Healthy Hair Tips: Improve Your Hair Condition with a Healthy Diet

By Jenna

Over the past 2 years, I’ve taken notice of the correlation between my diet and how my hair looks. Since incorporating a healthier diet, my hair is longer, stronger, and more vibrant. We all are concerned for our hair condition and of course our health, but could our hair be a reflection of how healthy we are? Keeping our hair in tip-top shape is work and we spend hours and hours in a week styling and maintaining our locks to look our best. Styling can take its toll on our hair and so can your diet. Hair loss, dandruff, dryness and some other factors can be caused by internal issues. Our hair is trying to tell us something. Measuring hair loss and the condition of your hair can give you the jump start to take care of yourself better, which is a great thing. “Beauty is only skin deep” is one quote that many take to heart and literally, we are what we eat and put in our systems. By taking certain vitamins and minerals, and eating the right foods we can help our hair look healthier and more beautiful than ever. Why? Because health, hair and beauty are all related. Healthy hair tips are more than just the products you use on a daily basis.

Let’s start with a few facts regarding what your hair and scalp reveal about your health. Some hair loss is normal and may not indicate poor health or unhealthy hair. Shedding up to as many as 100 hairs a day is normal. This is nothing to be alarmed about, as new hair is constantly growing in. We have heard so many myths about losing hair and baldness that it can make your head spin. Having longer hair does not put stress on your roots causing more to fall out. Don’t stress when you wash your hair and some happens to fall out, when your hair is ready to fall out, it will. If you have bald spots that aren’t caused by hair extensions or something similar, it’s worth talking to your doctor.

Eat vegetables for healthy hair

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Crash diets, stress, and other shock factors can result in hair thinning and lifeless hair. Your hair is a part of you and needs nutrition just as much as your stomach does. Low calorie diets are often lacking the certain nutrients needed for hair growth such as: Vitamin A, protein, iron, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc and vitamin B-12. For better hair growth, adding these vitamins to your diet may be a great choice for you and your body because let’s be straight,  everyone can use a little kick in the booty to get on the “eating better” wagon. The best bit of advice to live by is that if it’s good for your heart, it’s good for your hair. Adding salmon or fish (rich in omega-3 fatty acids) and leafy green veggies, foods that are high in protein and low in fat, to your diet is like adding extra spinach to Popeye’s diet. You’ll be amazed at how fast your hair starts growing and the overall change in your hair condition. These vitamins also help keep your hair lustrous and bouncy. Always be thinking, I’m eating for my health and it’ll show. Once you’ve incorporated a better diet, hair re-growth will come a lot faster. A healthier diet will also make your hair shinier.

If you’re feeling a little stressed reach up to your noggin and start rubbing. Your scalp is covered with tons of nerve endings that make it sensitive to the touch. Rubbing your cranium or getting a head massage stimulates blood flow and releases that unwanted tension while at the same time triggering your brain to release hormones like dopamine and serotonin that make you feel good. Next time you’re at the salon, make sure to ask your stylist for some extra attention to your head while getting shampoo-ed and you’re in for a treat.

I am not a doctor or a nutritionist, but I am constantly being asked by my hair stylist what I’m eating because of how fast my hair grows in a month and the overall condition of my hair. In one month my hair usually grows from 1 to 2 inches and I started taking notice of that right after I adjusted my diet and added vitamin supplements. Eating healthier makes you feel and look healthier all around from your energy levels up to your hair, so why not add some miracle grow? There are tons of ways to help your hair look and feel better, but the first step comes from the inside. Don’t just eat, eat for your health.

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