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I love it when my clients tell me how much their husband or significant other loves their new hair style. Or, when they can’t stop admiring how much more body they have now. I hear coments like “My hair has never had this much body”, or “My hair has never felt this soft”. I believe in healthy vibrant hair. This is why I do not use harsh chemicals.
I believe in offering outstanding customer service by providing excellent specialty services to my clients. I want to provide my clients with wonderful haircare to help them obtain and maintain healthy hair. I use products that do not have harsh chemical agents in them to acheive this goal..
Many of us desire long, healthy hair. While genetics play a strong role in the length of your hair, you can promote growth with these healthful tips.
Trim, trim, trim. Visit a stylist biweekly. Every 8 to 10 weeks, ask your stylist to trim off the minimum amount, about an eighth of an inch. Only trim when your hair is dry, not wet. Split ends are easier to see when the hair is dry.
Get the blood flowing to the head. It stimulates the hair follicle and stimulates hair growth with nutrient-rich blood traveling to the scalp. Massage your scalp with your fingertips every day. Once a day, flip your hair upside down and gently brush dry hair from root to end. Exercising pumps blood to the heart, which gets blood flowing to the head.
Eat right. Make sure you are eating well-balanced meals. It’s the best strategy for getting healthy hair and nails. If you need a supplement, vitamins A, B, C, and E are excellent, at least 300 to 500 mg.
Baby your hair strands. Use gentle moisturizing shampoos and conditioners and leave-in conditioners after every shampoo. Use a deep conditioner every two weeks such as Tony & Guy Tigi Catwalk Oatmeal and Honey or Lifetex lines by Wella.
Minimize your use of hot tools.The better shape your hair is in, the less you will have to take off every 6 to 8 weeks.
Avoid pulling the hair back into tight ponytails every day. This will stretch the hair and cause it to lose its elasticity and leave you with cowlicks and breakage.
Let your scalp breath. Don’t use heavy oils on the hair. They only clog the hair follicles and prevent rapid growth. Use products such as Sebastian Laminates Drops, a light oil that will allow your hair to flow more naturally.
Live better. Minimize your vices, such as smoking, binge drinking, late-night partying and sunbathing. Bad habits like these will quickly show up in the form of slow-growing dry and brittle strands.
By Shirley Gordon
“Lather, rinse, repeat” may be standard advice, but shampoo and conditioner alone won’t give you the healthy hair you crave. For the most luxurious locks possible, you’ll need to step out of the shower, and into the kitchen.
“Your hair grows about 1/4 to 1/2 inch every month, and the foundation of all of our new hair, skin, and nail growth is the nutrients we eat,” says Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, a Chicago-based dietitian. “If you eat a healthy diet, you will grow stronger and healthier cells throughout your entire body — inside and out.”
If you were born with fine, thin hair, you’ll never have rope-thick tresses — no matter what you eat — but a well-balanced diet that includes plenty of growth-promoting protein and iron can make a difference, say nutrition and hair experts.
And beware of dietary supplements often marketed to thicken hair or make it grow faster. They may backfire.
“Even though you can find beauty supplements on the shelves of most stores, try to get the nutrients you need from foods whenever possible,” Paradi Mirmirani, MD, a dermatologist in Vallejo, Calif., tells WebMD. “In rare instances, excess supplementation of certain nutrients, such as vitamin A, has been linked to hair loss.”
Healthy Hair Food No. 1: Salmon
When it comes to foods that pack a beauty punch, it’s hard to beat salmon. Loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, this high-quality protein source is also filled with vitamin B-12 and iron.
“Essential omega-3 fatty acids are needed to support scalp health,” says Andrea Giancoli, MPH, RD, a dietitian in Los Angeles and a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. “A deficiency can result in a dry scalp and thus hair, giving it a dull look.”
Vegetarian? Include one or two tablespoons of ground flaxseed in your daily diet for some plant-based omega-3 fats.
Healthy Hair Food No. 2: Dark Green Vegetables
Popeye the Sailor Man didn’t eat all that spinach for healthy hair, but he could have. Spinach, like broccoli and Swiss chard, is an excellent source of vitamins A and C, which your body needs to produce sebum. The oily substance, secreted by your hair follicles, is the body’s natural hair conditioner.
Dark green vegetables also provide iron and calcium.
Healthy Hair Food No. 3: Beans
Beans, beans, they’re good for your … hair?
Yes, it’s true. Legumes like kidney beans and lentils should be an important part of your hair-care diet. Not only do they provide plentiful protein to promote hair growth, but ample iron, zinc, and biotin. While rare, biotin deficiencies can result in brittle hair.
Blatner, who is also a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, recommends three or more cups of lentils or beans each week.
Healthy Hair Food No. 4: Nuts
Do you go nuts for thick, shiny hair? You should.
Brazil nuts are one of nature’s best sources of selenium, an important mineral for the health of your scalp.
Walnuts contain alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid that may help condition your hair. They are also a terrific source of zinc, as are cashews, pecans, and almonds. A zinc deficiency can lead to hair shedding, so make sure nuts are a regular on your healthy hair menu.
Healthy Hair Food No. 5: Poultry
Chickens and turkeys may have feathers, but the high-quality protein they provide will help give you the healthy hair you crave.
“Without adequate protein or with low-quality protein, one can experience weak brittle hair, while a profound protein deficiency can result in loss of hair color,” Giancoli tells WebMD.
Poultry also provides iron with a high degree of bioavailability, meaning your body can easily reap its benefits.
Healthy Hair Food No. 6: Eggs
When it comes to healthy hair, it doesn’t matter whether you like your eggs scrambled, fried, or over easy. However they’re served up, eggs are one of the best protein sources you can find.
They also contain biotin and vitamin B-12, which are important beauty nutrients.
Healthy Hair Food No. 7: Whole Grains
Sink your teeth into hearty whole grains, including whole-wheat bread and fortified whole-grain breakfast cereals, for a hair-healthy dose of zinc, iron, and B vitamins.
A whole-grain snack can also be a great go-to food when your energy is zapped halfway through the afternoon, and you’ve still got hours to go before dinner.
Healthy Hair Food No. 8: Oysters
Oysters may be better known for their reputation as an aphrodisiac, but they can also lead to healthy hair — and who doesn’t love that?
The key to their love and hair-boosting abilities is zinc — a powerful antioxidant.
If oysters don’t make a regular appearance on your dinner plate, don’t despair. In addition to getting it from whole grains and nuts, you can also get zinc from beef and lamb.
Healthy Hair Food No. 9: Low-Fat Dairy Products
Low-fat dairy products like skim milk and yogurt are great sources of calcium, an important mineral for hair growth. They also contain whey and casein, two high-quality protein sources.
For some healthy hair foods “to-go,” try throwing a yogurt or cottage cheese cup in your bag when you head out in the morning to snack on later in the day. You can even boost their hair benefits by stirring in a couple of tablespoons of ground flaxseeds or walnuts for omega-3 fatty acids and zinc.
Healthy Hair Food No. 10: Carrots
Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, which promotes a healthy scalp along with good vision.
Since a healthy scalp is essential for a shiny, well-conditioned head of hair, you’d be wise to include carrots in your diet as snacks or toppings on your salad.
The Big Picture: A Balanced Diet for Healthy Hair
By Hilary Parker WebMD Feature