Next to the follicle is the sebaceous gland that actually keeps the hair shiny and looking vibrant. Excessive sebum activity can make hair unduly oily while lack of sebum activity can make it dry and lifeless. The hair follicle is fed by blood circulated around it, which is why a healthy body makes great looking hair. Anemia or a fall in blood count can affect the hair. In fact one can go to the extent of saying that an unhealthy body is first reflected in unhealthy hair.
This, in short is the geography of our hair. The most common complaints that every human faces some time in life are to do with hair loss, graying, and lifeless hair. Irrespective of the color of your hair (decided by genetic predisposition, racial characteristics and of course, the color of the dye used), all of us face these problems in our lifetime. The remedies for other specific complaints are large in number and varied. What is however, common to all of them is, that they are all based on herbs, herbal extracts and are straight out of the kitchens of the East, but can be found in the Oriental and among exotic foods in western superstores too.
Ayurveda recommends that one’s diet should be conducive to hair growth, a fact that modern medicine endorses. Accordingly, plenty of Vitamin A in the diet takes care of hair loss, so go for those green, leafy wonders like spinach, and tank up on salads, milk and sprouted beans. Proteins that promote hair growth could be buttermilk, wheat germ, Soya beans, whole grains and nuts. An interesting idea is to have a glass of water with one teaspoon of cider vinegar every day for two weeks.
Always remember, beautiful hair adds beauty to a personality and it is only a healthy body that can be capped with beautiful hair. So eat well, and make sure, no chemicals for your crowning glory.