“Whatever we possess becomes of double value when we have the opportunity of sharing it with others.”
—Jean-Nicolas Bouilly (1763-1842), writer, politician

Thus, allow me to share a bit of knowledge about how to look as if you are living a more beautiful, healthful life.  Below, follows the latest post of my professional website’s newsletter, Birkin Notes, at http://thenewaesthete.com Enjoy!

The long and Short of It

Your hair is a reflection of your health.  The condition of your tresses may allude to
the condition of your life.  (It has even been shown that hair is a symbol of sensuality and plays a role in attracting a mate.)  Are you stressed– and experiencing hair loss?  Are you not well nourished– and have thinning hair?  Do you worry excessively– and are greying prematurely?  As our bodies age, so does our hair.  Nevertheless, there are numerous ways to age well, and thus, to look good and feel great!  Follow these ten tips for healthy and radiant hair that will help you to put your best face forward, whether on a job interview or in search of a suitable mate.  Being healthy and looking
beautifully “healthful” imparts confidence that stems from a sense of inner well being that radiates outwardly.

1. Healthy hair begins with a healthy body.  Nourish your body with foods that strengthen hair follicles and support hair growth as:
-salmon (omega-3 fatty acids support scalp health);
-dark green, leafy vegetables (vitamin A promotes normal hair growth and vitamin C);-legumes and beans (zinc maintains natural hair color,biotin thickens hair, iron helps reduce hair loss);
-nuts (zinc promotes hair growth, selenium strengthens hair, omega-3 fatty acid alpha linolenic acid);
-poultry (protein strengthens hair; vegetarian source: tofu, spinach, lentils);
-eggs (vitamin B-12 stimulates hair growth; vegan source: nutritional yeast, fortified soy milk);
-whole grains (zinc, iron, B vitamins stimulate hair cell renewal);
-oysters (zinc);
-carrots (vitamin A);
-chickpeas (vitamin B6);
-citrus fruits (vitamin C);
-onions (sulfur);
-avocado (copper prolongs original hair color);
-pineapple (manganese simulates hair growth).

Hair-friendly supplements of biotin and B vitamins may complement a well-balanced diet.

2. Beautiful hair results from a healthy scalp.  Condition the scalp weekly with an essential oil mixture tailored to your specific hair needs.  (Go to Click-lift.com for your e-consult if you have hair issues of thinning or loss.)  This will also help to keep the scalp moisturized.

3. Avoid stripping the hair and scalp of natural emollients.  Skip the daily shampoo in
favor of applying 1-2 times weekly or after working out.  Instead, use a moisturizing conditioner.

4. Support healthy blood flow to the scalp to help support hair growth.  Regular exercise (cardio) will increase circulation to all tissues of the body.  (If you are experiencing hair thinning or loss, Vital Hair Therapy, a series of painless vitamin micro-injections, will help stimulate hair growth and nourish hair follicles.)  Daily brushing also helps to stimulate blood flow to the scalp.

Japanese woman brushing hair

5. Have a soft touch.  Minimize the frequency of or avoid harsh styling as chemical straighteners, texturizers, dyeing/coloring, heat tools, pulling, tight styles, etc.  Particularly during times of stress or hormonal shifts, hair is fragile and may be more prone to falling out, physical trauma, or force.

6. Cut your losses.  Trim regularly to keep split ends from travelling upward along the hair shaft.

7. Expect natural hair shedding of approximately 50-100 hairs per day.

8. Change pillowcases at least once weekly to avoid excess build-up of dirt and oils in hair.

9. Manage stress effectively and as often as needed.  Stress is a significant cause of hair thinning and loss.   Minimize the negative effects of stress on hair by responding appropriately to stressors and engaging in activities that help you to maintain a healthy, balanced perspective.

Lauryn Hill strumming.

10. Report any excessive, irregular, and/or unusually frequent hair loss or change to your physician.

Here’s to your (hair) health!

Be well, and
Stay Fabulous!
Dr. Shirley Madhère