We all want beautiful, glossy, shiny, thick hair. The truth is this may not be possible for all of us no matter what products we use or what supplements we take. In this post, I hope to explain how we can make the best of the hair we have and avoid wasting money on products that just can't deliver on their promises.
The appearance of our hair is largely determined by genetics and no products will change that. I am talking about hair color, hair distribution, and hair thickness primarily. Some of us have a lot of hair and the strands of our hair are thick. Some of us don't have as much hair and the hair strands are fine. Hair products will not change these attributes.
The texture of our hair is something that can change. Hair products may temporarily change the texture of our hair, taming frizz and adding shine, but the best way to improve the texture of your hair is from the inside.
Dull, brittle hair can indicate imbalances in nutrients, hormones, or immune function. In this case, your hair is a symptom, not the problem itself. So you want to focus on figuring out the underlying issues in your health and fixing those rather than focusing on improving your hair.
With that said, here are some essentials for healthy hair:
- Biotin is a B vitamin that is essential to hair growth and is found in eggs.
- Essential fatty acids, mostly omega-3 fatty acids, are also important for healthy hair. Good sources of EFAs are fish, nuts and seeds.
- Iron is also necessary for hair growth. A major symptom of iron deficiency is hair loss. You should have your doctor test you for iron deficiency.
- Lysine is an amino acids necessary for building strong hair and it is found in beef, chicken, beans, and quinoa.
- Zinc is another important mineral for hair growth and is found in pumpkin seeds.
- Silica is another mineral important for strengthening hair and nails and is found in the herb horsetail.
Other herbs that contain minerals to help with hair growth are stinging nettle, burdock, and dandelion. Increasing circulation to your scalp can help deliver nutrients to your hair follicles. You can do this by doing a daily scalp massage.
Be sure to talk to your doctor about what nutrient, supplements, and herbs are appropriate for you and what doses are safe for you. I highly recommend working with a doctor who will look at your physiology to figure out the real problem. When our hair and our skin are not healthy, that is just indicating that we have an internal imbalance that needs addressing. Just taking supplements to support hair growth won't actually work if there is a deeper issue causing unhealthy hair.
I'm Dr. Carly and my mission is to create a health revolution. I believe that another prescription is not the answer. I believe in using natural therapies that go beyond the symptoms. And I believe that doctors should spend way more than 7 minutes with a patient.