Body and Beauty: Healthy Hair Tips
Gorgeous, healthy hair starts from the inside out. Try our Pro Body Designer healthy hair tips and product picks to have your healthiest, sexiest hair:
Tip #1 Hair grow depends on the delicate interplay between various hormones and nutrients you have in your body. Adequate iron levels ensure that oxygenated blood can reach the roots of hair. Getting enough protein helps the production of keratin, which hair is made of. Biotin and other key vitamins and minerals from a diet rich in fruits and vegetables are for shiny and thick hair. If you want to supplement your nutrient intake for healthier hair, try using a multivitamin specifically for hair and nails.
Tip #2 Hair growth starts at the root of the hair in the scalp, and optimal circulation ensures that your hair will grow as fast as possible. You can increase circulation to scalp by gently massaging your scalp daily with the pads of your fingertips to encourage circulation. Keeping your scalp free of buildup and dandruff will help your hair grow better. Rosemary and Peppermint are great for taming dandruff and boosting circulation, so use an invigorating shampoo with these ingredients to increase circulation to the scalp and boost hair growth.
Tip #3 You want to avoid compromising the structure of your hair, which will happen if you use conventional hair products with oil stripping ingredients and unnatural chemicals. Take a natural approach when it comes to haircare; if you can't pronounce the ingredients you shouldn't use the products. Some ingredients to avoid in haircare are sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan, parabens, and DMDM hydantoin. Do a bit of research and do your best to avoid these ingredients. Shea Moisture is my favorite natural haircare line because it has safe ingredients that baby your hair for a great price.
Tip #4 You can keep your hair healthy and shiny for years to come by protecting and moisturizing it.The natural hair growth cycle is 6 years for women and 3 years for men, which means if you want your hair to look good for all those years, you have to protect it on the regular. Avoid heat styling as much as possible and let hair air-dry first before styling to minimize heat damage. Wear a hat when you are going to be in the sun for prolonged periods of time, UV rays damage hair in the same way they damage skin. Instead of using drying products such as hairspray and gel to style your hair, try using a tiny bit of coconut oil in your hair to tame flyaway and smooth ends. The fatty acids in the oil are absorbed by and coat the cuticle of the hair to strengthen, smooth, and keep it manageable. It also has a natural spf to protect your hair from harmful sun rays.
Tip #5 Invest in a good hair brush. If the bristles of the brush you use are too hard, they will rip your hair, and if they are too soft, you will be left with tangles. You want a brush that will quickly and delicately untangle your hair and evenly distribute the oils your scalp produces through the length of your hair. I use a brush by Mason Pearson, which has a blend of soft nylon and tougher boar bristles to perfectly comb my hair every time. It feels amazing on my scalp and quickly detangles my hair while minimizing breakage. Bass Brushes makes a similar and less expensive version. Always brush your hair from tip to root to minimize ripping and breakage.
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