The 5 Best Vitamins for Hair Growth (+3 Other Nutrients)

Many people view healthy-looking hair as a sign of health or beauty.

Like any other part of your body, hair needs a variety of nutrients to be healthy and grow (1).

In fact, many nutritional deficiencies are linked to hair loss.

While factors such as age, genetics and hormones also affect hair growth, optimal nutrient intake is key.

Below are 5 vitamins and 3 other nutrients that may be important for hair growth.

1. Vitamin A

All cells need vitamin A for growth. This includes hair, the fastest growing tissue in the human body.

Vitamin A also helps skin glands make an oily substance called sebum. Sebum moisturizes the scalp and helps keep hair healthy (2).

Diets deficient in vitamin A may lead to several problems, including hair loss (3).

While it’s important to get enough vitamin A, too much may be dangerous. Studies show that an overdose of vitamin A can also contribute to hair loss (4).

Sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkins, spinach and kale are all high in beta-carotene, which is turned into vitamin A.

Vitamin A can also be found in animal products such as milk, eggs and yogurt. Cod liver oil is a particularly good source.

BOTTOM LINE:Your hair needs vitamin A to stay moisturized and grow. Good sources include sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, kale and some animal foods.

2. B-Vitamins

One of the best known vitamins for hair growth is a B-vitamin called biotin.

Studies link biotin deficiency with hair loss in humans (5).

Although biotin is used as an alternative hair-loss treatment, those who are deficient have the best results.

However, deficiency is very rare because it occurs naturally in a wide range of foods.

There’s also a lack of data about whether biotin is effective for hair growth in healthy individuals.

Other B-vitamins help create red blood cells, which carry oxygen and nutrients to the scalp and hair follicles. These processes are important for hair growth.

You can get B-vitamins from many foods, including whole grains, almonds, meat, fish, seafood and dark, leafy greens.

Additionally, animal foods are the only good sources of vitamin B12. So if you’re following a vegetarian or vegan diet, consider taking a supplement.

BOTTOM LINE:B-vitamins help carry oxygen and nutrients to your scalp, which aids in hair growth. Whole grains, meat, seafood and dark, leafy greens are all good sources of B-vitamins.

3. Vitamin C

Free radical damage can block growth and cause your hair to age.

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect against the oxidative stress caused by free radicals (6).

In addition, your body needs vitamin C to create a protein known as collagen — an important part of hair structure.

Vitamin C also helps your body absorb iron, a mineral necessary for hair growth.

Strawberries, peppers, guavas and citrus fruits are all good sources of vitamin C.

BOTTOM LINE:Vitamin C is needed to make collagen and can help prevent hair from aging. Good sources include peppers, citrus fruits and strawberries.

4. Vitamin D

Low levels of vitamin D are linked to alopecia, a technical term for hair loss (7).

Research also shows that vitamin D may help create new follicles — the tiny pores in the scalp where new hair can grow (8).

Vitamin D is thought to play a role in hair production, but most research focuses on vitamin D receptors. The actual role of vitamin D in hair growth is unknown.

That said, most people don’t get enough vitamin D and it may still be a good idea to increase your intake.

Your body produces vitamin D through direct contact with the sun’s rays. Good dietary sourcesof vitamin D include fatty fish, cod liver oil, some mushrooms and fortified foods.

BOTTOM LINE:Vitamin D’s actual role in hair growth is not understood, but one form of hair loss is linked to deficiencies. You can increase vitamin D levels through sun exposure or by eating certain foods.

5. Vitamin E

Similar to vitamin C, vitamin E is an antioxidant that can prevent oxidative stress.

In one study, people with hair loss experienced a 34.5% increase in hair growth after supplementing with vitamin E for 8 months (9).

The placebo group had only a 0.1% increase (9).

Sunflower seeds, almonds, spinach and avocados are all good sources of vitamin E.

BOTTOM LINE:Vitamin E helps prevent oxidative stress and boost hair growth. Good dietary sources include sunflower seeds, almonds, spinach and avocados.

6. Iron

Iron helps red blood cells carry oxygen to your cells. This makes it an important mineral for many bodily functions, including hair growth.

Iron deficiency, which causes anemia, is a major cause of hair loss. It’s especially common in women (10111213).

