Hair411: Hair-trition

Francesca

You should be as cautious to what is going in your mouth to what you are putting on your hair. Everything you eat (or don’t eat) plays a role in the development of your hair before it even comes out of your head. Because your hair is made up primarily of protein, it is critical you practice a healthy diet every day. Poor nutrition, irregular meals, and especially crash dieting all lead to thinning, dry, hair.

For the most part, the appearance of your hair, its texture, and color, come from your family tree. Regular salon visits will keep the hair in good condition but your diet also has an important role to play in keeping the hair healthy and well nourished. But just as there’s no such thing as a quick-fix weight loss diet, don’t expect diet changes to affect your hair immediately- your hair only grows a half of an inch per month so you will have to be patient if you want to see results!

·Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables to make sure you are meeting your daily vitamin and mineral requirements. Vitamin B2, Biotin, Vitamin C and zinc are of particular importance.

·Eat plenty of iron-rich foods like lean red meat, dark green leafy vegetables, eggs, wholegrain bread and cereals. Iron deficiency anemia can cause dramatic hair loss.

Severe dieting can have a harmful effect on hair growth. It causes the regular hair cycle to stop and you may lose a lot of hair. Once you go back to healthy eating habits your hair will grow on average again. Hair growth can also come to a standstill by pregnancy, severe illness and surgery. Often when hair loss occurs in large patches (alopecia areta) in both children and adults, there is no explanation and no dietary or medical treatment other than to wait for the hair to grow back. The condition usually lasts for 3-6 months. Hair re-grows spontaneously and is white for the first 6-8 weeks when it grows back.

Do not mistake depletion of nutrients with the natural hair loss cycles people will go through. These include (but are not limited to) pregnancy, right after childbirth, hormonal changes, and genes. One major temporary cause with my clients is stress.
As a result, for healthy hair you need to invest in good hair care products and a healthy lifestyle. Just remember Moderation. Eat right, and find ways to relax and take time for yourself.

Now that you have the 411 on why it is critical to properly nourish your body… let’s lather on sunscreen and go to the beach! Hair accessories that will help you look amazing ALL day long at the beach. Send in any photos of yourself from last year of your “beach hair.” Don’t be shy.

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