HEALTHY NATURAL HAIR FROM THE INSIDE OUT
Healthy hair is not only what we rub on our hair, its how we eat, sleep, and live life in general. Exercise is even a part of healthy hair. Stress can play a huge factor in the state of your hair as well.
Play an essential role in hair growth and health. I am not talking about a magic vitamin/pill that will “grow” your hair. There is no such thing! There are vitamins that can promote healthy hair. There are 4 great vitamins I recommend.
1) Biotin 1,000mcg- Main role is it promotes growth and healthy hair. It is also for the benefit of your skin and nails. It is available at Wal-Mart, any drug store and vitamin stores. Price is very reasonable I buy it at Target for a little less than $3 in the generic brand.
2) Fish Oil 1,000mg– Promotes shiny, healthy hair growth and prevents shedding. Fish oils are great for your brain, nails, hair and skin. Also available at Wal-Mart, vitamin stores or drug stores. Good fish oil can be a bit pricey however they do go on sale for $5 at Target.
3) Stress B Complex– This is a vitamin compound of B-vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, B-6, folic acid, B-12, biotin and pathothenic acid. It promotes cell production and energy production. It relieves stress and supports growth; it is great for people under stress! Years ago my mom was under stress and the front of her hair started shedding and appeared thin. The Doctor recommend Stress B complex and her hair started growing back. This vitamin can be a little pricey ranging from $12-$25.
4) Hair, Skin and Nail– These vitamins generally have biotin and some of the vitamins found in the Stress B Complex. They promote healthy hair growth, skin and nail growth. I take this as well but only twice a week because it’s like doubling up on the same nutrients. However, make sure you read the dosages on the side of the bottle. Some have very low dosages of the vitamin which is a waste of money. Price ranges from $7-$20.
*If you have health issues consult your Physician before taking any vitamins*
Diet plays a huge factor in hair growth. Your hair and body needs the nutrients and minerals from food sources. As we just spoke about vitamins you can also get your vitamins from food sources but for many of us it is not realistic with busy schedules. A combination of the right foods and vitamins are great for people on the go. Great food sources are protein, Omega 3 fatty acids, and iron. Chicken, eggs, fish, beans, lentils and nuts are rich in nutrients needed for healthy hair and skin. Protein builds healthy strong hair and repairs cells.
Examples of great hair food:
* Egg whites (P,I,Z) * Salmon(o) * Greek Yogurt (p)
* Lentils(P.I,Z, B) * Beans(p) * Spinach(I)
* Sardines(P,I) * Avocado(o) * Walnuts(O,E)
* Almonds(p) * Kale(I) * Chicken(p)
P=Protein I=Iron E=Vitamin E
O=Omega fatty acids D=vitamin D Z=zinc B=Biotin
Iron is also important for hair growth; iron brings oxygen to the cells including the hair follicles. The examples given above are natural sources of biotin, protein, iron and other vitamins for hair growth and healthy hair. You cannot eat like crap and expect growth; it will not work no matter how many products you’re using in your hair. It starts from the inside out!
Stress is a major hair killer, breakage, hair loss and extreme shedding are signs. The best way to tackle stress is get a minimum 8 hours sleep every night. Drink 6-8 glasses of water, take a walk to calm down and relax. Walking also may lower your blood pressure and provides your body stimulation for better blood circulation. Take deep breaths and stretch through out the day. Give your self regular scalp massages and get the circulation going. These are things that can dramatically reduce stress.
Anything you put in your hair you should be able to pronounce and know what it is. Natural oils and shea butter are the best way to go. There are also great natural product lines out there. Moreover, there are some good drugstore hair products as well. However, every oil or mixture is not for everyone! Learn your hair, pay attention on how your hair reacts to certain oils/products. Make a hair regiment that works for you and the health of your hair.
Most common oils used among naturalista’s:
- Grapeseed oil
- Olive oil
- Almond oil
- Coconut oil
- Castor oil
- Avocado oil
- Vitamin E oil
Popular Essential Oils:
- Tea tree oil
- Lavender oil
- Peppermint oil
- Rosemary oil
Shea butter is very popular as well and can be mixed with any oil that works for you. Essential oils can be added to any mixture. Essential oils are used for scent or other benefits. For example Tea tree oil is an essential oil and it s great for dandruff and dry scalp issues.
Personally, I used all the oils listed, shea butter and tea tree oil because I suffer from dry scalp. I also make my own oil mixture which I call my “wonder 9 oil” because it is a mixture of 9 different oils. The link to the video is below if interested.
I make my own hot oil scalp treatment once a week. I mix extra virgin olive oil with tea tree oil and warm it up. I also do a deep hydrating mask every time I wash my hair. I use a plastic cap and let it stay on for at least half an hour; I find it makes my hair extremely soft. That is part of my hair regimen I been on my journey for almost one year. Natural hair is a learning process and everyone’s hair is different so learn your hair!
- Handful or Kale or Spinach
- 1 Banana
- 1 kiwi
- Small piece of ginger
- ½ cup of ice
- 1 cup of almond milk (or milk product of your choice)
- apple or pear
- Table spoon of flax seeds
Mix in a blender, taste and adjust to suit you, it takes some getting use to.
This hair smoothie is packed with vitamins and minerals. Supplied with vitamin A, E, D, C and iron, potassium, magnesium, omega fatty acids, protein and phosphorus.
By Tania Andrews