Healthy Hair Care Essentials
Ask anyone… Having healthy hair is extremely important. It’s not always easy to come by, however, especially in the day and age we live in. Good news is, there are some extremely vital things you can do to ensure that your hair stays healthy, no matter what length or type of hair you have!
Avoid Chemicals – Go Natural:
Did you know that the average woman is exposed to over 100 chemicals everyday before she even leaves her home?! Many of the hair care products available on the market today, contain harmful chemicals such as sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens & polyethylene glycol. These chemicals can cause extreme disruption to the endocrine system, irritate the skin, and are known to have cancer causing properties. These chemicals can also damage and fry your hair. It is a great idea for so many reasons, to avoid them.
The good news is, that there are plenty of clean & chemical-free shampoo and conditioner options available! A few fantastic brands that we love are Phillip Adams, Sukin, Curelle & the Victoria made, Sunstone Aromatherapy.
Brush your Hair Regularly:
Brushing the hair and scalp is beneficial for stimulating blood flow in the scalp, avoiding severe matting of the hair, and getting rid of dead hair and skin! Not all brushes are created equal however, and some may be too harsh or irritating to the scalp, and rip through the hair. It is important to look for a brush that does not “scrape” at the skin on your head, and doesn’t simply rip its way through tangles.
Some of our newest products, and perhaps the best hair brush options available, are Olivia Garden’s Eco-Friendly Bamboo Brushes. Made of extremely renewable bamboo, these extremely durable and literally “healthy” hair-brushes are great for your hair AND the environment. What makes them so great?
Balance Your Hormones:
Our endocrine system works hard to balance itself everyday. This important system is responsible for the regulation of a large portion of our bodily functions, including hair growth. The many different hormones (chemical messengers) that act within the system are affected by various aspects of our everyday lifestyle. Nutrition, stress, exercise, sleep, physical health, and emotional well-being are all factors that can directly effect the endocrine system. Finding balance within this system can be tricky for some, and it can be beneficial to seek professional help from a Naturopath, especially if you’re experiencing mass hair loss.
There are some key foods and lifestyle techniques that can help to keep the body on track. Here are some of the major ones that you can do NOW virtually cost & risk free!
- Ensure adequate dietary needs are met (more details coming up in next section).
- Get your body moving daily.
- Reduce stress…. easier said than done, we know. Check out this post to learn more about how you can do so in your life.
- Ensure proper sleep – most people require 7-9h of sleep per night! Are you getting this much?
- Avoid chemicals – as stated above, the chemicals in many products on the market today can seriously disrupt our hormonal system. It’s best to go natural when choosing shampoos and hair care products!
- Avoid “the pill” or “Hormonal IUD’s” as your method of Birth Control… This one can be tough and it’s best to speak to a health care professional about alternative options!
Ensure Adequate Nutrient Intake:
Our hair cells are produced INSIDE our body. Our hair is structurally made up of collagen, keratin and elastin. To have healthy hair, you must have the ability to produce these three key proteins. The ability to naturally do so decreases over time, and is greatly affected by the nourishment our body is receiving.
Eating a healthy diet rich in collagen protein, healthy fats and generally high levels of vitamins & minerals can help keep your body’s hair cell production strong. Here are some foods rich in the different nutrients and minerals necessary for healthy hair!
- Be sure to add healthy fats into your diet – such as avocado, coconut, and butter!
- Ensuring an adequate intake of healthy Omega-3 Fats
- Take in collagen!! Bone broth (recipe below) is a fantastic and DELICIOUS source of collagen.
- Enjoy foods rich in fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E & K, B-Vitamins, Vitamin C and minerals such as iron, magnesium and zinc!
Supplement your Body
Another option is to take a supplement that promotes the production of the 3 key proteins! One of the very best at doing so is BioSil. This unique supplement stimulates your own body’s ability to produce healthy hair, skin, joints & nails.
BioSil Hair Skin Nails contains a clinically proven formula that is specifically formulated to restore your body’s 3 key beauty proteins (collagen, keratin & elastin) to healthy, youthful levels!