Having better hair doesn't have to mean hours at a salon or
wrecking your wallet with expensive hair treatments. The fact of
the matter is that many salon treatments may help your hair look
better temporarily, but many of these treatments actually damage
your hair. For instance, excessive coloring, perming, and
highlighting actually stresses your tresses.
If you want better hair and you don't want to stress your
tresses, try some of the natural solutions we discuss in this
article. Most of these solutions are simple, practical, and can
be achieved with ingredients in your kitchen cabinet.
Natural Solutions for Better Hair from the Outside In
Changing just a few aspects of your daily hair care regimen can
give you better hair. You just have to know a little bit about
how hair grows and is nourished. Consider a few of these natural
solutions that can help your hair look and grow better:
Sun Protection: Like your skin, your hair can suffer from
sunburn. Mild sun exposure can give your hair some great
highlights, and won't do much damage. However, prolonged sun
exposure, especially in the hours between 10 AM and 3 PM, can
damage your hair. The results can be split ends, dry hair, and a
general lack of health. Wear hats or use specially-formulated
shampoos or conditioners that include sunscreen.
Comb Rather Than Brush: Depending on your hair type and fullness,
try combing your hair rather than brushing your hair. The
bristles on brushes can damage hair shafts, while broad-toothed
combs don't. Obviously, people with super thick or curly hair may
not be able to use a comb. If you have this kind of hair, choose
a brush that has bristles with rounded tips to limit damage.
Treat Your Scalp at the Right Time: If you are going to use any
kind of scalp treatment, timing is important. Scalp treatments
are more effective when the pores are open, so the perfect time
to apply any scalp therapy is just before you step into a warm
bath. The pores in your scalp will be open and dilated, and thus
more able to respond to any kind of applied treatment. After you
have rinsed out your scalp treatment, consider rinsing your hair
with cold water. The cold water re-tightens pores and has the
tendency of leaving your hair shinier.
Natural Solutions for Better Hair from the Inside Out
The above tips help support hair health from the outside in. You
can get better hair by supporting your hair from the inside out.
Your lifestyle often has a big influence on the health of your
hair. For instance, check out these simple natural solutions for
better hair from the inside out:
These lifestyle solutions are pretty much "no-brainers" because
they support your body's general health as well as hair health.
- drink enough water
- get plenty of sleep
- eat plenty of healthy fresh foods
- exercise regularly (enough to sweat and open your pores)
- avoid smoking and excessive alcohol intake
Supplements are another way to get better hair. When it comes to
healthy hair, most people immediately think of biotin. While
taking oral supplements of biotin may help you have better hair,
your body's ability to absorb nutrients plays a big factor in
this supplement's effectiveness.
What often seems to work better is to support your liver as well
as your body's level of probiotics. According to Traditional
Chinese Medicine, the liver governs the head hair. If your liver
is healthy, your hair will also be healthy. Eating foods that
support the liver, such as leafy greens and sprouted greens, will
help you have better hair. If you can't slow down enough to
prepare fresh foods, consider adding to your diet a powdered
supplement of sprouted greens that
gently supports your liver health. Just mix the powder with any
veggie juice and drink it down. Voila... mission accomplished!
Another way to support hair health from the inside out is to
ensure that the probiotics that live in your gut are healthy and
happy. Probiotics are the beneficial bacteria that live in your
gut, and provide a variety of health benefits. These benefits
include assisting with digestion, preventing harmful bacteria
from taking up residence, and providing a first line defense
against foreign invaders.
But when it comes to having better hair, probiotics are important
for a different reason: they produce a variety of vitamins,
including biotin. Probiotics also produce vitamin K, folic acid,
and a variety of B vitamins. All of these support general health.
Biotin helps with healthy hair growth. As always, the body seems
to accept and assimilate the vitamins produced by its own systems
rather than synthetic or other forms of vitamins not ingested in
natural or whole foods. At the end of the day, it seems a better
idea to take probiotics, such acidophilus and
orally rather than taking a single biotin supplement.
Better Hair from the Outside or Inside
Are you getting the message that natural solutions that produce
better hair are simple, practical, and plain common sense? That's
what we have discovered. No matter what "type" of hair you have,
these natural solutions are equally applicable. More importantly,
by boosting your hair's health using these solutions, you also
support your body's overall health.
Now that's a no-brainer, right?