Naturally Healthy Hair
Don’t you just hate it when you walk past someone whose hair is lush, strong and full of life on a day where yours just seems to be dry, greasy or just limp and lifeless? It may seem that they just have ‘naturally’ great hair, but are you really giving your barnet the TLC it needs to look its best?
Trim more-wash less
If you suffer from split ends, be skeptical of products that claim to repair them. It is much better to just make regular appointments to the salon to get them trimmed off. And if you wash your hair daily and it seems dry or greasy, give it a break by cutting down to three or four times a week. Washing too frequently can either wash all the natural oils away or overstimulate your oil glands so that they produce too much of the stuff. Don’t worry if your hair becomes greasy the first week after your new washing regime, it should soon settle down.
Go natural – and deep
Chemicals such as sulfates founds in many big brand hair products can actually strip your mane of its oils, making it look all frayed and frizzy. Fortunately there are plenty of natural hair products out there, especially in the natural food shops. Look out for products that contain natural products such as Shea butter and coconut oil that add moisture to your hair. Aloe is another moisturizing ingredient which penetrates deep into the hair to work on the scalp. Also go easy on the straightening and drying. Consider patting dry with a towel and leaving to air dry or at least use the cool setting on your dryer. As for de-tangling, use a wide-toothed comb and work patiently from outside in to avoid ripping and breaking your hair. If you have to use a brush, go for a gentle, soft one. Ask a stylists at Chicago Hair Extensions Salon on tips on how to get naturally healthy hair.
Improve your soil
You are what you eat, and if you feast on empty sugars and carbs, how can you expect your hair to get the protein it needs to grow tall and strong. The scalp has been compared to a garden by some, with your hair drawing up nutrients from the ‘soil’ below. Ensure your diet has enough protein, iron (both found in meat and green’ leafy veg), Vitamin B (found in fruit, veg and nuts) and Omega-3 oils (found in salmon and avocado). Make sure you drink enough water too.
Did you know working out is also good for your hair? Not only does it get the blood flowing, delivering those nutrients to the scalp, the sweat you produce eliminates toxins from your hair oil, helping it to condition more effectively. Add to that the stress-reducing benefit of exercise (stress can divert blood away from non-life preserving systems like hair growth), and exercise really can make a difference. If you find it hard to get motivated to work out, consider a personal trainer.