One of the first things I notice about people is their hair. Their hair and their shoes. Some ladies have made perfect choices of cut and style to complement their features. Some men, I am thinking of a friend of mine particularly, have more beautiful hair than women. Is this fair, I ask you?
While I envy the thick, short crop that some women carry beautifully, I just won’t part with my long hair.
There are certain secrets and tips, though, that can keep hair shiny and healthy regardless of the cut or length or style. From frizzy to fine, we can all look tidy.
Good Eating Tips to Feed Hair
If you want healthy hair, you must think beyond the things you put on your hair or how you treat your hair. Diet can play an important factor in good hair maintenance. Certain foods can really strengthen and benefit hair.
The better we eat, the better the cells are that are being reproduced, and this applies to not only hair but skin and nails, too. Good stuff in, good stuff out. It is important, because hair grows relatively fast, at around ¼ to ½ every month.
Of course, curly hair won’t become flat and fine hair won’t suddenly burst into a thick nest of locks, but protein and iron will promote the quality of what you have been given.
The Best Food to Eat to Support Healthy Hair
Vitamin B-12, iron and omega 3 can be found in salmon. These provide support to a healthy scalp.
Ground flaxseed is also a good source for omega 3 fatty acids and can be easily tossed over cereals and salads. Walnuts are also high in omega 3’s.
Los Angeles Dietitian Andrea Giancoli, a spokeswoman for the American Dietic Association and a MPH, RD, stated, “Essential omega-3 fatty acids are needed to support scalp health. A deficiency can result in a dry scalp and thus hair, giving it a dull look.”
Think green if you want healthy hair. While green is a popular word these days, I am referring to vegetables. You may not have realized that the body has a natural, inbuilt hair conditioner. It is called sebum. Eating dark green vegetables like Swiss chard, spinach and broccoli will benefit the production of sebum by providing vitamins A and C.
Legumes are loaded with protein that help strengthen hair. They also are excellent sources of zinc, iron and biotin. Without zinc, hair will shed beyond the normal rate. Include cashews, almonds and pecans into your weekly diet. They support hair growth, as they are rich in zinc. Add oysters to the list.
If you have weak, brittle hair consider eating more poultry. Chicken and turkey contain the protein the body needs to produce healthy locks. So do their eggs, by the way. So serve them any way you like them.
Calcium is a mineral that is necessary to give the body for strong hair. Yogurt and skim milk, basically low-fat dairy products, are a great source of calcium. Chucking some carrots into your snack bag every day will also be beneficial to your scalp, as they are one of the best sources of vitamin A.
Avoid crash diets or diets low in calories. Not only do they reduce calories, they reduce proper vitamins and minerals. The risk is unhealthy, brittle and dry hair that begins dropping off with the pounds. A balanced diet full of legumes, nuts, whole grains, low-fat dairy, fruits, vegetables and proteins is best.
A Natural Way to Get Healthy Hair
One of the best ways to keep hair from being overly frizzy or tangled is to get a frequent trim. Taking ¼ inch off once a month for people with long hair is not too much. This will also allow hair to grow faster.
The whole idea of having a clean scalp is a bit lost these days with so many chemicals and hair products on the market. It is the scalp that needs the cleaning, and the ends that need the moisture most of all.
People that have a high work-out routine, sweat a lot, swim a lot in chlorinated water or the sea need a little extra help, too. By wetting the hair first, particularly the ends, and adding a little conditioner or almond oil (only a tiny drop in the palm is necessary), and working it through before you begin your workout will keep the hair from picking up the salt and chemicals that dry it out.
A great leave-in conditioner is a mix of honey and olive oil. Stir ½ cup olive oil with 3 tablespoons honey and warm them in the microwave. Take a comb and dip it in the mix, running it slowly through all the hair, a bit at a time. Put a shower cap over your head and leave it on for ½ hour. Rinse with warm water and shampoo.
A great way to have healthy hair is by making homemade shampoo. It is easy, inexpensive and yields great results.
The things you will need are a squeeze bottle to store the shampoo, distilled water, Castile soap, a funnel, and grapeseed, vegetable or jojoba oil. Begin by making a small amount. Add ¼ cup liquid Castile soap along with ¼ distilled water and only ½ teaspoon of oil together. Transfer them to the bottle and shake.
It is not thick, but it will lather nicely. Tip your head back and pour the whole amount over your head. You can scent it however you like with scented Castile soaps or a couple of drops of an oil essence of your choice.
Regular hair washing, cleansing the scalp, and massaging it to rid of dead skin are important for healthy hair. But washing the hair every day, blow drying and styling hair can leave it dry, brittle and void of natural oils. Shampoo doesn’t just clean the hair, it strips it from its moisture with chemicals.
Reducing to wash the hair a couple of times a week can lead to a healthier head. A gentle, light conditioner will replace the oils. A nice brush made of boars hair will do this, too. They are expensive, but worth the investment. They hold the oil in the bristles carrying it from the scalp down to the ends. Plastic and synthetic bristles don’t do this.
When the hair is wet, comb it or pick it. Don’t use a brush on wet hair; don’t use a comb on dry hair. This will eliminate tangles and breakage.
Putting all of these tips together can result in a gorgeous, shiny, manageable head of hair, even for those with a demanding schedule and a heavy work-out routine. Focusing on what goes in the body and on the head can yield rewarding, healthy hair and can keep you competing with even the most expensive styles for good looking locks. Hairs to you.
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