There are so many emphasis placed on skincare. From the morning cleanse, then tone to the ultra moisturizing regime. All this so that your skin can feel fresher, hydrated and provide an intense treatment to repair. But what about our hair, does it need the same care and treatment? As we age, our hair becomes dry and brittle which is mostly through hormonal changes, diet, stress and medication. We also lose about 100 hairs a day and this can affect hair volume as regrowth starts to slow down. Overuse of hair products can also weaken the hair follicles and dry the scalp.
In your 40’s your hair would start to thin. Collagen production decreases and the colour might change and turn grey. Grey hair is coarser and may look dull. Once you hit your 50’s the hair becomes drier and brittle which can be caused by the oil glands shrinking. Thyroid problems can lead to changes in texture and thinning of the hair. In your 60’s the hair loses elasticity thus making the strands thinner and smaller in diameter. Too much hair dyes or haircare products can all have an effect on the hair which eventually becomes dull. However there are still ways to restore your crowning glory and that is by eating healthy foods that will help nourish the hair shaft. Antioxidants found in brightly coloured fruit and vegetables such as beetroot, peppers, squash and tomatoes all provide protective compounds that will help strengthen the hair shafts. They also help promote circulation to the scalp which is needed for strong healthy hair. Omega3 and 6 help balance sebum production needed to keep the scalp healthy. These can be found in fatty fish, nuts and avocados. Wholegrain and pulses are ideal to provide the scalp with vitamins C and B which are essential for producing collagen, the much needed structural protein that holds hair together. Vitamin C found in broccoli, kale and citrus fruits all help with hair gloss and elasticity. Sulphur found in cabbage, cauliflower, onion and garlic are essential for the production of keratin which helps relieve the symptoms of dry scalp, dandruff and eczema. Silica found in wholegrain, apples, almonds and fish all help prevent the thinning of hair. Water is essential for a moisturized scalp and frizz-free hair so upping your water intake to at least 8 glasses per day will help maintain scalp moisture.
Dull, frizzy hairs are often the course of a breakdown in the natural oils found in the outer layer of the hair. Maintaining a proper well balanced diet will help nourish and protect the hair shafts against damage and aging.