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7 Foods That Stop Hair Loss

7 Foods That Stop Hair Loss
Seeing more strands in your brush than usual? You’re not alone. An estimated 80 million Americans experience male- or female-pattern baldness as they age, and countless others suffer hair loss from conditions like autoimmune disorders, diabetes, vitamin deficiencies, stress, and lack of sleep.

While contending with bald spots and thinning tresses is stressful, there is hope: Research shows that it’s possible to thicken hair back up through dietary changes.

Fill your plate with the following foods, which are rich in proven hair-growth nutrients, as described in the new book Eat for Extraordinary Health & Healing.

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Hair is a protein fiber (as are nails), which means you need to eat protein to grow new strands and keep the existing ones strong. Protein is also required to produce keratin, a key structural component of hair.

A smart choice is marine-based protein, like salmon, which has been shown to boost hair health in women thanks to its omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin content.


When used as a topical treatment, honey can improve the look of thinning hair. In a study of patients experiencing seborrheic dermatitis, which includes scaling, itching, and hair loss, those who applied a solution of 90% honey and 10% water to their scalp every other day for 4 weeks reported an improvement in hair loss at the end of the study.


Nuts and seeds
Some of the most promising research on reversing female-pattern hair loss was released in January 2015 in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology. Subjects in the study received a nutritional supplement containing omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids and antioxidants for 6 months. The results were overwhelmingly positive: After 6 months, 90% of the subjects reported a reduction in hair loss, 86% reported an improvement in hair growth, and 87% reported thicker hair.

To achieve similar results, eat nuts and seeds high in omega-3s and omega-6s, like walnuts, flaxseed, and oils such as grapeseed, sunflower, and sesame.


One study found that women with hair loss have significantly lower iron and vitamin D2 levels than age-matched controls. Spinach is a good bet because it’s rich in iron and high in vitamin C, which aids in iron absorption. Toss a spinach salad with hardboiled eggs or mushrooms, both of which are loaded with vitamin D, to give yourself the best shot at slowing hair loss.


Zinc seems to be a super nutrient when it comes to preventing and treating hair loss. In one study, researchers compared the zinc levels of 50 people with hair loss due to alopecia areata to 50 healthy controls and found that all of the alopecia patients had significantly lower zinc levels. Another study examined the zinc and copper levels in 312 men and women experiencing hair loss. No matter the cause of the hair loss, all subjects had significantly lower zinc levels than controls.

Fortunately, zinc supplementation and eating plenty of zinc-rich foods can slow hair loss in the majority of these cases, so it’s a good idea to add it to your diet. According to the National Institutes of Health, oysters contain more zinc per serving than any other food. Other food sources of zinc include walnuts, spinach, eggs, sunflower seeds, green peas, wheat germ, oatmeal and chickpeas.


Pumpkin, rosemary, and coconut oils all act as nectar to the scalp. In one study, researchers gave men with hair loss 400 mg per day of pumpkin seed oil or a placebo for 24 weeks. Those who took the pumpkin seed oil experienced a 40% increase in hair growth.

And there’s something to be said for oils even when you don’t eat them: When used as a pre-wash and post-wash grooming product, coconut oil has been shown to protect hair against protein loss, and rosemary oil has been shown to increase hair growth comparable to minoxidil, the main ingredient in Rogaine—and with less scalp itching.

A recent study found that a supplement containing cistanche tubulosa (a desert plant used in traditional Chinese medicine) and laminaria japonica (an edible brown seaweed) promoted hair growth in people with mild to moderate hair loss. After 16 weeks of supplementation, volunteers saw a 13% increase in hair volume and a 27% increase in hair thickness. The supplement was also effective at treating scalp inflammation and dandruff.

From Prevention

8 Supplements For Fuller Hair

8 Supplements For Fuller Hair
Blame it on the Disney princesses, the Kardashians, whomever you want—almost every woman wants thicker, fuller hair. And it’s often the case that your shampoo and conditioner just don’t move the needle.

