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Hair, Skin, Nails : Have a Great Hair Day

We'd all love the smooth, strong, shiny hair we see in shampoo commercials, but for most of us, frizz, breakage, and dull locks are closer to the reality. The key to gorgeous hair is to nourish the body with the nutrients that are best for hair -- and ditch the ingredients that aren't. The following are a few of the top picks for achieving healthy hair naturally.

Look Better with Bs The B vitamins are essential for the health and growth of the hair. One member of the B family, biotin, is particularly important. Biotin is vital for hair growth, and deficiencies are linked to hair loss. Some evidence suggests that biotin may help improve thin, splitting hair. A variety of natural products, including shampoos, contain biotin in combination with silica, which also aids in hair growth and helps to strengthen the hair. Eggs are a rich source of biotin, and almonds, salmon, and avocados contain it as well. A multivitamin/mineral supplement will contain all of the B vitamins.

Super C Healthy hair depends on a healthy scalp, and vitamin C is key when it comes to scalp health. Vitamin C helps to improve circulation to the scalp, and it supports the antioxidant action in hair follicles. This vitamin also helps the body absorb iron, a deficiency of which is associated with thinning hair. Too little vitamin C can make the hair dry and weak. Berries, citrus fruits, bell peppers, and broccoli are excellent sources of vitamin C. Also consider a high-quality multi and a separate vitamin C formula with bioflavonoids.

Don't Forget Zinc Zinc is an integral part of skin cell renewal, which is important for a healthy scalp. Hair loss or hair that's thin and dull may be signs that you're not getting enough zinc. Meat, poultry, fish, seafood, and whole grains are all great sources of zinc. A multi will also provide adequate amounts of this important mineral.

Go Natural The body's largest organ, the skin absorbs much of what's put on it and rubbed into it. You may already be using skin care products that are free from potentially harmful ingredients, but don't forget about your scalp. Hair care products can contain all kinds of undesirable ingredients, including parabens, heavy metals, formaldehyde derivatives, and other harsh chemicals that can leave hair dull and brittle. Look for products that contain plant-based ingredients that support scalp and hair health while restoring strength and shine.

Many of the nutrients that nourish hair from the inside out can also be found in hair care products. A variety of shampoos and conditioners contain biotin, silica, and vitamins C and E. Dandruff shampoos will often contain zinc. Also look for products containing botanical ingredients like aloe, chamomile, jojoba oil, and sea kelp that contain hair-nourishing vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids.

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