Nutrition plays a vital role practically in every aspect of natural hair growth. Eating properly will help your hair grow healthy, strong, shining and full-colored. Sometimes it’s really hard to change your eating habits and refuse from something you got used to, but it’s absolutely necessary for the sake of your hair. It will be much easier if with every piece of new meal you exclaim to yourself: I eat and…
…regrow my hair!
Our hair consists almost 100 per cent of keratin. Keratin is the protein that gives it strength and integrity. And if there is lack of it, your hair becomes poor and dull, its growth is hindered and its ends start to split. To avoid these unpleasant things, it’s necessary to establish a regular supply of protein into the body. Fish, lean red meat, poultry, nuts, beans, chicken or quail eggs are the best source of protein. Keep in mind that barbecue, fried chops, ham and other delicious foods you may be accustomed to won’t do your hair any good. Proteins are better digested if you also include linolenic acid in your diet. It is contained in many vegetable oils, for example olive oil. Sour fruits will also improve absorption of essential proteins.
Copper and zinc provide for proper pigmentation of hair and the lack of these minerals in the body usually leads to appearance of gray hair. Thus, it will remain full of youth and color much longer if you include more nuts, boiled liver, asparagus, cereals and coarse meal. All these products are excellent sources of zinc and copper.
…make it shine!
For shiny hair you should pay a special attention to cystine. This amino acid is found in abundance in low-fat cheese and curd, light yogurt, soy foods, sea cabbage. Just like with proteins, fruits and other products rich in vitamin C added to your meals guarantee maximum absorption of cystine. If you are a smoker – quit now for the sake of your hair (and your general health), as nicotine is cystine’s mortal enemy.
…vitaminize my hair!
Vitamins are absolutely necessary for strong and healthy hair. To replenish the supply of vitamin C, eat grapefruit, tangerines and oranges and drink their freshly squeezed juices. Add rose hip tea and carrots that are particularly high in vitamin A, and the hair will become less brittle. Juicy bell pepper will give your hair vitamin E that promotes natural hair growth. And finally, if you are not a fan of fish, try to become one. Because fish (trout, herring, salmon, etc) is very rich in B vitamins, including biotin that is important to maintain luster and color of your hair.
The influence of moon phases on hair regrowth has been known since ancient times. It is believed that the rate of hair growth depends on the phase of the moon in which a haircut is made. For example, if you have your hair cut during the increscent moon, your hair will grow faster. And on the contrary, if the moon is in decrement, it slows down hair regrowth.
In ancient Tibet special attention was paid to haircutting during different phases of the moon. Tibetan lamas believe that the haircut on the first day of the new moon shortens the man’s life. Although it is not proven with facts, there is another popular belief that a child will have poor hair for the rest of his life if his hair is cut for the first time in the decrescent phase of the moon.
However, favorable or negative influence of moon phases on hair growth can be explained scientifically. It is known that the moon has a direct impact on the circulation of fluids in the human body. Thus, in the increscent phase the blood flow going to hair follicles is increased making hair grow faster.
Another important thing that should be taken into account while planning the time for having your hair cut is the zodiac, as it influences not only hair regrowth but also general health. It has been discovered that the most auspicious days for cutting hair are the days when the moon goes through the zodiac signs of Taurus, Leo, Virgo, Libra and Capricorn. All other signs are considered to be either neutral or unfavorable (Aries, Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces). In old times people even avoided washing their hair when the moon stood in Cancer or Pisces.
Below you will find the general moon calendar 2011 for haircutting which specifies the days for slower and faster hair growth:
|Month||Fast hair growth||Slow hair growth|
|March||9, 10, 16, 17, 18||20, 21, 26|
|April||5, 6, 13, 15, 17||–|
|May||10, 14, 15||20|
|June||6, 7, 8||17, 26, 27|
|July||3, 5, 7, 14, 31||23, 25|
|August||10, 31||20, 21|
|September||1, 28||23, 24|
|October||4, 31||13, 14, 21, 23, 25|
|November||1, 11, 27, 28||17, 19, 20, 21, 22|
|December||7, 8, 25, 26||15, 17, 19|
What makes our hair look healthy and lustrous? What do its natural growth and lifecycle depend on? To find the answers to these questions we first need to know what our hair is made of and how it is formed. There are many different biological processes going on in human bodies. One of them is the so called keratinization. In course of this process the insoluble protein keratin (a.k.a horn matter) is being deposited in the epidermal cells. Keratinization is the main reason for natural hair growth. It occurs constantly making the cells transform into horny plates. Hence, our hair is basically composed of keratin and its growth and condition wholly depend upon this substance.
Keratin is formed in hair follicles. The new keratin is very gentle, especially at the hair root, making hair soft and silky. With the growth of keratin hair becomes firmer and stronger. Due to it our hair has the proper structure and integrity. There are no such problems as hair loss, split ends, tousled hair if there is 100% of keratin in hair. In this case hair has no weaknesses and is least susceptible to various disorders. Keratin prevents hair from dehydration what is significant for its healthy growth. If the process of keratinization goes on as it should without interruption, our hair will always have healthy shine and strength.
Keratin can not appear by itself out of nothing. For its formation and density it needs proteins which contain sulfur atoms. Therefore, it is of vital importance to include proper foods in your diet plan. Light meat (poultry and fish) and plant products composed of amino acids are very useful for keratinization and formation of healthy hair structure. Once proteins are ingested with food, they split into thin amino acids which are transferred with blood to all vital organs, including hair follicles.
Natural hair growth and its thickness depend on the amount of proteins that we consume. It is advised to eat sour fruits together with protein rich foods as it helps proteins be digested properly. In this case the stomach produces a sufficient amount of gastric juice containing pepsin, which helps to split molecules of food. If that doesn’t happen, keratin can’t be produced or it is produced in low amounts. Vitamin B6 is also very important as it accelerates protein metabolism. Such foods as nuts, a variety of embryonic germ, soybeans and liver are excellent suppliers of vitamin B6. Cystine, an amino acid saturated with sulfur, gives keratin molecules their brilliance. It is contained in almost all foods rich in protein such as meat, soybeans, cheese and some vegetables. Production of keratin is hindered by stress, harmful chemicals and alcohol abuse, which slow down protein metabolism.
You will also want to use special cosmetics with keratin for additional hair care. Nowadays there are many shampoos and conditioners which formulations are base on keratin. Harmonious combination of natural ingredients in these products can help you reach positive results. They supply hair follicles with keratin and additional nutrients “from the outside” recovering the proper structure of hair and improving the condition of the scalp. Shampoos and other hair care products are particularly useful for weak and damaged hair.