About 8 years ago, after trying to conceive for 3 years, my mother began working for a vitamin store. In her ventures, she brought me home a multivitamin to start taking because I always seemed tired. Within 2 months, I was pregnant with our son. After that, I started studying vitamins, aromatherapy and homeopathic remedies. Though I still have to rely on certain prescriptions for medical conditions, I keep and active and happy day to day life using natural elements.
Who among us doesn’t want beautiful hair?Well, beautiful hair translates to healthy
hair.If our hair is healthy, whether
it’s curly, straight, short, long or in between it all, it will look good and
feel good.These days, we not only have
to deal with the normal challenges of healthy hair, there are pollutants in the
air; chemicals in shampoos and preservatives in our food that add to the struggle.
First, let’s examine the reasons for unhealthy hair:
·High use of alkaline shampoo
Although it is important for health to drink lots of water and eat
foods rich in vitamins and minerals, there are certain supplements that are
essential for healthy, beautiful hair.Some of these include Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamins A, B, C, D, E, zinc,
iron, selenium, protein, and alpha-linoleic
OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential to the hair follicles, as they
help make them stronger, shinier and grow faster.A deficiency of Omega-3 fatty acids can
result in a dry scalp.
Some foods that are rich in Omega-3 are catfish, spinach, cod,
clams, salmon, sardines, halibut, albacore, herring, trout, walnuts, canola
oil, light chunk tuna and flaxseed oil.It is possible to take supplements but it’s best to get it through food
and only use supplements as additional help.
Vitamin A is integral for the growth and maintenance of hair
andpromotes a healthy scalp.A healthy scalp is essential for shiny, well-conditioned hair. It also regulates
the production of retinoic acid in the hair follicle.Along with Vitamin C, it helps producer
sebum, which is secreted by hair follicles, and works as a natural hair
conditioner.It can be taken internally
or applied directly to the hair shaft and massaged into the scalp.
Some great sources of Vitamin A include liver, sweet potatoes,
carrots, spinach, broccoli, cantaloupe, milk, dried apricots, mozzarella cheese
Stress has been known to cause hair loss.Vitamin B not only helps the body handle
stress but one of the B Vitamins, Inositol, has been shown to speed hair
growth.B12 also helps prevent hair loss
because it is an element of the hair itself.B vitamins are best if they are taken together as B-Complex.
B vitamins are found in foods like meat, eggs, beans, liver, whole
grain, potatoes, spinach, oranges and lamb.
Iron is also needed to grow hair and vitamin C helps the body
absorb iron.Vitamin C is necessary for
collagen production, which is necessary for connective tissue maintenance and
repair.Collagen-rich connective tissue
is present in hair follicles.Since the
body does not make its own vitamin C, the only way to get it is through foods
Vitamin C-rich foods include lemons, limes, rose hips, bells
peppers, kiwi, strawberries, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and guavas.The recommended
daily dose of vitamin C is 1000 to 2000 mg a daily.
Vitamin D stimulates the hair follicle and the cells
that for the hair shaft, which reduces hair loss.As a result, deficiencies of vitamin D can
cause flaky scalp and psoriasis.And, as
we already know, a healthy scalp is essential for healthy hair.So vitamin D is extra important because it
affects the hair shaft and scalp.
Some foods that are rich in Vitamin D include fish
oil, cod liver, herring, catfish, oysters, salmon, soy milk, milk, orange juice
E is one of the most important vitamins that your hair relies on for health and
appearance.It ensures that the blood in
your scalp circulates normally and is a fat-soluble vitamin that increases the
shine of your hair as it grows.Deficiencies can cause the hair to be brittle and dull.
