I know I’ve been promising you this post for what? Weeks now? Probably. My apologies for being the biggest procrastinator in the entire world.
First of all, thanks for all the sweet, kind and just heart-warming comments that each and every one of you leave on my posts, I really appreciate it, and a big HELLO to all my new readers 😀
I devised a list of the top five ways to keep your hair healthy, not just from the outside, but from the inside as well. Our body on the outside reflects what we put inside of it and how we treat it. Through experience, I’ve found that my skin, hair and outer appearance glow a lot more when I respect my body.
This is just what worked for me, and I’m sure you’ll find it can do some work for your locks as well. They aren’t really anything special, but some might seem new to you 🙂
1) Healthy fats: when I used to shy away from fats in my diet, my hair was definitely one of the first things that went dull. Healthy fats are beneficial to hair (and skin). The fat is absorbed to thicken hair and develop shine – and omega 3’s are also an important fatty source: “A deficiency [of fats] can result in a dry scalp and thus hair, giving it a dull look.” source (that link also provides a great list of foods for healthy hair) Some of my favorite sources are: nut butter(I eat about 4-5 TBSP a day at least), avocado, salmon (any fish, really!) and cheese (don’t be afraid of full-fat stuff! It tastes better anyway 😉 )
2) Whole foods: TONS of fruits and veggies. This goes without any explanation, really. Incorporating the recommended servings of fruits + veggies for your body and even more. Vitamins and minerals are super important for scalp health, a healthy scalp = healthy hair growth – and I also found that when I lost the whole “diet food” mindset (aka super-low calorie processed junk) my hair got thicker, softer and a lot shinier. As seen above: a favorite real-food breakfast: oatmeal, almond milk and berries.
3) Don’t wash it everyday. I go about 2-3 days without washing my hair. Washing your hair everyday is really not necessary, and a waste of time – it strips your hair of it’s natural oils, and you end up with lifeless locks. I recommend a dry shampoo if your hair gets oily, or check out some easy hairdo’s you can pull off here 🙂
4) Embrace your natural beauty. Probably the most important thing, realize that you are naturally beautiful, you don’t need tons of products, appliances and makeup to look gorgeous. I promise you that. Don’t go crazy with the blowdryer/straightener/curling iron/whatever! A few times a week is fine, just make sure you’re using some kind of protecting serum. Whenever I straighten my hair – I use this stuff. It’s pretty pricey in salons, but check out Walmart, they usually have it for a heck of a lot less. Just watch out for these people when you’re there 😉 Also, I find that the less product I use, the less “junky” my hair feels – you know that feeling?! Yeah gross, right? Which brings me to my final tip.
5) Get rid of build up. When I was featured in Seventeen Magazine for my hair, the first “tip” that came to my mind to share with the magazine is an apple cider vinegar wash – SUPER cheap and simple way to clean all the build up and crud that your hair collects through styling products/serums and daily shenanigans. I usually only do this once a month, or when my hair just feels heavy, or I’ve been spending a lot of money using styling products in it. Before you shampoo, just create a rinse of apple cider vinegar and pour it over your hair – focusing on your scalp and the top of your head, where stuff usually hangs out, and keep it on for a few minutes, then rinse and shampoo/condition as usual! Voilaaa!
If ya’ll have any questions, ask away. Also, feel free to add your own hair tips!
What’s your favorite go-to hair product?
Favorite healthy-hair food?
Now, if you’ll excuse me, my Frosty is melting 😉
Peace and love!