Thursday, May 20, 2010


I went to the hairdresser yesterday to get my hair cut and he told me that my hair was almost "too healthy".  I thought that was quite funny, but he said something about my hair being on the acidic side.  I was super impressed with him anyway.  For the first time a hairdresser did not freak out at the fact I use my hair straightener frequently and he was pretty much able to read what I needed for a hairstyle based on the condition of my hair, how I like to wear it and how it will "act" in certain weather conditions.  The best haircut I've had ever. Most hairdressers I have been to in the past either 1. Can't believe that I used a hair straightener almost daily or 2. Freak out that I use a hair straightener almost daily, and then look at my hair and realise that no, it's not as damaged as they made out it would be. Morons.

I have noticed a huge difference in my hair over the past few years and wonder if it has something to do with my diet.  First of all the texture has changed -- it used to have a natural wave - not too curly but enough to be nice.  Now it's full of curls (HAET!!).  Secondly it has turned almost oily.  I have had to refrain from putting too much conditioner in my hair.  When I do put it on, I just put a little in only and just enough to detangle my hair.  I don't leave it in, I basically just quickly massage it though (kinda like I'm shampooing the ends) and then wash it out.  If I put in slightly too much, my hair is an oil slick.  Now, my hair used to be quite dry - I used to buy deep conditioning treatments all the time; those V05 oil capsule things.  I used to treat it like a newborn baby - combed it gently, never pulling it roughly.  I even gave up using brushes because I thought it damaged my hair.

My hair's current state has it's pros and cons.

1. I can use the crap out of my GHD irons and not worry about damaging my hair.  I don't even use a heat treatment product with it (perhaps I should?).
2. My hair is always sleek and super shiny

1. HAET curls.  My natural curls anyway.  I look like a damned poodle.  I also hate the feeling of too much hair around my face, which is what it feels like when my hair is in it's natural state; like a huge bush around my face.
2. The oil slick thing.  The feeling when your hair has been freshly washed and dried and it looks oily...gah, I hate that.  Funny enough, I can still go 3-4 days between washes, because I don't keep producing more and more oil.

So anyway, I mentioned that I think it might have something to do with my diet.  I've noticed this change over the last 2-3 years and this coincides when I really started focusing on my diet and training.  My diet changed from moderate everything to pretty much high protein, moderate fat and low to moderate carbohydrate.  I also take omega-3 fatty acids (6-10 per day when I remember), kelp,  women's multivitamin and Vitamin D.  The omega-3s and multivitamins have been pretty consistent over the past few years.  The other two I have added over the past year due to change in location.

Just wondering, has anyone else out there noticed a change in their hair since they adopted the bodybuilding/high protein type diet?


  1. I've definitely seen a change to my hair over the last few years but I be certain which changes occurred when.

    If anything I suffer less from oily hair than I used to, but then I used to suffer horribly from really greasy hair. It used to be that even if I only washed it the evening before I still had to wash my hair as the first thing I did the next morning. I think that change happened early on when I started dosing with fish oil though my hair was definitely continuing to improve when I stripped refined carbs out of my diet.

    Very recently I've noticed that my hair is wavier than it used to be too. Since increasing my protein intake was the last change that I made I guess it's possible that this was the cause of the extra waves though my hair could have been getting wavier without me noticing.

  2. You know, I didn't even think about it until last night but perhaps the fish oil has caused a change too. It wasn't until 2006 that I started taking fish oils.