Who doesn’t want a healthy, shiny, full head of hair that grows long and fast (when we want it to that is?) . . . “dreamin, screamin, shinin, flaxin, waxin!”
What you eat counts
Nutritionists, top doctors and beauty professionals all agree that what we eat counts for our over-all health and that includes healthy hair growth. On average hair grows 1/2 inch per month. Eating a well balanced diet that contains the vitamins, protein, and minerals your body needs to be healthy is the best advice for what your hair needs to be healthy and for its best growing potential.
You can spend your money on vitamins supplements that claim to grow hair longer and faster, but the truth is to date, no one has been able to prove the truth of these claims. The depth of your pain (how badly you want the fix) will determine how much money you throw at it. We believe what we want to believe and if what we want to believe get’s lots of positive media hype . . . it can easily become our next saving grace!
A vitamin deficiency can affect healthy hair growth or contribute to various diseases of the scalp. But, choosing to take vitamins touted as “hair growth vitamins,” on a whim and a prayer, isn’t necessarily the right answer . . . are you sure you have a deficiency? And if so, what dosage you need to correct the problem? Overkill can happen with certain vitamins, where having too much of a ‘good thing’ can be . . . well, too much!
Your doctor or nutritionist will be the one best able to assess if you need to take vitamin supplements for any deficiency. They can tell what supplements you need as well as the right dosage to start taking. They can help get you on track with a diet and exercise program that suits you; a balanced diet to give you the boost of the nutrients you are missing and an exercise program for all around good health. Exercise increases good circulation and blood flow which in turn feeds the hair and scalp.
Yes, yes, the ability of growing long healthy hair isn’t ALL about nutrition and exercise, but that is where it begins and without that piece . . . good luck! (Notice what happens to hair on yourself or on people you know when sick)
The components to good healthy hair and healthy hair growth from the outside includes most components you probably already know, but here’s a quick list just in case you want a refresher;
– Shampoo less often, only when dirty or oily and use sulfate and paraben free products
– Always, always, always condition
– Lay low with the heat . . . and less is always better than more
– Scalp massage is excellent for both hair and scalp
– Be gentle brushing and combing hair (if you hear a snapping sound . . . slow down!)
– Learn how to reduce stress— a huge player in bringing down a good head of hair!
– Trim old tired ends