Foods high in iron include clams, oysters, eggs, red meat, spinach and lentils.

BOTTOM LINE:Iron deficiency is a major cause of hair loss, especially in women. The best sources of iron include clams, oysters, eggs, red meat, spinach and lentils.

7. Zinc

Zinc plays an important role in hair tissue growth and repair. It also helps keep the oil glands around the follicles working properly.

Hair loss is a common symptom of zinc deficiency (1415).

Studies show zinc supplements reduce hair loss caused by zinc deficiency (1617).

However, there are some anecdotal reports that supplementing with too high of a dose can also contribute to hair loss.

For this reason, it may be better to get your zinc from whole foods. Foods high in zinc include oysters, beef, spinach, wheat germ, pumpkin seeds and lentils.

BOTTOM LINE:The mineral zinc can improve hair growth in people who are deficient in it. Good sources include oysters, beef and pumpkin seeds.

8. Protein

Hair is made almost entirely of protein. Consuming enough is important for hair growth.

Animal studies show that protein deficiency may decrease hair growth and even lead to hair loss (181920).

However, actual protein deficiency is extremely rare in Western countries.

BOTTOM LINE:Eating enough protein is important for hair growth, although a protein deficiency is rare in Western countries these days.

Should You Take a Hair Supplement?

Food is the best source of the vitamins you need for hair growth.

However, if you fail to get enough in your diet, supplements may be helpful.

According to research, supplements work best in individuals who are already deficient (22).

Furthermore, large doses of vitamins and minerals can be harmful if you aren’t deficient. So work with a doctor to determine if you have a deficiency or not.

At the end of the day, the best way to get these nutrients is by eating a balanced, real food-based diet that includes plenty of nutrient-dense foods.

8 Effective Home Remedies For Dry And Damaged Hair

Does your hair feel dry, brittle, and dull? Do you suffer from frizzy hair and split ends? Frequent use of hairdryers or hair treatments, like bleaching, coloring, or straightening, can dry out and damage your hair. Dry hair is more prone to breakage and split ends.

To end the damage, the first step is to change some of your daily hair habits. Practice healthy hair habits and treat your hair with deep conditioning and moisturizing remedies to promote the growth of new, healthier hair.

Give your wrecked tresses a new life by following these 10 effective home remedies for dry and damaged hair. You can use any of these conditioning hair masks once or twice a week to help repair and reverse your damaged hair.

1. A Shiny Tea Rinse

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Tea is great for more than just a pick-me-up or a sore throat remedy. It’s a great hair color enhancer and a hair rinse that leaves a natural shine to your hair. Just use unsweetened freshly-brewed tea as a final rinse after you are done with your regular shampoo routine. Because it enhances your hair color, brunettes can use black tea, while blondes are advised to use chamomile tea. You can use this trick as frequently as you like.

2. Deep Conditioning with Hot Oil

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Warm up half a cup of olive oil, being careful not to boil it. Massage this oil into your hair and cover it with a shower cap. Wrap up with a towel to keep in the heat. Allow the oil to sit for at least 45 minutes so the moisture can build up. Afterwards, shampoo and rinse.

3. Protein-Enhanced Shampoo

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To strengthen your strands and repair dry, brittle ends, you need to infuse a little protein into your hair. This can be done by applying a hair treatment consisting of an egg mixed with a small amount of shampoo. Keep it in for five minutes and then rinse well. If homemade isn’t the way you’d like to go, there are a plethora of protein treatments available at your local beauty supply stores. Follow the directions as specified and your strands will be healthy and strong in no time at all.

4. Homemade Hair Rinse

If you’re a swimmer, the chemicals in the swimming pool and the harsh elements in seawater can make your hair brittle. So before a swim, protect your hair with this quick and easy to make homemade hair rinse. Simply mix 1/4 cup of apple cider diluted with 3/4 cup water and cleanse your hair with it. Follow up with a moisturizing conditioner of your choice.

5. Mash Up an Avocado

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Avocados have plenty of minerals, vitamins, and essential fatty acids. Try this avocado hair treatment to restore luster to your hair. Combine a ripe, mashed avocado with an egg to make a smooth paste. Apply this on wet hair and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse well. If your hair is quite brittle, then you need to do this at least once a week. Even if your hair is healthy, using this once a month ensures that your hair remains gorgeous, lustrous, and strong.

