Untouched photo of 61-year-old after
implementing the below steps to gorgeous hair
Did you know that someone with thin, brittle aging hair can follow 4
steps to have beautiful, fuller hair? These easy, inexpensive steps can put bounce,
beauty, fullness, and youthfulness back into hair.
Why Does Aging Hair Lose its Luster?
As women age, hair follicles become dormant (stop producing hair) in increasing
numbers, causing hair to become thin or bald. With aging, the hair shaft decreases
in diameter, which is referred to as "fine" hair. As aging hair becomes thinner,
the remaining hair that does grow is often fine, fragile, brittle and lacking in
luster, fullness. Fine hair breaks easily, and is very susceptible to damage
from chemicals or harsh handling, thus making it nearly impossible to look beautiful,
especially in any length other than short.
However, there are a few lucky older women who somehow seem to defy age and retain
thick, beautiful hair. But for those of us who are not among those lucky few, there
are four easy steps we can take toward having beautiful hair again.
It is important to keep in mind that after these four steps have been faithfully
followed, it will be necessary for the old damaged, nutrition-starved hair to
completely grow out (and be trimmed off). Thus, the longer the hair length desired,
the more time will be required for the healthy, full hair to grow in and take over.
If hair becomes suddenly thin or bald, a physician should be consulted to ensure
that there is not a medical condition responsible for the sudden hair loss. This may
include an overdose of vitamin A, high fever, toxic drugs or medications, thyroid
or pituitary gland disorders, and pregnancy. Even after the medical condition has
been remedied, hair may continue to fall out for 3 or 4 months.
THE 4 STEPS TO GORGEOUS HAIR
Step 1 - Avoid harsh chemicals
Any harsh chemicals, such as perms or permanent coloring is guaranteed to damage
hair to some extent, regardless of the skill of the hairdresser and the quality
of the chemicals being applied. Fine, aging hair becomes dry and brittle from
chemical damage or excessive heat far easier than young, healthy hair. Thus,
for styling, use soft sponge rollers. For coloring, use a non-damaging semi-permanent
hair color that lasts 2 to 3 months, such as "Ion Brilliance" or other similar
semi-permanent hair color.
To hide the gray in my hair, I use an after-shampoo, rub-in cocktail mix of
one part Ion Brilliance (semi-permanent coloring) and five parts
"Fanci-full" temporary hair color.
Step 2 - Nutrition - Growing healthy hair
A. The inexpensive "hair vitamin" called Maxi-hair by Country Life
is guaranteed to add fullness and strength to hair at any age. Skeptical at first,
I tried this myself, and it has worked wonders (see photo top-right). I bought mine
from SwansonVitamins.com for about $14 (90 tablets) in 2011. The bottle lasts 45 days.
Take one tablet each morning and another each evening. Since hair typically grows
about 1/2 inch per month, allow a few months for results to be very visible.
B. Another "hair vitamin" I take is called
"Hair Essentials" by NaturalWellbeing.com and costs about $25 per
90-capsule-bottle if 6 bottles are ordered. The instructions on each bottle
recommends 3 per day, but I take 2, so a bottle lasts me 45 days.
But because both of the above-described hair vitamins contain vitamin A, I do not
take any other multi-vitamin pills, because too much vitamin A is not good for anyone.
C. Eating nutritional yeast helps hair. The natural food product
called nutritional yeast is packed full of the B-group vitamins, which are
absolutely essential for healthy hair growth. In her book,
"Body Fuel," author Donna Shryer states that the B-complex vitamins
abundant in nutritional yeast make hair grow healthier, fuller, and softer.
Additionally, Shryer informs readers that vitamin B9 (also called folic acid or
folate) which is abundant in nutritional yeast, also nourishes the hair. Available
in the refrigerated food section of most health food stores, nutritional yeast is
commonly sold in flake or powder form. Take 1 to 2 tablespoons daily to promote
healthy hair growth. Buy in bulk and keep it frozen to retain potency. Nutritional
yeast can be mixed with salad dressings, dips, or stirred into a glass of cold
water. Vegan (non-dairy, non meat) "cheese" sauces are usually made with
nutritional yeast, because of its mild cheesy flavor.
