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Eating For Long Hair

Filed under: Long Hair Care — Stephanie at 10:25 pm on Monday, August 11, 2008

One of the secrets to having beautiful long hair is eating well. Genetics play a role too, but you can improve the appearance of your hair by eating well.

Protein is one of the key building blocks of your hair. If you aren’t getting enough your hair is not likely to continue growing in healthy, strong and thick.

This doesn’t mean you need to eat a lot more meat. You can get protein from vegetarian sources that will generally be healthier for your entire body.

Vitamin deficiencies can also show up in your hair, causing premature greying, hair loss, or just dull hair. A healthy diet can help you avoid these.

It is very important to note, of course, that genetics play a role as well, and the healthiest of diets can’t beat something that is going to happen to you no matter what. But you can certainly try!

Just as with any other healthy diet, the basic recommendation for growing healthy hair is to eat a low fat diet with plenty of whole grains, fruits, vegetables and fish. Leafy green vegetables can be particularly good for you. Avoid extremely fatty meats and fast foods. These are good for occasional indulgences, but not as regular fare.

Your hair also appreciates many of the B vitamins. Whole grains, fruit and fish are among the sources for these. But don’t forget vitamins C, E or A. These are also important to healthy hair.

It’s important to take steps like these and to remember that there is only so much you can do for your hair once it has grown. Treating the hair on your head can help it, but eating right will help it to look its best.

You’ll also never beat genetics entirely. You can do your best to eat right, but if people in your family tend to suffer from premature grey hair or hair loss, you’re probably going to face that as well.

Make sure you combine healthy eating habits with good treatment to your hair as well. Use a boar bristle brush to help spread the natural oils of your hair along its entire length. Avoid the use of hot air blow dryers, curling and straightening irons, and the harsh chemicals using in many hair colors and perm solutions. Abusing your hair can set back your hair growth significantly, as well as give it poor texture and make it harder to manage.

Successfully growing beautiful long hair requires a combination of factors, not all of which are within your control. Make the most of what you do control.

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17 Comments »

Comment by Charlene

November 1, 2008 @ 10:59 am

I have heard over and over that genetics play a big part in your hair growth and that you cannot do much to correct the problems caused as a result of that…….Well, I DISAGREE!!!(not to sound mean or rude). However, I know of a countless amount of people who have a long list of hair problems within their families/genetics, yet they have the most longest, beautifulest hair imaginable! Now, tell me how could this have happened?! I know some families where most of the people have very short, hard to grow hair and some of the others have very long, easy to manage hair (same family/ethnic background/same parents, etc.). It’s as if some, “Angel of Good, Long Hair” waived her magic wand on them or something. I do believe that genetics may play a role in your hair makeup. However, I do not think that your genetics will be the final determination. Lol.

Comment by Amanda Tyson

June 20, 2009 @ 4:18 pm

I wish this site was updated more. Its been what 6 months?

Comment by Stephanie

June 22, 2009 @ 9:40 pm

Longer. Life’s been crazy. Had a baby, getting ready to move.

Comment by Julie

August 19, 2009 @ 8:00 am

Hi Stephanie, you’ve got a great website! I’ve had long hair since I was 14 (I’m 32 now) and I started noticing (maybe I’ve been paying more attention to it) increased hair loss after washing. With all I’ve been reading online, I think it has to do with my diet. I stopped eating milk with cereal for breakfast since Jan. 2009 and have only been having homemade smoothies with All-Bran buds. Other than that, I eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. I even cut 4 inches off thinking it might have to do with the weight. I’ll be going to back to cereal with milk to see if it makes a difference.

Comment by BB

December 18, 2009 @ 3:03 pm

Julie, it’s from your hormones, they’re beginning to decline from perimenopause–not your diet. Either that or you have a thyroid disorder. And genetics does have more to do with growing long hair than anything else. My hair goes past my rear. It just grows fast and always has. It only takes it 2 years to grow that long no matter what I eat. I know many people who tell me their hair won’t grow that long no matter what they try.

Comment by KC

December 20, 2009 @ 11:05 am

I appreciate your site so much that I want to support it. I went to the little google ad section and clicked on every ad there was. I hope that is helpful for you!

Comment by Stephanie

December 22, 2009 @ 2:44 pm

Honestly, I prefer that people only click on ads they are interested in. Clicking on all the ads puts me at risk for being booted from the program if it happens too much. Also, suspicious clicks don’t get paid out.

It’s a kind thought of you though.

Comment by wilco

December 29, 2009 @ 7:39 pm

Has anyone heard of a product called Shen Min?
It is a Chinese herb that is supposed to reverse gray hair. I find a lot of people selling it but little research on its effects.

Comment by Charlene

January 19, 2010 @ 4:58 pm

Wilco I’ve used Shen Min in the past and was quite unsuccessful. Also I’ve experienced that when taking Asian products, they tend to work extremely slow with a promise of maximum results. I’m too impatient to wait for months and months to see results. Shen Min may work, but get ready to wait unless your body is craving for some (or all) of the ingredients in it.