6. A Coconut Oil Treatment

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Coconut oil is a wonderful elixir for damaged hair and works great on thick and heavy hair. Thoroughly coat your hair with the oil after dampening it with some water. If coconut oil is not your preference, botanical oils like sweet almond, olive, or jojoba oil are all great alternatives. Put on a shower cap and wrap your hair up in a thick warm towel for effective deep conditioning. Rinse out the oil by following up with shampoo.

7. Bounce and Volume for Limp Hair

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For bringing life back into your damaged and limp hair, combine 3 egg whites, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. Rub this mixture into your hair and put on a shower cap. Shampoo your hair and rinse out the treatment and cleanser after half an hour.

8. The Internal Moisturizer

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A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, like gamma-linolenic acid, is great for keeping your hair moisturized. An easy way to add omega-3 to your diet is to take capsules of flaxseed oil, borage oil, or evening primrose oil on a daily basis. You can consume 250mg capsules of any of these oils one to three times a day, as specified. If you want omega 3s straight from the source, add foods like salmon, fresh tuna, oysters, halibut, yogurt, eggs, and omega-3-enriched breads and pastas.

Does hair dyeing facilitate hair loss?

Hair dyeing does not inhibit hair growth, but it may cause hair loss by damaging the hair that is color treated. Hair beneath the scalp that has not yet emerged cannot be reached by hair dye and thus hair dye cannot fundamentally cause hair loss, but hair shedding can increase with hair dyeing.

First, the manipulation of the hair shafts as part of the rubbing and combing associated with the dyeing procedure can loosen hairs in telogen causing increased shedding.

Second, the hair dye contains both ammonia and hydrogen peroxide, which also loosens telogen hairs.

Third, hair dye can physically weaken hair shafts increasing breakage-caused hair loss.

The most common cause of hair loss related to hair dyeing is physical weakening of the hair shaft by disruption of the protein backbone. Hair dyes that lighten hair from its natural color are the most disruptive as they contain high volumes of peroxide. Peroxide is necessary to remove the eumelanin pigments from the hair shaft and replace them with blonde colors. Many individuals who dye their hair from brunette to blonde will notice shortening of the hair or the need for less frequent haircuts. This is due to breakage at the distal end of the hair shafts, which are the oldest and have accumulated the most cuticle disruption, a phenomenon known as weathering.

If the hair has been bleached to a very light color from a very dark color, the hair can be weakened to the point of breakage at the point where it exists on the scalp, resulting in the appearance of alopecia. The alopecia is temporary, of course, until the hair regrows. Fortunately, the treatment recommendation is simple. The patient should no longer lighten their hair color and pick another darker shade. Thus, hair dyeing can cause temporary hair loss due to breakage.

Should You Be Using Conditioner?

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The rules surrounding when to use shampoos and conditioners are refreshingly straightforward: Always use shampoo, condition if your hair is dry, rarely use both. “Shampooing cleans by removing dirt and oil and is formulated to be gentler than regular soap,” says Dr. Ryan Welters, Chief Medical Surgeon for the New England Center for Hair Restoration. “Conditioners leave behind a layer of lipids which protect hair from losing too much oil during the shampooing process.” Still, different hair and scalp textures require different levels of shampooing and conditioning– and different products.

Short Hair
In general, short hair only requires a moisturizing shampoo, like Aveeno Pure Renewal ($7.49 for 10.5 fl oz). Conditioners weigh hair down and make the follicles all fall together, so if a short haircut is worn with a little volume and/or texture, you don’t need it. The same goes for short hair that feels oily to the touch.

If your hair tends to feel dry – you know this if it is brittle and frizzy – or is styled neater and/or closer to the head, opt for the next level in strength – a 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner like Mitch Double Hitter ($20 for 8.5 fl oz) to add a little more nourishing hydration.

Then there’s short curly hair. “I always suggest using a moisturizing shampoo plus a conditioner for curly hair,” says Kristan Serafino, celebrity stylist who works with Matthew McConaughey. Curls tend to be more brittle, dry, and frizzy than straight hair, a characteristic the moisture of a conditioner can help to keep under control.

