Natural Beauty: Hair Care
Natural hair care is something that lots of you have been asking about so I thought I’d share some of my tips and tricks with you today. The best thing about eating a healthy diet is feeling awesome everyday, but on a superficial side there have been some great beauty benefits and the biggest one for me has been getting such healthy hair! My hair never really grew as a child, I was pretty much bald for a long time and looked way too much like my brother, and then when it did grow my hair was always just so limp, so I’m pretty happy to have healthy hair these days – now it’s quite thick and grows really fast, which feels like a miracle!
Nurturing your body with nutrient-rich foods not only affects how your body works on the inside, but it also makes a huge difference to how you look on the outside and there are lots of different nutrients that are really great for healthy hair. Vitamins and minerals like iron and zinc are really important as they have commonly been found to help hair growth, which was a godsend for me! You can easily add these into your diet by consciously eating foods like as quinoa, beans and nuts. Plant based protein is also really important for hair growth, I wrote a huge post all about plant protein so I won’t go into too much detail here but the best sources are grains, nuts, beans, seeds and vegetables – especially leafy greens. Superfoods like spirulina are awesome too, spirulina for example contains about 60% protein so it’s great for healthy hair!
Essential fatty acids also do wonders for our hair; they’re the best beauty foods really! The best (and most delicious) sources of this are avocados, nuts and coconut oil. These are essential in our diet as our body does not produce these fatty acids naturally so we need to eat them, which I think is an awesome excuse to stock up on guacamole and energy balls! Essential fatty acids have the ability to turn dry, brittle hair into stronger and ore luscious hair. Fatty acids also help to strengthen the hair as it grows by nourishing the hair right from the root. These fatty acids are crucial in our diet to give us seriously glowing skin and beautifully smooth hair.
Enjoying a balanced, plant based diet, should mean that you’re getting a great mix of goodness that will nourish your hair. It takes a while to see the difference but after a year or so it will probably look really different! The other thing to say is that even if you eat great food you may still not reap the effects if you have poor digestion, as this can prevent the proper absorption of minerals and nutrients from your food so addressing this issue first could go a long way to helping your body, skin and hair! Eating probiotics and probiotic food (like sauerkraut) are great places to start here as they’re so great for our guts.
There are lots of other things you can do though to help strengthen your hair though. I would avoid all the common shop bought shampoos and conditioners as they’re full of rubbish that don’t really nurture your locks – plus I’ve found that the best natural products are actually quite a lot cheaper then any fancy product that promises you L’Oreal style hair! In terms of products, I really love Faith in Nature shampoo and conditioner. They have lots of different variations but the coconut range is my favourite, it just smells so delicious – I’ve been using it for a year or so and couldn’t be happier. The other thing I do, which works miracles, is a coconut oil hair mask. I try to do this once a week or so and it’s just amazing. I put a small scoop of coconut oil in the ends of my hair and leave it in overnight, although if you can’t leave it in this long or getting shiny hair quickly is an emergency then even ten minutes will help, as it’s so deeply nourishing. In the morning I wash the coconut oil out with shampoo and my hair shines and bounces all day! If you’d rather use something more conventional than coconut oil, then I’d recommend a product called Lani. I tried it a few weeks ago and it was awesome. It’s made of coconut oil, macadamia nut oil, kukui nut oil and camellia seed oil so it’s super natural, very delicious smelling and so nourishing – I use it in just the same way I use the coconut oil. My last tip might sound very weird, but if you have a build up of products and your hair is feeling really limp then apple cider vinegar could be the answer too. I know this is strange but it really works. Just mix apple cider vinegar with water in a squeezy water bottle so that it is half water and half ACV. Wash your hair like normal with shampoo and conditioner and then finish by rinsing it with this diluted ACV. Do not rinse it out – just leave it in and I promise it doesn’t smell once your hair is dry!
So keep nourishing your body from the inside out, it will do wonders for your health, happiness and hair!