Balance Your Diet
Hair follicles thrive on a balanced diet of protein, complex carbohydrates, fatty acids and essential vitamins.
Salmon – Here’s yet another excuse to eat more Salmon. It’s rich in omega 3 fatty acids and full of lean protein, provides great nutrients for your scalp.
Vitamins – A, the B’s, Niacin and Biotin. Vitamins strengthen the cuticle (your hair’s outer layer). Spinach, eggs and bananas are a good source.
Hair loss has been associated with deficiencies in certain minerals. Splurge on Brazil nuts for selenium and oysters for zinc.
Start Treating Your Scalp As Well As Your Face
On average, Americans spend roughly 10-billion dollars a year on skin care. The majority of those dollars are spent on our face. If we devote as much effort to the skin on our head, we’d all be walking around with fuller, healthier hair. One tip — like you exfoliate the skin on your face, start exfoliating the skin on your scalp.
At home treatment recipe
Many higher end salons have started offering exotic hair and scalp treatments. You can mix up your own version and do it at home for a fraction of the cost. For the base of your treatment, use two ounces of a Deep Treatment that containing amino acids, moisturizing proteins, and antioxidants. Add one tablespoon of clove oil (it’s sold at health stores such as GNC) and one tablespoon of finely crushed almonds as the exfoliant. Mix together and massage in, let it sit for 20 minutes, and then rinse.
In addition, like you add treatments and moisture to your face after washing, start putting a vitamin packed treatment right on your scalp.
Increase Circulation & Blood Flow
Just like the skin on our body looks it best with good blood flow, the skin on our heads need the same attention. If you’ve ever had your hair professionally shampooed at a salon, you know the calming luxury of a scalp massage firsthand. However, you may not know that there is a method to your stylist’s madness. He’s not only giving you the star treatment, he’s employing a massage technique that traces its roots back to the ancient Indian art of ayurveda, which focuses on preventing problems before they occur. In addition, to bestowing a sense of peacefulness and calm, a scalp massage can also increase blood flow and lymphatic drainage in the head, both of which purportedly stimulate hair follicles in the scalp. Next time you lather up, take your time and really massage your scalp, rubbing the pads of your fingers firmly against your head in small circles. You might also consider investing in a scalp massage brush, which can be used while you shampoo or on dry hair. I also recommend increasing blood flow by tipping your head over the side of the bed for a minute or so. Or utilize a bench and the gym. Your hair and scalp will appreciate the rush of fresh blood.
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