Some Tips For Beautiful Hair
Here are some things that you can do daily to keep your tresses shiny, healthy and manageable:
1. Comb hair carefully
Comb wet hair with a wide-tooth comb; do not use a hair brush, as brushing will stretch wet hair, which may possibly break the strands. Avoid brushing your hair too much, and use a natural bristle brush because it is gentler to the scalp. Brush just enough to distribute oil throughout the hair and scalp to make the hair softer and shinier.
2. A healthy diet
Caring for the hair is not good enough. You have to follow a nutritious diet to keep your hair healthy and shiny. Proteins in your diet like chicken, salmon and other fish benefit your hair. Iron rich foods like eggs, liver and green herbs are also good for the hair.
Hair needs omega-3 fatty acids to grow, and maintain a healthy sheen. There are few better ways to get them than by eating fish, such as salmon. This fish is also rich in vitamin E, vitamin B-12, iron, and protein; other essential building blocks that keep your locks growing strong. As a bonus, salmon is excellent for keeping your heart healthy. If you’re vegetarian, a few tablespoons of flaxseed in your daily diet can have the same effect.
If you don’t like seafood, reach for some walnuts instead. They also contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, but are rich in biotin, as well. Biotin is necessary in repairing damage from the sun and any other stress you might put your hair through when styling it (such as brush bristles or heat). Additionally, walnuts contain copper which is a perfect, natural way to add a bit of shine to your color.
If you have dandruff or an itchy, dry scalp, try eating more sweet potatoes. These yummy veggies are full of beta carotene, which your body turns into vitamin A- a supplement your cells cannot grown or function without. Sweet potatoes also help your skin, including your scalp, produce the oils needed to prevent dry skin. Be aware, however, that too much vitamin A can result in hair loss.
Spinach, as well as most other leafy, deep green vegetables, such as kale and broccoli, contains numerous nutrients that are good for your entire body, including your beautiful hair. Like sweet potatoes, spinach contains beta carotene; but the folate, vitamin C, and iron present also helps keep your blood cells and hair follicles healthy.
Eggs are rich in biotin, a B vitamin essential for strong hair and overall scalp health, as well as protein and iron. If you are iron-deficient, it generally means you are anemic, which could lead to hair loss, particularly in women.
Greek yogurt is yet another excellent source or protein, but it also contains vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), and vitamin D which are so vitally important to hair health that many styling products, shampoos, and conditioners count on them as ingredients. Some individuals even use Greek yogurt, topically, as a hair mask to seal in moisture and infuse their scalp and hair follicles with nutrients.
Berries, particularly blueberries and strawberries, help you increase the amount of vitamin C in your diet, which is crucial for hair growth. Vitamin C encourages circulation in the scalp, and too little of it can make your hair dry, damaged, or brittle.
Beans and lentils
If you are a vegan or vegetarian, you might have a hard time fitting protein and other hair-friendly nutrients into your diet, but beans and lentils can help. Not only do they contain protein, but they also help you meet your body’s need for iron, zinc, and biotin.
3. DIY conditioning treatments
There are many things you can do for your hair once in a while, like:
- A deep conditioning treatment with coconut oil. Simply massage coconut oil throughout your hair, then wrap it up on top of your head with a warm towel and rinse after 30 minutes.
- A natural treatment mix of olive oil and pureed avocado masque. While it may be a little messy, it will create incredible hydration and shine to your otherwise dull locks.