The first thing I notice about someone after their smile and their skin is their hair. Hair is a woman’s crowning glory, and hair can be beautiful at any age! Whether we are young with a thick head of hair, or whether we are middle aged or old there are things a person can do to keep their locks manageable and healthy.
Everything we do and indeed everything we feel effects our hair, including anxiety and stress. I went through a period that turned out to be a stressful ordeal over the course of about 4 months where I had a friend tell me that she could see that I had been through hell, and I asked “Really, how?” and she said, “Because when you came here your hair was shiny, and now it is dull.” She was really being nice because it didn’t only lack shine, it was lifeless too. My hair (and my eyes) could tell the story that I could not tell anyone at the time. This was very observant of my friend because I did not know at the time that stress could affect our hair.
I am all for women doing whatever they need to do to have beautiful hair and get a boost of self-esteem, but I am personally against putting too many chemicals on my hair too often. It needs to be remembered that anything we do to our hair today will affect it tomorrow, and by tomorrow I mean years down the road. When I was younger I would periodically perm my hair, but I remember the last perm that I had which damaged my hair and changed it forever. I had clumps of hair coming out in my hand, and I had hair clogging up the shower drain, and it scared me because I thought I was going to go bald. I have never permed it since, and I never will again.
Then came the day that I decided I was never going to dye my hair again, unless it was natural dye I bought from a health food store. Even when a professional puts dye in my hair there is gray showing the next day, and only a few days go by before more gray hair comes popping out. I decided I am taking a risk by using these chemicals, and for what? So, I can have a week of pretty hair again? So, rather than trying to do something that will temporarily make my hair pretty for two minutes, I now have strategies that will keep my hair healthy and pretty (albeit gray) for the rest of my life.
So I started experimenting and here are some of the things I have found:
Mayonnaise doesn’t work, it just makes hair greasy and it seems to take several washings to make the grease from the mayonnaise go away. Instead, if you want hair to shine apply regular conditioner on dry hair and put it in a ponytail, then go and workout or go about your usual activities. Your body will generate heat during that hour which will open up the cuticle, allowing the conditioner to penetrate deeper into the scalp. Then when you have your shower, wash it out.
Don’t starve yourself while dieting because starving your body of vital nutrients will also starve your hair. Rather, eat a well-balanced diet which will support your hair and will provide it with the natural oils that it needs to keep your hair shiny. There is nothing that you can apply topically that will take the place of a well-balanced diet.
If you do color your hair, also invest in the products that will maintain the color longer. This means using conditioners, shampoo’s, and treatment products which are made specifically for colored hair. Don’t be cheap when it comes to your hair, but seek out only the best products for your particular hair type.
Remember that the same things we do for a healthy immune system and a healthy body is the same for your hair so:Drink plenty of pure fresh water daily!
Genetics play a role in the type of hair you are born with such as texture, shape, and color, as well as female pattern baldness. There is nothing you can do about genetics, but the things you can do to correct underlying nutritional problems can help. Ask a doctor about possible remedies for those issues which are genetic in nature.
Medications can affect your hair…if you think that your medications are affecting your hair ask your doctor about a change of medication.
Smoking cuts off the supply of oxygen which affects the hair. Each hair follicle needs nutrients and oxygen to grow, so good circulation is important. For a lot of reasons including the health of your hair quitting smoking is now advised by all health professionals.
Heat styling can cause dehydration and breakage so use a blow-dryer or curling iron only when necessary, and apply heat protective products beforehand
Use leave in conditioners and other moisturizing products whenever you will be spending time in any dehydrating environment, such as spending the day at the beach.
If you have thin hair buying a shampoo for volume will help your hair appear more voluminous,
Getting plenty of omega 3’s in your diet will assure the best possible outcome for the condition of your hair because with omega 3’s the living cells in your hair shaft remain soft and pliable, whereas without these oils hair can become brittle and parched. You will find Omega 3’s in nuts, olive oil, grape-seed oil, salmon, and avocados, as well as flax.
Kelp is good for your hair, as well as the phytochemical biotin.
Garlic has sulfur which strengthens hair, making it stronger and healthier. I eat a clove of garlic everyday, and my hair is now [thicker] again since I had that disastrous perm.
When I was in my thirties I started drinking colloidal minerals every day, and I noticed that all of my gray hair went away. I didn’t put much thought into it at the time, but I could tell that the colloidal minerals were good for me by how it was affecting my hair. Our body systems are all interconnected, so what is good for the hair is good for the skin is good for the eyes…well you get the point.
Hair is part of what makes us feel good about ourselves, and aids in building our self-esteem. I use only natural remedies now because I believe chemicals, in the long run, will have a deleterious effect on my health. However, each of us are different, but we each have in common the desire to have the healthiest most beautiful locks we are able to achieve. Just remember your hair cells are alive and they require the nourishment that will benefit the rest of your body as well.