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The Top Five (5) Foods for Healthy Hair

Daniel Garcia-Decoteau

Summarized from the trending pages of book: "The New You and Improved Diet: 8 Rules to Lose Weight and Change Your Life Forever" by author/expert Keri Glassman, are top five foods recommended for healthy hair.

1. Whole grains: "Niacin, pantothenic acid, folic acid, B6, and B12 contribute to the stimulation of hair follicles, which grow healthy, shiny, and strong hair by increasing circulation," Glassman says. Find all of these vitamins in all whole grains, including oatmeal and brown rice, as well as quinoa.

2. Salmon: Another source of Bs, salmon also provides omega-3 fatty acids, which your body requires in order to grow those luscious locks and keep them from becoming brittle. If you're not a fan of fish, try adding walnuts, avocado, pumpkin seeds to your diet.

3. Oysters: Foods rich in antioxidants, zinc, and selenium help the body repair damaged hair as well as strengthen follicles, Glassman says. For those who don't like slurping mollucks, add shellfish, legumes, and red meat to your diet instead.

4. Eggs: Enjoy an omelet for biotin, another B vitamin (sensing a theme here?), which keeps hair strong by stimulating new cell growth. Eggs are also a great source of protein, the main component of your locks. Mixed nuts, Swiss chard, and halibut are other good choices.

5. Lentils: In addition to protein, zinc, and biotin, these legumes contain iron. "This mineral helps with circulation to ensure that your hair follicles are well supplied with oxygen," Glassman says. To avoid a lentil rut, mix things up by eating a variety of beans.

If you're feeling discouraged at any point, take some time to incorporate these foods into your diet. Your hair will thank you!

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Keeping Your Hair Moisturized During The Winter

Daniel Garcia-Decoteau

As the season changes, so should your hair maintenance routine. While you might wear your hair out much more often in the summer and rely on carefree styles when it’s warm outside, your hair care routine should change during winter if you want to maintain healthy hair.

Here are FIVE HAIR CARE TIPS that will keep your hair in great shape:

1.     Wash 'n' Go Less Often

It is okay to wear a wash and go during the Spring and the Summer months, but it is no fun leaving the house on a frosty chilly morning with wet or damp hair.  This is especially true if you live in a very cold climate because your hair can actually freeze and break if you go outside in the cold with wet hair.

2.     Deep Condition Frequently

Heated homes and work spaces can dry out your hair, so combat this dryness with extra deep conditioning.  Look for products which hold in moisture and use a good deep conditioner about once a week. Sticking to natural oils is a better bet for holding in the moisture that you get from water.

3.     Avoid Using Heat

Indoor heating is going to suck some of the moisture from your hair. For females, using flat irons, blow dryers, and curling irons do not help. Winter is an ideal season to practice setting techniques like wet sets, pin curls, and wraps; none of which require heat to style your hair. 

4.     Use an Effective Moisturizer (Coconut Oil)

A good moisturizer will hydrate and nourish the hair deeply within the hair shaft. Water-based products are necessary. Use any moisturizer which has water as one if its primary ingredient.  Be sure to wash and moisturizer your hair the night before, so that your hair will be dry in the morning.  An effective moisturizer is one that contains water, humectants, emollients and occlusive ingredients.

5.     Keep Your Hair Covered

Not only should you keep your hair protected at night when you sleep, but you should also make sure to keep it covered when you go outside in the cold air.  Wear a hat or hood, but make sure that the hat or hood is lined with satin to avoid snagging and breaking due to the harshness of wool and cotton.

Preventing Hair Loss: Telogen Effluvium (Part I)

Daniel Garcia-Decoteau

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Humans lose on average 100-150 hair follicles per day. Hair grows at an average of ½ inch per month.

Let that sink in for a moment.

An increase in the amount lost or a slowing down of growth results in two words: hair loss.

"Bald" is a hairstyle that many men dread. We will be compiling, over the next few weeks, a series that helps minimize hair loss caused by a multitude of different factors. Today, we will be looking at diet and vitamins. 

Hair loss described by poor dieting is called telogen effluvium. This type of hair loss condition causes hair follicles that are in the anagen (growing) stage to be prematurely pushed into the telogen (resting) phase of the hair growth cycle. This push causes follicles to fall out. 

The treatment process for telogen effluvium takes several months, and can be treated by ingesting more vitamins, minerals, and supplements such as Vitamin C, Biotin, Niacin, Iron and Zinc.

Below are some of the TOP FIVE FOODS for hair growth:

  1. Nuts (which contain omega-3 fatty acids, biotin, vitamin E and copper)
  2. Oysters (rich in zinc)
  3. Sweet Potatoes (omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, and vitamins A, B, C, K and E)
  4. Eggs (a good source of protein, plus biotin, other B vitamins, zinc, selenium, sulfur and iron)
  5. Spinach (iron, beta-carotene, folate, vitamin A and vitamin C).