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Top tips for longer, healthier hair
Hair loss and thinning can affect both men and women at all ages and it can be down to a number of factors. From hormones and stress to bad diets and over-styling, our hair can be put under serious pressure.
Thankfully, you can improve your hair health and have longer, glossier locks by simply improving your diet and nutrient intake. It's true what they say, we are what we eat and with a diet filled with our top hair-boosting foods, you'll soon see the improvement to your locks.
Here are our favourite foods to improve hair growth and health:
1. Essential Fatty Acids
If you're looking to improve your overall hair health and wellbeing and get your locks growing fast, boosting your essential fatty acid intake is the easiest way to do it. Essential fatty acids can be found in a range of foods - from walnuts and flaxseeds to avocados and oily fish - and are the key building blocks to healthy hair. Our bodies are not able to produce these fatty acids on their own, so it's essential that we take them in from our diet.
Biotin is a water-soluble nutrient that is part of the vitamin B family and it is responsible for encouraging a healthy hair and scalp. Boost your dairy, nut and brown rice intake to improve your biotin levels quickly.
Iron is probably one of the most common nutrients that we can be lacking, especially for vegetarians. Anemics - the name given to people who suffer from low iron levels - can suffer from thin hair that breaks or falls out easily as there is not enough iron to maintain hair health. The fastest way to boost your iron levels is to include red meat in your diet, or if you're vegetarian, plenty of green leafy vegetables, cashews and dried fruits all have high iron levels.
4. Vitamin C
If you are looking to increase your iron levels, you must increase your vitamin C levels at the same time as iron cannot be processed without it. Luckily, vitamin C also has a plethora of hair-improving benefits including boosting collagen production in the body which will in the long run prevent hair breakage and protect against damage from styling. Citrus fruits, strawberries and red peppers all have high levels of vitamin C.
5. Vitamin E
Another essential vitamin when it comes to healthy looking hair, vitamin E works hard to prevent hair breakage and also nourishes any damaged hair and encourages it to grow. Vitamin E also helps the body build keratin, which makes up individual hair strands so you'll soon see an improvement in your hair if you boost your intake. Foods like sunflower seeds, almonds, pine nuts, spinach, olive oil and dried fruits - but especially apricots - have high levels of vitamin E but some people find it easier to take a daily supplement for this nutrient to see faster results.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you Emiliano for your comment. In this blog we are referring more to oils, more so than butters and while we agree with you Shea is an excellent emollient for hair, it's consistency is more buttery and it is used more as a leave-in remedy to smooth hair texture. We have suggested Coconut oil as it helps slow down hair loss by penetrating deep into your hair shaft to prevent protein loss, which in turn prevents breakage. When applied to your scalp, it simultaneously moisturises and removes build-up around your hair follicles to encourage hair growth and is one of base oils always used in Ayurveda for hair treatments. As this post is more focused for hair and not for skin, the comedogenic scale applies to skin/pores and not hair follicles. Thank you again for your feedback.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Hello Zu, yes hair loss can be very stressful and this in turn amplifies the cause almost.. Perhaps with Covid, your system may have been depleted of nutrients and fighting the virus can take its toll on your immune system, so sometimes our hair and skin suffer when we have been ill. We really believe in oils for scalp massage as the best way to revive the growth and help regenerate the follicles. It may be also worth at looking at internal supplements and making sure you are getting enough of omega oils, perhaps plant based such as nuts and seeds in your diet. For external oil treatment, would recommend the Really Good Hair oil which we create with Brahmi, this herb is known to help bring the scalp back to health and improve growth. Biotin is also a good vitamin to take as a supplement to help with hair growth so do look into that. So hope these tips will be helpful for you.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?I, am very surprised that your article did not include Organic Shea Butter and that coconut oil, is your number one choice for hair growth and thickness. According to the comedogenic scale, coconut oil, has a rating of (4), on a scale from (0), to (5), on clogging your pores. Why would anyone put coconut oil, on their hair or skin knowing the pores will get clogged up. Shea Butter, on the other hand has a (0), rating on the comedogenic scale, which is great for dry hair and skin and won't clog up your pores.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you for your very informative article. I suffered COVID in December, 2020, and in February I started experience extreme hair loss and all my hair jus falls like a person who is under going Chemo therapy. It's very depressing. Had to cut off all my hair and even the little that is left is falling off daily not sure what to do. Please suggest something.
- Carrot Oil for Face Hello :) You can use carrot oil only in small drops on your skin in the morning/during the day since it is highly potent. Carrot oil is rich in vitamins and is a very effective moisturiser. You can also mix a few drops of Carrot Oil with your favorite face cream. You can do that at least twice a week or include it in your daily skincare routine. Hope this helps.
- Carrot Oil for Face Can I use the carrot oil in the day time? Because I am using Vitamin c serum in the night. Please advise. Thanks