Michelle Creates a Hair-Plug In The Bath And Wonders About Foods For Good Hair
This one is for the ladies - Do you remember being pregnant? How lush and thick was your hair during pregnancy? Our pregnancy hormones allow us to hang onto our hair during pregnancy, resulting in thicker and healthy looking locks. Once we have expelled our little lodger from it's hiding place however, and our bodies start to return to normal, we start to shed hair in what seems like bucket-loads!
Did you know that the average adult human sheds around 100 hairs per day! That's a lot of hairs left on the pillow, in your comb or hair brush, on the carpet, and down the plughole forming an annoying hair-plug that I always seem to be removing every other day! But it constantly amazes me that no matter how many hairs we shed, we always seem to sport plenty on top of our head that needs our daily care.
With all this constant hair shedding going on, it makes sense to give our bodies the right ingredients for it to keep producing new hair. So lets take a look at what we should be eating to keep our locks looking healthy and lush.
The state of a person's hair reflects the overall condition of their body. So feed your body well for healthy hair. Some of the most important vitamins that a person needs to have healthy hair include B6, biotin, inositol and folic acid. The best way to ensure you get the right balance of vitamins is to take hair, nails and skin supplements. It is not just vitamins for good hair growth that are needed though as there are a number of minerals that are essential, including magnesium, sulphur, silica and zinc. All these can be found in a good quality formulation specifically designed for hair, nails and skin.
Foods for good hair include protein. Protein is essential for healthy hair. This is because hair itself is essentially made from a protein called keratin. So a diet that is rich in protein foods such as fish, chicken, lean meat, lentils, bean and nuts will give your body enough protein to grow hair.
In the spirit of healthy advice, we have had some top health tips emailed in from our readers:
Sarah Poole emailed in with this tip for a Cleopatra style bath. Sarah said "Although Cleopatra was rumoured to bathe in asses milk to get silky soft skin, we can use powdered milk instead. When my elbows and knees start to feel a little rough, I pour about five tablespoons of powdered milk into a warm bath and relax with a good book for an hour. The results? Soft, smooth skin".
Here is a top tip for your hair from Lisa Wilks. She tells us that if you want to have shiny hair, after you have finished washing your hair, rinse with cold water.
So here's to healthy hair for mums and a head full of lush locks!