A beautiful day at the beach can turn into a living nightmare for our hair if left unprotected from the sun. Although vitamin D is a necessity for our bodies, navigating your exposure to the nutrient as a transitioner can be a bit tricky because your hair is very fragile—especially at the line of demarcation. Tune in as I explain the good and the bad of Vitamin D, how the sun affects our hair, and what exactly you can do to prevent damage.

 

via: Essence.com
Photos: Joey Rosado

 

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Not Enough Vitamin D

 

Within each of our hair follicles, Vitamin D receptors can be found which have to be nourished. Starving these receptors can attribute to hair deficiencies. The Lack of Vitamin D can directly correlate to unnecessary hair loss, even playing a major role in disrupting the hair follicle cycle, causing premature shedding and stunted growth.

 

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Diet

 

You are what you eat and your hair is no exception. Consuming foods with hearty does of Vitamin D such as salmon, tuna, soy milk, orange juice, fortified cereals, shiitake mushrooms and egg yolks can supply your body with the necessary dose, which in return will benefit your hair. Strands that are properly Vitamin D nourished tend to be the healthiest, producing stronger cuticles, providing a better barrier against the sun’s UVA and UVB rays.

 

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Coconut Oil 

 

Many of us know the power of 100% all natural extra virgin coconut oil but one of the main reasons why this oil is in a league of it's own regarding protection against the sun, is its ability to provide...visit Essence.com for more on 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Vitamin D here


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As part of Essence’s newly enhanced and revamped hair channel that launched May 8th, I will have a weekly article on Essence.com, sharing tips, a bit of hairtherapy and my own personal journey.