Care for your Hair


Here’s a list of the vitamins you’ll need for your hair according to The World of Hair website:

1. Vitamin A – This vitamin is an antioxidant that helps produce healthy sebum in the scalp. Food sources: Fish liver oil, meat, milk, cheese, eggs, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, apricots and peaches. Daily dosage should be 5,000 IU. More than 25,000 IU is toxic and can cause hair loss and other serious health problems.

2. Vitamin C – It is an antioxidant that helps maintain skin & hair health. Food sources: Citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwi, cantaloupe, pineapple, tomatoes, green peppers, potatoes and dark green vegetables. Daily Dose: 60 mg.

3. Vitamin E – This vitamin is an antioxidant that enhances scalp circulation. Food sources: Cold-pressed vegetable oils, wheat germ oil, soybeans, raw seeds and nuts, dried beans, and leafy green vegetables. Daily dose: Up to 400 IU. Intake of this vitamin can raise blood pressure and reduce blood clotting. Those under high blood pressure medication would need clearance from their doctors.

4. Biotin – This vitamin produces keratin that prevents hair loss and hair graying. may prevent graying and hair loss. Food sources: Brewer’s yeast, whole grains, egg yolks, liver, rice and milk. Daily dose: 150-300 mcg.

5. Inositol – This vitamin keeps hair follicles healthy at the cellular level. Food sources: Whole grains, brewer’s yeast, liver and citrus fruits. Daily Dose: Up to 600 mg.

6. Niacin (Vitamin B3) – This vitamin allows scalp blood circulation. Food sources: Brewer’s yeast, wheat germ, fish, chicken, turkey and meat. Daily dose: 15 mg.

7. Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) – This prevents graying and hair loss. Food sources: Whole grain cereals, brewer’s yeast, organ meats and egg yolks. Daily dose: 4-7 mg.

8. Vitamin B6 – It prevents hair loss and helps create melanin that gives hair its color. Food sources: Brewer’s yeast, liver, whole grain cereals, vegetables, organ meats and egg yolk. Daily dose: 1.6 mg. High dosage of this vitamin can cause numbness in hands and feet.

9. Vitamin B12 – It prevents hair loss. Food sources: Chicken, fish, eggs and milk. Daily dose: 2 mg.

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I’m guilty blow dryer user! My hair is long and when I’m in a rush it’s just a faster way to get my tresses in shape. Although I dont really use it as a styling aid (because I dont know how to blow dry like the pros) but more to just dry my hair after every shampoo–I feel that the excessive drying has taken its toll on my hair! So it’s good to give your hair a break and let it breathe naturally from time to time.
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Whether you’re hitting the beach or spending a lot of time outdoors, it’s important to take care of your hair and scalp. Often times we’re more pre-occupied with slathering SPF all over our bodies and face, we tend to forget that our hair and scalp are also highly exposed to the harmful rays of the sun. There are a lot of hair sun sprays available in the market, just a few squirts will give your hair enough protection against Mr. Sun. The best way to keep your scalp protected though is by donning a big hat or a baseball cap. 

If a trip to the salon is a bit over budget, perhaps you can recreate the salon treatment at home. With just a few kitchen aids you’ll be able to pamper your hair without going broke. Here are some homemade DIY hair treatments from Woman’s Day.

3 Responses to Care for your Hair

  1. patty, great tip for sensitive hair, i suffer from a flaky scalp (ek, i know), i appreciate this!