We all want that long healthy looking, glossy hair that moves and swishes behind us as we walk. For some, they want the hair of their youth back because what they have now is thinning out and becoming sparse. As a hairstylist, I get a lot of questions on what to do and use for longer, stronger hair and healthier hair, this is what I have to offer (Today, I’m not talking about full on alopecia or hair loss) .
As we grow older, our body slows down and for some our hair doesn’t get as much nutrients as it used to. For some, Dihydro-testosterone also known as DHT is the culprit. This hormone causes the hair follicles to constrict thereby producing finer strands with shorter life span and if allowed to progress on its natural course will eventually lead to balding. For some stress, everyday living and diet are possible culprits.
Thank God for brilliant minds who have made it their mission and goal to find a solution to this problem, there are different products on the market to help with this from topical solutions, wash and rinse offs and supplements. Over the years we have brought into the salon several products and have discarded a few, kept some and recommend some.
My recommendation is always to start with what you eat or ingest, a healthier diet rich in minerals and vitamins that the body needs to perform optimally is one of the best lines of defense. After taking care of your diet, add supplements that your body might be short of. Biotin, Calcium, Manganese, Selenium, Silica have all been shown to help support healthy hair, skin and nails. With products that have dual purposes, there is no need to have to buy 2 different shampoos and conditioners to help support your hair. Look out for products that provide added benefits.
The following are products that I always recommend to anyone who asks for advice on their thinning or weak hair.
1. Eat more green vegetables the closer to being raw the better. If you have difficulty eating your vegetables, turn them into smoothies or juice them.
2. Start taking your vitamins and multi-minerals, there are a lot of companies that make some specifically for the hair, skin and nails. You can find them in the vitamin aisle at your local pharmacy or the organic health store.
Some of the ones I like are, Hair Skin and Nails by It Works, Nature’s Bounty Hair Skin & Nails, Biotin, Silica (Homeopathic tablets), Total Bliss Give Me Strength Hair+Nails Boosting Bites (Sephora).
Use shampoos and conditioners and leave-ins that help restore strength and also help reduce thinning and excessive shedding of hair.
The products I recommend are Revita Shampoo and Conditioner, DSLabs high performance hair growth stimulating shampoo and conditioner, Kevin Murphy Plump-Me Wash and Rinse, (this is amazing for fine thin hair) Kevin Murphy BODY.MASS. (This leave-in uses eyelash thickening and lengthening technology to strengthen hair, making your hair appear thicker and fuller instantly, whilst improving the quality over time. This dual-purpose product is rich in Oleanolic acid that helps to fortify and strengthen the hair at the root to prevent thinning and falling hair).
I believe in making a personal informed decision before buying and using any product so I have included information below on where to get more information and where to purchase some of the products online.
Have a great hair day.
Yours in health and beauty.