Tips for Looking After Your Hair
Do you want to know how to promote healthy hair? This can be accomplished indeed, and many have been doing so today. Some have gone from having damaged hair to having the exact opposite from quitting some of their old habits that caused hair problems in the first place, and used hair care techniques that worked. You can as well, as it is easy to do, just takes time and a little effort.
If you're having problems with your hair currently, you're not alone. There are many women also out there in the same boat. However, the interesting thing is, from doing research and from talking with professional hairstylists, many women go through situations with their hair because of self-infliction. Yes, that is correct. Your daily habits are what can be the cause of the problems like frizzy hair, hair breakage, and more. These habits can be something you do that you're not even aware that is the case of your problems. Other, times, it is obvious.
However, you can do something about that. And with these four very important recommendations, you can promote healthy hair and maintain it. These are also great tips to follow to maintain healthy hair and keep hair problems at bay.
Take your vitamins- You should take multi-vitamins daily, as they usually come packed with vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, and vitamin B12. These are good sources to consume in order to promote healthy hair. Take the recommended capsules daily. If you can, try taking liquid vitamins for better absorption. Here are benefits to some of the vitamins you should be taking:
Vitamin A- helps to protect hair by keeping free radicals from damaging hair. It's also helpful in healthy production of oils from your scalp.
Vitamin B- a very popular vitamin that the health and beauty industry stand by, and for good reason. Though there are different forms of vitamin B, one well-known type, B12, helps to promote hair growth, prevents thinning hair, while vitamin B complex helps provide oxygen for hair to prevent damage.
Vitamin C- provides protection against UV radiation damage, and overall helps to promote healthy hair.
Vitamin D- this vitamin is great to help maintain the strength of your hair. Very essential especially if you pull or braid your own hair.
Vitamin E- helps to restore hair from dryness and damage, and also helps to soften hair.
Calcium- too little calcium can lead to hair loss, so consume the recommended daily amount. Aside from that, you'll be happy to know it helps in growing your hair. You can then say hello too healthy, beautiful hair.
Zinc- another mineral (or essential trace element) you should take that can help prevent hair loss
Eat these recommended sources of food- Not just any food source can take care of hair in a good way. Healthy eating is the sufficient way to do so, but only if you consume the right foods. Here are ten of the best sources of health foods you should consume daily: salmon, low fat dairy products like milk, carrots, oysters, whole-grain foods, eggs, poultry, nuts, dark green vegetables, and beans. Here are some facts to be aware of regarding some of these sources of food:
Salmon- very rich in proteins and vitamin D, and both are very essential in improving the strength of your hair. Salmon also contains Omega-3 fatty acids, which will assist to promote hair growth.
Carrots- this vegetable is loaded with vitamins, which include vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C and E. It helps to cleanse your body of unwanted toxins, and assists in helping improve the health and growth of your hair
Oysters- another great source of protein your hair needs to stay strong. This is so that when the hairs that replace the ones you shed grow, they are strong and healthy. Oysters are also rich in Zinc, which when taken daily can prevent hair loss, or a dry, flaky scalp.
Eggs- many people in the health and fitness industry would tell you that eggs are one of the most essential sources of protein you can get without consuming meat. Again that protein will help to increase hair strength. Aside from that, eggs contain vitamins A, D, E, B2, B6, B9, iron, and calcium. Calcium and iron assist in preventing hair loss, while calcium helps in promoting growth of your hair.
Nuts- all nuts contain protein and other kinds of vitamins/minerals. Walnuts, for example, contains biotin and vitamin E. Where vitamin E helps restore hair from damage, and softens hair, biotin (if you're taking enough if it), can help prevent hair loss from occurring.
Dark Green Vegetables- these types of vegetables are the most important of all the vegetables. Green vegetables include lettuce, spinach, greens, peas, and green peppers. They are high in fiber, which is good for cleansing your body of toxins and waste that could otherwise play a factor in the state of your hair (not a good one at that). They contain vitamin C to promote healthy hair, calcium and iron, which you need in order to prevent hair loss, folic acid, potassium and magnesium (among others). Folic acid, in particular is very beneficial for it actually helps renew cells that grow hair, thus aiding in growing healthy, beautiful hair.
