There are many foods that are good for your hair. But like everything, a moderate and balanced approach is key. Forget myths about eating jelly squares, the best foods for your hair are simply a healthy blend of fresh fruits and vegetables, plant-based proteins and wholegrain carbs. Good plant-based protein foods include:
- Beans, peas & lentils
- Nuts & seeds
- Organic tofu, seitan & tempeh
- Sea vegetables like kelp have been reported as being good, but avoid for iodine or thyroid issues.
One of the most popular ‘hair vitamins’ is biotin, which can be found in food form in sweet potatoes and many other veggies, nuts and seeds.
Ayurvedic head massage can help by increasing circulation to the scalp, and reducing stress (no oil needed, but if used, avoid essential oils for pregnancy/nursing). A big cause of hair loss is stress, especially in women.
So chill out and calm down. and read Yoga to the Rescue: Ageless Beauty to get you glowing again. The best yoga poses for healthy hair are ones that get your follicles circulating, so only if safe to do (not pregnancy, heart issues, glaucoma), go upside down for inversions like Downward Dog. Yoga poses also tend to improve digestion, which is important for hair growth, to ensure you are ingesting your vitamins and minerals from food.
Awake Organics makes a good caffeine shampoo. Other hair loss not related to alopecia and male pattern baldness tends to be from using too many processed products (switch to a natural shampoo, as most versions contain sodium laurel sulphate, a foaming agent linked to hair loss and slow hair growth) and don’t be harsh on your hair (like tight ponytails etc).
Zero Waste Hair Supplements
Don’t take hair supplements if pregnant or nursing and speak to your doctor if you have any medical issues or are on medication, before use.
Your hair grows very slowly, and it will take around 4 years to grow a full head of shoulder-length hair, if you shaved it off today. Often your hair growth is determined by genetics. Redheads usually have thicker hair, and blondes have less. Feel Beauty Probiotic uses cutting-edge science technology to make beauty supplements in plastic-free packaging, as chewy fruity pastilles. Also helpful for fragile nails, each box contains 60 capsules (enough for a month) with results often seen in weeks. Whereas most gelatine capsules break apart as soon as they reach your stomach (rendering most ingredients useless), these are released much slower into the testing. In-vivo study (not on animals) found a typical release of 45 minutes.
Free & More Natural Wigs
If you choose to wear a wig, you can get free wigs on the NHS if you are on qualifying benefits. A private company Nuola Wigs offers lightweight wigs made with human hair, ties onto breathable lace caps that are lightweight, giving the illusion of real scalp. For medical hair loss, email before purchase for a 10% discount code (and VAT 20% discount too).
Donate Hair to Help Children
If you have long hair about to be cut off, did you know that you can donate your hair to help others? Little Princesses Trust uses donated human hair, to make into free wigs for children with hair loss, either from alopecia or medical hair loss for treatments like chemotherapy. They need hair mostly that is very long that is clean and dry, with no split ends and of any natural colour. They can also accept Afro hair donations which are used to make wefted wigs, although dreadlocks cannot be used. Some salons will even cut your hair for free, if you are donating to this charity.
For obvious reasons, they don’t want grey hair, although a little is okay if it can be removed. Hair that is dyed is not suitable, as it will gradually wash out to reveal the grey, which a child won’t want. Permanently dyed hair (like blonde hair) is okay to accept. The charity cannot accept hair that is dyed with henna, nor unnatural colours like pink or purple. After your hair is ready, ensure it is dry and pack it as instructed in a cardboard envelope. Do not dry hair on a radiator or similar heat source, it will not be usable. Also do not use conditioner or styling products. Once naturally dry, tie both ends with a plastic-free hair tie, and another one halfway down. Include a completed hair donation slip from the website. Then post!
Don’t donate hair to birds for nests, as it can strangle or choke, just like if caught around your finger, it cuts off circulation. Pet hair is best not donated either as most contains medicines, shampoo scents or flea treatment. Also never put lint in the garden for birds. Birds have been making nests for thousands of years, without our help.