By Anni Dahms
Owner of the retail chain
ANNI’s VITAL SHOP.
Nurse- & Health
specialist, Biopath and Nutritional Adviser.
There are many legends and myths seen throughout history, providing accounts on the impact of hair length. The most famous one is the heroic narrative of the Israelite judge and war hero, the invincible Samson, who had promised God never to cut his hair and in return had the gift of invincible strength bestowed upon him. He falls in love with a woman called Delilah, who belonged to Samson’s opponents, the Philistines.
Delilah nags him into revealing the secret of his hair, the Philistines then manage to cut off his hair and he loses his strength. He gets captured, his eyes are gouged out and he’s left to be ridiculed.
‘Unfortunately’ the Philistines forgot to think about his hair growing back. The story ends with Samson destroying the Philistines temple and many people die, including Samson.
There are many spiritual scientific philosophies on the importance of hair.
If you belong to those who are bald, then take it lightly. As a small curio, you may think of the Tibetan monks who are either bald or very smooth. They are considered to be both wise and calm, and people to whom you go to for advice and guidance.
Today we choose hairstyles as it suits us, our maturity and as our head of hair allows.
Throughout my life I have had many different hair lengths. As I got older, I found long hair too annoying and time-consuming, and have had short hairstyles for many years now.
At the moment, however, I have decided to let my hair grow longer.
How long will it stay, well that depends on how long my patience stretches and if the quality of my hair stays good.
I believe that I can feel a new femininity and openness growing out of me, with the slightly longer length of my hair – but it’s possible that I change my mind about it tomorrow.
No matter what hair length or not, we all wish to have healthy, strong and well groomed hair.
Adult hair usually grows at about 1/3 mm a day for around 1000 days. After that comes a resting period of 100 days, and then the process is restarted. We have about 100.000 hairs on our head, and we would prefer to keep every one of them. Some of us suffer from oily hair, while others have to deal with dry hair. Some lose their hair, while others suffer from their hair splitting.
There are numerous reasons for difficulties with hair, e.g. loss of blood supply to the skin, stress, anger, smoking, shock, infection, contamination, allergies, hormonal changes, medicine e.g. chemo, radiation, etc.
Diet plays a substantial role, and it is of great importance that there is a sufficient supply of the right vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids.
What you choose to put into your mouth is of vital importance. The hair needs all the good in which the body absorbs via correct daily diet. Through diet we can provide the best conditions for healthy hair. By eating right, we are giving ourselves the best hair treatment.
In many cases, it can help to change the diet into one that is more alkaline oriented. I.e. more vegetables and less meat. First and foremost, you must quit or minimize caffeinated drinks and food. They stress and weaken the adrenal glands.Likewise you should avoid sugar, candy, soda drinks, cola and similar drinks, as well as other refined carbohydrates such as white bread, pasta, juice, etc. They break down all the nutrients that are necessary for our hair’s growth. Instead, make sure to be eating enough of the slow, coarse carbohydrates, e.g. apples, carrots which give you a healthy scalp, broccoli, spinach and other green vegetables. Coarse rye bread, muesli, corn products, oats are all rich in B vitamins, which are very important for the hair. Coarse corn products are rich in fibre and pure joy for the digestive system which is important for healthy hair. A healthy digestion is necessary if you want to absorb nutrients from your food and your supplements too.
Make sure that your diet contains healthy proteins. Protein strengthens the hair and helps it to grow. Let them come from dates, beans, lentils. Eggs which also contain Biotin – a special B vitamin that is especially healthy for hair. Fatty fish, e.g. mackerel, herring, anchovies, light meat and a bit of calf meat. Yoghurt without sugar. Cheese e.g. cottage cheese or goat’s cheese. Always organic whenever possible. Remember the healthy fatty acids, olive oil, linseed oil, coconut oil. Avocados are really good too. Complement your diet with walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds. It helps to nourish the roots of the hair.
Plenty of healthy fatty acids help a sensitive scalp, and there are studies showing that hair grows better with a supplement of omega 3 oils.
Eat plenty of berries. They are teeming with antioxidants.
