Is your hair a tie? Do you have to spend hours in the bathroom treating it, coloring it, curling it, or straightening it? Do you pass on social invitations because you just don’t have the energy to get your locks into some sort of acceptable condition? Well, you’re not alone, in fact, many people suffer from unruly or problematic hair. Below you can discover more about the most common issues, and what you can do to solve them.
We all have parts of our bodies that we aren’t happy with which we occasionally have to make huge efforts with just to look “normal” and for some its hair. It can start when you’re a toddler with thick, extremely curly, blonde curls that have to be brushed into submission by an overzealous mother every night and plaited; if she can get you to stand still for long enough. Eventually, she’ll say she’s had enough and have said curls lopped off into a haircut akin to Julie Andrews in Sound of Music including the too short fringe. Trouble is, those curls will still want to stick out. Growing up, we’ll go through various styles from a feather cut, a bob, a purdey cut, a lob and through it all will continue the battle with our unruly hair.
Summer is one of the most challenging times of year for our locks. Whether your hair is frizzing up because of humidity or the delicate strands are snapping and breaking thanks to too much swimming pool chlorine, it often isn’t easy to look good in the summer months. Here are a few summer hair tips that should keep your locks shiny and healthy all summer long.
- When we say ‘perfect hair’ your mind probably fizzes and jumps to that one person in your life who always has salon-worthy hair. It’s so thick and wavy and oh, the way it bounces, wow! It’s only a matter of time before L’Oreal knocks on her door. She does deserve it though because she uses all the lotions and tonics and intensive hair creams and she never puts a straightener through it. It’s admirable (even if we do say so through gritted teeth).For you, where do you start when it comes to all the lotions and potions? Where do you turn to when split ends become your life and graying starts to sweep over your head like a horde of locusts or your hair starts thinning uncontrollably?Well, the first step is knowledge. You need to learn about healthy hair growth because learning will help you maximize whatever treatment route you go down. The second step is your lifestyle. Oh! Yes, you can eat and sleep your way to better hair.
Sleep Is SweetYour hair is almost like a window into your emotional well-being because anything that affects this will also affect your hair. That is where sleep comes in; it is the most effective form of eliminating stress. That isn’t all, though. Sleep also allows your body to recharge; that’s why we sleep, and well, your hair is part of your body. Not getting enough sleep could see your hair start thinning, splitting or even graying. Amazing right, the more sleep the better.
Oil Is AceWay too many people just think olive oil is good for cooking with and making salad dressings out of, but it amazing for your hair (and skin!). This is because it is called an emollient. This means nothing to you, huh? Well, what it means in hair terms is body, shine, resilience, and softness. Just massage a bit of warm olive oil into your scalp, let it soak in, washing it out with your regular shampoo and you’re good to go. Oh, and you only need to do it once a week.
Food For ThoughtIt is totally normal for hair to thin out and it is totally normal for you to want to do something about it, which is where proteins and fruits that are packed with Vitamin C come in. They are among the best nutrients for hair. Lean meats and fish, strawberries, pineapples, and oranges. Our hair is pretty much entirely made up of protein, so when out protein levels dip our hair tends to thin. As for Vitamin C, well it works to battle split ends and dry hair.
Greens Stop Greying
Eating fresh greens has an amazing impact on your hair because a lot of greens are bursting with Vitamin B6. Avocado, spinach and asparagus are great but you could make an entire meal out of B6 foods. Turkey breast, tuna, pinto beans, pistachios, sunflower seeds and chicken. They will all help by accelerating the rate at which color pigments develop. It’s definitely a better route to go than constantly dying your hair.
I’m sure each and every person reading this piece has heard that a woman’s hair is her crowning glory (or some variant of the phrase). For a lot of us, this adage is true. We struggle to get the right hairstyle, we frequently go to the salon, we always look at hair tips at any women’s magazine. At the end of the day; we just want to have hair that looks and feels good and achieve hair growth.
But the real struggle for any girl is not to have the right hairstyle; it’s having healthy hair. Any hairstyle will not look good if your hair is dead. No amount of layering and hair extensions can hide a hundred split ends either. This is why I have come up with a short list of nutrients your hair should have to help you maintain a healthy growth for your crowning glory.
As a naturalista I love the idea of changing up my hairstyle whenever and however I desire. I have considered wearing wigs on several occasions but I never get myself pass doing it. I always stick to weave (sew-ins) and braids. Even though I admire the different style and textures of wigs and how they sit firmly on the head. And wigs are often times premade, so no need to be making appointments to visit the salon to get a wig installed, cut or fitted.
Natural hair care is something that is very complex, especially for someone just beginning their natural hair journey. When I first became natural two years ago, I was overly excited about trying different products. I grabbed as many moisturizers, shampoos, and gels I could buy! I know that we all get very excited about our journey and want to see exactly which products work best for us. Unfortunately, the many products that we use over time can potentially stunt hair growth. I’ve learned that simplicity works wonders for your hair. After one year, of course, I had hair growth despite me using tons of products. Although my hair grew, I knew that there could have been better growth overall. So I decided to change my hair care routine to a more minimalist one. I used one conditioner, one oil, and one shampoo. Knowing my staple products I always used and stuck to them. The same three products for the next year of my journey. The results were amazing! I was able to retain much more length than before. I am going to give you my tips on how I retain length and keep healthy hair, simply.
Trying to keep your hair healthy and shiny always seems like a never-ending struggle. This is especially true during cold weather when your hair is exposed to environmental influences like wind, snow and cold air, which are highly damaging to your follicles. Therefore, nourishing your hair with hydrating hair masks is the best treatment. What’s more, thanks to fruit, honey, and various oils, you won’t have to spend a fortune on expensive masks, but you can whip up your own homemade hair mask.