7 steps for naturally healthy hair
Most of us pay a great amount of attention to the way we treat our bodies, and try to maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Regular exercise, a good diet, protecting our skin and taking care of our teeth are a regular part of everyday life.
But few of us place the same emphasis on the way we treat our hair, often opting instead for a quick, easy fix. Whilst these solutions give us the temporary results we might be after, they do nothing for the natural and prolonged health of our hair.
So, what should we be doing in order to keep our hair naturally strong, healthy and in prime condition?
1. Wash your hair the right way
How (and how often) you wash your hair has a major impact on its natural health. Concentrate on cleansing the scalp with shampoo, conditioning from mid length to tip, and avoid washing too often.
Excessive, daily washing strips the hair and scalp of the natural oils that help to keep them well nourished. By using the right technique when washing, you eliminate the need to do so every day and, subsequently, promote a healthy balance.
2. Avoid excessive heat
Whilst it’s the best option for a natural, healthy finish, most of us don’t have the time to let our hair air dry. But excessive heat can cause serious damage and should be avoided at all costs.
Use hairdryers on their lowest setting and keep them a safe distance from your hair. A good test is to use your hand as a measure – if the heat from the hairdryer is too much for your skin to withstand, then it’s far too much for your hair. Use a diffuser or nozzle to help distribute the heat evenly and avoid hot spots.
3. Use natural, organic shampoos and conditioners
Products that contain synthetic ingredients can cause lasting damage. Silicones, sodium laureth sulphate and synthetic fragrances can all have detrimental effects including irritation, an itchy, flaky scalp and dry, brittle hair.
Opt for natural, organic hair care products that contain ingredients specifically chosen to promote healthy, well nourished hair such as Aloe Vera and derivatives of coconut.
4. Treat your hair with respect
Your hair is a delicate thing and, to remain healthy, it needs to be treated as such. As hair is more susceptible to damage when wet, avoid vigorous towel drying and allow it to dry a little before brushing through.
Use the right tools to brush your hair – a wide toothed comb for detangling and brushes with bristles made from natural materials – these are far gentler on the hair then synthetic bristles. Don’t overbrush or handle your hair excessively as this will cause increased breakages. Make sure you trim often to remove split ends and give your hair a break from styling products regularly.
As your hair is, quite literally, an extension of your body, you should go beyond simply adopting a natural hair care regime and also apply the same principles as you would to taking care of your general health.
5. Maintain a balance diet
A well-balanced diet is crucial to a healthy body, and our hair is no exception. Our scalp and hair follicles need a constant supply of nutrients to keep hair naturally strong and lustrous, so be sure to include the following in your diet:
Protein – hair is made of protein, so too little of it will result in weak, brittle strands and, in extreme cases, restricted growth and shedding.
Iron – an iron rich diet will feed the hair follicle and roots with the nutrients needed to maintain a healthy growth cycle.
Omega 3 – this helps to keep the cells that line our scalp healthy and encourages the production of the natural oils that hydrate and nourish our hair and scalp.
Combine the above with rich sources of vitamins A, C and E to keep your hair in its optimum natural condition.
6. Keep stress at bay
Stress and anxiety cause our bodies to produce extra hormones in response to what our minds and emotions perceive as a potential threat. These changes in hormone levels can have dramatic effects on our wellbeing and can affect the growth patterns of the hair follicles.
Stress related hair loss conditions include telogen effluvium, trichotillomania and alopecia areata.
Relaxation really is good for the mind, body and soul, so be sure to take time out every day to do whatever helps you keep stress at bay.
7. Get the right amount of sleep
In order to stay strong and healthy, our bodies need to recharge. As we sleep, our bones, muscles, hair and skin are all regenerated, so maintaining a regular and sufficient sleep pattern is crucial to naturally healthy hair.
Sleep deprivation can also lead to increased stress and its associated health conditions, so be sure to listen to your body and allow it the sleep it needs.
Taking good care of your hair is not a time-consuming process. It’s a simple extension of a well-balanced lifestyle and can dramatically boost self-confidence. Here at No Ordinary, we strongly believe in the positive power of natural beauty and are dedicated to helping you achieve it.
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