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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..
Getting older can be a challenge, or it can be demoralizing, and it all comes down to how healthy you are. The most important thing you can do for your health no matter how old you are is to be active—to engage in regular, physical exercise several times a week, or even better, every day.
Some illnesses are beyond our control, but most illness and age-related injury can be prevented by getting enough exercise. Like a machine that breaks down when it isn’t used and maintained, the human body tends to fall apart faster if it isn’t out running around. Read on for ten tips on maximizing your health regardless of your age.
- Know where your health and fitness stands today. If you have an idea of where you’re at physically, you can set goals for improving your health. Get a physical to determine your heart and lung health, your weight, blood pressure and body fat levels. Find out if there’s anything you shouldn’t do, and then plan to do everything else!
- Don’t let your internal voices make you feel old. Forget the number of years in your age and think about how young you want to feel. Don’t give up on dancing, hiking, biking or any other activity because you think “old people don’t ___”.
- Focus on your elderly independence. Being physically fit enables people to live in their homes when many others the same age wind up in managed care homes or hospitals. Walking, bending, lifting, climbing stairs and keeping your balance are all things to work at so you don’t lose the capacity to take care of yourself and live the way you want.
- Do low impact cardio regularly. You may not be in shape for a vigorous aerobics class, but if you can go walking three times a week, you can stay in good cardiovascular condition. Heart and lungs will appreciate your taking care in exercising them. You’ll get more oxygen, which will leave you feeling energized and give your skin a nice glow.
- Do light weights weekly. You don’t have to life weights, although you may find you enjoy that, too! Other types of weight training can be done by using exercise bands for resistance training, or weight training in water. Weight or resistance training builds muscle, increases strength, burns fat and improves balance.
- Work on flexibility. Once we get into our forties, the floor seems to get further away! But if you target your flexibility and work on it by stretching, balance exercises and programs of Yoga or Tai Chi, you’ll be able to do a lot more, whether it’s getting out of a chair or getting your cat off the roof.
- Ditch the smokes. Smoking is the worst thing you can do to your body, bar none. Give it up.
- Don’t settle into a sedentary routine. Some people get old because they sit down in a chair and stay there. Get out of the chair. Move around, visit people, take walks. Clean something. Find a dance. If you rest, you rust. Don’t rust.
- Find partners and friends to join your workouts. Sometimes people don’t like to exercise because it’s boring and they get lonesome. Find someone else who wants or needs to exercise and work out together. A partner can encourage, commiserate and motivate.
- Try everything once. You may find unexpected fitness fun. If you haven’t tried swing dancing or weight lifting or trout fishing, even if you aren’t sure you’ll like it, try it anyway. Anything that gets you moving can’t be all bad right?
“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
When it comes to foods for healthy hair and beauty, variety is the best way to go.
“An overall balanced diet of lean proteins, fruits, and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, fatty fish like salmon and low-fat dairy will help keep hair healthy,” Giancoli says.
If you’re tempted to drop pounds fast with the latest fad diet, it could leave you with less-than-healthy hair — along with a growling stomach. Low-calorie diets are often low in some of the most important nutrients for healthy hair, including omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, and vitamin A. In addition to stunting hair growth and leading to dullness, super-low calorie plans may even cause hair loss.
“Crash diets can affect the hair cycle,” Mirmirani tells WebMD. “Losing a significant amount of weight in a short amount of time can affect that normal hair rhythm. Two to three months later, you might notice a significant increase in shedding. This is a temporary problem that you recover from with a well-rounded diet.”
By Hilary Parker WebMD Feature