five easy ways you can holistically care for your hair
Here are five easy ways you can holistically care for your hair, which in turn will lead to shinier, healthier locks ... and a mess of other benefits!
1. Eat for hair health.
Specific nutrients are involved in producing keratin, the protein that makes up hair. Zinc, copper, manganese, iron, folic acid, vitamin b12 and biotin all play an important role in hair health. The best food sources for healthy hair include:
- Vegetables: cabbage, brewer’s yeast, green peas
- Nuts, grains, seeds: flaxseed oil, brown rice, lentils, oats
- Fruits: apples, avocados, bananas, cranberries, cantaloupe, dates, grapefruit, grapes, oranges
2. Only use natural products.
Take the time to shop around for natural hair products that don't have chemical ingredients or additives like preservatives, sulfates, parabens, fragrance and dyes (just to name a few).Our scalp absorbs these chemicals, increasing our body’s toxic load.
3. Go the DIY route.
There are plenty of options but my two favorites are the simplest of all: coconut oil hair mask for shine and apple cider vinegar rinse for growth.For the hair mask, simply heat a couple tablespoons of coconut oil and run through hair, root to tip. Leave on as long as desired, then wash twice with shampoo. For the apple cider vinegar rinse, mix one part ACV with one part water and use post-shampoo, then rinse.
4. Alternate the temperature of your shower.
At the end of your shower, alternate between warm and cool for 20 seconds at a time, for a minute total (extreme temperatures aren't necessary), making sure to end with cool water.
Cold water encourages the hair cuticle to seal, thus strengthening the strands. This is especially beneficial post-shower when styling with hot tools. Alternating hot/cold showers aren't only hair-supportive, they’re also invigorating for both the body and mind, promote circulation and stimulate the lymphatic system.
5. Wash your hair less.
Shampoo (even the natural kind) strips hair of sebum, the oil your hair needs to be its healthiest self. When you wash away the naturally produced sebum, your scalp does damage control by creating more of it, which means your hair will be even oiler than you already thought it was and now you're trapped in a vicious cycle of washing.