That’s where healthy beauty foods come in, and a spate of healthy supplements—turbo loaded with horsetail and biotin to iodine—aimed at giving you the hair-tossing power you’ve seen on TV. Just note “hair supplements have not been independently scientifically studied, and results from companies’ own studies are dubious,” explains cosmetic dermatologist Elizabeth Tanzi, MD.
Even so, health coach and Eat Pretty author Jolene Hart has seen improvements in women who’ve taken hair supplements over six months (the time it takes your hair to grow out). We got her take on eight top-of-the-market hair supplements. And while none will make you go from limp to lush overnight, in time you might just get a little bit closer.

4 Simple Ways to Create the Illusion of Longer, Fuller Hair

4 Simple Ways to Create the Illusion of Longer, Fuller Hair
Article from How to Make Hair Look Longer, Fuller, and Healthier by Jaime Richards of BellaSugar
There are a few ways you can get your hair to grow out faster, but there are also a few ways you can make your strands seem both longer and fuller. It’s all about cut, color, and ensuring that your hair is in excellent condition. See four tips for mastering the art of illusion below:

Keep your ends in tip-top shape: “The more your ends match your roots, the healthier the hair looks,” explains master hairstylist Natasha Warton-Sanivskaya, of Cetana Salon Spa in San Francisco. So to keep your ends looking just as fresh as the roots, use protein-rich shampoo and conditioner to plump up the hair. Occasional applications of deep conditioners (on the ends only) will also make a huge difference.

Think heavy: Severe lines create fullness and weight. So if your coiffure is looking a bit wimpy, consider getting a cut that has more of a blunt feel.

Go darker: You don’t have to go darker all over, but applying a color that’s one shade deeper (whether it’s warm or cool) around the outer perimeter, a longer, fuller look is achieved. Tip: Warton-Sanivskaya suggests adding a fun pop of color just under that top layer, at the parietal ridge. Not only will this technique provide lots of movement, but it also enables you to go from something more modest to something more playful—just by parting your hair in a different direction.

Matchy-matchy: And going back to the ends-should-match-the-roots mantra, you can also revitalize washed-out, sun-lightened ends with a hue that coordinates with your roots.

From Prevention

News Pulse: What Your Hair Color Says About Your Health

News Pulse: What Your Hair Color Says About Your Health
Why Redheads Are More Likely To Get Skin Cancer

Even if redheads avoid the sun, a new study finds that they’re still at a higher risk for skin cancer. Published in the journal Nature, researchers found that those with red hair are not only more likely to freckle and burn, but they are also more likely to develop melanoma—even more so than blonds. Why? Turns out that the red pigment is related to carcinogenic activity. The study authors advise avoiding as much sun damage as possible and to be religious about skin cancer screenings—good advice for everyone.

A Natural Way To Ward Off Dementia 

If you need a little extra motivation to take that morning walk, here it is: New research from the UK shows that older adults who regularly engaged in physical activity reduced their risk of vascular-related dementia by 40% and cognitive impairment from any cause by 60%. So how much do you need? Researchers suggest physical activity of moderate intensity at least 30 minutes three times a week to prevent cognitive impairment.

Antidepressants & Pregnancy: Should You Or Shouldn’t You?

Pregnant women who are depressed are generally told that continuing their medication will help them and their babies. But a new study review questions the assumption that depression is bad for a fetus, and concludes that antidepressants offer more risk than benefit—higher risk of miscarriage, pre-term birth, rare heart defects, and behavioral problems—and should be avoided. Many experts, however, strongly disagree.

How Hurricane Sandy Messed With Our Health

Hurricane Sandy has caused the cancellation of 300 Red Cross blood drives in 14 states, and as the storm heads west, more cancellations are expected. The cancellations have resulted in more than 9,000 blood and platelet donations lost, and the long-term impact is expected to be significant. You can help by giving blood; find a local blood drive in your area at or

The Domestic Violence Issue No One Thinks About 

Nearly 50% of female domestic violence victims delay entering a women’s shelter because of concerns for leaving a pet behind. Not only does this prevent people from getting help, it also means animals remain in danger as well; 85% of women entering shelters talk about pet abuse in their family. While some shelters do allow animals, most don’t. The American Kennel Club is working to change that by offering grants to 11 pet-friendly women’s shelters across the country. See how you can help by going to the AKC Humane Fund website.

