By Jessica Lee Paulos
Nourishing your hair is the key to achieving healthy and beautiful hair. There is one simple morsel of advice I can give from being a master hairstylist and nutritionist. The way you take care of yourself internally not only shows on your waistline but also in the health of your hair and skin.
Using a thousand and one products on your hair will not only take over your bathroom cabinet but will also cause unwanted build up on your hair. The key to nourishing your hair is to step out of the bathroom and into your kitchen. The appearance and condition of your hair reflects what is going on inside your body. Understanding the concept of inner health and outer beauty is the first step on the path to feeling and looking your best.
Hair grows from living follicles contained within the skin of the scalp. At the root of your hair, all of your major systems are at work. These include your circulatory, endocrine and central nervous system. Your hair follicle is an intricate organ that is a part of your skin and is attached to the hair. The blood and lymph vessels are your energy and nutrient supply to the skin and hair follicles. Within three to six months everything you put into your body comes out in your hair. Upon a closer look at a strand of hair the strata cells look like rings in a tree. They can determine your diet, state of health and your genetic makeup. Many hairstylists and alternative practitioners look at the quality and quantity of hair as a valuable diagnostic tool.
Every hair follicle goes through four stages on a regular basis: growth or anagen, transition or catagen, resting or telogen, and returning growth or mesanagen. A follicle