|Having a Bad Hair Day? The Keys to Healthier Hair|
|Written by Christine Awram|
Learn how to achieve healthier hair from the inside out – and the outside in!
Years ago I had dull, damaged, lifeless hair. It was incredibly frustrating. I’d try different shampoos, conditioners, expensive salon treatments, hot oil packs... you name it, I tried it. Nothing worked.
Every day was a bad hair day. Then I discovered the two critical pieces of information that gave me the shiny healthy hair I have today. First, hair must be mega-nourished from the inside on a cellular level. Second, most hair products contain toxic petrochemicals, alcohol, artificial fragrances, and synthetics that suffocate scalp and hair from the outside, so they ironically create more damage to your hair (and body) in the long run – and even contribute to hair loss.
Ouch! No wonder I wasn’t getting anywhere.
So I switched gears. After doing further research, I started beautifying myself from the inside out as well as the outside in, and the results surprised even me. Not only did my hair health improve by leaps and bounds, so did my skin and nails. And the bonus was energy levels that went mile-high.
Healthy Hair from the Outside In
We use our hair products every single day – but do we ever stop to consider what’s actually in them? We glop stuff onto our hair, thinking it’s helping when in fact it is suffocating our hair. Who would suspect that innocent-looking bottle of shampoo?
Go check the ingredient list on your shampoo bottle right now. See all those hard-to-pronounce ingredients with lots of syllables, dashes, and numbers? Most are synthetics and chemicals, and one of the biggest offenders is Sodium Lauryl (or Laureth) Sulfate, which you’ll find in most shampoos.
SLS is a cheap detergent that was designed as a garage floor cleaner and engine degreaser. And this is now going on your scalp every day? Yuck! Not only does this affect the structure of your hair, it gets absorbed through your scalp and into your bloodstream. Ironically, SLS has been classified as a skin irritant. Studies show that SLS affects the brain and nervous system; it’s also a proven hormone disruptor. If that’s not enough, it alters your skin structure and allows other chemicals to penetrate deeper through the skin’s layers and into your bloodstream. Over time, this daily chemical onslaught builds up and begins to saturate your cells with a toxic load that progressively steals more and more of your precious health and energy.
When companies that use SLS and similar chemicals are questioned, the classic response is: “We use these ingredients in small amounts and they’re not considered harmful at that dosage.” I’d ask you to consider a drug that’s delivered at a dosage of 35 ppb – that’s 35 Parts Per Billion. It’s not difficult to believe that something administered at 0.000000000035 percent would have zero effect, just like the manufacturers claim. However, consider this: Another example of a drug delivered with the dosage of 35 ppb is Cialis. Zero effect? Hmmmm.
Your skin is your largest organ, and what you put on it is going to be absorbed through it. It’s quite simple – if there’s an ingredient you wouldn’t want to eat, then it has no business going on your skin.
To demonstrate the absorptive powers of your skin, try the “garlic test” at home. Chop up some garlic very fine, stand on it in your bare feet, and within minutes (if not seconds) you will taste garlic in your mouth. Yes, really.
The solution is easy, once you’re aware of this. Read ingredient labels and use products that don’t have chemicals and synthetics in them. Granted, there aren't many of these high-calibre products on the market, but they do exist. My personal favourite is Curelle, available at most health food stores. Using natural and nurturing products will stop suffocating your scalp and cells and start supporting beautiful, shiny, healthy hair.
Healthy Hair from the Inside Out
Your hair is about 97 percent protein, so its health is in direct proportion to your nutrient levels. Protein provides the building blocks of strong hair. Collagen is the main protein in all connective tissues in your entire body – it keeps your trillions of cells together.
Healthy, beautiful hair depends on an abundant supply of blood, oxygen, and nutrients. Without these crucial ingredients, the price you pay is dull, dry, weak hair with excess breakage and fallout. This is absolutely relevant to the radiance of your skin as well.
Optimal therapeutic dosages of the following key nutrients are crucial to turbo-charge the trillions of cells in your body, and to provide the foundation for beautiful hair:
Buffered vitamin C: This means calcium ascorbate – NOT cheap ascorbic acid. A minimum of 1000mg per day, ideally with citrus bioflavanoids, helps regenerate collagen to support healthy hair and prevent wrinkling.
The B-vitamin family: With our faster-paced and higher-stress lifestyles, the 11 vitamins in the B family at optimal dosages become more important than ever – not just for healthy hair, but for avoiding senility and memory loss.
Vitamins A and E: Natural vitamin A at a minimum of 10,000 IU per day and vitamin E from d-alpha-tocopherol (not dl-) at 800IU per day are key ingredients for lovely locks, skin, and nails as they increase cellular regeneration and repair.
Ionic and trace minerals: Your vitamins don’t work without minerals, as minerals help transport vitamins into your cells. Your vitamins are just about useless if you don't combine them with all your minerals in a form that can be easily absorbed.
Omega-3 essential fatty acids: Without Omega-3 (minimum 360mg EPA and 240mg DHA), hair is destined to become dry and dull. Omega-3 fatty acids also keep you smart, and help prevent heart disease and depression.
MSM: This is a very versatile nutrient that helps regenerate just about everything, and its benefits are legendary. 2000mg per day will support beautiful hair, ease inflamed joints, and keep you looking and feeling more youthful with soft, supple skin.
There was a time in history when getting everything we needed for a healthy and vital life just from our food alone was possible. That time has passed. Nowadays, on the fast-forward fast-track with depleted soils producing nutritionally-exhausted foods, healthy eating is critical but will only take us so far if our goal is fantastic energy, beautiful shiny hair, and radiant skin.
The trillions of cells in your body are turning over about every six weeks. When you start beautifying yourself from the inside out with optimal therapeutic nutrition, and from the outside in with natural lifestyle products, you can expect to see changes in just over a month, and the results are cumulative over time.