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Body boosters: Healthy Hair

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The dyes, perms, and relaxers we use for beautiful locks can cause damage like split ends and lead to problems like itchy, burning scalps, and even hair loss. But there are ways to bounce back.

Our bodies are intricate systems, and our hair is no different. Each strand grows from a follicle, which determines if the hair will be straight or curly, thick or thin. Those follicles are fed by blood.

The saying "you are what you eat" applies here: your diet impacts your hair. You can boost it by getting good nutrients and eating right. Foods like salmon, eggs, sweet potatoes, walnuts, lentils, blueberries and spinach can provide protein, vitamins C & E, zinc and beta carotene, helping build the hair shaft and feeding follicles.

Shampoo can help boost your hair. Experts suggest using a neutral PH formula for treated hair. Conditioners fortified with protein can help mend split ends.

Stubborn locks might benefit from deep conditioning. Low heat from a hair dryer or warm towel will help open the hair shaft, and allow the conditioners to soak into your strands,.

After washing, be gentle with wet hair. It's weaker and more likely to break. Don't wring your hair out in a towel. Instead, let it air dry, detangling it first with your fingers, and then with a wide toothed comb. Brush thinning hair even less.

Oil glands help give hair it's shine. Too much makes it greasy; too little can dry it out. Dry hair can be a caused by the sun, but it can also signal a health problem like anorexia, malnutrition, an underactive thyroid or overactive parathyroid. It's something you might mention to your doctor if changing your beauty routine doesn't do the trick.

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