I believe the appearance of our external body (skin, hair, etc) is a direct reflection (or mirror) of what’s going on inside. Put simply, our cells are made up of what we put inside our body and what we expose our body to. I’ve shared my top tips for glowing skin here. Today I’m sharing my 9 healthy hair tips:
Silica – cucumbers and celery are great natural sources of silica. They’re my top two ingredients in my favourite green juice recipe for good reason. Silica is associated with thick and strong hair.
Zinc – if you’re experiencing a dry, flaky scalp and/or hair loss increase your zinc consumption. Nuts and eggs are great sources of zinc.
Omega 3 – found in walnuts, flaxseeds, hemp, chia and oily fish such as salmon and tuna. Your body is unable to make Omega 3 fatty acids. They must be obtained through diet. Your body needs Omega 3 for hair growth as it makes up the hair shaft, natural oils and scalp skin cell membranes.
Protein – great for flexibility (less breakages and dryness). The body absorbs animal protein best, such as eggs and poultry. However, there are also many vegetarian protein options such as tempeh and chickpeas.
Biotin – natural growth supplement found in almonds and walnuts. Biotin helps protect the hair from sun and other DNA damage.
Iron – deficiency in iron often heads to hair loss. The hair follicle and root are fed by blood supply. Adequate iron levels ensure oxygen can carry blood around the body. If you’re deficient in iron, the supply won’t reach you hair and you may experience hair loss. It is important to ensure adequate levels of iron available from foods such as red meat, lentils and leafy greens.
Oils – avocado oil and coconut oil are great for adding moisture to the ends of your hair. Avocado oil is the closest oil type to our sebum. You only need a small amount! You can read more about my natural beauty routine here.
Apple cidar vinegar – great for rinsing between or after washes to restore the PH balance of your scalp. Mix 2 tablespoons of apple cidar vinegar with 1 cup water. Pour through wet hair. Leave for a few minutes before rinsing out under the shower.
Bi-carb soda – can replace shampoo with this. First, wet your hair. Second, make a paste with 1 – 2 tablespoons of bi-carb and a few drops of water. Massage into the roots of your hair then rinse really well. This will clean oil and dirt. It is quite drying so try to use a small amount (only what you need).
Can you add anything else to this list?