A big part of our personality expression, unique or common, we love our hair. Yet we understand quite little how to get gorgeous hair, how to maintain it and what a great affliction is its loss.
Many conditions can affect our hair’s normal growth. Most known are stress, pregnancy/postpartum, menopause, thyroid and autoimmune diseases, anemia, environmental, and most notably, food toxins.
Medical studies shown that several vitamins and minerals deficiencies (A,B,C,D,E,K, iron and zinc) negatively affect hair. On the list of popular toxins detrimental to healthy hair growth are also sulfates (cheap cleansers), parabens (preservatives), denatured alcohol (drying scalp), synthetic fragrances (irritants), and formaldehyde (under safety investigations).
Foods that support hair
Omega-3 rich: salmon, sardines, mackerel
Proteins and B vitamins: meat, dairy & eggs
Iron, Vit A, K, folate, beta carotene: dark leafy veggies, carrots, pumpkin, squashes
Vit C: new potatoes, citrus fruits, kiwi
Spice herbs for circulation: cinnamon, mint
Zinc rich for fuller lashes: lobster, oysters, beef
More food-for-hair tips
Daily habits that impair hair
Washing in hot water – takes away shine
Washing too often or not enough – removes elasticity
Winding tight braids or wearing tight accessories – damages roots and breaks off hair
Blow-drying often – makes hair brittle
Colour – causes heavier hair losses earlier
Leaning on pillows and high chairs too much – more hair loss
Using too many hair products – weakens hair
Brushing too much – removes more hair unnecessarily
Quiz: Which hair care DIY should you add to your routine?
Could a simple change to your hair care routine make the difference? This hair care quiz goes the extra mile to find ways to minimize those bad hair days.
7 best essential oils for hair
While there are over a dozen lock-lovin’ essential oils, we’ve trimmed the list down to the best of the best. These seven EOs are true MVHPs (most valuable hair players)—make sure you put your ’do on your to-do list!
The best part about incorporating essential oils into your hair care routine? How amazing your hair smells every time you whip it back and forth.
Lavender Mint Clarifying Shampoo
Made with powerful plant-based cleansers and infused with a fresh, aromatic blend of Lavender, and mints pure essential oils, this gentle yet effective shampoo gives an invigorating deep clean without stripping your hair or scalp of moisture. Formulated with scalp health in mind, it contains Peppermint essential oil and nettle leaf to cool and calm the scalp and moisturizing botanicals such as pracaxi seed oil and linden bud to help replenish hair moisture and smooth strands. Formulated without harsh sulfates, silicones, parabens, synthetic colors or fragrances, phthalates, DEA or animal-derived ingredients.
Beware of hair supplements…
…with too many broad-spectrum ingredients. In an all too competitive industries, supplement makers who go around patented and researched products, make it up in quantity of versatile ingredients, to appear as better ones. However we can easily harm ourselves, if we are getting certain minerals and vitamins in excess, because we did not know that we are already getting them from multiple sources, not always listed or when we omit reading labels.
Drugs that are bad for hair
- Acne medications
- Antibiotics and antifungal drugs.
- Birth control pills.
- Anti-clotting drugs.
- Cholesterol-lowering drugs.
- Drugs that suppress the immune system.
Of course we take medication to treat a disease, and hair health considerations come secondary to that need. Perhaps hair restoring diets can be consulted with a doctor in appropriate time.
DIY Rosmary rice water rinse
Rice has been a hair care must-have for women of the Red Yao tribe for centuries, earning their town in China the nickname Long Hair Village. Young Living compiled simple recipes to help us harness the potent properties of rice from home, with a boost of essential oil power.
Mirah Lustrous Hair Oil
It is a luxurious multitasker that you can use as a styling aid or a hair treatment. It’s perfect as a conditioner and styler to use on wet hair before blow drying or as a finishing product to use when hair is dry.
Designed for all hair types, this rich oil has a lightweight, fast-absorbing formula that smooths the hair and rids it of frizz and flyaways. In addition to looking fabulous, hair is left silky, shiny and smooth. Here’s where to get it