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Ann Herrick asks:
Good Morning, I am at my wits end. I have hair that seems to be breaking near my part, but I get these these little hairs sticking up around my part on the top of my head. I would call it breakage and not frizz, nor flyaways. (I think of static when I think of flyaway’s). My hair is not super dry, I use good moisturizers. I do not over load my hair with product. I do not over process it or anything. I get my hair trimmed ever 4-6 weeks. I wash my hair about every three days. I do not over process it, I get it high/low lighted every 7 months. I have used all sorts of products. and have collected a product graveyard. I have tried Aveda, Living Proof, Bumble and Bumble, NexXus, so many and too many to help tame the breakage or fly aways or whatever it is. I tend to let it air dry, and I tend to not brush it when wet. If I do I use a detangler I like the invisible oil primer by bumble and bumble and use a wide tooth comb to brush it. I truly feel at my wits end. I have wasted so much money on tons of products. Hair spray does not seem to hold them down either. My hair is not thick and not thin. It is fairly healthy and past my shoulders. It is curly wavy. Not really one or the other. It can become frizzy when I blow dry it. I also would like it to grow out but seems to grow to a certain length and starts breaking. Please HELP:) Thank you.

Kala KilshawAnswered By:
Kala Kilshaw

Try not to worry as you are doing lots of things perfectly well so it leads me to believe that its either a diet or medical issue. So my suggestions I have written for magazine may help. It sounds to be that you may need a supplement that will help your hair in the growing stage and strengthen it so it doesn’t break. ...More >

I hope this helps, good luck

Due to the fact the life span of an individual hair is 2 - 7 yrs, we have approximately 100, 00 hairs on a healthy head and lose around 100 per day.

Hair has a 3 stage cycle -

1: Anagen - active growth

2: Catagen - a transitional phase

3: Telagen - resting and shedding

Once we hit 40 (sometimes before or after) the anagen phase the growing tends to slow down this can be for a number a reasons;

. Diet

. Fluctuating hormones

. Stress

Or even pre menopause, the signs are additional hair loss this actually affects 1 in 3 women so hair feels thin, lank hair that lacks life and loss of shine. We tend to want to do something drastic with our hair we experiencing the above but suggestions below can help as your hair and nails are the last parts of your body to receive nutrients, below are the foods and advice on supplements that your hair will most certainly benefit from, perhaps preventing a drastic change. They provide all the essential ingredients and amino acids that feed and condition your hair and scalp from the inside out!

Sweet Almonds - Vitamin H (Biotin) helps with repair to Keratin damage (structure of hair shaft)

Red meat, Pork, Poultry, Seafood, Beans, Dark green veg, Dried Raisins & Apricots - Iron

Tuna, Cheese. Eggs, Beef, Liver, Mackerel - Vitamin D

Low fat yogurt, Milk, Oysters, Spinach, Pumpkin seeds. Mushrooms. Lemon grass. Wasabi, Green peas. Blackberries, Dates, Green tea, Sun dried tomatoes and dates - Zinc

Other good foods - potatoes, eggs, onion, tomatoes, peanuts, walnuts, carrots, salmon, romaine lettuce, cauliflower, oats, banana, raspberries, watermelon, grapefruit. Cucumber - Selenium, B12, Folates & Minerals

Your hair is 91% protein and constructed of 16 amino acids combined with the fact as I said before that hair and nails are the last body parts to receive vital nutrients and at the age of 40 our hair and skin is changing so much we need to take action, to improve its quality. Supplements work by being absorbed into your digestive system providing the essential amino acids the hair requires.

You would need to take a supplement for at least 3 months to really notice and feel a difference, generally 2 per day and they work directly during the ’Anagen’(growing phase of the hairs natural cycle).

I strongly recommend Hair Jelly protein capsules with their Sulphur rich amino acids, they really do the job and are suitable for vegetarians.

Another contributor I believe is that fact that once we hit 40 we have been taking some sort of contraception for many years. As many as 1 in 5 females are experiencing hair loss or thinning mostly because of taking the pill. We notice extra hair in the shower, in our hair brush, our parting looks wider and pony tails feel thinner. The pill contains Progestin and It can make the hair follicle shrink and lead to thinning. What actually happens is that the birth control pill can causes hair in its growing phase (anagen) to resort to the resting phase (telogen). So it could increase shedding from 15% to as much as 50%. So if your going to continue taking the pill but hate the thinning hair consult your GP and request a conceptive that has a Low Androgen, look after your health and have a good nutrional diet, massage your scalp and invest time into your hair care regime and the loss will subside.

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