By Luigi Gratton, M.D., M.P.H.
Hair is often the first thing we notice when we meet someone. It is an important expression of who we are. It also serves a valuable biological purpose; keeping your head warm
and helping to regulate body temperature. But since environmental factors can effect our hair over time, it is important to learn healthy ways to protect our crowning glory.
Bad Hair Days
Exposure to the elements can wreak havoc
on your hair. In the winter, dryness occurs when the protective outer layer, known as the cuticles, lifts and allows valuable moisture within the hair shaft to evaporate. Sun exposure can also be harmful, damaging your hair's natural protective film, making
it appear dry, dull and brittle. The sun's ultra violet light chemically breaks down and weakens the keratin proteins, which are the building blocks of our hair.
Easy Hair Care
A healthy lifestyle means healthier hair. Drinking enough water and getting frequent scalp massages are just some of the simple ways to keep your hair silky and shiny. But the real secret comes from within, as any nutritional
deficiencies can lead to adverse effects on your hair. Diet profoundly effects the health of not only internal systems and organs, but external ones as well.
Formula 2 Multivitamin Complex is a great way to obtain
the vitamins andminerals needed for healthy hair. It
contains over 20 essential nutrients such as Zinc which builds hair protein and vitamins B and C which support strong, supple strands of hair. It also includes Iron, which prevents hair follicles from being starved of oxygen and Beta-Carotene, an essential
nutrient for hair growth. Herbalifeline®, Tri-Shield®, and Core Complex all contain Omega-3 fatty acids necessary for healthier, shinier looking hair. These essential fatty acids help to
condition and lubricate the hair.
Lastly, remember to nourish
your hair with a healthy shampoo and conditioner. Herbalife's Herbal
Aloe Shampoo can help to rehydrate Herbal AloeConditione your hair and protects your hair and manages shine with the healing benefits of aloe.
Dr. Gratton also serves as Vice President of Medical Affairs and Education at Herbalife.