We grew up hearing how important Vitamin C was to our health, and being reminded to drink our orange juice. Well, Vitamin C could be one of the most important weapons in your arsenal against dry, brittle, over 50 hair!
Hair cells are the fastest growing cells of the body, however, hair is a nonessential tissue. This means your body never sends nutrients its way if another part of your body is lacking. That’s bad news for your hair. Especially if it is color treated, if you blow dry it, flat iron it, or do any of the kajillion things you can do that cause damage to your hair – making it less healthy and more in NEED of nutrients.
Because Vitamin C is water soluble, your body can not make it on its own. And in terms of your hair, it is essential for the absorption of iron. If a Vitamin C deficiency exists, it can lead to chronic hair loss and an inability for hair to grow past a certain point. Vitamin C deficiency occurs either from diet or the body’s inability to absorb.
Over cooking food depletes Vitamin C.
A bad diet, anorexia, bulimia, lead to a lack of Vitamin C.
Smoking, alcohol abuse and illness lead to the non-absorption of Vitamin C.
Deficiencies can lead to anemia, and dry, brittle hair. Supplements for hair growth that have iron must also have Vitamin C, so the iron can be absorbed. Viviscal Professional, Philip Kingsley Tricho Complex and a healthy diet are excellent sources to aid absorption and help strengthen hair. Oranges, lemons, guava berries and brussel sprouts are just a few of the foods that are excellent sources to increase Vitamin C in your diet. On the skin, topical products like Cellex C are used as anti-aging exfoliating treatments. For hair it is very similar.
People who buy Vitamin C powder and mix it with their shampoo will experience a lifting of their hair, similar to the effects of hair bleach. However, Vitamin C as a color remover is safe and gentle on your hair.
For healthy, young looking hair, make sure your diet includes plenty of Vitamin C and iron. If you want a quick vitamin boost for your hair – try this recommendation from Stylecaster.com. To give your locks a vital dose of Vitamin C, blend a pre-boiled, but not fully cooked, sweet potato, a half cup of gooseberries, three strawberries and half of a small red bell pepper until you get a creamy smooth mixture, then apply to scalp and hair. Leave the mask on for 15-to-25 minutes, then rinse off with warm water.
Now, go take your vitamins!
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