From Prevention

8 Mistakes You’re Making With Dry Shampoo

8 Mistakes You're Making With Dry Shampoo
Having a bad hair day? Washing, rinsing, and repeating isn’t your only option. Dry shampoo is a key tool to have in your arsenal whether you’d like to make your blowout last a day longer or you want to refresh your hair after a workout. The oil-absorbing product is a quick and easy way to revive greasy, limp, next-day-hair—that is, if you’re using it correctly.

Here, hair pros explain the eight most common dry shampoo blunders, and share their tips on how to make the most of the time-saving product. (Want to pick up some healthier habits? Sign up to get daily tips and more delivered straight to your inbox!)

Mistake: Expecting it to work miracles.
Despite the name, dry shampoo isn’t a true substitute for lathering up. “It’s not formulated to replace actual washing; it’s meant to be a refresher between shampoos or to extend the life of a blowout,” says celebrity hair stylist Kristan Serafino, and it does this by absorbing excess oil. “Dry shampoo will not cleanse the hair and scalp of dirt and chemical build-up (like the defrizzing cream you use before blow-drying). The purpose of dry shampoo is to create the appearance of neat and voluminous hair.”

Mistake: Spraying it too close to your scalp.
“Spraying dry shampoo directly on your roots can leave a white powdery residue,” says Jennifer Matos, stylist at Rita Hazan Salon. Hold the sprayer 8 to 12 inches away from your hair, then lightly spritz the roots. It’s better to start with too little product and add more if need be versus coating your strands in dry shampoo and looking like you’re coated in chalk. That said, some dry shampoos are better than others at not leaving behind that telltale white residue, like Serafino’s favorite, Rusk Deepshine Color Care Invisible Dry Shampoo ($12.50, “It absorbs excess oils without drying out your scalp, has a pleasant scent, and is talc-free so it leaves an invisible finish—no white residue,” she says. Even with a clear formula, you still want to avoid spraying too close to the roots to avoid product build-up, which will make your hair look and feel stiff and dried-out.

Mistake: Using more than you need.

Dry shampoo can be sprayed on the entire head, but you may not need to. Certain spots tend to get oilier than others, like your bangs or the area around your temples, and you can spot treat them. To do so, says Serafino, “lift sections of hair and apply the dry shampoo underneath to reach the roots, allow it to absorb the oils for a few minutes, and then finish with a quick blast from a hair dryer to bring strands back to life.”

Mistake: Only using it on dirty hair.
Dry shampoo does much more than simply de-grease strands. It can give clean, flat hair a boost, pumping up the volume and texture thanks to its starch content, which surrounds the hair shaft, making locks appear fuller. It can also add a subtle hold to hair, reduce static, and control fly-aways. Matos recommends Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray ($44,, which refreshes and lifts day-old hair while providing texture and a hairspray-like hold to keep your style in place.

Mistake: Rushing through it.
Give dry shampoo a minute or two do its job and then massage it into your hair. “Always work the product thoroughly into the roots,” says Serafino. “This will ensure the dry shampoo is evenly distributed on the hair shaft, particularly nearest the root where the natural oils originate, and eliminate any white residue buildup.”

Mistake: Not brushing or blow-drying after.


Even though you’ve massaged the dry shampoo into your roots, stylists recommend going one step further to make sure the product is distributed evenly by brushing your hair. Or use a blow-dryer on a cool, low setting, suggests Matos.

Mistake: Only applying dry shampoo during the day.
If your second-day hair looks greasy before you even get out of bed, apply dry shampoo preventatively, suggests Matos. Spray it on before bed and let the product fight excess oil while you sleep.

Mistake: Ignoring your ends.
The problem with unwashed hair is that it often has a split personality: greasy at the roots and dry at the tips. Matos recommends applying a drop or two of hair oil or serum only on the ends to infuse them with hydration. Try Nexxus Oil Infinite Nourishing Hair Oil ($22,, which contains moisturizing marula and babassu oils. Or use dry shampoo’s partner in crime: dry conditioner, which smoothes strands without weighing them down. Apply it from mid-shaft to the ends to combat dry, frizzy hair. Try Pureology Fresh Approach Dry Condition ($24,, which contains antioxidants and protects against UVA and UVB rays, or Serge Normant Meta Revive Dry Conditioner ($25,, which has argan oil to soften and smooth hair.

