A diet to help general hair health and also prevent hair loss and thinning must include vitamins A, C, D, and E, zinc, B vitamins, iron, biotin, protein, and essential fatty acids. A deficiency in any of these may slow down hair growth or even cause hair loss. Particularly good foods for hair include nuts, seeds, eggs, berries, leafy greens, flaxseed oil, sweet potatoes and avocados. We sell several supplements which can help ensure you are getting enough of these nutrients including Hubners Silicea, Natures Plus BioAdvanced Hair Skin and Nails and New Nordic Hair Volume.
Dandruff is usually a sign of yeast-overgrowth in the gut so taking beneficial bacteria, such as Udos Choice, Biokult or Optibac, can help rebalance the gut.
Hair breakage, frizz and dryness is often caused by chemicals or heat. Consider switching to natural shampoos, hair dyes and styling products to reduce chemical use.
Sudden hair loss can be due to a medical condition, chemotherapy and other medications, damage from chemicals in hair products, or even tying the hair back tightly all the time. Women often experience hair loss following childbirth. Sometimes when we suffer a lot of stress it can trigger changes in your hair follicles, causing the hair to fall out and stopping new hair growth.
Thinning hair can occur in both men and women, but men tend to thin in the front and crown of the head, while women thin on the top. Often hair loss is due to genetics. Diet and nutrition can also help play a role in preventing and slowing thinning as it can be caused by a deficiency in Biotin or Zinc. Studies have shown that a regular scalp massage with oil can promote hair growth and thickness by mechanically stimulating and penetrating hair follicles as well as the benefits of the oil itself. We stock several great hair oils.
Stress can be the cause of hair loss and thinning. We have practitioners at New Leaf who can help you manage your stress as well as specially developed supplements which may help to reduce stress.
If you have hair problems it is a good idea to get your bloods done by the doctor as they can indicate a problem with the Thyroid or Anaemia.