Longer Hair
The longer the hair the more you’ll tend to need a separate conditioner, says Serafino. Burt’s Bees More Moisture Baoaban shampoo ($8 for 10 fl oz) and conditioner ($8 for 10 fl oz) are strong choices. Oils produced by the scalp that naturally descend along the follicles can’t travel far enough to naturally hydrate ends. If you’ve got long and dry hair, condition your whole head everyday, but if you have long hair and a scalp that tends to produce a lot of oil, Dr. Welters advises, “you might find you need a conditioner every day, but only use it in the distal areas away from the scalp.”

In all cases, it is important to chose a sulfate-free product. Sulfates make a product sudsy but also causes over drying which defeats the entire purpose of a conditioner. All products suggested here are free of sulfates.

How to Make Your Hair Grow Faster the Natural Way

Hair mistakes that make you look older

There’s nothing quite like a great haircut. That feeling when you can’t stop catching a glimpse of yourself in the mirror or running your hands through your new layers is priceless. Unfortunately, a bad hairstyle can cut through all that confidence and leave you looking older than you are. The good news is that it’s pretty easy to update your look without a lot of time or money. We asked some of our favorite hairstylists to share the biggest mistakes they see women making with their hair — and how to fix them!

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BY CARRIE MADORMO, RN, MPH
There’s nothing quite like a great haircut. That feeling when you can’t stop catching a glimpse of yourself in the mirror or running your hands through your new layers is priceless. Unfortunately, a bad hairstyle can cut through all that confidence and leave you looking older than you are. The good news is that it’s pretty easy to update your look without a lot of time or money. We asked some of our favorite hairstylists to share the biggest mistakes they see women making with their hair — and how to fix them!

 

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BY CARRIE MADORMO, RN, MPH
There’s nothing quite like a great haircut. That feeling when you can’t stop catching a glimpse of yourself in the mirror or running your hands through your new layers is priceless. Unfortunately, a bad hairstyle can cut through all that confidence and leave you looking older than you are. The good news is that it’s pretty easy to update your look without a lot of time or money. We asked some of our favorite hairstylists to share the biggest mistakes they see women making with their hair — and how to fix them!
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Our stylists seemed to agree that all women can rock long hair… to a point. That being said, crazy long hair will always age you. “Too long always ages a woman,” advises celebrity stylist Mitch Stone. “I’m not talking past-your-shoulders long, but cat-lady long (not to be confused with Cat Woman).” According to Stone, once your hair has passed your ribs, it’s officially making you look older. He recommends going with a timeless long bob “or as short as an inch or 2 past your chin (think of my girlfriend Kim Basinger’s hair in 9 1/2 weeks — HOT at any age).”

If you love the long look, go for it! Just make sure your haircut does not go shorter in the front and longer in the back. “In general, shorter in the front, longer in the back (unless you’re going for a rocker mullet) tends to look dated,” explains Judy McGuinness, senior stylist at Mizu New York salon. “Keep everything pretty square or a bit longer in the front for shorter hairstyles.”
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Finding the perfect haircut for your face shape can be a lifelong search. Talk to your stylist about the most flattering look for your hair and face type. Our hair thins as we age, so keeping it long may accentuate the thinning. “If hair is thinning, going shorter is an option,” says Sam Villa Show Ambassador, Marissa Villa. “If you’ve had long hair your entire life, it might be time to update to a lob.”

Whatever you do, make sure your haircut has layers and depth. “The classic hairstyle that makes a woman look older and dowdy is the cut where everything is the same length all over, a few inches long,” says Damian Santiago, co-owner of Mizu New York salon. “Then set with a small curling iron all over. Not cute or modern. Wispy bangs on this look kill it for me.”

As long as you have a dynamic, flattering style, the length of your hair truly doesn’t matter. Santiago told us he has mature clients who rock long layers or short pixie cuts. “A mature client with a strong inner confidence can rock any cool and modern look.”

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For hair stylist Jenna Mast, the biggest mistake women make when it comes to looking older is keeping the same hairstyle for decades. “If you are 50 years old, the chances are high that you’ve been going to a salon for 25+ years and like the way your hair looked in 1992 when you lost a bunch of weight and had that great red dress you wore to your cousin’s wedding,” she told The List. “Which makes it likely that you’ve been instructing hairdresser after hairdresser to recreate that look by showing them that exact dated photo. The reality is, like everything else, hairdressing has evolved dramatically.”