D. Low (or no) consumption or absorption of L-Lysine, an amino acid, can
contribute to hair loss, but this can be averted by consuming adequate amounts
of legumes (beans, peas, and lentils). Healthy hair growth is further promoted
by the consumption of leafy green vegetables and yellow or orange fruits.
Non-refined, non-processed carbohydrates (whole foods) are essential for healthy,
beautiful hair, such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, brown rice, and sweet
potatoes. Yahoo Contributor, Linda McCloud, teaches that spinach, fish, green
leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, nuts, and broccoli are foods that promote healthy
E. To maximize absorption of nutrients, take a probiotic capsule, available
at most health food stores. Additionally, papaya enzyme and bromelain further
enhance the body's absorption of nutrients.
F. Reversing gray hair with nutrition. Two minerals that have the ability
to reverse gray hair are zinc and copper, but should be consumed from a natural
source to avoid overdose, according to the Hippocrates Health Institute. Copper is
abundant in sesame seeds, raw cashews, cooked soybeans, barley, sunflower seeds,
tempeh, garbanzo beans, and navy beans. Good sources of zinc are peanuts,
legumes, whole grains, brown rice, and potatoes. To absorb the maximum amount
of nutrients from food, eat them raw (when reasonable) . Raw foods are packed
with enzymes, which are special types of proteins that break down the foods we eat
into molecules that our bodies are able to absorb, and thus sustain life,.
Some foods, such as sweet potatoes and legumes must be cooked prior to consumption,
but many fruits and vegetables can be consumed raw.
Step 3 - Hair care
Brushing hair. Taking care of one's hair, especially aging hair, is extremely
important in maintaining beautiful hair that has natural softness and silkiness.
Always use a soft-bristle brush to prevent breakage and tearing of the hair. Wet
hair must be brushed with great care, because it is especially vulnerable to damage
and tearing. Always brush hair gently, and have patience when brushing tangles out
to not pull, stretch, or break hair.
Pulling or tightening hair. Never pull on hair or wear a hair style that
causes "tight" hair, such as tight curlers, braids, cornrows, and
hair weaves, according to Yahoo Contributor, D. Swain. Swain teaches us that
tension (pulling) on hair can lead to hair loss.
Excessive heat. Excessive heat from a hair blower or hot curling iron can
damage aging hair. Use medium to low heat when blow-drying aging hair. Use sponge
rollers to curl rather than a hot curling iron. In the above photo (top-right), the
hair was blown dry on medium heat, immediately followed by placing all the hair
into a single sponge roller on top of the head, overnight. The blow drying and
sponge-curling took only 8 or 9 minutes.
Step 4 - Make hair healthier and thicker
Products that make hair thicker and fuller.
To quickly remedy thinning hair and/or balding, two products are available, which
have been proven to reverse hair loss and to revive dormant hair follicles, making
Exercise and nutrition. Hair can actually grow healthier, thicker,
and longer with proper nutrition and exercise, according to Yahoo Contributor,
Linda McCloud. McCloud states that aerobic exercise increases circulation which
improves the health of hair follicles, thus promoting healthier, thicker hair.
- Minoxidil (topically applied) has been available for many years and can be
purchased at most large discount stores (i.e. Walmart) for about $6 or $7 for a one
- Procyanidin is a fruit extract, commonly from grape seeds, and even more
abundant in the skins of apples, and is available in the form of daily capsules
from Apple Poly (www.ApplePoly.com), but is more expensive than minoxidil. However,
in studies, procyanidin actually produced hair with a thicker hair shaft diameter
(youthful hair), meaning that the hair was stronger, less brittle, and more resistant
to damage from chemicals and harsh handling.
In summary, good nutrition and proper hair care can make the difference between
thin, brittle, breakable hair and soft, full and beautiful hair, according to
the "Encyclopedia of Aging and Public Health." If hair remains
excessively thin after implementing good nutrition and hair care,
adding either topical minoxidil or daily capsules of procyanidin can help
to return hair to a thickness and fullness perhaps not seen in years.
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