What do you remember about the summer after you graduated from high school? For me, it was the summer I spent at the beach with all my best friends and I cut all my hair off. Yes, I cut my hair above my shoulders because I was so sick of it (nothing to do with being an impulsive 19 year old). I was in the kitchen when my cousin Bethany, a stylist that I’ve mentioned here before, put my hair in a ponytail and took shears to it. For those summer months, I loved my short hair. When the sky started going dark early and the temperature dropped, I wanted my long hair back. I started giving myself trims once a month (ladies do not do this at home!) and taking fish oil and a multivitamin. I had split ends, meaning my hair wouldn't grow and would look terrible. As for the vitamins, I firsttook them because my parents did. After my hair started growing quicker than I expected, I realized my trims and vitamin intake were the main reasons behind this phenomenon. I may have been your typical teen but I was on to something with my new hair growth routine. There’s a science to both my trims and vitamin use.
The science behind my monthly cuts starts with breaking down what a strand of hair is. A strand of hair is made of three parts: the cortex, medulla and the cuticle. The cortex and the medulla make up the inside of the hair, and the cuticle is the outer layer that protects it. The cuticle looks like shingles on a roof. When the cuticle is damaged or weak, the “shingles” expose the inside of the hair and the strand splits in half. The split continues throughout the entire strand until it reaches the root. What my monthly trims didwas stop the split ends from splitting to the root. By cutting off the split ends, the hair is stronger and can continue growing.
Another thing to take note of is the hair grows from the root, not the ends. If you keep your ends healthy from splits it wont disturb the growth at the root. When someone waits 3 months to a year to get their hair cut they are allowing more split ends to travel making your hair weak and damaged. This is why so many stylists want to take inches off your hair. This is why I encourage all my clients to come once a month for me to take off any split ends. I’m not that stylist who wants to chop off all of your hair. I want everyone to have strong healthy hair, whether it short or long. For a more in depth description of a split end check out a Moment of Science.
Next, as I mentioned above, you should take fish oil and a multi vitamin everyday. Fish oil is amazing for your hair and skin because it is a fatty acid that builds up the hair and nourishes your scalp. This fatty acid is called omega-3 and is found in fish like salmon. This is why salmon was one of my top power foods for the hair in my previous post. Hair is shinier and stronger when this omega-3 fatty acid is present in the body. The Huffington Post wrote a great article about fish oil. Click here to read it. Want to dig deeper into the world of omega-3? Click here to read this insightful article by WHFoods.com.
I was taking the multivitaminbecause my doctor recommended it to keep my whole body in check. When our body is healthy as a whole the benefits are endless. Again, we know this! Healthy body equals healthy hair. I dug a little further on why we should take a multivitamin and believe it or not I found a great passage on webmd.com. I was shocked when webmd.com didn’t tell me I was having organ failure or something extreme like it always does! They preached food first then vitamins. (I gave myself a pat on the back because I was way ahead of the game.) Eating my top power foods, I was getting the nutrients I needed. However, if a meal lacked in nutrients or I missed a meal because I was slammed at work, thats where my multivitamin came to play.
“When the food on the plate falls short and doesn’t include essential nutrients like calcium, potassium, vitamin D, and vitamin B12, some of the nutrients many Americans don’t get enough of, a supplement can help take up the nutritional slack. Vitamin and mineral supplements can help prevent deficiencies that can contribute to chronic conditions.” -WebMD. to read more of this webMD “you’re not going to die tomorrow” article, click here.
It’s VERY important to pay attention to what we put into our bodies. When purchasing your vitamins and even your groceries, look at the label!
When you see the following in the label, PUT THE ITEM DOWN.
- Soybean oil or Soy for that matter. Worship soy? Gross. Check out this article.
- High Fructose Syrup
- Sucralose - The most awful artificial sweetener of them all.
- Wheat - Wheat is chemically altered more often than not. Even in vitamins and “healthy products.” Anything that is artificially flavored or begins with “diet” is no good. When you see the word diet on labels, think diet equals disaster for your body. Now I'm starting to sound like webMD!
To purchase the fish oil and multivitamin that I take click on the images below.
This concludes my take on healthy hair. Let us go forth, eat our power foods, take our vitamins and come see me for split end trims! Together we will conquer the world with beautiful hair!
If you have any questions or comments feel free to message me. I am here for all your hair needs.
~The Long Hair Queen