• Jessica Porto

Warning Signs Your Hair is Desperate for Nutrients

So you've tried every product out there, and still find yourself in an unhappy relationship with your hair? What you're not putting in your body might be more important than what you're putting "on" it. Professional hair care goes a long way as far as healthy hair (especially color treated hair) is concerned, but lets be frank - truly healthy hair starts from the INSIDE. Our hair is low man on the totem pole of vital organs needed for survival in our bodies, therefore it is the last to receive the nutrients we put into them. Here are 6 signs your hair might be lacking vital nutrients and what you can do to improve it:

1. Dry Hair: While dry hair can often be the result of the climate, over-styling, or chemical services, sometimes dry hair is lacking in healthy fats such as avocado, olive oil, and salmon.

2. Dullness: Dull hair can also be an indication of lack of Omega-3 fatty acids and monounsaturated fats which can be found in fish oil, flax seeds, and nuts.

3. Brittle: Hair could be lacking in zinc and/or iron which is vital for keratin production. (I myself have seen significant difference in my hair with increased zinc intake). Add foods like lentils, pumpkin seeds, and beef.

4. Dry Scalp: Growth starts at the scalp so the health of the scalp creates a nice happy environment for healthy hair to grow. Make sure to stay hydrated 💦 and incorporate fatty acids into your diet such as flax seeds, sunflower seeds, and fish.

5. Thin/Thinning: While its always a good idea to have all your levels checked to rule out any medical conditions, thin/thinning hair could be a lack of protein. Make sure you are getting adequate protein in foods like meat, eggs, fish, nuts, beans, and whole grains.

6. Premature Grey: While sometimes we just have to accept that our "wisdom highlights" are the new norm, premature grey can actually be a result of a Copper or B12 deficiency. Foods containing copper include liver, dark chocolate, mushrooms and leafy greens.

Hope this helps anyone struggling with some of these issues. Sometimes the problem can be as easy as a nutrition tweak.

For more information on the best ways to care for your hair and lots of other healthy hair tips, make sure to follow Jess on Instagram at @jessicalauren_porto as well as her salon @28Strands_Hair_Studio

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