Curly, straight, thick or thin, doesn?t it seem that we all want the type of hair we weren?t born with? You can?t change what you?ve got without making chemical alterations, but your hair can be beautiful naturally if you start from the inside. Healthy habits help you achieve luscious locks.
Diet is very important to growing great hair, but unlike your skin, it can take months before the effects of nutrient deficiency or illness show up in your hair. Eat a healthy, balanced diet all the time, and the results will show on your head. Zinc, Vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, biotin (a B-vitamin) and protein are some of the nutrients that aid in healthy hair growth. You can get these essentials from lentils, poultry, eggs, oysters, salmon, and walnuts. It Works Greens includes a mix of vital nutrients that may help balance your body, too.? These helped me tremendously for my hair!
Protect Your Hair from the Sun
Sunlight or tanning beds can both do a number on your hair. The UV light breaks down keratin, the main protein that hair is made up of. The breakdown of keratin reduces hair?s elasticity, making it more prone to breakage and split ends. It can also affect dyed hair by bleaching out color. Look for shampoo and conditioner that contain sunscreen. Some natural products can also help protect your hair from the effects of the sun, including Vitamin E, henna, and aloe vera. An alternative to products that may leave your hair looking greasy is powder sunscreen. Many of the popular mineral makeup companies have their own version of this. It is a colorless powder that can be dusted anywhere on your body including your scalp, to protect you from the sun?s damaging rays.
Stop Heat Styling
If heat styling is as much a part of your routine as a morning cup of coffee, it is probably killing your hair. If you want to get beautiful hair, you need to stop torturing it with heat. Heat styling actually changes the natural texture of your hair by stripping it of natural moisture and amino acids, damaging the cuticle. This makes hair appear frizzy. You can use products to help the way it looks, but the damage has been done and will eventually need to be cut off.
Everyone knows that smoking is unhealthy, but let?s revisit the subject. If you smoke, it is ruining your hair. Foremost, cigarette smoke is sticky and clings to your hair shaft making your hair stink like cigarettes to anyone who walks past you. Smoking damages the delicate skin around your eyes, making you appear older faster. Other ways smoking strips your beauty? The damage it causes to skin cells can make parts of you saggy. Plus cigarette smoke stains your teeth, nails, and skin yellow. Quitting smoking will bring the shine back to your locks, plus it may even reduce shedding.
Massage your Scalp
You can get a scalp massage at a spa or give yourself one at home. YouTube? is a great place to find video tutorials on various ways to massage your scalp. You don?t need any special tools, just your own hands. Massaging your scalp increases blood flow, which benefits both your skin and hair follicles. Better circulation can strengthen hair and speed up hair growth. If you want, you may choose an essential oil that is hair-friendly, like jojoba oil, or a hot oil treatment meant for conditioning hair to massage into your scalp. Alternatively, you can give yourself a scalp massage when you shampoo your hair.