August 12, 2014

Nutrition & How its Helps Your Hair Shine ! 10,000HEADS - Step 2

10,000HEADS Hair Loss Protocol - STEP 2

I wanted to re-run this Post, its been a long time not discussing the 10,000HEADS protocol which is how to work on your hair and make it healthy. There are 12 Steps to this and this one was brought to my attention by a reader. I will go back and forth for a while from hair color to hair health beCAUSE it is so important to discuss. I know you want to hear about hair color and that will not stop, just fyi.


The food you eat and what goes in your body is simply the most important factor in changing the health and thickness of your hair. It is important to understand 10,000 HEADS works its wonders synergistically, practicing all the steps in unison, will give you optimum results, I have had some absolutely amazing stories come back to me. I cannot stress it enough; Nutrition & step1 will always be the most important step and is the backbone of the program.

This is also the single most difficult step to get women to follow through on. When changing food intake, it can take weeks or months for results to be apparent, many give up feeling as though the change didn’t help. Hang in there, the change will come I have seen it over and over. As a scientist, as a Cosmetologist and as a Cosmetic Chemist, I surveyed thousands of heads of hair, paying attention to patterns and forming hypothesis on ‘why’ a particular person had a good head of hair and how it got to be that way, I came up with 3 common denominators of every person with enviable hair:
  • excellent nutrition/eating habits

  • no smoking, no drinking/drugs

  • no weight issues - fairly stress-free
This step does not restrict you from any foods; on the contrary, I ask that you follow a well balanced sensible diet that will contribute to the growth and health of your hair. Of course I do not encourage eating a lot of sugary, gooey, junk either. Be sensible. Try remembering this, “what goes in your mouth, shows up on your head” a terrific rule of thumb. Forensic analysts can use one strand of a hair analysis to disclose just about everything on a person and it is extremely accurate - your hair is a reflection of your health – period. I'm sure everyone has watched one of the Crime Forensic showss I think there are 4 of them now. They show you right there on TV how important a hair can be.

All foods you eat are eventually converted to simple compounds..... the body is able to utilize, glucose being the one that supplies the energy for all cellular reproduction – including the cells in the hair follicles (remember, follicle cell reproduction is one of the quickest in the body). So keeping the body nourished is imperative for healthy hair and for hair regrowth, starving yourself will shut down cell reproduction which in turn shuts down the hair RE-GROWING.

The number 1 mistake that just about every person with hair problems makes is . . .lack of protein. Hair is made up protein and thrives on protein, listening to women over the years recite their diet choices, leaves me stunned with the same conclusion, their diets are what started their problems. Vegetarians have a very hard time having luxurious hair, they must put protein back in their daily diet, making sure to have it at breakfast, which is the most important meal of the day for your hair; do not skip it. Lunch is next in importance, again making sure that you include as much protein as you possibly can, strive for 50 grams of protein a day minimum.

There are many protein bars in the grocery store if you don't have a Trader Joes which has the best selection, u must find one you absolutely LOVE. so you will look forward to eating it ! You can get a whopping 15 grams of protein out of some of the bars . 

The energy to your hair follicles gets depleted when you have gone for more than 4 hours without eating or snacking, the ideal snacks for your hair health are fresh fruit, raw vegetables, nuts, there is nothing better (or more convenient) than a handful of almonds for the shine in your hair.
Colourful fruits and vegetables added to the daily diet are a necessity as well. The best way to summarize it is to say; reach for the most colourful veges, picking some in each colour category. 

No one eats sufficiently in this category and the only reason I can pinpoint is; they take too long to prepare. Which is a weak answer, in my book. But, it is what it is. The solution? Hit the Farmers market every week, it takes an hour-go immediately home: wash and prepare all the veges for the week. Carrot sticks, Celery & p-nut butter, sliced cucumbers, lettuce for salads. Most everyone now-a-days is in a rush...this facilitates grabbing something good for your hair when there is no time.

If you smoke - QUIT- if for no other reason than you are killing your hair. . . that sounds harsh, but in essence – you are. Smoking robs your body of oxygen which in turn robs your hair of oxygen filled blood. . .whose job it is to nourish the hair follicle. Check out the photo at the top, it shows you a "slice" of the human skin and how a hair and hair follicle gets its nourishment.

See the red blood vessels and how they go to the base of the one hair follicle, that is the

bulb inside, where the cell regeneration happens and the new hair grows. You don’t need to be a chemist to see that blood feeds the follicle <> therefore what is IN the blood effects the hair. Likewise, for alcohol and drugs, if you drink too much – cut back or quit if it is a problem in your life – social drinking is fine. If you smoke too much dope, just remember why they call it dope, Pot is bad for hair, skin and nails, the sooner you quit the higher the likelihood you will have of its good qualities returning. When you get older ( 50’s-60’s) you start to notice the people that did not do any of these things when they were younger, the difference in their hair, skin and nails is nothing short of amazing. Be smart, quit now, while you’re ahead! 

If you crash diet or have any of the disruptive habits of an eating disorder, your hair unfortunately, will be the first casualty. I spent 4 years volunteering at an Anorexia/ Bulimia live-in center, when the girls had a good week, they were allowed to get their hair coloured. The hair on some of those girls was irreparable; they had robbed their bodies of nutrients for so long that many of them could not recover the health of their hair, once cured . . .it was terribly sad to watch as many were very young. The cure came too late and no one had told them anorexia/bulimia was hell on hair. I feel that one fact alone would help prevent some of this disease, girls love their hair and hate to lose it.
Starving yourself, eliminating protein and certain food groups is not the way to a healthy head of hair. . . Plug protein into your diet, starting immediately if your hair is thinning or alopecia is your diagnosis. The change will not be apparent for a while but we assure you… it will come.

Food and a balanced diet is imperative for your hair to grow and re-grow, you must understand fully how the cycles work in order for you to see how absolutely necessary it is to eat correctly.

4 comments on "Nutrition & How its Helps Your Hair Shine ! 10,000HEADS - Step 2"
  1. hey, I recently have had some hair thinning and I think it's because of my "dieting" which honestly was more like anorexia....but anyway I started eating healthier again around June and started taking hair i'm eating SO much and like loading up on protein bars and taking prenatals....sometimes I lose more hair than other times and it's finally starting to regrow :) ...but i'm so worried that it's like ALL gonna fall out and I won't have any left....I heard that brushing makes your hair stronger and you shouldn't touch it when it's that true? anyway i'm 17 and going to be a senior and I just want my pretty hair back lol...i'm using the bumble and bumble thickening shampoo, is that a bad or good thing?

  2. Claire,
    About 70% of the girls both in high school and in college have pieces of either anorexia or bulimia. . i know that...I have 2 daughters and hundreds of that age girls sit in my chair every week & tell me...The single best thing you can do is to completely STOP that behavior. Now that is not easy and I would highly suggest you finding a support group.U don't have to tell anyone.just go on your own, i promise- they rock.It won't get fixed right away, but it will shortly.PROMISE. how long have us been doing it? I need more room to write you send me another email to - I promise I can help you.
    I need to ask you a few other things and then I have some tricks. But you must answer 20 questions first, they are easy. NO bubmble & bumble shampoo SUCKS. you must get on a sulfate-free shampoo YESTERDAY- Got get PUREOLOGY TODAY. Your shampoo has SLS sodium lauryl sulfate in it and it trashes hair.
    email me
    aka "Killer chemist"

  3. please excuse my spelling I forgot to spellcheck...send me an email to the other address....Dakota

  4. Looks like two duplicate articles.


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