From Prevention

5 Ways To Fix A Really Bad Hair Day

5 Ways To Fix A Really Bad Hair Day

Stop us if this sounds familiar: You get up without hitting the snooze button a dozen times, get some breakfast going, think it’s going to be a great day, and then oof. One look in the mirror tells you otherwise. All’s not lost though: We consulted top stylists to get these simple fixes for whatever type of bad hair has you down, all of which take less than 3 minutes to execute.

When your hair is greasy or frizzy


A little oiliness can actually be a plus for slicked-back styles, and frizzy, unkempt lengths can add texture and volume when gathered into a pony. Plus, the style also puts the emphasis on your bone structure, rather than your hair, and can look sophisticated without being a time suck. “Some of the easiest formal styles start with a ponytail,” says Pam Kelly, stylist and national educator for Fantastic Sams based in Detroit, Michigan. “It’s easy to make them look intricate and fancy.”
Step 1: Secure hair into a ponytail at desired height on your head. For a low style, secure hair at the nape and for a high style secure hair closer to your crown. Smooth hair strands so the style is neat, or leave a few wisps out for a more casual, romantic look.
Step 2: Kick it up a notch by separating eight little sections of the ponytail, twisting and securing each to your head with a bobby pin for a twisted chignon effect.
When certain sections of your hair are rumpled and crumpled
Try: Sexy waves


“Waves are fun, simple, and quick,” says Westchester, New York-based hair stylist Maria Licari. “Plus, the added spring of the shape makes hair look thicker and more voluminous.”
Step 1: Clip up the top section of hair (from the front of your head to the crown).
Step 2: Spray the bottom layer with a flexible hold hairspray like Matrix Vavoom Shape Maker Medium-Hold Shaping Spray ($16, and curl large sections with a 1½ ” curling iron.
Step 3: Drop the top layer, create a middle part, and spritz with hairspray again. Then curl small sections away from your face to create soft, sexy waves.
When your chic, short crop just looks messy
Try: A dramatic side-sweep


Short hair can be easy to take care of, but it’s a little tougher to change up for special occasions. “Most short styles don’t have enough length for an updo, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go glam,” says Amy Abramite, hair stylist and creative director of Maxine salon in Chicago, Illinois.
Step 1: Create a side part that starts above the highest point of the eyebrow and runs diagonally back toward the crown. The side-sweeping fringe will add drama and draw attention to your eyes.
Step 2: To finish the look, add a touch of pomade or wax to smooth down the layers for a clean, polished style. “Don’t overload on product or you’ll get helmet head,” Abramite says. “You should still be able to run your fingers through your hair.”

When your hair has zero volume
Try: A modern front-flip


The shortcut to a little thickness-mimicking bounce? This face-framing look, which involves creating a toned-down Farah Fawcett-style flip in the front, says Nick Arrojo, hair stylist and owner of Arrojo Studio in New York City.
Step 1: Take a curling iron to one-inch sections in the front and on the sides (a 1″ wand should work for most lengths), curling the hair outward and back. These subtle “kicks” add a bounce and movement for a flowy, romantic effect.
Step 2: Mist your whole head with a flexible hold hairspray to keep the curl from wimping out early.

When your curls just won’t cooperate
Try: A face-flattering bun

Curly hair is forgiving, which makes experimenting with hair tools quick and easy. Danilo, a bioastal Pantene celebrity stylist and global ambassador, recommends using the Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin ($4, to create a soft, easy updo in minutes. Here’s how:
Step 1: Secure hair into a ponytail at the crown of your head. The placement is consistently flattering on every face shape, Danilo explains.
Step 2: Twist hair around the base of the ponytail to create a messy bun.
Step 3: Twist the Spin Pin into your bun to secure it, then spritz with hairspray to make the look last.

From Prevention

7 Things Your Hair Says About Your Health

7 Things Your Hair Says About Your Health
If it seems like you’re having more than your fair share of bad hair days, it might be time to take a closer look. The state of your strands can give you insight into what’s going on inside your body—from psychological issues to physical maladies. And that can be valuable for catching problems and seeking the help you need to prevent them from becoming bigger ones. If you feel like your hair is going haywire, the 7 causes below might be to blame.

