This week, our blogs will be focusing on a more holistic approach to beauty; how to look and feel beautiful through nutrition, wellbeing and self-care. Many moons ago, Anabel Kingsley told us about the connection between nutrition and hair health. What we put inside our bodies has a direct effect on how our bodies look on the outside…we all know this by now. However, some foods that get a very bad rap may not be as evil as you’ve heard they are! We thought this is the perfect time to remind ourselves about the importance of complex carbohydrates, and the role they play in maintaining healthy, beautiful hair.
Is Your Carb Guard Up?
Many people I know have a tempestuous relationship with carbohydrates. Some people’s eyes glaze over in reminiscent bliss. Others save their carb allowance for an indulgent Sunday, while a select few simply run away screaming. More often than not, there are wheels of debate turning. Bread or no bread? Salad or potatoes? Fast day or free day? Well, the reality is that your body – and ESPECIALLY your hair cells – need carbohydrates to function.
Carbohydrates Are a Source of Energy
Carbohydrates provide you with energy, and as the 2nd fastest growing cells in your body, your hair cells need a lot of energy to grow (and keep growing). Hair is also a non-essential tissue, so your brain will never send nutrients its way if another part of your body is lacking. Carbohydrates also give your body the fuel to use proteins in cell repair and growth. Lack of dietary carbs can cause increased hair shedding and hair failing to grow past a certain length- as well as general tiredness.
All Carbs Are Not Created Equal
Now, I’m not suggesting you charge for the nearest cookie jar (which is fine in moderation). What I’m talking about is complex carbohydrates. These contain particular sugar molecules called polysaccharides, which provide a slow-release of energy to the body. They don’t give you that sugar high and the crash that often occurs after eating sweets (mono-saccharides). Great hair-healthy complex carbs include baked or boiled potatoes, rice, grains and whole-grain breads, cereals and pasta. What’s more, complex carbs not only provide energy, but depending on which one you choose also contain fiber, hair essential B vitamins and other important vitamins & minerals! Include a varied selection of complex carbs in your diet for maximum benefit.
Watch The Clock
Here at Philip Kingsley we suggest you also snack on a complex carb between meals if longer than 4 hrs passes. Energy to your hair cells drops after this time, which could lead to shedding. If you’re traveling, make sure you have a healthy complex carbohydrate snack on hand so you don’t cave in and eat candy at the airport.
Feed Your Scalp
While complex carbs will help hair growth from the inside out, don’t forget to help your hair from the outside in as well! For an added boost to your hair growth, try using our Philip Kingsley Stimulating Scalp Mask once a week and our daily Scalp Toner.