Comment by Charlene

February 20, 2010 @ 3:34 pm

IMO, I’ve found that (genetics or otherwise) eating lots of protein, taking B-Complex, MSM and Biotin are all great for the health and growth of hair.

Comment by Heather Broullire

September 28, 2010 @ 9:07 am

I was reading your alls comments and i dont know anything about Genetics or eating leafy green anything.I live in the south and eat alot of fried foods and don’t like water much….but I am picky about my shampoo’s and my conditioner’s and always use a comb when my hair is wet and a soft brush when dry and at night I always put my hair in two pig-tails with at least three soft bands on each pig tail to avoid morning knots.I heard stress can make your hair fall out too… but i have 5 kids, 15 to 1 years old and still manage to have hair down to my waist.Maybe genetics does play a role.But if thats the case how come my father was bald and my mother always had to have short hair cause it would never grow and she eat’s reallly healthy and exercises all the time??? The only exercise routine i do is to the Frig.LOL

Comment by Charlene

January 3, 2011 @ 11:41 pm

Hi Heather! I have to agree with you entirely!!! That’s what I was trying to say in my original message. I believe that hair growth is an individual thing. No matter what your genetics, if it’s meant for you to have long hair AND you do the best things to grow it, then it WILL grow and “very” long if you allow it to. The main problem that I’ve always had is retention. My hair will grow, but then it tends to break off – almost for no reason. I’m sure there’s a reason, but mine may be for dryness. It’s worst in the winter. I’m starting to use a lot of coconut oil or jojoba oil on my ends in the AM and PM. Also I cover my hair before going to bed. I take LOTS of supplements to try and keep it healthy. My hair is now BSL (the longest it’s ever been in my whole life!!!) I do believe that it’s still growing. My hair is funny though….sometimes it really grows so fast I can’t believe my eyes and then sometimes it just doesn’t seem to grow at all. My goal for this year is not to cut it at all (not even for trims) and see what happens. I will be taking care of it and taking my supplments of course. I’ll also be getting an exercise routine (if I can stay with it). My hair seems to grow fastest when I exercise. Good luck on your hair journey.

Comment by Farrah

February 3, 2011 @ 10:02 am

Has anyone with really long hair done the Brazilian blowout? Curious to how this affect really long hair.

Comment by Graywitch

January 11, 2012 @ 10:09 am

Graying hair is due to genetics, not diet.

Comment by Meridian

February 3, 2012 @ 8:58 am

Hi – found this page when doing a Google search for long hair care tips. Excellent information! I’m 40 and am trying to grow my hair as long as I can get it. Being kind of a rebel, I just want to see how far it will go. Don’t care what others think about it. I have a few silvers trying to grow in, so I have it professionally colored every 3 months or so. It’s past my shoulders and going strong.

In the meantime, I’ve found extra-virgin coconut oil to be the finest pre-shampoo treatment ever. I read about it and gave it a try, and my hair has thanked me several times over. I’ll heat some coconut oil and coat my hair with it, then put it up in a messy bun all day (I stay at home with a disabled child, so no one complains). Later I shampoo the oil out (takes me 2 shampoos), put conditioner on the ends, and rinse. My hair (which is thick, wavy and dry) has never been shinier or more moisturized. If I get flyaways or frizzies during the day, I put some more oil (coconut or jojoba) on my fingers and lightly comb through. Works every time.

I’m going to keep up with the coconut oil treatments as I grow my hair out, since it seems to improve the condition. Doesn’t make sense to have long hair if it doesn’t look healthy. And now that I’ve read your article, it looks like I’ll be searching for a satin pillowcase!

Thanks soooo much for the info! Will keep checking back in for more tips!

Comment by Charlene

February 4, 2012 @ 5:22 pm

Sorry Graywitch, but I have to disagree. IMO gray hair stems from a lack of specific nutrients. I know folks in their 50’s and 60’s who have very slight amount of gray hairs and I’ve seen folks in their 30’s with a ton of gray hairs. Obviously something is missing in their diets.

Comment by Meridian

February 5, 2012 @ 10:50 am

Charlene and Greywitch,

Have you considered that it might be a combination of both? I’m adopted, and the family I grew up with grayed very early. My adoptive father began getting gray hairs in high school (so did his sisters). I ate the same diet they did for 18 years, but I didn’t get grays in high school. My cousins on my father’s side did, though. We all grew up in the same area, eating lots of farm food. Obviously genetics play a role here, but maybe not how we think.

I’d like to propose that my DNA allowed me to metabolize nutrients differently. We all ate the same meals, but perhaps my body more readily absorbed the nutrients from the food. I also remember using a lot of molasses on our pancakes and waffles – I’ve heard that blackstrap molasses is chock-full of minerals (especially copper) and that some people who take it notice hair color returning. Could it be that my genetic make-up enabled me to take in the bounty of minerals needed to sustain hair color? My father ate molasses all his life, but if his body wasn’t designed to accept the nutrients well, his hair would show the results.

Anyway, just thinking out loud. The human body is extraordinarily complex!!

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