Beauty Secrets for Your Hair!

Hair and Beauty TipsHair and beauty tips may have to do with what you eat!  In the body’s pecking order, hair is a nonessential organ.  If your diet is lacking, nutrients are diverted to higher priority organs, and your hair misses out.  The result is hair that’s dry and slow to grow.

The key to beating this is to make sure you eat a well-balanced diet rich in fruit and vegetables with at least two servings of protein daily and large amounts of energy-giving whole grain carbohydrates. This will ensure optimum nutrition for the health and beauty of your body as well as your hair.

Top 5 Hair and Beauty Tips

Oily Hair – While naturally oily hair is genetically determined (and nothing you eat can beats your genes), if your hair has suddenly turned oily, check your spice intake.  Foods that cause the skin to sweat, like curries or chilies, also cause the scalp to sweat and this increases oil levels.  

Dull Hair   – Lack of shine in your hair means that it’s not reflecting the light properly.  Healthy hair is formed with a flat cuticle and when light rays hit this they bounce back.  That’s what creates the shine.  However, if the cuticle on the hair lifts, that reflection won’t happen and hair will look dull.  So, why does the cuticle lift?  While chemical processes like bleaching are the most common reason, lack of protein also causes the hair to grow with a lifted cuticle.  It is recommended that you eat 1/3 of a gram of protein (lean meat, poultry, fish, dairy products, nuts, seeds, or legumes) per pound of body weight daily.

Dry Hair – This is one of the common symptoms of essential fatty acid (EFA) deficiency.  This is particularly true if your hair is flyaway and frizzy.  Boost EFAs by eating nuts, seeds, and oily fish, i.e. mackerel.  These foods also supply protein, which is vital for glossy hair; without it, the hair forms with a lifted cuticle, which reduces the hair’s natural protection, making it easier for moisture to evaporate and drying to occur.

Hair That Won’t Grow – The B vitamins, which provide the body with energy, are vital for hair growth.  If your energy levels are low, hair growth slows down.  Eating little and often will help to keep energy levels up.  Biotin (sometimes called vitamin H) also helps create thicker, faster-growing hair. You’ll find it in eggs, fish, milk, nuts, and legumes.

Thinning Hair – This tends to be linked to iron deficiency.  Make sure you’re getting around 14-15mg. of iron daily from a supplement or by eating lean red meat and plenty of dark green vegetables.  Also, too much vitamin A (over 10,000 units a day) can lead to hair loss.  This is only likely to happen if you are taking in high levels of A-heavy foods, or if you’re mixing supplements.  If you are, stop!  Vitamin A is toxic to the body and hair loss is the first sign of this.  If you want extra vitamin A for your skin, increase your intake of fruit and vegetables.

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