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Thick, long hair isn’t always due to genetics as some might suggest. Eating correctly and receiving the necessary vitamins and nutrients from food can help achieve healthy hair before you know it. If you aren’t getting these nutrients from food, supplements are also available to help in this battle for long locks.

Don’t overtreat it

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How often do you wash your hair? There is always a great debate over how many times a week women should wash their hair. Washing too often could lead to scalp problems and drying which are a terror to deal with. Only wash your hair when it needs it, and be sure to alternate shampoo’s since hair does get immune to the formula. Regularly let your hair air dry, and limit the use of straightening or curling products since this does damage hair.

Food

Diet is a large factor which contributes to healthy hair, and an overall healthy wellbeing. Foods which are high in Silica help to renew hair by stopping breakage at it’s source. These include oats, rice, cucumbers, lettuce, potatoes, strawberries and avocados. Similarly, the key to eating the way to great hair is all about the vitamins that the body requires to keep those locks healthy. Iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Omega -3 are all imperative steps to luscious hair which can be found in easy to find foods such as meat, vegetables and fruits.

Oils

There are many hair oils on the market that promise to deliver shiny hair after just one application. The most popular include Moroccan Oil and Macadamia Oil, which if used in moderation can dramatically change the appearance of hair over time. Treatments like this should be used once a week, and applied at the ends of the hair. If used too much, hair does become dependant and could dry out if you choose to eventually stop using it.

Supplements

There are many hair, nail and skin supplements that can work wonders on improving hair growth and shine. Look for products that include Silica and Blood Orange which help to form healthy bone tissue and collagen. As we age, the amount of Silica in the body is not as easy to replace, and should be topped up by a supplement or eating foods with this nutrient.

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By Felicia Sapountzis