More Than Skin Deep: Eat the color orange for healthy hair and skin

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Easter is a colorful, happy holiday, and a great time to remember that color plays an important factor in the foods you eat. A well-balanced meal should be a colorful plate.

If you want to improve the quality of your hair, eat orange foods. They are rich in vitamins A and C and keratin. You can also supplement your diet with folic acid and biotin twice a day. There are many high-priced designer vitamin supplements that are marketed to persuade people to buy them, but I have found they are unnecessary. A gentle shampoo and products that will not dry the scalp are also important. Many times, unhealthy hair and hair loss can be attributed to an unhealthy scalp. A dry, flaky scalp is not a good environment for the hair to grow. In other words, you can’t grow corn in the desert.

Is your scalp tight? Try this. Make a fist with your hand. Does your scalp move around when you rub it or is it tight like the back of your hand? It should move. Stresses can tighten up the scalp, choking off the blood supply that nourishes the hair follicle. Massage therapist Matt Francis says having a tight scalp can also lead to headaches and neck pain. A little gentle rubbing of your head once a day can help increase the circulation. Do it for your spouse and let him or her return the favor.

Q: My hair is falling out. What kind of shampoo do you recommend to help make it stop?

A: You did not say whether you were male or female. If you are a male, and the loss is in the middle and the front of the hair, it could be male pattern baldness. If your mother’s father is bald, you might be cursed. Yes, the gene for male pattern baldness comes from that side of the family. In this case, some of men have luck with the Rogaine products.

If you are female, age, medical problems and medications can be a factor in the problem. But in any case, male or female, excessive hair loss should be checked by a physician. Overall excessive hair loss can be the result of many serious underlying conditions. A stylist is not qualified to diagnose these problems, so get yourself to a doctor.

Q: My 23-year-old daughter is experiencing hair loss. She had very thick hair and now it is very thin. I thought she might have a thyroid problem so she had blood work done and everything came back normal. Do you have any suggestions?

A: Thyroid problems can be a major factor with excessive hair loss. If the doctor you are seeing can’t find anything wrong, try another doctor. I suggest you try a dermatologist next.

Q: Is there a difference between salon products and over-the-counter products? What products do you recommend?

A: Many of the over-the-counter products available are high in detergents and alcohol. Many of the salon products that boast to be all natural have a plant derivative that is, in fact, alcohol. Alcohol will remove hair color, and dry the hair, with repeated use.

Take a piece of fabric and draw a line on it with a ball point ink pen. Take the hairspray you use on your hair and spray the line of ink, and then try to get it out with a fresh cloth. If the ink comes out, so will your hair color, with repeated use. I sell my own line of products to be sure of what is in them. The best thing for you to do is to ask your hairstylist what she recommends for your hair.

Tip of the Week: Shampoo hair only once. Do not do the “repeat” step on the back on the bottles. You will save your hair color, and prevent dry scalp.

Reach Scott Terwilliger at scott.terwilliger@hotmail.com.


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