Do you remember the time when your hair used to be strong, shiny and lush? Your numerous products might be to blame for your hair decline! So, if you want to return your hair to its former glory, try ditching toxic products and switch to natural hair care. Here’s what to do.
Remove Damaged Ends With Oils
If you notice any damaged and weak ends, you can try repairing them with nurturing jojoba or argan oils, which are rich in lipids and peptides that can be quickly and easily absorbed into your hair. A little dab on damaged hair ends will make your hair strong and healthy.
Battle Itchy Scalp With Peppermint
A dry and itchy scalp can be battled in a very natural way with peppermint essential oils. A few drops of this oil should be massaged into your scalp for a very soothing effect. Peppermint is naturally antibacterial and antifungal (as well as pine, tea tree and eucalyptus), so it’s great for inflammations and itchiness.
Add Shine With Rosemary
Rosemary essential oils are known antioxidants that can protect one important protein in your skin and hair—HSP70. This protein helps nullify the damage free radicals, stress and various other toxins do to your cells. Thanks to rosemary oil, your hair will be strong, smooth and shiny!
Ban Dandruff With Coconut
If you have a flaky scalp, you can combat dandruff with coconut oil. Coconut oil is full of lauric acid that has antibacterial and antifungal properties that can help with this pesky condition. A few tablespoons are all you need to give your scalp a break (massage into scalp and leave for few hours). Do this 2-3 times a week, depending on how afflicted your scalp is.
Nourish Hair With An Avocado Mask
Your scalp is one of the most absorbent parts of your body, so make sure to feed it not with chemicals, but with natural nutrients. For a 100% natural hair mask, take one avocado, mash it and mix with one tablespoon of coconut oil. Smooth the mixture onto hair and wait 30 minutes to 4 hours before washing away and combing your hair (perfect for a nice Netflix binge).
Try Natural Supplements
Hair supplements are gaining in popularity today and many people choose to nurture their hair from the inside. But, if you’re trying to ditch chemicals and go organic, you’ll need to choose carefully when picking out hair vitamins. Luckily, there are gummy hair vitamins that are free of artificial colours, flavours, sugars and MSG while they provide your hair with multivitamins that promote hair growth and anti-hair loss support. Some are even gluten-free and completely vegan, so you can take them guilt-free!
A healthy diet is a key to strong hair, especially healthy fats like olive oil, coconut oil, butter, avocado, walnuts and brazil nuts and fatty fish. Filling your body with these fats and beneficial omega 3s will give your hair natural softness and shine. Additionally, don’t forget to provide your body with plenty of protein. Protein is one of the main ingredients of hair, so make sure to eat plenty of foods that contain the full spectrum of essential amino acids. Think grass-fed meats, eggs and fish for hair growth and repair. Red meats, as well as leafy greens, are also full of iron that will make your hair strong and lush. Zinc is also important for healthy hair growth. This essential mineral can be found in various foods like pumpkin seeds, oysters and spinach.
What To Avoid
Now that you know what to put on your hair and in your body, it’s very important to also be informed of ingredients that are best avoided. Sulfates are present in most products that foam. While labels try their best to portray them as harmless, they do cause skin irritation and are even suspected carcinogens! Paraben can also be harmful due to its ability to disrupt the work of the human endocrine system and unbalance our crucial hormones. So, if you see this common preservative in your shampoo or any other product, it’s best to ditch it. P-Phenylenediamine present in hair dyes and bleach is a neurotoxin that can cause skin rashes and eczema and should also be avoided.
Switching to natural hair care will allow your hair to soak up all the beneficial nutrients and stay away from irritants and toxins that cause harmful effects. So, go green and natural and your hair will thrive!