By: Cathie Politis Fennell
Salon Greco, The European Day Spa
As you start to exercise, go on a crash diet or change your eating habits do you consider how your choice of getting “fit” affects your hair? It’s true that exercise reduces stress, the number one cause for losing hair today, and increases blood circulation, which nourishes the hair. However crash diets, diet pills and the latest fad diets could leave you with less than healthy hair.
Deficiencies in certain vitamins and minerals can have a huge impact on your hair. A deficiency in vitamin A makes your scalp become dry and thick causing dandruff that could eventually lead to hair loss. Biotin deficiency can result in dry, brittle hair.
A zinc deficiency can lead to hair shedding.
A low-quality protein can cause weak brittle hair, while a profound protein deficiency can result in loss of hair color.
Low-calorie diets are often low in some of the most important nutrients for healthy hair including omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, and vitamin A. In addition to stunting hair growth and leading to dullness, super-low calorie plans may even cause hair loss.
Need a diagnosis as to the “fitness” of your hair? Ask your stylist for a professional hair analysis and a recommended health plan for your individual hair needs.
Here are six “super hair foods” to help your hair look its fittest:
1. Cold Water Fish or Salmon
Contain omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B-12 and iron which help support a healthy scalp.
2. Lentil & Kidney Beans
High in protein, iron, zinc and biotin which promote
3. Spinach & Broccoli
Excellent source of vitamins A and C which is needed for sebum production.
Great protein source containing biotin and vitamin B-12 which are considered “Beauty Nutrients”.
5. Whole Grains
Can give you energy but also provide zinc, iron and B vitamins for healthier hair.
6. Milk, Yogurt & Cottage Cheese
Contain calcium which is needed for hair growth.