holistic hair care

Hair, skin, and nails are often reflections of what’s going on inside our bodies. In order to attain a glowing exterior, we must take the whole body into consideration.

Often we see that in making health-supportive changes, even if the intention is to only have shinier hair, our system responds accordingly which often brings upon other positive changes.

1. Incorporate vitamins & minerals that promote hair growth, strength, and shine
Specific nutrients are involved in producing keratin, the protein that makes up hair. Zinc, copper, manganese, iron, folic acid, vitamin b12, and biotin all play an important role in hair health. Before hitting the health food store to stock up on supplements, try increasing your nutrient intake with whole foods. The best food sources for healthy hair include:

cabbage, brewer’s yeast, green peas

flaxseed oil, brown rice, lentils, oats

apples, avocados, bananas, cranberries, cantaloupe, dates, grapefruit, grapes, oranges

2. Shop around for natural hair products without chemical ingredients or additives
Preservatives, sulphates, parabens, fragrance, and dyes to name a few. Our scalp absorbs these chemicals, increasing our body’s toxic load. This makes more work for our liver and puts stress on our  – often already overworked – adrenals. Chemical additives have been known to wreak havoc on the body and express themselves as a host of different symptoms. Artificial foaming shampoos also strip our hair of natural, protective oils leading to an overproduction of oil to compensate. Ready to make a healthy change for your hair? My favourite brand, Avalon Organics makes a beautiful line of hair care products. I use both shampoo + conditioner in Lavender.

3. Natural hair treatments, straight from the cupboard!
There are plenty of options but my two favourites are the simplest of all: coconut oil hair mask for shine and apple cider vinegar rinse for growth. For the hair mask, simply heat a couple tablespoons of coconut oil and run through hair, root to tip. Leave on as long as desired then wash twice with shampoo. For the apple cider vinegar rinse, mix 1 part ACV to 1 part water and use post-shampoo, then rinse.

4. Alternating hot/cold showers, ending with cold
 To do this, simply alternate between temperatures for 20 seconds for about a minute or so at the end of your shower (extreme temperatures not necessary). Cold water encourages the hair cuticle to seal thus strengthening the strands. This is especially beneficial post-shower when styling with hot tools. Alternating hot/cold showers are not only hair-supportive, they’re also invigorating for both the body and mind, promote circulation, and stimulate the lymphatic system.

5. Wash hair less overall
If you’re like most and wash your hair every second day, try for every third or fourth day. To avoid washing, play with different hairstyles; throw hair in a tight bun or tousled braid. Keep in mind it may take a little time for your hair to adjust to less frequent washing but in the end, this means less time in the shower, more money in your wallet, and healthy, lustrous tresses.


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