Stop or reduce your alcohol consumption. Better to have a small amount but of better quality. You can find organic wine and beer.
If you are gluten intolerant, then you can find a tasty, gluten free, organic beer. Also, if you would like a beer without alcohol, there are really tasty and organic ones available.
Remember to drink plenty of good water. Drink about 1.5 litres daily. More in hot weather. Hair requires moisture. If you are on a diet, then be aware that your daily diet contains enough of all the necessary nutrients. As soon as the body starts to lack the critical nutrients, it affects our hair.
• As a foundation, it is necessary that you take a good multivitamin/mineral product.
• You can supplement with a little extra zinc, e.g. 20 mg per day. It is an important mineral for hair growth.
• Other minerals which are especially beneficial for hair are calcium, magnesium and silicon.
• The group of B vitamins are crucial if you wish for beautiful hair. It is especially important with sufficient B3, B5, Biotin and Folic acid. There are references from people who have taken extra B5, biotin and folic acid their grey hair has disappeared. Biotin can be taken in doses of 1000 mcg.
• If you are taking contraceptive pills then make sure to be getting enough B6.
• Gingko Biloba helps to improve circulation in the scalp.
• Remember to take an extra omega 3 supplement.
• There are many combination products that are intended for strengthening hair.
• Hair Nutrients by Solaray contains the vitamins and minerals that are considered to be important for hair growth.
• Priorin is a popular diet supplement, and it’s been on the market for more than 50 years. It is one of the most sold supplements in Europe. The maximum effect can be felt after three months.
It contains among other things biotin, cysteine, millet and pantothenic acid.
• Hair Volume contains extract of apple, millet and horsetail along with amino acids, biotin and zinc.
• Silica contains silicon as well as biotin and zinc.
• Berthelsen has produced pure silicon.
• You can find Silicium by Naturdrogeriet, which is also good for hair.
• Hair Plus is a combination of brewer’s yeast, pantothenic acid, silica and a lot of herbs such as rosemary, nettle, paprika, guarana, etc.
• Arcon Tisane is a documented dietary supplement known for giving thicker hair as well as increasing hair growth, reducing hair loss while enriching the hair’s roots. The product consists primarily of fenugreek seeds in combination with vitamins and minerals.
• It has been found that the Arcon Tisane works in 80% of hair loss – except in cases where hair loss may be disease or genetically related.
• Arcon Tisane also has a shampoo available, which may be a good idea to use during the diet. Furthermore, there is an Arcon tincture for the scalp that can be combined with capsules and shampoo.
• Be careful when drying your hair with a strong and high heat. It makes your hair brittle.
• Brushing hair was once considered to be beneficial, but again balance is key. If you brush your hair too hard, you may risk pulling the hair out of your scalp. Brush your hair carefully and use a good, gentle hairbrush. You could ask your hairdresser for advice.
• Massaging the scalp with aesthetic oils can be both nice and effective. Allow an educated aromatherapist guide you on which oils are best suited for your needs.
• It can be very good to give yourself a daily scalp massage, it only takes 3 minutes. This increases blood flow to the hair follicles and aids hair growth. Rub your fingertips carefully all over your scalp. Don’t be too hard-handed.
• Bidro Gel is a gel consisting of 3 organic willow extracts and Jelly Royal. It is especially suited for people who have problems with their scalp, eg. psoriasis. It is a very comfortable gel that is applied to the scalp in a thick layer, about 2 times a week or more often. It’s applied for about 20 minutes before being washed out with, for example, Jelly Royal shampoo.
• If you feel that your hair problems may be caused by difficulties with your digestive system, then it may be a good idea to supplement with a good quality lactic acid product. Take it for a couple of months and see what effect it has upon you.
• Has your hair along with your skin suddenly become inexplicably dry, in addition to you feeling unexplainably fatigued, then it would be a good idea get your metabolism examined.
• Make sure to get a proper nights sleep.
• Drop washing your hair daily, this drains your hair of natural oils.
• Use good quality shampoos and remember to use a good conditioner after washing.
• Be careful not to rub with coarse towels – this wears out fragile hair.
• Go to a good hairdresser who can give you good advice that helps your hair specifically.