5 Tips for Growing Healthy, Beautiful Hair

Hair makes us beautiful.

There are few conditions that evoke anxiety in my patients (men and women) more than hair loss. Hair is an important part of our appearance. We are biologically programmed to view it as a marker for a person’s suitability as a mate; this is probably because it’s an obvious indicator of a person’s youth and health.

Good hair suggests you are well nourished and healthy. As we age hair thins naturally, so a full head of hair also indicates the owner is young (and likely fertile).

It is no wonder that billions of dollars are spent every year to darken it, lighten it, grow more of it, and style it.

Like other physical characteristics such as body shape and skin complexion, the hair you have is the hair you are genetically programmed to grow. For some it is dense and thick. For others it is thin and sparse.

Patients often ask me what they can do to grow thick, luxurious hair. Here are five tips to have hair that says: “Yes, I’m dreamy.”

  1. Eat well. Your hair reflects your overall health. If you eat healthfully, your hair will be healthy. Consume a diet based on whole foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, nuts, and low-fat dairy.
  2. Take your biotin. There are countless vitamins touted to make your hair grow faster, stronger, and longer, including prenatal vitamins. Don’t believe it. If you eat a good diet (as above), then you don’t need vitamins. The only one I recommend supplementing is biotin at 1,500 mcg each day. Otherwise, leave the prenatal vitamins for pregnant women.
  3. Moisturize. Shampoos are often potent soaps and can strip your hair’s natural oils, leaving it dry, dull, and brittle. Use the shampoo at the scalp only, not at the ends which can be months to years old and have endured countless washes. Use a conditioner everyday (or at least 3-4 times a week if your hairstyle can’t tolerate daily conditioning) to help lock in moisture. This will help your hair be thicker, shinier, and healthier.
  4. Try carnitine. A recent study showed that at least in the laboratory, L-carnitine (found in red meat) stimulated hair growth. Maybe that’s where the expression, “Eat this. It’ll put hair on your chest” comes from….
  5. Cut it. Because your hair can be years old, it reflects all your body has been through in that time. For instance, if you were sick a few months ago, then the hair that grew during that period can be thin and brittle and will remain that way until it is sheared. If your hair is damaged or frayed, then there is little you can do to repair it. Sometimes the best thing to do is to cut off all the damaged areas and focus on taking better care of the hair that is still healthy.

Post written by Jeffrey Benabio, MD. You might also like:

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29 thoughts on “5 Tips for Growing Healthy, Beautiful Hair

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  2. Great post! I definitely agree that biotin supplementation makes a big difference. I have been taking GNC’s Hair Skin and Nails vitamins for a month now, and the biotin has made my nails grow extremely quick. And, Patrick Dempsey does in fact have nice hair, haha…

  3. Its made me very much interested, and impressed reading about the five tips for taking care of hair. Its made me surprised that millions of dollars were spent in hair grooming. I will try to follow in the near future. Thanks for the tips its really helpful.

  4. A follow up question to the one regarding dosage… I’ve also heard that Biotin supplementation can aggravate acne. Is there any truth to this? Thank you!

  5. Our outside is a true reflection of what we take internally.

    It is that simple. We should take more stock on the things that we may control by choosing to live healthy lifestyles while incorporating available information, and making the right choices for ourselves…..your articles help in making this process.

    Please keep them coming.

  6. my hair sucks i need it to have healthy curly full long beautiful sexy hair i need the best shampoo and conditioner to work wonders a protein for hair to make it grow long fast please help me joanna

  7. r there any other medicines to grow the thin scalp hair to thick scalp hair if any one knowns about it plz do informe at my email(nani_nani20062000@yahoo.com)

  8. i really want to grow my hair more its growing a little but i want it to become longer.my hair is natural.

  9. Special attention should be given toward the hair care during the summer season as it is during this season that maximum hair loss is noted. The hot weather evaporates all the moisture present in the hairs, this makes the hair dry and you get to suffer with the problem of the hair thinning. This may further lead to the breaking of the hairs and the baldness. It is necessary for the person to take a special care of the hairs during the hot and moist weather.

  10. the best way for growing long healhy hair is to make the mixture of oil yougourt egg and mehndi then paste that mixture in ur hairs for 15 mins then wash it with the soap which is use to wash the cloathes after all this process wash ur hairs with best company coditionar
    CAUTION
    dont use any shampo while doing this process and use thiz process in 3 days a week then wait and watch

  11. Excellent post. I think that one of the most important thing we can do is to eat well. Often we do not take enough care about food we eat and then we complain about our health. Great post!

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