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Healthy Hair Growth

Why hair gets thin and how vitamins, massage, and products can help

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Feed your hair: Important nutrients

For stronger hair, be sure to take:

  • Biotin (great for thinning hair)
  • Silica
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Vitamins A, C, and E
  • Zinc

Are you noticing more hairs in your brush? According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 30 million women and 50 million men in this country have hereditary hair loss. One of the most common causes of thinning hair has to do with your genetic predisposition to turn testosterone hormones into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which clogs hair follicles. The hair growth cycle also shortens with age, so already blocked follicles don’t have the chance to sprout fully developed strands like they once did.

Stress, poor diet (e.g., a diet low in protein and good fats), rapid weight loss, pregnancy, illness, and pollution can also cause your body to starve hair follicles of essential nutrients needed to grow thick hair. Birth control, acne prescriptions, steroids, beta blockers, and antidepressants also can disrupt hair’s growth cycle. Thyroid problems, iron deficiency, and menopause can also cause hair to thin.

The average person has 100,000 to 150,000 hairs on his or her head. Hair grows approximately a half-inch per month until it reaches 10 to 12 inches. It is natural to lose 50 to 100 hairs each day.

A healthy scalp that allows your hair to absorb nutrients is the key to keeping your hair. A good scalp massage, which you can do at home, increases the nerve, blood, and nutrient circulation to the hair follicles.

Invigorate your scalp with Jason Thin to Thick Revitalizing Scalp Elixir. Witch hazel and salicylic acid free the hair follicle of debris while biotin, panthenol, vitamin C, and nourishing wheat and vegetable extracts strengthen hair from root to end. Massage into your scalp at night and rinse in the morning to strengthen hair, boost shine, and increase volume.

Encourage healthy hair growth with Giovanni Wellness System Shampoo with Chinese Botanicals. This infusion of five Chinese herbs, plus mulberry fruit and Panax ginseng, moisturizes hair and scalp, increases circulation to the hair roots, nourishes hair follicles, and gives hair a vibrant shine.

Hold on to the hair you have with John Masters Organics Deep Scalp Follicle Treatment & Volumizer for Thinning HaiR. It encourages hair growth by stimulating blood circulation in the scalp, dissolving sebum buildup in the hair root, and feeding the scalp with 19 certified-organic herbs and essential oils.

Get fuller hair with Avalon Organics Biotin B-Complex Thickening Conditioner. Fortified with biotin, saw palmetto, and wheat protein, this rich conditioner promotes scalp circulation, nourishes follicles, and strengthens hair strands. Also try: Biotin B-Complex Thickening Shampoo.