1. You’re a perfectionist.
A tendency to (literally) pull at your hair, brows, or lashes when you get stressed can signal a perfectionist personality, suggests a Canadian study in the Journal of Behavioral Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry. The researchers explain it this way: When you don’t meet your own impossibly high standards, hair pulling can be a way of alleviating the frustration and dissatisfaction. But this coping tactic goes a little deeper than run-of-the-mill perfectionism—it’s a compulsive disorder known as trichotillomania, and if you’ve got it, cognitive behavioral therapy (learning a less overwhelming way to organize your workflow and deal with frustration) may help.
2. You’re going through some MAJOR stress.


It’s normal to shed 80 to 100 hairs a day, says New York City dermatologist and psychiatrist Amy Wechsler, MD. But if it looks like you’re losing more than what’s normal for you, it could be a sign of telogen effluvium, a period of (totally reversible) hair thinning brought on by psychological and physical stressors, like an illness, pregnancy, or a period of depression. The thing is, this shift often isn’t noticeable until 3 to 6 months after the event—so it can be tough to associate the cause with the hair loss.

No need to panic: If a big stressor is behind your hair loss, it’ll grow back on its own, though it can take another 3 to 6 months before it’s back to normal. In the meantime, Wechsler suggests focusing on overall wellness: Get 7.5 to 8 hours of sleep a night, do stress-busting activities, and consider taking 5 mg of biotin a day to stimulate growth. (Try these 2-minute stress solutions to calm down fast.)

3. You’re eating too much junk food.
If your hair looks lackluster, dull, brittle, or is thinning, it may be time to rethink what’s on your plate. “When it comes to healthy hair, your overall diet is critically important,” says Wendy Bazilian, RD, author of The SuperFoods Rx Diet. “If you’re eating a highly processed diet, any nutrients you do get are shuttled to your body’s crucial operations, like your heart and other organs,” she says. Your hair won’t turn brittle and dull after one burger-and-fry combo, but over time, strands can suffer from lack of nutrients. To prevent the issue altogether (or make up for past bad behavior), Bazilian recommends a diet heavy on whole, rather than processed foods, and full of color—that’s where fruits and veggies come in. That will give your body—and hair—what you need to stay healthy.

4. You’re not eating enough fat.


If you’ve recently slashed fat from your diet in the hopes of losing weight, your hair may respond by becoming lackluster and weak, says Bazilian. Not only does dietary fat contribute to the health of your hair, it also helps your body absorb key fat-soluble nutrients, like vitamin D, which has been associated with hair loss in women that don’t get enough. Luckily, you can eat your fat and be healthy, too—if you choose the right ones. “Focus on eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids and monounsaturated fats,” says Bazilian. Consider this your license to load your cart with satisfying goodies like oily fish, avocados, dark chocolate, and olive oil.
5. You have too much testosterone.
If you notice hair loss at the crown of your head (where you’d secure a high ponytail) and dark facial hair sprouting on your upper lip or thickening hair on your arms, see if your waistline also seems wider than usual. Excess belly fat stores testosterone, which in turn stimulates hair follicles to perk up and take on the growth patterns we usually see in men, says Diana Bitner, MD, an obgyn at Spectrum Health Medical Group in Grand Rapids, Michigan. What you can do: eat less sugar (the American Heart Association recommends women eat only 6 added teaspoons a day, but most of us are getting far more than that) and exercise regularly to help decrease belly fat, one of testosterone’s favorite hideouts, thus reducing its alarming side effects.

Note: A condition known as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), can also be a cause of unwanted hair growth, so if you notice any fellow symptoms like obesity, irregular periods (5 months without one and you’re not menopausal), acne, and insulin resistance, see your doctor.
6. You’re at risk for dental issues.
Weird but true: a study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation reveals that people who have hair disorders (like loose anagen hair syndrome, where you can pull out hair easily) due to mutations of key hair protein keratin are also more prone to cavities. Here’s why: Keratin is also key in the formation of tooth enamel, so issues with the protein result in a softer surface that has a tougher time standing up to decay-producing bacteria. Though you can’t change your genetic stars, if you have a known hair disorder, it pays to be on top of your oral hygiene game (like flossing daily and regular dental visits).