As Sam Villa Show Ambassador, Marissa Villa told us, “It’s important to evolve — everything usually comes back around, but with a modern twist.”
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Going too dark can add years to your look. “Your hair color should complement your skin tone,” explains Sam Villa Show Ambassador, Marissa Villa. “If you have fair skin, jet black is not the best choice, and it’s always a good idea to have more than one color to add depth and dimension.”

Celebrity colorist Kelly Cardenas also recommends his clients focus on their skin tone when choosing a color. “No matter your hair color, if you go up a shade or two, it will give the appearance of looking more youthful, but the placement of highlights is key,” he explains. “Have your hairstylist frame your face to brighten your complexion.”

Celebrity stylist Mitch Stone agrees with steering clear of dark colors and trends that are too young. “For hair, be careful of stripy colors or trying to keep up with trends targeted to a younger generation,” he told The List. “That time is over and I say it’s time to own your power and go with chic and smart.” Stone advises his clients to stick with softer colors, “like golden blondes and gorgeous reds.” The darker colors can be too severe and instantly add years to your face.

Jeff Stump, owner of Artkiteks salon points out that in additon to making you look older, dark colors show gray or white roots much faster than a more subtle color. “I recommend blending the color with highlights or a demi-permanent color, so that the color with grow out much better than a solid line and achieving a more natural look.”

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Our expert stylists taught me so much about small tweaks that can make a huge difference. I had no idea that how you part your hair could age you. “Straight down the middle doesn’t work for everyone, but you also don’t want to have a severe side part either,” Sam Villa Show Ambassador, Marissa Villa told The List. “A soft irregular part could be flattering, and don’t forget about bangs; in some cases, they can make you look younger.”

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While a little volume can be beautiful, going overboard will only age you. Because our hair tends to thin as we age, many of us worry about it looking too flat. Talk to your stylist about a great volumizing shampoo or flattering layers.

Damian Santiago, co-owner of Mizu New York salon often sees clients trying to get that volume in all the wrong places. “Too often, a mature client thinks she must have height,” he told The List. “Teased up hair can make anyone look older. Volume is different and can look modern and elegant.”
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As our aging hair thins, it can be tough to find the right balance. Too much volume and hairspray reads very 80s. However, no one wants to give in to the thinning. “While it can be a big mistake to have too much volume on your hair, not having enough can also be a large pitfall,” says Murat Evin, creative director at The London School of Make-Up.

“Many women and men with long hair often age themselves unnecessarily by allowing their hair to fall too flat on their face, either by combing it down too much or not using mousse or similar when blow-drying.” Even explains that flat hair only accentuates prominent facial features. So if you’re not crazy about your nose or chin, a flat do calls more attention to them. Make sure you’re not weighing your hair down with too much product, and try not to brush it too much.
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Your shampoo affects your hairstyle, and it may be making you look older. Shampoos for “normal hair types” are not the best option as you age. “You have to have the right tools and products for gorgeous hair,” says Sam Villa Show Ambassador, Marissa Villa. “Grey and aging hair has unique characteristics that require a mask once a week, color protecting shampoo, thermal protectant, and more effort in the fight against frizz.”
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Damaged hair always looks older than it is, leaving the owner looking older than she is. It’s important to keep up your natural sheen by taking good care of your locks. If you’re noticing a lot of split ends, it’s time to go to the salon for a cut. “If you want long hair and your hair just isn’t healthy enough, get extensions to create fullness or length that looks healthy and shiny,” recommends Sam Villa Show Ambassador, Marissa Villa. “When you look good, you feel good — and you’re only as young as you feel!”

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Oftentimes when we want to have a more youthful appearance, we fall back on the styles that we wore when we were younger. It worked back then, right? However, pulling out your old sparkly butterfly clips is a first class ticket to looking older than you are. Dina Scherer, NYC Image & Wardrobe Stylist & Personal Shopper and owner of Modnitsa Styling recommends the less-is-more approach when it comes to hair accessories. “Hairstyles that include many dated accessories, like scrunchies, hair clips that don’t match your hair color and are obvious, certain types of claw clips,” warns Scherer. “They all attract too much attention to themselves — distracting from your do, and can make you look juvenile and read as fashion no-nos.”

