Being bald is nothing to be ashamed of, but it seems (to me at least) that society had a lot to do with the creation of this “stigma”. We are becoming more and more self-conscious, looking at photos of models flooding almost every magazine and newspaper out there; and are constantly conditioned, through media, to view beauty as something flawless and almost unattainable.
One of these aspects of beauty is, certainly, a strong and healthy hair. Strong hair makes us feel manlier and, for some reason gives us a huge boost in confidence. So, why does it fall off?
There are a lot of different factors, both genetic and environmental, that can lead to hair loss in both men and women but today we are going to address one in particular – diet. Proper nutrition has a significant impact on all structures of our body and hair is no different, and in the following paragraphs we are going to learn more about this link.
I will try to make this as simple as I can since we don’t really need to dive into the anatomic structure of the hair itself, just give a brief overview:
- Cuticle – cuticle is the outer layer of the hair and it is basically responsible for protecting all the layers and structures located on the inside. It also controls the “water supply,” preventing the hair from becoming dry and fragile
- Cortex – cortex is the middle layer and it is responsible for “special effects” such as hair color, elasticity, curls etc.
- Medulla – medulla is at the very core of our hair and it is the thinnest and the most sensitive layer
By definition, the outer layers protect the inner, more sensitive ones, so the most common damage and hair loss is caused by physical damage to the most prominent, outer layer; damage caused by dying or styling, for example.
But, in order to have a healthy, shiny and strong hair, we need to provide it with a daily supply of vitamins a proteins.
Eating For Healthy Hair
To ensure your hair is “well fed,” you will need:
- Proteins – hair is basically protein (just like our nails) so ensuring sufficient protein supply is one of the crucial ingredients in the hair loss prevention recipe; otherwise your hair will become weak and fragile, and you may suffer hair loss. Make sure you eat plenty of fish, chicken, dairy or eggs and you won`t have problems.
- Vitamin E – vitamin E will not only help you steer clear of problems with your scalp, but it will also protect your hair. Nuts are a good source of vitamin E.
- Omega-3 Fatty Acid – seems like nowadays everyone is talking about the massive health benefits of Omega-3… because it does have a profound (positive) influence on our entire body. It will also make sure our scalp is well “lubricated” and properly hydrated, promoting healthy hair growth.
- Iron – hugely important! Lack of iron will cause anemia and hinder the blood`s ability to supply nutrients and oxygen to the hair follicle. Lack of nutrients will, eventually, lead to the disruption of hair growth process, slowing it down, and it may result in losing hair.
- Vitamin C – vitamin C should be used along with iron rich foods (or supplements), since it will aid the absorption of iron, making it easier for our body to fully utilize it.