You can do a lot more than you think to help your hair look better! Whether we like it or not, a lot of our self-esteem and even social acceptance are connected to our hair.
My first encounter with the oddities of hair was when one of our sons had leukemia back in 1986. He was three years old then (and now he’s a healthy married man) but his radiation and chemotherapy treatment caused him to become completely bald (and pretty pathetic looking). When he grew hair again, it came back in the most beautiful curls where before it had been completely straight.
Well, it didn’t stay curly, but my curiosity about hair – how to keep it, how to make it healthy remained.
The most extreme problem people have with hair is undoubtedly the loss of it! I personally think that genetics can’t always be blamed for hair loss, but lifestyle habits and nutritional deficiencies that are passed on to the next generation and show up in your hair.
Have you ever seen a sick person with really healthy-looking hair? Your hair is a reflection of your health. Herbalife’s Dr. Luigi Gratton says you can improve both by:
- protecting your hair from sun exposure, which can make it appear dry, dull and brittle when the ultra violet light “chemically breaks down and weakens the keratin proteins, which are the building blocks of our hair.”
- drinking water
- scalp massages
- improve your diet in general
- a multivitamin with over 20 essential nutrients such as Zinc, which builds hair protein and vitamins B and C that build strong strands of hair. It has Iron, which gives necessary oxygen and Beta-Carotene for hair growth.
- Omega-3 fatty acids which help condition and lubricate the hair.
- Healthy shampoos and conditioners, especially with aloes, can help rehydrate and heal your hair.
Most of us don’t stand on our heads, but that would also help, to get circulation where it’s needed!
Another cause for hair loss in both men and women is excess oil buildup. It becomes waxy and hardens – clogging the hair follicles and if bacteria sets in, the roots will be destroyed. Keep that scalp clean – you can try a mask on it – it worked great for a few of my clients.
So it’s not all about vanity that we’re worried about why our hair isn’t looking great; it’s a symptom of other things going on that we should pay attention to. Fortunately, it’s not a difficult fix, and within a month or two, you should reap the benefits of the beginnings of a gorgeous crop of hair!
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