This year I have decided to be a better friend to my hair. Many make the mistake of solely focusing on maintaining flawless healthy skin, not realising it is just as important to ensure your hair is healthy. Hair serves us in more ways than just providing warmth for our heads and looking attractive. On a deeper level, having healthy hair in turn encourages us to carry ourselves with an elevated sense of self-confidence. Unfortunately, there are many who suffer from hair issues such as hair loss, rough texture and hair breakage, all of which can affect their self-esteem levels.
For a healthier and more confident you, check out these tips on how to give your hair some TLC:
- Don’t over-wash your hair.
While you enjoy that washed hair feeling every day, you’re unnecessarily damaging your scalp. You’re washing away your hair’s vital natural oils that are designed to protect your hair. You only need to wash your hair 2-3 times a week.
- Handle your hair gently
When you’re drying your hair, do not wring your hair or aggressively rub your towel through your hair as you’re creating friction between your hair strands which weakens them. Use your towel to pat your hair dry. If you’re the type of person who cannot go without brushing your hair while it’s damp, I recommend you use a wide toothed comb and start from the ends of your hair and work your way up in sections. By not rushing to work through your tangles and combing from the bottom up you will reduce hair breakages and prevent further strain on your scalp.
- Revive your hair with natural ingredients
Use organic virgin cold pressed coconut oil which is great for nourishing your scalp and uniquely penetrates the hair strands from the root. It also halts the protein loss that occurs from washing, wet combing and blow drying. Using your fingertips, apply 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil to your scalp giving a firm massage to increase circulation and encourage hair growth. Another natural remedy for tackling hair conditions is rosemary, which is great for hair thinning, hair loss or dry brittle hair. It’s best to find a shampoo which has a high concentration of rosemary oil. Or a supplement such as Gold Collagen® Hairlift which contains Indian Gooseberry (Amla), a great source of vitamin C, can directly contribute to healthy shiny hair.
- Healthy balanced diet
For healthy hair you need to ensure you have iron, biotin, vitamin A, C and E, zinc and selenium, omega-3 and protein rich food in your diet. The following list is a variety of foods from each category: lentils, spinach, kale, broccoli, oranges, strawberries, kiwi fruits, oily fish such as salmon and mackerel, walnuts, sweet potatoes, carrots, fortified cereals and wholegrains, nuts, egg yolk. Hair literally consists of protein, so we need to make sure our diet has enough protein to contribute to strong and healthy hair. If you don’t have enough protein your hair will weaken and become dry, and in extreme cases your hair growth will be affected.
- Don’t fry your hair!
Give your hair a break from heat styling devices. Your hair’s natural oils need to be protected from drying out and causing further irritation to your scalp. If you cannot go without a blow-dry, then to relieve your hair from the hot air, I suggest you use the cool setting. This will stop your hair from becoming static and dry. Before you blow dry remember to put in protective serum!
In my quest to treat my hair better and get the right results, I recommend using natural ingredients, handling your hair with care, not over-washing or over-drying it. Remember, the condition your hair is in shows what your health is like on the inside, so ensure you maintain a healthy balanced diet to provide the right nutrients to help you and your hair flourish.
Vidhi Patel, Nutritionist at Gold Collagen®