Beauty & Fashion, Health & Fitness

Hair Matters

Travel and lifestyle writing is a passion of mine, but what some of you may not know about me is, I moonlight as a hairstylist. Or, is it the other way around – a hairstylist moonlighting as a writer? However you look at it, I love both! Interestingly, doing hair gives me insight into so many people’s lives which helps to keep my finger on the pulse.

My clients offer inspiration, ideas and information which helps me to understand this mysterious world of ours. Since beginning the blog, I’ve primarily written about travel, food and wine, but today we are going to switch gears.

My goal for the blog’s beauty and fashion category is to share my written words with followers as if you’re sitting in my chair getting your hair coiffed.

So with that said, I’ll get straight to the point. Hair matters. Hair matters because it can be the difference between a good or bad day. A good hair day elevates our self confidence. It also reflects the health of our body, internally and externally.

Before and after are one year apart. Photo by Courtney Paige

As much as some of us would like to deny that fact, it’s true. The health of our hair is a direct indication of how well we take care of ourselves regarding nutrition, stress and our mental wellbeing.

What influences healthy hair growth? There are actually multiple factors that can have an impact on the health of your hair and hair growth. Unhealthy hair or hair loss can be related to several reasons: over processed hair, stress, poor nutrition, genetics, surgery, pregnancy, poor maintenance and/or over styling with heat tools.

This post focuses on internal nutrition. Believe it or not, the scientific study of nutrition and how it affects our health has only come to light within the last century. Even more unbelievable is how scientific studies have only recently began to realize the relationship between hair and nutrition.

It seems as though common sense would guide us to realize the health of our body goes hand in hand with the health of our hair. However, people generally believe they are stuck with the hair they were born with, and in some cases, yes, this is true. In many cases though, simply changing a few poor habits can set you on the right course.

Beginning in the early twentieth century, scientists determined protein, good fats and healthy carbohydrates are essential for a well-conditioned body.

And, only recently have scientific studies established hair thrives with a plentiful supply of specific nutrients from certain types of vitamins and minerals. For example, Biotin and Omega-3 fatty fish oils immensely improves the health of hair and nails. Biotin is simply a form of vitamin B7. Biotin and Omega-3 fatty fish oils are available at most drug stores, including Trader Joes and Whole Foods.

If your diet lacks these specific nutrients, as a professional cosmetologist, my suggestion is to take the recommended dose of Biotin along with a multi-B-complex and an Omega-3. If you have extenuating circumstances, consult your doctor first before beginning any new supplement regime.

Note: best to take Biotin and a B-complex in the morning with a small breakfast, as taking vitamins on an empty stomach is no bueno! Also, keep in mind Biotin and B-complex vitamins give you an energy boost – bonus! So you may want to adjust your caffeine intake.

Of course, beauty is only skin deep, but healthy hair begins from within, so why not start now?

This blog post focuses on internal nutrition for your hair, so next week we’ll discuss how you can make simple changes in your daily routine for the external health of your hair. Why? Because hair matters and the matters of hair is quite complex.

Feel free to comment or contact me through any of my social media outlets (located in the blog’s top menu) if you have questions or need guidance with your hair.

-Courtney Paige

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3 thoughts on “Hair Matters”

  1. Helpful information, Courtney. Well written. For the pics you presented, what were the tools used to get it healthier? The vitamins you talked about? Did it get colored during the year? There’s a story in those pics I’m hankering to hear!! Cindy

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  2. Hi Cindy! Thanks for your response. I posted a subsequent, more in-depth, article about the products and tools used to nurse hair back to health. The article is called Hair Matters 101. These products and tools work for fine, coarse, curly and gray hair. The regime used in the article focuses on reducing frizz and frayed outer hair cuticles while preserving the integrity of each strand’s inner core. The results are stronger, more resilient and shiny hair.

    Hope this helps. Feel free to contact me for any questions for guidance you may need.

    Courtney

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