I Love Her Hair!
You KNOW who I’m referring to. The beautiful brunette woman who sits in front of you at church service on Sunday. Or maybe its's the red-head at the grocery store. Oh no, I got it, it’s the blond at the car wash. Every time she moves, it’s as if time has slowed up. You get a glimpse of every perfect detail in her hair cut. You can't seem to tell if the shine reflecting from her hair is real or imaginary. Inside, you secretly wish that you could achieve her goddess like hair. Then you secretly say to yourself "she has good hair".
Ladies let me tell you; there is NO SUCH THING AS GOOD HAIR. THERE IS ONLY HEALTHY HAIR! Now take a deep breath, exhale, and say it with me... I can have healthy hair too! With the proper care, diet, and professional insight, yes you can!
Having a head full of luscious hair is normally a sign of overall healthy living. "To a doctor, healthy hair is hair that's growing appropriately out of every follicle, not easily broken, and connected to a healthy scalp.... it's bouncy, shiny, and manageable”, says dermatologist Amy McMichael, MD.
In my previous blog post "Top oils for healthy hair” I mentioned the importance of using premium oils. Well not only are organic oils a good way to maintain healthy hair, so are proteins, iron, and water. Hair is made up of 90% protein called amino acids. The body can produce 11 of the 20 amino acids that make up hair, but the other 9 come from our daily diet. Proteins like lean meats, eggs, legumes, fish, and dairy products are good sources, as well as, peanut butter, and corn.
Iron is another a building block of healthy hair, it assists red blood cells by providing oxygen to our organs and helps cellular turnover. Iron deficiencies in women can result in anemia, fatigue, body weakness, brittle nails and hair loss. Adding beef liver, spinach, chicken, lentils, cashews, whole grains, milk, seafood, and soy can help you to consume iron.
Water is essential to all life source... and because our bodies are made up of approximately two-thirds of It, it is vital we get enough of it in our diets. Water is responsible for most chemical reactions in the body, transporting nutrients to all cells, organs, and systems. It helps to excrete waste, to maintain, and to regulate our core temperature. In my opinion there is no substitute for drinking it. For those who struggle to consume the recommended 8 glasses there is hope. You can flavor your water by adding strawberries, lemons, kiwi, or even watermelon. Yummy!
Now there is no reason to have a healthy diet for healthy hair if you’re going to turn around and destroy your tresses with improper styling techniques. Here are my top 7 tips for maintaining healthy hair.
1. Limit the use of your heating tools and when you do use them make sure to use a thermal protectant. Our favorite is Design Essential Lavender and Agave Silk Press System.
2. Get regular trims every 6-12 weeks depending on your personal hair growth.
3. Use sulfate-free, paraben-free, mineral free, silicone free, phthalate free, and organic products that you trust.
4. Use only silk or satin bonnets, scarves, or pillow cases to protect your styles.
5. Make sure to not pull too tight when wearing protective styles such as weaves, wigs, and braids and ensure proper moisture retention by using products such as Crème Brûlée and The Remedy Oil to seal in moisture, improve pliability, and decrease dryness.
6. Limit shampooing your hair to twice per month and deep condition once per month.
7. When coloring hair, it's best to leave it to a professional, but if you must- do your research first.
Having enviable hair is achievable with a healthy diet and proper hair care regimens filled with luxury products to feed your scalp and hair. So, go ahead pat yourself on the back and celebrate being a part of team healthy hair! Til next time :-).
Licensed Master Cosmetologist
Founder Coco Kendyll
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