If you tend to wear your hair longer and need to pull it back from time to time, stick with a relaxed, soft ponytail. “If you prefer long hair, wearing it tied low, loose and to the side is more elegant and youthful than a tight ponytail in the middle back or high up on your head,” says celebrity hair stylist Vernon Francois. “I’d also suggest choosing accessories that match or are a similar tone to the color of your hair, instead of something very contrasting… Resist anything cartoony or gimmicky.”

You and your hair are gorgeous just as you are. Don’t cover it up with neon scrunchies.

Read More: https://www.thelist.com/28880/hairstyles-age/?utm_campaign=clip

7 Ways to Nourish your Hair from the Outside

The key to a well-rounded hair care routine consists of a nutrient-rich diet, healing herbs, supportive supplements, healthy lifestyle practices, and natural external treatments.

To help you nourish your hair from the inside out, I’ve created a two-part blog to give you the ultimate guide to caring for your hair in a natural & healthy way, from both the inside and the outside

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No. 1 – Shampoo your hair less frequently

It may seem counterintuitive, but did you know that the ideal frequency for washing your hair is between 1-3 times a week?

Shampoo strips your hair and scalp of sebum, the oil your sebaceous glands produce to protect your hair and keep it healthy and supple. When you wash away the naturally produced sebum, and especially when you wash it too often, your glands produce more sebum, which means your hair can become even oiler than you already thought it was!
And to top it off, by removing the oils too often you can actually strip and dry out your hair and your scalp, giving you dandruff, greasy roots and dry ends – gah!

The best thing to support a healthy head of hair is to get into a healthy hair washing routine, allowing time in between for the natural oils to absorb. This will add natural softness to the hair over time.

To maintain a healthy scalp and oil balance, try shampooing your hair a maximum of 1-3x per week. Naturally, start reducing your hair washing over time – don’t just go from washing every day to just Monday mornings!
Simply try to wait longer in between washing your hair. Instead of every day, go for every two days, then every 3rd or 4th day. Keep in mind that it may take a little time for your hair to adjust to less frequent washing, but remember; in the end, it means healthy, lustrous tresses.

No. 2 – Switch over to natural shampoo

And whilst we’re on the subject of shampoo – natural is the way to go my friends.
Natural shampoo cleanses hair without stripping it completely of its natural oils, plus it’s much friendlier on the environment 🙂

Take your time to shop around for natural hair products that don’t contain any nasty chemical ingredients or additives like parabens, preservatives, sulphates, artificial fragrance and dyes (to name a handful).

These chemical ridden products can cause all matter of irritation to the scalp (we’re talking dermatitis, psoriasis, or eczema ) and even damage to your hair over time.

And don’t forget how absorbent your skin is. You can actually absorb these chemicals into your skin via your scalp, increasing your exposure to hormone disruptors and toxic build up. You only have to see how nicotine patches work to see how easily your skin absorbs things into the body.

As everybody’s hair is different I advise trying out different products and companies to find the right ones for your hair. We have plenty to try out in our Nourish store’s, so feel free to pop in, or have a browse in our online store.

Products we love:

Faith in Nature – beautiful smelling shampoos containing herbal extracts and essential and organic oils to leave your hair feeling both smooth and glossy – just as nature intended. They use organic and natural ingredients and all products are free from parabens, perfume, colourings and SLES. Faith in Nature don’t test on animals, nor do they contain any animal ingredients. Their ingredients are naturally derived and cruelty-free sourced.
Try for yourself – we love Rosemary, Lavender and Geranium, Ginger and Lime or Aloe Vera.

Urtemkram – lovely organic and vegan shampoos with hair and scalp healing benefits. Urtekram Organic Nettle Anti-Dandruff Shampoo is a great organic and vegan anti-dandruff shampoo combining nettles, known for their high mineral content that may relieve a dry scalp, with magnolia bark extract and aloe vera, known for their moisturising benefits.

Jason – has plenty of natural hair care products for shampooing, conditioning and styling.

Surya Brasil – If you’re still wanting to cover those greys, or just try out a new shade but don’t want to damage your hair, Suyra Brasil have some amazing all natural henna hair colour creams to cover your grey or change your hair color, while simultaneously protecting your scalp and colouring, conditioning, strengthening and adding extra shine to your hair. Plus they have a great shampoo and conditioner to nourish those locks of yours!

