HEALING: HAIR HEALTH
Every single one of us has unique strands of DNA, therefore producing unique and beautiful strands of hair. No color is alike, no texture is alike, your head of hair is like NO other! Of course there are similarities with hair colors, and textures, therefore we can group together 'hair types' which may guide you to your d r e a m head of hair. BECAUSE doesn't it always, always seem that you always want what you don't have?! I remember growing up and pinning over curly hair, and bagged my mama for a perm! Luckily she refused and stood firm in her NO. I'm grateful for that, as I've always kept my hair 'virgin' apart from a VERY bad decision to go platinum blonde from a box in grade 9!
At the moment my hair is au natural, long, thin-thick - I have LOTS of thinner hair, and I don't use any products of styling tools! My only hair accessory is a comb. I use natural shampoos (Andalou Naturals), and do coconut oil masks maybe twice a month. In my experience, the less you do the better!
Just like skin though, our hair is a reflection of our internal health. What we feed ourselves, also feeds our Hair. And because hair is made out of protein, it is critical to get ample amounts of protein + healthy fats.
Below I outline the most common hair types & ways to help you get your hair back in tip top shape //
Dry hair, and often dandruff, are signs that the skin of the scalp isn’t functioning as well as it should be. The perfect way to improve this condition is by hydrating the skin cells on the scalp and hair follicles with essential fats and Vitamin A, which is involved in the production of our natural oils.
Oily fish are the absolute best source of essential fatty acids or EFAs, go for mackerel, salmon, sardines, anchovies, herring. Eat 2-3 portions of fish a week.
Vegetarian sources of EFA's include flax oil, walnuts (and other nuts & seeds), avocados, olive oil. Eat at least portion of these healthy fat foods per day. I eat about 1/2-1 Avo a day!
Vitamin A is converted in the body from sources of beta carotene, a green and orange pigment found in green veggies, sweet potato, carrots, squash – just go with the colours!
Poor digestion, imbalanced gut bacteria and food intolerances are often responsible for dry and fragile hair, because they can prevent you from absorbing nutrients optimally. AGAIN, just like skin, GUT HEALTH is paramount to healthy + lustrous hair. I will continue to put important on our guts, as they TRULY are the key to optimal health.
SLOW GROWING HAIR
Slow growth, fading colour (including greying) and hair loss are often down to a lack of zinc (HUGE), iron and lysine (an amino acid). Here’s what to eat to pack these hair boosters into your diet //
Seafood is a great source of zinc, or go for pumpkin seeds if you’re a veggie. Pumpkin seeds ARE the best for zinc intake.
Brilliant places to get your iron are: hormone free animal protein if you eat meat, fresh fish, dark leafy greens, organic dried apricots and dark chocolate! ( I am veg, but I know A LOT of you aren't, so I want to give you options for choosing your best course for YOU!)
TOP HAIR FOOD in my opinion // Spirulina is a bit of a wonder for hair as it contains iron, zinc, B Vitamins and lysine.
Another reason for thinning hair and slow growth is a hormonal imbalance, if this is affecting you, it’s definitely worth speaking to your ND or DR about checking your thryroid hormone levels. (when I was figuring out what was wrong with me, my hair preceded to fall out in COPIOUS amounts! I lost half my head of hair. So please get a thyroid panel done if you're experiencing hair loss.)
For hair that’s on the oily side, watch out for an insufficiency of B Vitamins. These, as well as Vitamin C are used up in times of stress, so try to C H I L L and deal with your stresses if possible, as well as choosing your foods wisely. The B Vitamin heroes are // (resort to your self love practices!).
The very best veggie and vegan sources are: Watercress, mushrooms, broccoli, alfalfa sprouts, asparagus, brown rice.
Along with another SUPER FOOD for HAIR // Chlorella - it's a great source of biotin, and contains copper, which is involved in healthy hair pigmentation (color).
Eggs deliver biotin (Vitamin B7) which is especially important for hair.
Meat of all varieties, just go for the highest quality, organic and grass fed you can afford.
If your hair is weak, you can give it some support by making sure you have LOTS of good sources of protein in your diet – this is what your hair is made of, along with Vitamin C that helps to keep the follicles working their best.
BEST PROTEIN sources //
My superhero - Spirulina contains 60-70% protein, which is actually more absorbable than the protein in meat!
Nuts, seeds, sprouted beans and seeds are a m a z i n g vegan sources of protein. My favorites include pumpkin seeds, sunflowers seeds & brazil nuts.
For your Vitamin C eat plenty of berries, kiwi fruit, broccoli, peppers.
ALL hormone free Meat, fish, eggs, goat's cheese, no sugar Greek yoghurt are all wonderful sources of complete protein.
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO FOR YOUR HAIR??
As well as eating well AND saving your hair from the consequences of nutritional deficiencies, there are a few more lovely practices that can improve hair whilst boosting your wellbeing generally, what could be better? //
Scalp massage – go for an Indian head massage, or spend a couple of extra mins when washing your hair. (this stimulates your hair follicles!) Even better get your love to massage your head in the shower : ) Double bonus!!
Head stands and all inversion postures in yoga are fantastic for promoting the circulation to your scalp.
Treat your hair once a week with a teaspoon of melted coconut oil, massaged through to the hair ends, keep it in overnight and wash out the following morning – hair heaven. (warning: stay away from the scalp as it will make it look oily even when you wash it out! I like to put it on my ends and twist it into a bun).
Switch to organic shampoos that gently wash and nourish the hair rather than stripping away its natural oils, anything containing sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) is to be avoided.
** My favorite + budget friendly brand is ANDALOU NATURALS! LOVE them & they are so affordable!)
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Have a beautiful day.
love & light