Over the past several months, I feel like my hair has become drier and less shiny.
Q. Dear Terry, “Over the past several months, I feel like my hair has become drier and less shiny. I haven’t changed shampoo or switched hair care products. I think part of it might be due to stress. I’m hoping you have some ideas on how to improve my hair. Thank you!” – Sarah S., Hammond, IN
A. Dear Sarah, To keep hair healthy we use shampoo, conditioner, and other external treatments, but to really address the issue we need to look inward to nourish and sustain healthy hair growth.
Biotin and B vitamins (especially riboflavin, B6, folic acid, and pantothenic acid) are must-haves for healthy hair and skin. They play an important role in the synthesis of amino acids – the building blocks of hair. The two most critical sulphurated (sulfur-containing) amino acids for new hair growth are L-methionine and L-cysteine. They are essential for the formation of keratin and help promote new hair growth.
Another ingredient you should consider is millet seed oil, which provides valuable natural compounds like miliacin. Miliacin has been found to increase cell metabolism, stimulate cell proliferation, and tissue regeneration – exactly what you want for restoring healthy hair.
Other supportive ingredients include silica, vitamin A, vitamin E, and zinc.
I would take all of these ingredients twice per day. Please be patient when it comes to new hair growth, as it takes time. Stick with these ingredients for a minimum of three months and I think you will be happy with the results.
To help with stress, I would take 20 to 40 mg once or twice per day of narrow-leaved coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia) root extract. This extract is safe enough to be taken daily for stress and anxiety. Make sure you look for a clinically studied, narrow-leaved coneflower root extract standardized for alkamides in the right ratio to reduce stress and anxiety.
Terry . . . Naturally