No. 3 – Condition your hair

For those of you with very short hair, you probably don’t need conditioner, but for those with longer hair or very fine hair, here’s a tip on conditioning: Shampoo your roots and condition your ends.

Leave your conditioner in for roughly 3-5 minutes to allow it to really absorb and then wash out.
We love Faith in Nature (especially the Coconut Conditioner) and Suyra Brasil conditioner.

No. 4 – Scalp massage

Scalp massage is a lovely way to stimulate hair follicles and promote growth. Massaging your scalp increases the blood flow to your hair follicles, conditions the scalp, and helps relieve stress.

Simply massage your hair with oil once a week, running the oil through your hair, root to tip and allow it to stay in anywhere from 20 minutes or even overnight before washing it out – this trick can really nourish your locks. You may need to wash twice with shampoo to really get the excess oil out.

Extra tip: Rosemary is excellent for helping to prevent dandruff and hair loss, whilst also working as a great circulatory stimulant when gently massaged into your scalp.
Combine a drop or 2 of rosemary essential oil (and/or a drop of ginger) with a carrier oil like coconut or jojoba oil, then gently massage this into your scalp for a circulatory boost.

Try out any of the following oils to help promote growth, nourish your scalp and heal hair damage:

Coconut oil
Olive oil
Avocado oil
Jojoba oil
Argan oil

For anyone with a dry or dandruff-prone scalp, have a look at Moogoo scalp cream. This cream helps return the skin to a healthy condition.

And if oils aren’t your thing, you can even just give yourself a gentle scalp massage while shampooing your hair.

No. 5 – Hair-rinse

If you have a build-up of products in your hair or it’s just feeling really limp, then apple cider vinegar could be the answer. I know this may sound a little strange but it really does work.

You can either mix one part apple cider vinegar with one part water in a water bottle or use one part ACV and one part cold herbal tea (in place of water) like chamomile for example.

Wash your hair like normal with shampoo (and conditioner if you use it) and then finish off by rinsing it with your diluted ACV.

You can choose to leave it in your hair for a few minutes then rinse, or chose not to rinse it out and just leave it in. Don’t worry – you won’t smell like vinegar once your hair is dry 🙂

ACV is a natural conditioner; helps remove product build-up, won’t strip or dry the hair, and contains antibacterial and antifungal properties which help heal itchy and dry scalp conditions.

Personally, I brew my own kombucha, and once it’s reached its vinegar stage, I use that and it works wonderfully!

No. 6 – Avoid heat styling

You can eat all the best foods, drink all the water and cover your hair in all kinds of lotions, but if you constantly blow dry your hair, curl it, straighten it and bleach it, you’re going to suffer from breakage and damage.

Unfortunately, styling with heat is one of the most damaging things you can do to your hair.
Try limiting your use of blow dryers, curling irons and straighteners to the minimum and make sure to keep your hair healthy and moisturized so it can hold up as best it can.
Blasting your hair with heat day after day only serves to make it dryer and weaker. Better yet, try stopping your use of these appliances altogether – even for a little while – simply for the sake of your hair and instead try letting your hair dry naturally as much as possible.

Of course, the occasional use is fine, but even when you do, try lightly brushing a few drops of jojoba or argan oil through your hair for heat protection, or find a natural product to do this job. I know, I know, it’s easier said than done, but if you’re suffering from dry or damaged hair it really is one of the biggest things you can do for the health of your hair.

No. 7 – Get your hair cut/trimmed regularly

To improve the length, strength, and condition of your hair make sure to get it cut or trimmed regularly. The recommended time between cuts is generally 6-8 weeks, and for those of you with really damaged hair and split ends, I’d recommend you follow this hair care routine until your hair has perked up.

I’ll leave you here with one final tip – avoid brushing your hair when it’s wet. This is when it is at its most vulnerable. Soaking wet hair is much more fragile and weak, and brushing it can damage your hair.

I’ll leave you here with one final tip – avoid brushing your hair when it’s wet. This is when it is at its most vulnerable. Soaking wet hair is much more fragile and weak, and brushing it can damage your hair.