HAIR BEAUTY TIPS I STRONGLY BELIEVE IN
There is a lot of information out there on hair and what is good for you and what isn’t. Sometimes it’s hard to sort out which ones may be right for you. So I thought I’d give you some nutritional information that are some hair health beauty tips which I strongly believe in and avoid telling you about “products”. These are raw simple facts that anyone can improve on.
For strands like these, put down the blow-dryer and pick up a fork. “Healthy foods can feed hair the same way they nourish your body,” says Elizabeth Cunnane Phillips, a trichologist at Philip Kingsley Trichological Clinic in New York City. But there’s a but: Organs like your heart and lungs get first dibs on the good stuff, so hair is left limping by on scraps if your diet is deficient in key nutrients.
Eat lean red meat, dark-meat turkey, kidney beans, oysters
God love omega-3s. The fatty acids that help keep your heart healthy may also make hair shiny. The American Heart Association recommends having a 3.5-oz serving of omega-3-rich fish at least twice per week (flaxseed oil and walnuts are good veg alternatives). Eating up can help regulate oil production, telling follicles to produce just-right levels so hair gleams, Dr. Bowe says.
Pump that Iron
Low levels of minerals have been linked to increased shedding.
Eat eggs, avocado, salmon
Keeping your biotin (vitamin B7) intake up could toughen fragile hair, Dr. Bowe says. There’s no definitive research, but clinicians have observed that the hair of biotin-lacking patients breaks more easily—reason to get the suggested 30 micrograms per day. Biotin-rich foods include an egg (13–25 mcg), an avocado (2–6 mcg), and 3 ounces salmon (4–5 mcg).
Eat red pepper, strawberries, oranges, grapefruit
Hair grows slooowly. We’re talking about a centimeter per month. And if your vitamin C levels are below the RDA of 75 milligrams, it could take even more time. “The body uses vitamin C to build collagen, which is essential for producing new hair cells,” Dr. Bowe says. Hitting that 75 mark is simple with these: 1/2 cup red bell pepper (95 mg), 1 cup strawberries (89 mg), a medium orange (70 mg) or 1/2 grapefruit (39 mg).
Eat blackberries, blueberries, cherries, pomegranate
Free radicals from the sun, air pollution and even your blow-dryer attack hair, drying it out. Your best defense against the assault are antioxidants—particularly the potent type called polyphenols found in deeply colored fruit, (says Whitney Bowe, M.D., a dermatologist in NYC). There’s no set dietary mandate for maximum radical-fighting power, so mix our picks generously into your five daily servings of fruit and veggies to keep hair silky.
Keep that blow dryer away from your hair as much as possible. Certainly keep it a safe distance from the hair when using it.
The Vitamin A in sweet potatoes and carrots can help soften, too.