5 foods to increase hair growth, a healthy scalp, and overall body health!!
Is your hair dry? Thinning? Or are you trying to grow it out long and feel like it isn’t growing? Here are 5 tips to help you out. I have clients come in and ask if there is a miracle product out there to help with hair growth and the truth is … there is not! There are plenty of amazing products that will help keep your hair healthy but in order to heal your hair I truly believe you need to do that from the inside out. Healthy foods, supplements, and a healthy lifestyle. Here are five of my favorite things to eat daily(I eat salmon weekly) that will keep you energized and nourished.
1. Spinach!! Rich in iron, folate, vitamin A and K. All of which promote hair growth and a healthy body!
2. Avocados!! A great source of B-complex and biotin. Avocados will nourish your body and scalp to promote healthy, shiny hair.
3. Almonds!! Not only are they delicious, they are packed with many healthy minerals including a huge amount of magnesium to help your hair grow long and strong!
4. Salmon! Full of omega-3 fatty acids and protein. Salmon is packed with nutrients to fuel your body and keep your hair healthy and happy.
5. Collagen Peptides! We stop producing collagen after we turn 30. CP is a great way to heal damaged skin, hair and nails. It is a supplement I take daily and see huge results! My hair and nails grow fast, and strong. Vital Proteins
When I say lifestyle, I mean surrounding yourself with supportive people and living in a calm daily atmosphere. Stress is one of the leading causes of hair damage. Of course we all have stress in our lives at some point, but to have intense stress daily will significantly affect your body.
Hormone imbalance is one of the most common hair loss that I see. Whether you had a baby and are losing your hair postpartum, hypo/hyper thyroid, or you are a teenager and going through changes, hormones are a huuuge factor in our hair growth and hair loss system. You can talk to your doctor and see if they recommend anything to help rebalance your system, or they can definitely run tests to check your thyroid and make sure it is working properly. Eating healthy, drinking a lot of water, supplements, and keeping your stress level down will help also.
We inherit our hair from our mother, father, and their ancestors. We cannot change a weird hairline, cowlicks, and hair loss that is hereditary. It is what it is. What we can do is live a healthy lifestyle nourishing our body the best we can, and there are hair transplant options that have come a long way in the past decade. The old hair plugs that were very obvious have now been replaced with hair grafts that take healthy hair follicles and transplant them to areas that no longer produce healthy follicles. This is called “Follicular Unit Transplantation”. It does come at a hefty price, like most plastic surgery, but if it is something you really want to go for it is amazing to have this option.
Certain medications, or abrupt changes in our lives can alter our hair. If you recently changed medication, diet, and exercise, and see changes in hair loss, or a change in your hair health heck your medications, diet, and lifestyle. You might need to just let your body adjust to the new routine, or possibly adjust/change your diet and supplements, or talk to your doctor.
Professional Shampoo and conditioner
If you are using a $3.00 bottle of Suave you can not expect your hair to perform at it’s best. Professional shampoo and conditioner will not heal thinning hair, but it sure as hell will help give it the boost it needs to look shiny, healthy, and give your scalp nutrients instead of chemicals. I cannot stress this enough…if you are investing money in your hair to be colored or even cut you should be using professional shampoo. If you pay $200 dollars to get your hair colored and then go home to use Pantene, you are literally throwing your money down the drain. I can rant on and on. Point is, if it is not professional then it is full of synthetic chemicals that will 100 percent damage your hair, cause build up, and future breakage. Protect your investment!
Most people notice a difference in their hair thickness, hair falling out, or their hairstylist notices when they go into the salon. Go through this checklist:
- Am I feeding my body the nutrients it needs?
- Is my stress level ok?
- Could something hormonal be going on?
- Am I getting my Dad’s hairline?
- Did I switch medications or completely change my diet?
- Am I using good shampoo?
Talk to your hairstylist for advice or shampoo and conditioner recommendations.If you think it is medical, contact your Doctor. Let’s live our best, healthiest life, and let our hair really show it!