July 22, 2008

10,000HEADS - Step 2 - Nutrition - Eat Right For Hot Hair

Food & What Your Body Needs For Extraordinary Hair

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; we have had some absolutely amazing stories come back to us. I cannot stress it enough; Nutrition & Step 2 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; nothing could be further from the truth. As a scientist, both my assistants and I surveyed over 10,000 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, we came up with 3 common denominators of most every person with enviable hair: 1) excellent nutrition/eating habits 2) no smoking, no drinking/drugs 3) no one was underweight . Yes, good hair can have a lot to do with heredity as well – but we were surveying the items we could actually, “see”.

This step does not restrict you from any foods; on the contrary, we ask that you follow a well balanced sensible diet that will contribute to the growth and health of the hair. Of course we do not encourage eating a lot of sugary, gooey, junk… try remembering this, “what goes in your mouth, shows up on your head” as a rule of thumb. Forensics can use a one strand hair analysis to disclose just about everything on a person and it is extremely accurate - your hair is a reflection of your health – period.

All food you eat is eventually converted to simple compounds that 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 re growth.

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.
We have found a terrific protein supplement online, it is the Lindora Clinc’s Protein bar, the taste even earns the “delicious’ award, if you can believe that – and you can get a whopping 15 grams of protein out of some of the flavors ( www.Lindora.com ). These bars have been the catalyst to a number of solutions to a particular clients hair loss issues. 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, protein, protein and more protein. There is nothing better (or more convenient) than a handful of almonds for the shine in your hair.
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. Look at this diagram of the skin, blood vessels and hair . . . . .

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 of the 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. We 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. We feel that one fact alone would help prevent some of this disease from happening . . . 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.
3 comments on "10,000HEADS - Step 2 - Nutrition - Eat Right For Hot Hair"
  1. It's AMAZING what healthy habits can do for you!! I know I will definatly make more of an effort to excercise now that I know it effects my locks!!! Hope everyone will challenge themselves on this. Has anyone heard or tryed the NIOXIN vitamin? It's something I bought about 3 months ago and havent taken it was just wondering if it would really do me good? I am waiting on my Thriven that I ordered from KC I know it will do me good! YAY can't wait to start the secret supplement!

    Thanks Everyone!! And KC especially!!


  2. Thank you so much for this post, KC. The wonderful thing about what you do is that you have the amazing capacity to think in EXPANSIVE terms, and not only in focused terms. You take EVERYTHING into account, and you see how everything is interconnected - health - hair - lifestyle - etc. You don't just focus on the hair, but where it comes from, what happens to it, and so on. I love it. I've never met a stylist who truly cared about the health of hair (and 'future' hair) aside from selling conditioners. Thanks KC - your approach makes so much..... common sense!

  3. Irina,
    Common sense is a wonderful thing...I tried very hard to 'teach" my daughters common sense - at times I feel it is something you are 'born with'- either way it is one of the most HANDY attributes - - always try to work on your own. thanx for your compliment - means the world to me


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