One way to increase your intake is by taking a vitamin-E supplement or to try
adding raw nuts and seeds, beans, wheat-germ oil and green leafy vegetables to
your daily diet.
has antioxidant properties that are essential to the immune system.It helps prevent some types of hair loss by
strengthening hair follicles.
that contain zinc include oysters, red meat, poultry, shellfish, pumpkin seeds,
dark chocolate, garlic, sesame seeds, wheat germ and chickpeas.
levels of iron can lead to anemia.Since
anemia may have underlying conditions, such as overactive thyroid
(hyperthyroidism), which are known to cause hair loss, it’s important to have
iron to fight the anemic effect of the thyroid issue.
are high in iron include red meat, egg yolks, dark, leafy greens, dried
fruit, iron-enriched cereals and grains, oysters, clams, scallops, turkey or
chicken giblets, beans, lentils, chick peas, soybeans, liver and artichokes.
is an antioxidant that helps rid the body of the harmful effects of exposure to
the sun and the environment.It is also
important for supporting your body’s ability to maintain proper functions, like
hair growth, and enhances your immune system.
can be found in foods like Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, tuna, halibut,
sardines,oysters meat, butter, garlic, poultry, eggs, mushrooms, whole grains
Just as Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid so is
alpha-linoleic acid.They form a barrier
on our hair against loss of moisture and serve as a conditioner.Fatty acids have been shown to improve the
growth of hair as well.
Foods that contain
alpha-linoleic acid include flaxseeds, flaxseed oil, canola oil, soybeans,
soybean oil, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin seed oil, perilla seed oil, tofu, walnuts
and walnut oil.
Of course, in addition to
the importance of eating a well-balanced diet that include these and other
supplements necessary for health, most are available in vitamin-type form to be
taken orally.There are also natural
products that can be put on the hair to maintain its look and health.
as you need natural vitamins and supplements inside for healthy picturesque
hair, the best needs to be used on the outside as well.Most manufactured shampoos have ingredients
that are actually bad for your hair.Some of these include Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Lauryl
Sulfate, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Ammonium Xylene Sulfonate, TEA Lauryl
Sulfate, Sulfur (in dandruff shampoos) and Selenium Sulfide (in dandruff
shampoos).You can either take a list
(which does contain more ingredients than this) and read all the labels at the
store, or you can find homeopathic/natural shampoos and save yourself the time
What should you use on your hair?
Sun exposure, pollutants, blow drying
and hair coloring tends to strip the hair of its natural oils.Coconut oil delivers a simple and natural
remedy for scalp and hair health.The
high saturated fat content of coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides
which, according to Organic Facts, integrates well with the structure of hair.Virgin coconut oil, rather than refined, is best because it maintains
its antioxidant benefits, as well as, vitamins E and K.
Coconut oil adds shine and vivacity to
hair, in addition to keeping your scalp healthy; and hair free from lice and
Biotin, also known as Vitamin H, part
of the B complex group, aids in the process of food into energy to elevate
healthy hair.Biotin prevents hair loss
and dry and scaling scalp, caused by seborrheic dermatitis, which results from
Biotin deficiencies. Biotin maintains
strength and texture of hair by fighting splitting and brittle hair.
TEA TREE OIL
Tea Tree Oil, native to Australia, has
many uses for overall health and well-being, including hair.Its antiseptic properties assist in the
removal of build-up on the hair shaft, caused by minerals from water and
product usage.It also removes dandruff
and excessive dead cells on the scalp; and helps clear clogged hair follicles,
which normalizes pH balance in the hair, allowing inhibited hair to grow again.
oil is also known for its anti-fungal and antiseptic properties, like Tea Tree
Oil.Not only does it kill bacteria and
fungus that can cause dandruff and hair loss, it deep conditions and restores
shine to hair.
arnica, used for stressful conditions that cause profuse itching and flaking of
the scalp, can be found as a topical cream or in shampoos and conditioners.Topical creams are fast-acting as they are
applied directly to the scalp. (Warning-Arnica, believed to be poisonous when
swallowed, can lead to cardiac arrest and death.Pregnant women should not use arnica as it may
cause uterine stimulation.)
it’s all said and done, beautiful hair has to be healthy from the inside
out.All the chemicals, shampoos,
treatments and concoctions won’t do a bit of good if your body doesn’t have the
essentials inside that create and promote healthy, beautiful hair.And, using so-called beauty products can do
more damage than good so it’s best to use natural products to care for your