The secret of luxurious hair of Inuit women
Inuit woman. Photo credits: http://museeheritage.ca/2013/04/new-exhibit-at-the-museum-arctic-life-lomen-brothers-photography/
This picture was taken by Lomen Brothers Photography, showing the Yupik people and life in Nome, Alaska at the start of the 20th century. It’s a photograph of Nowadluk/Nowadlook (Nora) Ootenna – an Inupiat woman who was a popular subject for Alaskan photographers around the time. She was mentioned as the daughter of James Keok (though their recorded birth dates makes this unlikely) and she was married to George Ootenna who were natives of Cape Prince of Wales and worked as reindeer herders (a business in which Lomen Bros was the main investor in Alaska). The Glenbow Museum places most of the photos of her at www.glenbow.org. Nora was born in 1885 and as of the 1910 Census she lived in Port Clarence (essentially Cape Prince of Wales).
Thanks to Omega-3 fatty acids that nourish hair follicles, many Inuit and Eskimo women have strong, long, shiny, and silky hair. Interesting fact: northern native people, who tend to have a high fat diet, but eat significant amounts of fatty fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids, have lower risk of cardiovascular system problems and even reduced rates of colorectal cancer. And not only that: even elderly people almost don’t have wrinkles.
Omega-3 fatty acids for healthy hair
Omega-3 fatty acids are important fats our body cannot make itself, and therefore must be obtained through our diet. Omega-3 fatty acids are among the must-have foods for healthy hair because they are responsible for the health of the cell membrane, which is not only a barrier to harmful things, but also the passageway for nutrients to cross in and waste products to get out. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in the cells that line the scalp and also provide the oils that keep your scalp and hair hydrated.
The foods highest in omega-3 fatty acids include fatty fish (salmon, herring, sardines, trout and mackerel), seafood, canola oil, flax seed, avocado, pumpkin seeds, and walnuts. Increasing dietary omega-3 fats is an important step towards healing the skin.