The Secret to Healthy Hair
I realised that my hair is falling out when every time I showered, I would have huge clumps in my hands after rinsing. My hair was frizzy, lifeless and was barely growing so I needed a remedy. But where do we start when we want healthier hair?
With so many different hair products on the market, it’s hard to tell which to use. Both drugstore and salon quality products make tall claims, promising to “erase 5 years of damage and split ends for healthy looking hair!” But, have you ever noticed that companies always describe hair as healthy looking? Technically, they cannot promise that your hair will actually be healthier with their products. This means that in order for our hair to really be improved, we have to start from the inside and go from there.
Having a healthy body and scalp is essential to healthy strands. The old saying, “you are what you eat”, is true when it comes to your hair.
If you have a healthy diet but you’re still noticing that your locks are frizzy, dry and have split ends, you’re probably over-styling with too much heat. Decreasing the use of blow dryers and flat irons will drastically improve the state of your hair, since you won’t be frying the outer shaft. I was able to cut back on this by simply washing my hair less, and I realized I only needed to wash it 1-2 times per week.
It’s important to drink enough water and keep your whole body hydrated. In addition to water, vitamins and protein are essential to build the cells of healthy hair. Since our hair is made of different proteins, eating leafy greens and foods with fatty acids such as salmon and nuts will help to nourish your strands. Eating right can help with the thickness of your hair as well as the rate of growth.
Another way to improve your hair is to use natural hair products, which nourish your hair with vitamins and penetrate the strands with oil to moisturize. Using shampoos, conditioners and styling products with silicones and chemicals simply give an illusion of smooth hair by weighing it down with a film. This can do long-term damage to your hair and body, with products containing sulphates and parabens (which have been linked to various diseases).
In the summertime, the sunshine can have a negative effect on our hair by drying it out. There are many leave-in conditioners with UV protection, but these products usually contain other harmful ingredients as well. Instead of using these products, I simply wrap my hair in a cute headscarf as a shield while I’m at the beach.
Smoothing your strands weekly with a natural oil hair mask, such as coconut oil or grape seed oil, is a great way to re-charge your hair, especially after a day with tons of styling. Plus, massaging oil into the scalp does wonders for promoting increased hair growth. Leave the mask in for 4-6 hours and rinse with your favorite natural shampoo and conditioner.