7. You’re not drinking enough water.

If your lackluster locks are accompanied by hot flashes, night sweats, and lack of energy, the common denominator is likely dehydration. “Dehydrated hair is brittle,” says Bitner. As for the hot, “Muscles that are dehydrated get hotter quicker,” she explains. (Bored with plain water? Give one of these slimming Sassy Water recipes a try.) The Institute of Medicine recommends getting 2.7 liters a day from beverages and water-rich foods. (That’s about four 24-ounce water bottles.) “Your skin, hair, and muscles will soak it up and you’ll love how you look and feel,” Bitner says.

From Prevention

4 Ways To Make Your Haircut Last

4 Ways To Make Your Haircut Last
With age, our hair gets drier and needs more frequent cuts to look polished. But who has the time? Follow these rules to look freshly coiffed long after your last salon visit. (Have your best year ever with our New Year, New You Rodale Challenge!)

1. Cut it to stay styled as it grows.
Fine hair needs a blunt cut with minimal layering, while thicker hair needs layers that remove weight. For all hair types, shorter styles require more frequent trims.

2. Don’t overwash.
No matter how much you think you sound like Adele in the shower, resist the urge to wash your hair every day. Shampoo every other day or every few days to avoid fraying the ends.

3. Use gentler tools.
Before styling, spray wet hair with a detangler, then use a wide-tooth comb to minimize overstretching and breakage. When hair is dry, use a boar-bristle brush for max cuticle-smoothing.

4. Dry without scorching.
Wait until hair is mostly dry before blow-drying. And give your dryer the day off occasionally to minimize the stress on hair ends, where it’s weakest and most prone to breaking.

Got a seriously grown-out cut? Use these tricks to hold it together before your next salon appointment: Dab coconut oil onto the ends before shampooing to protect them from fraying and to keep hair shiny; try a side French braid or messy fishtail style; or use a curling iron to add waves or curls, creating a tousled texture that disguises a grown-out shape.

From Prevention

7 Ways To Make Your Gray Hair Look Gorgeous

7 Ways To Make Your Gray Hair Look Gorgeous

Everyone knows someone who sports a striking shade of sterling—to say nothing of Diane Keaton, Emmylou Harris, and the rest of the silver all-stars. And these gorgeous women don’t lack for sex appeal (71% of respondents in a Prevention poll say women with gray hair can be sexy, whereas 78% say the same for men). But even though many of us admire gray hair on others, we’re often averse to trying out the look ourselves, according to a recent study in Ageing & Society.

Many experts are wondering why: “Women can do so much to keep their faces and bodies looking young—there’s no need to think gray hair will necessarily make you look older,” says Rita Hazan, owner of the eponymous salon in New York City.

And everyone can pull off the look, says Diana Lewis Jewell, founder of Going Gray, Looking Great. “Women often tell me why they think gray hair won’t work with their eye color or skin tone. But the fact is, for every one of those preconceived notions, there’s an example to the contrary of someone who looks fabulous gray,” she says.

Read on for some inspiration—and a little education—that will help you answer the question of the ages for yourself: To gray or not to gray?

Why hair changes
“The process of going gray—which occurs as follicles stop producing melanin—is determined by DNA, not diet or other factors,” says David Bank, MD, director of the Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic and Laser Surgery in Mount Kisco, NY. Although research on mice shows exercise may stave off the loss of hair pigment, while stress may speed up the process, these findings haven’t been replicated in humans. So even though it seems as if every president goes gray after a few months in office, there’s no proof (yet) that stress is the cause. Even the seemingly accelerated speed at which certain sections go gray (temples first for some, the crown area for others) and the exact shade of gray you get (white, charcoal, or any of the other variations) are genetically predetermined. “Your head has roughly 100,000 hair follicles, and each functions autonomously,” Bank explains. “If one runs out of melanin, even if you pluck the resulting gray hair, there will be no impact on surrounding follicles—nor is your lifestyle likely to affect the color.”

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