August is Hair Loss Awareness Month and while many people think quickly washing your locks in the shower is all you need; this couldn’t be further from the truth and could land you in hot water. We have three top tips to help ensure your hair and scalp remain in excellent condition as we move from the summer into winter.
Think About Your Vitamins
Just as an unhealthy diet and lifestyle can impact our skin, sleep and mental health, this is also the case regarding the state of your hair. What you eat and drink is vital to ensuring you have healthy hair, good hair growth and a scalp that is in good shape. A multitude of factors contribute to the condition of your hair, as well as its length and quality, but a balanced and nutritional diet is vital.
If there was a masterclass in hair and vitamins, this is it!
If you want to feed your hair with the nutrition it needs to grow and shine, here’s what you need to add to your kitchen cupboards to ensure your hair, as well as your body, looks and feels fantastic:
B12 is found in meat, fish, milk, cheese, egg, liver, kidney, yoghurt, and fortified cereal, so add these to your basket.
B7 (aka biotin) comes from salmon, eggs, avocado, nuts tomatoes, carrots, sweet potato, and onions, so use them to make salads that pack a hair-loving punch and help make your skin looks fabulous too.
Liver, tuna, salmon, chickpeas, leafy greens, bananas, oranges and fortified cereals come with B6, so don’t leave these off the shopping list.
We can’t leave out B9 as this is another hair lover and can be found in eggs, salmon, lentils, sunflower seeds, peanuts and citrus fruits.
Omega-3 is an oldie but hair goodie so go for seafood (salmon), nuts, seeds, plant oils and soybeans.
Meat, shellfish, legumes, nuts, seeds, dairy, nuts, and whole grains not only make tasty meals but also come with an extra side of hair-loving zinc which keeps the hair oil glands working whilst aiding cell reproduction, hormone happiness, and nutrient absorption.
Calcium is good for bones, but it’s excellent for your hair too and can be found in milk, yoghurt, cheese, canned salmon or sardines and in those lush leafy greens that make super smoothies for mind, body and hair.
Finally, there’s our friend vitamin C, which we know is good for our immune systems, but it also helps us absorb iron, which is vital for strong, healthy hair. Vitamin C is also used to form collagen, and this clever structural fibre is essential for your hair growth and glowing skin! Pile your plates with tomatoes, bell peppers, broccoli, sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower with a glass of fresh OJ to wash it down and your hair will shine like the stars.
Get Involved With Biotin
We all know that a balanced lifestyle, lots of water and plenty of exercise makes us healthy, but if you want to improve hair strength, thickness and growth, adding a biotin supplement to the mix is a great idea. The supplements on their own don’t lead to results, but when they are part of a healthy way of life, you will reap the benefits of healthy, thick hair and follicles.
Along with the benefits biotin can have on our hair, it also helps support our bodies build muscle strength, repairing tissue cell growth, and alleviating muscle and joint inflammation. In addition, biotin helps keep the body’s nervous system and thyroid function, helping to regulate sleep, energy, and overall cognitive function. A deficiency could lead to fatigue, mood swings, digestive issues or even low blood sugar levels.
Biotin is also often used to help treat alopecia areata, helping stimulate hair follicles, encouraging healthy new hair growth, and help prevent early baldness and greying of the hair. This is excellent news as it means taking it can prolong the life of your locks, seal in your colour for longer, help deal with hair loss issues and promote regrowth, and it can be found in the Simone Thomas Wellness Biotin Brilliance.
Make A Mask
We all love a good pamper, so the next time you make time for yourself, why not add a hair mask to the mix?
If your hair looks and feels a little tired after the summer sun, this is the mask for you. The ultimate hydration treatment provides shine without weighing down your hair!
1 tsp honey
One tbs apple cider vinegar
Mix ingredients together, apply to your hair when still dry and leave it on for 30 – 40 minutes. Afterwards, rinse and wash your hair as usual and let it dry naturally, just this time.
I’d love to hear how your hair found my pamper mask, leave me a comment below…
About The Author
Simone Thomas is a hair loss and wellness expert, nutritionist, author and the founder of Simone Thomas Wellness.
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