Healthy Hair & Nails, Naturally
I was born with thin, fine, blonde hair (that looked horrible in a ponytail) and nails that never achieved any length because they were so thin and always got snagged or peeled. In my 20s, this was not a problem because I simply wore acrylic nails and hair extensions.
Now, later in life, I found that I would go through periods where my hair would actually start to fall out, and after removing my acrylic nails after two decades (a year ago), they were so damaged I could only keep them as short as possible and clipped. Not exactly fashionable.
What was I to do?
- I went to see Alice (owner of Alive Health) and she sold me one of their house products called “HairGRO”, in addition to my usual B Complex. I took three a day and, although it’s too early to actually measure hair growth, I can say that my hair almost instantly stopped falling out. Last week, I went for a manicure and they had to trim my nails!
- As an additional treatment, I found an amazing line of hair care products at Aveda, which, they tell me, are their #1 selling products! My hair actually feels somewhat normal these days.
- Lastly, as a styling tool, I use Bumble and Bumble Thickening Spray. You spray on damp hair and then you blow dry as usual. I could not live without this.
There are some great foods that can also support your hair and nail health. Don’t forget, foods high in vitamin C and other antioxidants naturally creates collagen!
Salmon is loaded with vitamin D, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids, which help to promote hair growth by keeping your scalp healthy.
Sweet potato consists of beta-carotene, which helps keep your skin healthy by acting as a natural sunblock. It has also been proven that beta-carotene adds warm tones to the skin.
Nuts (ex., nut butters, almonds, peanuts, walnuts, cashews) are rich in omega fatty acids, vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals. Please consume in moderation.
Avocado is a fantastic source of vitamin E, B, and healthy fats (omega-3 fatty acids). These work to protect and strengthen hair. Vitamin B is essential for hair growth.
Egg yolks contain biotin, which is a B vitamin. Low levels of biotin may result in brittle nails and hair loss; while healthy levels may actually reverse such conditions.
Oats are one of the best whole grain sources. They contain protein, biotin, anti-inflammatory properties, magnesium, and potassium.
Berries are loaded with potent antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. These fruits are some of the best to eat to heal damaged hair, skin, and nails.
I wish there was one magical recipe that would give us all the most incredible beauty benefits (how amazing would that be?). Thankfully, our diet and lifestyle habits can play a crucial part in these areas.
Bonney Rempel A retail expert and a savvy shopper herself, with a keen eye on fashion and all things beauty – from her passion for flower gardening, to her savvy in skin care (she was an aesthetician before all, and it shows), so when it comes to getting and keeping a glow, she’s the one in the know. Her fashion dictum is “There’s no such thing as being overdressed”.