Have you tried different shampoos for hair loss and seen no improvement? Have you lost your trust in the advertisements for pills that promise to make your hair grow faster and thicker? It is high time we focused on nourishing our hair from inside out instead of applying different medications and shampoos which actually don’t work at all.
Nutrition is the key to hair loss prevention and better hair growth results. Combined with natural treatments that can strengthen your hair and prevent hair loss you can enjoy great results in the long-term. If you are wondering what type of foods to eat and which vitamins you need for a stronger hair you can take a look at our list of vitamins which promote hair growth and strengthening. Have in mind that it takes approximately 6 months for a new hair to grow out so be patient.
Vitamin C for hair nourishment
Hair loss can be a result of stress, age, over-styling, hormonal imbalance, poor diet, and nutrient deficiency. Hair becomes weak, dry, brittle, and easily prompt to breakage, splitting, shedding and hair loss when there is an existing Vitamin C deficiency. Vitamin C helps nourish and rejuvenate your hair making it an essential vitamin for hair growth. It makes your hair grow faster and stronger while in the meantime it aids in the production of collagen which is important for hair regrowth after hair loss.
There are a lot of good Vitamin C supplements which are USDA approved but a more natural and efficient way to get your Vitamin C in is by including these foods in your diet:
- Cruciferous fruits
- raw red and green pepper
- Brussels sprouts
B Complex vitamins for more strength
Interestingly, the average woman loses 50 to 150 strands of hair every single day. In addition, about 250 strands of hair are lost during shower as a result of the heat and stress put on the follicles. However, if your diet is rich in important nutrients and minerals they will nourish and strengthen your hair follicles making it less likely to break and shed. A quick reminder is that skin and hair are the last to receive the nutrients and minerals which enter in your bloodstream so don’t be harsh on yourself if you don’t see immediate results.
Vitamin B7 is Biotin from the B-vitamin complex which is sometimes called Vitamin H and it plays a tremendous role when it comes to hair loss prevention. Those who are deficient in Vitamin B7 are more likely to experience premature hair loss than those who are not. Our body produces this vitamin naturally in our intestines, however, it can be found in foods such as:
- Leafy greens, green peas, cauliflower, avocado, raspberries
- Nuts, oats
- Egg yolks, salmon
- Brown rice, lentils
- Brewer’s yeast, whole wheat bread
Vitamin B3 improves the blood flow to the scalp and brings more oxygen along with nutrients to the hair follicles. B3 deficiency leads to hair loss, dry scalp and dandruff. Include vitamin B3 supplements in your diet to avoid all that or make sure to eat these high in Niacin foods:
- Peanuts, oats, sunflower seeds, soybeans,
- portobello mushrooms
- green peas, avocado, potatoes, bananas, cauliflower
- brown rice
Collagen to stimulate hair growth
Collagen is highly important for a healthy hair, nails and skin. It contains proline, alanine and arginine amino acids which are essential for hair growth because they improve circulation, nourish the follicles, make your hair stronger and thicker. Collagen supplements are great way to take your RDI, however, since they are derived from shellfish or other marine sources they may trigger food sensitivity. Get your daily Collagen intake by consuming the following foods:
- citrus fruits
- soy products beans
- olives, olive oil, avocado oil
- flax seeds, walnuts, apricot seeds, dried fruits
- tuna and salmon
Vitamin A for a shiny hair
Taking Vitamin A supplements or consuming Vitamin A rich foods is one of the greatest ways to improve the production of sebum on your scalp thus make your hair look glossy, shiny and less likely to break. Vitamin A is an antioxidant that prevents the hair from dehydration and breakage while making it stronger and thicker. Add to your diet Vitamin A rich foods or supplements for a faster hair regrowth. Here is a short list of Vitamin A rich foods:
- sweet potatoes
- dried apricots
If you are taking supplements make sure you don’t take more than your recommended daily intake because overdosing with Vitamin A can lead to serious health issues.
Vitamin E to fight stress
Alopecia areata (bald sports on the scalp with the size of a coin) can be caused by stress and a very poor diet. Make sure you are not Vitamin E deficient because it is an antioxidant which builds and repairs the tissue, improves blood circulation, protects from cells damage, and increases oxygen intake. All this makes your hair strong, shiny, thick, and helps it grow faster. Surprisingly, taking Vitamin E supplements can be hazardous for your health, therefore it is better to get it from food. Thus, here is a short list of foods rich in Vitamin E:
- leafy greens
- sunflower seeds.
Hair loss can be decreased if you are more gentle when brushing your hair, especially when it’s wet; limit the use of hot curlers, chemical treatments, and hairdryers. However, the biggest change will begin once you start nourishing your body from inside out by eating healthy, balanced diet and wholesome foods rich in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, iron, zinc, Vitamins A, E, and B. In addition, don’t allow stress and daily routine to overwhelm you: know how to relax and avoid anxiety. Your hair will get stronger, glossier and resistant to hair loss.
In addition to that, you should know that quality hair extensions not only do not cause hair loss but can help you hide it if applied properly. Contact our professional stylist for a free consultation if you need more information and personal treatment.