Five Tips to Get Gorgeous Hair

Get the scoop on five hair-friendly moves you can start today that will set you on your way to a healthy head of hair.

2. Exercise
A run on the treadmill does more than tone the thighs. It improves the blood flow to the scalp and speeds the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicles.

3. Stress Less
According to nutritionist Lisa Drayer, author of "The Beauty Diet" (McGraw Hill), stress can cause hairs to stop growing and shift into what is called the resting phase. Two or three months later those resting hairs hit the floor. Take a time out to sleep or meditate to keep stress from going straight to the hairs on your head.

4. Diet Sensibly

Crash dieting puts your system in a nutritional downward spiral. The result: a nutritionally deficient head of hair.

5. Iron it out

Even if you're not anemic, lacking intake of this crucial mineral can have devastating affect on your lovely locks. "Black women are twice as likely as Caucasian women to be iron deficient," says Durham, North Carolina based family practitioner, Nicole Price, MD. The likely cause of the disparity: diet differences and gynecological issues that cause excessive bleeding such as fibroids, she adds.

Hair Rx: Get 18 milligrams of iron in your diet daily. If you're over 50, eight milligrams will do.


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