Milk- contains protein and essential nutrients that help to aid in maintaining hair strength. Milk contains calcium, which aids in growing healthy hair and preventing hair loss from occurring. Vitamin A, B6, and biotin are also included in milk, which aid in the protection of hair, as well as keeping hair soft and manageable.
Beans- this is a great source of protein if you prefer something other than meat. Beans contain high fiber, aiding in cleansing your body of toxins and impurities your body doesn't need. And with another source of protein by your side, your hair will be able to maintain its strength with no problem.
Use the right hair products- This is another way on how to promote healthy hair. Use the right hair products that have the right ingredients. You can get your shampoos, conditioners, hair crèmes, and hair restoration kits that contain vitamins A, B, C, D, and E. Also you want hair products that contain green tea, emu oil, argan oil and shea butter (to name a few), which are good ingredients in the hair products you use that can take care of hair effectively.
Green tea, for example, is such a great ingredient because it contains vitamin C, E, and panthenol, helping sooth and moisturize the hair and scalp, helps prevent chances of you experiencing hair loss, while protecting your hair against UV radiation damage. Shea butter, another wonderful ingredient, contains rich vitamins and minerals, absorbs into hair easily, aids in the restoration of your hair and scalp, and keeps hair moisturized and healthy. Argan oil, on the other hand, is great for when you need to rid of frizzy or brittle hair, and when you like to keep hair silky and smooth. So ingredients do play a major role in the quality of the hair products you use.
Before you purchase hair products, make sure you check the labels to find out what ingredients they contain. Be wary of hair products that contain ingredients that you aren't aware of. If you see ingredients that you're not familiar with, it's best to Google, or conduct your research through the Environmental Working Group website http://www.ewg.org so that you can get valuable info you need to make a decision. There are many hair products on the market that contain harmful chemicals (include natural hair products) that strip hair of its natural oils, and strong fragrances that can cause allergic reactions.
Take note that sometimes your hair won't get used to a new hair product you use until continuously using it for 2-3 weeks. But at that point (or even before then), if you're experiencing hair problems that you weren't having before, you should eliminate what you're using and look elsewhere. Take note as well, that if a hair product, for example, contains green tea and shea butter, you'll know the potency of these natural ingredients from the use of the hair product.
Condition hair- This shouldn't be ignored as it helps to restore hair from dryness and keeps hair feeling healthy. It's recommended that you condition your hair daily, and making sure you deep condition once a week to supercharge the rejuvenation of hair. If you haven't been conditioning consistently, and you follow this step, you'll be surprised on how soft, silky, and refreshing your hair will feel.
Remember not all conditioners are created equal. Just because one brand is cheaper than another brand doesn't make the less expensive kind just as good. However, you want to still refer to the previous sections of this guide to find the right kind of conditioner. If you have one that already works, then that is great. General standard is you take a dime size amount of conditioner to apply into your hair. However, with thick, long, or curly hair, you'll want to apply more so that the conditioner will fully penetrate through all the hair cuticles. Use the conditioner you're using as directed, but make sure to rinse with cold to mildly warm water. Never use hot water.
When deep conditioning, you want to apply a little more conditioner than you normally do and apply a shower cap onto your head so that the conditioner can work on sealing moisture into your hair. Leave the conditioner in your hair for at least 20 minutes, and then rinse with cold to mildly warm water. This is a great way to maintain soft, manageable, silky hair, especially if your hair is naturally dry and craves moisture.
Conclusion- These are few of the ways on how to promote healthy hair, and must be used today. Don't wait to try them in order to work. If you have hair care goals, then they can be achieved today from you taking action today. Just remember, part of the battle is what you put on your hair, the other part is what you put inside your body.