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How do I keep my hair healthy?

Use gentle natural or organic hair cleansing and styling products, preferably a gentle sulphate free shampoo that will not strip the hair of the oils your scalp produces naturally. Avoid over-using styling tongs, straighteners and the hottest setting on your hairdryer, as excessive heat causes dryness and damage. Diet is also important for healthy hair.  The foods you need for strong, healthy, shiny hair are also foods that support your overall health:

  • Avocados are great for vitamin E and for potassium, sometimes called the ‘youth mineral’.
  • Eggs, beans, lentils and wholegrains are good sources of protein, an essential building block for the hair.
  • Spinach and other dark leafy greens provide iron, an essential mineral that your hair cells require. In fact, a deficiency of iron in the body may cause hair loss. When your body is running low on iron, oxygen and nutrients are not getting transported to the hair roots and follicles adequately which can inhibit growth and make your strands weak.
  • Citrus  other fruits for vitamin C. Vitamin C is also required for the production of collagen that make capillaries which connect to the hair shafts and ensure a regular supply of nutrients for hair growth.
  • Nuts and seeds provide omega-3 fatty acids, which nourish the hair and support thickening. Since your body cannot produce these healthy fats, you need to derive them from your diet. Almonds, walnuts and flaxseeds are really high in Omega-3 fatty acids and can serve as mid-meal healthy snack.

 

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