5 Things: Healthy Hair

We all want to have gorgeous, full, shiny locks of hair. Since we aren't all genetically blessed with strong and lustrous looking hair, here are some things you should know about hair, and some tips to making yours healthier.

  1. Shedding hair is totally normal. Everyone loses between 40 and 120 strands of hair a day.

  2. If you're worried that you're losing more than this, make sure that you are getting enough iron in your diet. The RDI of iron is 18 mg a day.
  3. Also make sure to eat foods rich in Vitamin A (cheese, eggs, carrots, and spinach), Vitamin C (citrus fruits, potatoes, and tomatoes), Vitamin E (soy and leafy greens), and Vitamin B12 (chicken, fish, eggs, and milk) to promote healthy hair.
  4. Brush your hair before you step into the shower to shampoo it. A few strokes of a brush will loosen up product buildup and gently detangle your hair. It also stimulates the scalp and promotes blood flow which helps to deliver nutrients to your hair follicles.
  5. When hair becomes dry or damaged, the hair shaft splits at the end, causing what's called a split end (as I am sure you know from experience). If you notice one, cut it at least 1 inch above the split (resist splitting apart the hair with your fingers). A split end can split the hair all the way up to the scalp, so snip it as soon as you spot one. Getting regular haircuts to trim away dead ends will also keep your hair healthy.
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