopping by, ya’ll! Have a beautiful and blessed day!