Catwalk Worthy Locks
Your mane can be your best accessory, or it can be a true fashion faux pas. Coifed short, or in long tresses, nothing is more gorgeous than healthy hair to really compliment your look. Salty beach hair or long winter tresses, hair is always in fashion. I’m sometimes guilty of rockin’ frizzy or dry hair, and after several conversations with clients dealing with hair loss and brittle locks, I’m sharing what to do to power up your mane.
The healthier you are on the inside, the healthier you’ll look on the outside. Your hair is no exception. Make sure you’re getting enough of these nutrients:
- B Vitamins: Go for quinoa oatmeal, brown rice, strawberries, green leafy vegetables, chicken and salmon. They contain the B vitamins niacin, pantothenic acid, folic acid, B6 and B12, which are responsible for strengthening hair follicles and increasing circulation to the skin. They work to stimulate hair follicles to grow healthy hair. The complex of B vitamins is important because all of these vitamins work together. Researchers have shown that B vitamins play a role in a reduction in hair loss, a decrease in gray hair as well as longer, shinier hair.
- Biotin: You don’t often find me telling you to eat liver, but it is a very good source of biotin, which is also a B vitamin. Biotin gets special attention for its role in stimulating new cells and re-growing lost hair. It is still up in the air as to whether or not biotin supplementation, shampoo and hair products can do the same work as biotin in the diet, so make sure chow down on these great sources: nuts, eggs, Swiss chard, whole grains and halibut.
- Zinc, Selenium and Iron: You’ll find zinc in oysters, red meat, shellfish and legumes. Selenium is abundant in butter (yes, a little organic grass fed butter is good for you!), garlic, whole grains and fish. And, iron you’ll find in dark greens, grass fed meat, sunflower seeds and even dark chocolate. These minerals assist the body in repairing damaged hair and strengthening hair follicles. You need every strand you have, so eat foods rich in these minerals to keep your stylist in business.
- Protein and omega 3s: You’ll find protein in nuts, seeds, legumes, meat and fish. Focus on fish when it comes to hair because you want both protein and omega 3s to help your hair and grow shiny.
Aside from adding these uber nutrient foods to your diet, if your hair is on the dry side, don’t wash it daily – 3 or 4 times a week is probably plenty. The oils on your scalp can revitalize the shine to your hair, so don’t go scrubbing them away with shampoo every day. Also, limit heat based styling tools, such as blow driers and straightening irons (yes, ladies you can do this!) which can rob the hair of moisture. If you need an immediate shine and repair for your otherwise lackluster mane, food comes to the rescue, yet again. Use one of these ingredients to add instant pizzazz. You can apply the below foods to just the dry parts of your hair, or your whole head.
- Argan oil
- Moroccan oil
- Olive oil
Nutrient deficiency shows in your hair not just your mood, friends. If your diet is somewhat lacking, a multivitamin may not be a bad choice to help make the most of your pony.
Don’t forget nothing beats a great cut and style, so spend the little extra to set yourself up with a sexy and sassy (hair-) do. Trim off the dead ends, eat (and apply) your hair friendly and strut your stuff.