Are you experiencing hair loss or breakage? You may need a change in diet, a day in the sun or a new, all-natural hair care treatment to reverse the damage.
Grow fuller, healthier hair with these anti-aging remedies.
Get your Nutrients
When you aren’t getting the right nutrients, you can expect your hair health to dwindle with split ends or even hair loss. Listed below are some essential healthy hair nutrients:
Maybe you aren’t getting enough protein? If your hair health is suffering and your ends are breaking, your body may be missing essential nutrients for hair growth to take place. Protein promotes cell growth and repair, which boosts hair strength for a fuller look. Ladies need at least 46 grams of protein a day, but the number changes the more you exercise.
How Much Protein Do You Need a Day?
- Normal Activity = Weight in pounds X .4
- Daily Exercise = Weight in pounds. X .6
- Athletic Training = Weight in pounds X .75
Hair is 97% protein, so without it, you won’t be growing much hair!
Iron is an essential nutrient to aid hair growth. For healthier hair, it is recommended you try sources such as oysters and other mussels, leafy greens like spinach, squash and pumpkin seeds, or red meat twice a week. All three contain high levels of iron to grow healthy hair.
With iron, it’s important to add soybeans or lentils along with vitamin C rich sources like pineapples or oranges to aid iron absorption and collagen production.
Oysters, mussels and clams not only contain high levels of iron and protein, but these foods are also high in zinc–another essential nutrient for hair growth. Add some zinc to your diet to boost your anti-aging hair health efforts.
Omega 3 fatty acids promote hair hydration for smoother, silkier hair. Try adding fatty fish like salmon to your diet twice a week for healthier hair. An alternative method to receive your Omega 3’s is by taking 1 gram of DHA and EPA a day. Flaxseed oil is also another great source of omega 3’s that occurs naturally.
Biotin is an essential B Vitamin for skin, nail and hair health. You can find Biotin in natural food sources like eggs, which are also a great source of protein, choline, and Vitamin D. Another option is a Biotin supplement of about 30mcg a day.
Get some Sun
You absolutely need Vitamin D for healthier hair. Vitamin D manufactured in our body’s by the ray’s of the sun. so step outside for at least 15 minutes a day.
If you live in a gloomy area, try taking Vitamin D supplements during the winter-time to combat low levels of this important vitamin for hair health. Try a dose of Vitamin D (about 1,000 IU) daily to make up for lost sunlight throughout the winter months or on cloudy days.
Know What’s in Your Shampoo
It’s astonishing to find that many hair care products on the market actually contain chemicals that harm your hair over time. These shampoos, conditioners and leave-in products can be completely avoided with a search on GoodGuide–a popular review website, which rates each product by the health and safety information and ingredients.
Here are Some Hair Care Ingredients to Avoid:
- Sodium Sulfate
- Ammonium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
- Sodium Chloride
- Polyethelyne Glycol
- Diethanolamine (DEA) and Triethanolamine (TEA)
- Alcohol (listed as one of first four ingredients)
- Synthetic Fragrance or Parfum
- Synthetic Colors
- Propylene Glycol
- Lanolin, Petroleum, and Mineral Oil
Natural Hair Mask
Try an avocado hair mask to rejuvinate stressed tresses. All you need is an avocado and a couple other things from around the kitchen:
- A small ripe avocado
- A tablespoon of olive oil or almond oil
- 1/2 cup of milk
Blend the avocado into a puree and mix in milk and oil. Add the mask to hair and cover with a cap. Rinse after 15 minutes.
De-stress Your Life
It’s a known fact in the medical world that hair loss can be caused by physical as well as emotional stress. Women must also watch times of great hormonal change for signs of hair loss–such as pregnancy, birth or even change in birth control. All these things can affect your hair growth, but the change is only temporary.
It’s also very important to keep emotional stressors under control, since these also cause hair loss. To live a happier life is a great anti-aging technique for healthier hair as well as the rest of your body. This is just another reason to meditate daily, and bring health back to your mind, body, and hair!
Worried about potential toxins in the body? Try Detoxing on the Daily for a healthier lifestyle.