Finding time in your day to achieving that shiny, lustrous hair you’ve always dreamt of, or recapturing the beautiful hair you used to have, can be as simple as A-B-C! What follows is an A-to-Z list of healthy hair care tips. Try a few each day and you’re sure to find some that work for you.
Ayurveda: Ayurvedic herbs have long held secrets for the treatment of thinning and breaking hair. Nourish your hair and scalp with Eclipta Alba and Gotu Kolacan, two of my favourite Ayurvedic herbs.
Biotin: Also known as vitamin H or B7, it is responsible for the creation of the Keratin in our hair. Take it as a supplement or get it naturally from foods such as eggs and avocados.
Chemical processing: Ban chemicals from your hair care routine and you will see an immediate improvement to the health of your hair. Chemicals found in hair dyes, perming solutions and chemical straightening, can all damage your hair’s internal structure causing weathering and lead to breakage.
D Vitamin: Sunshine is the best source of Vitamin D, although it can be taken as a supplement too. D Vitamins are important to your overall health, including a healthy head of hair.
Eggs: These pocket rocket, compact, ready to go snacks are a cheap source of high quality protein and a slew of other important vitamins and minerals, including sulphur, the beauty mineral.
Fo Ti: An ancient Chinese herb, otherwise known as He Shou Wu, is a natural anti-androgen. In layman terms this means it can stop hair loss and helps combat Male Pattern Baldness.
Genetics: It is important to come to terms with the hand, or shall we say hair, that Mother Nature dealt you. Look for styles and cuts that suit your hair type and stop fighting the genetic card you were blessed with. Torturing hair into submission usually means over processing, frizz and lots of unnecessary tears.
Hormones: Your diet, age and stress levels will have effects on your hormones. Some hormone imbalances can lead to hair loss.
Iron: Ensure you are eating plenty of iron rich foods. Low iron levels can lead to Anaemia and low energy levels. A common side effect of Anaemia is hair loss.
Jazz it up: Have fun with your hair, enjoy it what ever the length or style.
Keratin: Our hair is made up mostly of Keratin, a protein that gives hair it’s strength. Using excessive heat and the external environment can corrode the keratin in our hair.
Loose hairstyles: Loose hairstyles mean less stress on your hair follicles and less breakage to hair during the day and when you sleep.
Massage: Getting good blood flow to nourish your hair follicles is important if you are wanting to stimulate growth. A scalp massage is also very relaxing and will help alleviate stress, which can inhibit hair growth and cause shedding.
Nuts: Nuts are another powerhouse food full of nutrients, healthy fats and oils, and protein. All of which are important for optimal healthy hair growth.
Oil: When it comes to increasing shine and protecting hair, you can’t go past oils. Popular oils to oil your hair with include Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Argan Oil and Almond Oil.
Protein: Protein is essential to stimulate hair growth and is important in building and strengthening the hair shaft. Weak brittle hair can sometimes be an indicator of the need to increase your protein intake.
Quality products: The products you use on your hair do not always have to be expensive, but they should always be of high quality. The same goes for the food you eat to feed your hair internally. Remember quality counts.
Repetitive hair styling: Doing your hair in the same style everyday can lead to stress on your hair shaft. Go for mixing up the buns you wear and the position of your ponytails.
Shampoo: Washing your hair too often can lead to dryness and brittle ends. Experiment with how often you shampoo.
Trimming: If your hair is damaged from over processing you will need to trim regularly. Self trimming should only be attempted with very sharp hair dressing scissors.
Up dos: Save your hair from damage caused by seat belts and handbag straps by wearing your hair up and out of harm’s way.
Vinegar: Apple Cider Vinegar is a cheap solution for removing product build-up and taming frizz.
Wide tooth comb: Overzealous brushing can lead to frizzy hard to manage hair, invest in a quality wide tooth comb to combat tangles.
X-tra Gentle: Treat your tresses like Nanna’s antique silk. When hair is wet or damaged from chemical processing take extra care of it and be gentle with it.
Yoyo dieting: A healthy eating plan is essential for hair growth, yoyo and crash diets can lead to massive hair shedding and stalled growth. Eating healthy and staying away from over processed, sugary food is beneficial to both your hair and your waistline.
Zinc: The mineral Zinc is critical for hair growth and to stop hair from shedding, it is also essential for your body to properly absorb iron. Thinning hair is often a result of low Zinc levels.