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5 Things: Healthy Hair

We all want to have gorgeous, full, shiny locks of hair. Since we aren't all genetically blessed with strong and lustrous looking hair, here are some things you should know about hair, and some tips to making yours healthier.

  1. Shedding hair is totally normal. Everyone loses between 40 and 120 strands of hair a day.
  2. If you're worried that you're losing more than this, make sure that you are getting enough iron in your diet. The RDI of iron is 18 mg a day.
  3. Also make sure to eat foods rich in Vitamin A (cheese, eggs, carrots, and spinach), Vitamin C (citrus fruits, potatoes, and tomatoes), Vitamin E (soy and leafy greens), and Vitamin B12 (chicken, fish, eggs, and milk) to promote healthy hair.
  4. Brush your hair before you step into the shower to shampoo it. A few strokes of a brush will loosen up product buildup and gently detangle your hair. It also stimulates the scalp and promotes blood flow which helps to deliver nutrients to your hair follicles.
  5. When hair becomes dry or damaged, the hair shaft splits at the end, causing what's called a split end (as I am sure you know from experience). If you notice one, cut it at least 1 inch above the split (resist splitting apart the hair with your fingers). A split end can split the hair all the way up to the scalp, so snip it as soon as you spot one. Getting regular haircuts to trim away dead ends will also keep your hair healthy.
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zalakpatel zalakpatel 8 years
Great Dear! Very Helpful.....
zalakpatel zalakpatel 8 years
Great Dear!Very Helpful.....
Masqueraded_Angel Masqueraded_Angel 8 years
And I work as a receptionist at a hair salon. You wouldn't believe the types of hair that come walking through that door. And I thought mine was damaged from all the coloring!
CamillaCat CamillaCat 8 years
My hair has been doing some SERIOUS shedding all summer. I think it's the heat. 5 years ago my hair really thinned out due to some stress with work, it's a hormonal thing. I hate it. It does eventually stop, but I know it is scary! Vitamins don't seem to slow the shedding, but it does help make the hair you DO have healthy. My hair was so fragile all summer that I wouldn't even fix it sometimes, because if I touched it, it would fall out! It is finally slowing up a bit, but I think because the weather is getting cooler. Anyone else experience this?
bostonanna bostonanna 8 years
thanks for the tips everyone! i don't dye my hair or even blowdry myhair regularly- yet it seems to be falling out in handfuls lately!
prinzes3006 prinzes3006 8 years
I soooo need to try this out, as much as I color my hair. lol! I need to slow down, but I can't help it, I'm obsessed with coloring my hair. lol!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
And try taking a doily multi-vitamin. My stylist was the one who started me on this because he said he could tell by my hair I wasn't get enough of everything...and my hair is ten times stonger and healthier now!
LadyP LadyP 8 years
I shed so much! Every time I brush my hair, they're is always tons of hair that comes out. Of course, I am taking Synthroid, which is a symptom. I always try to get my hair cut on a regular basis. I love how it feels afterwards.
CandyCane CandyCane 8 years
This is really helpful I am having serous issues with my hair for a year now and I'm going to try this out! thanks :)
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