Let me start off with a bit of background on my hair. Growing up, I always had long, thin hair. I never changed my style and also never really did much with it. I kept it long and it would get very knotted all the time. In my early-20’s, I was a model for a Chi hair show and got to have my hair done by one of the pros! I decided to try something new and went for a bob with some blonde highlights, which were dyed royal blue for the show. It was fun while it lasted but I started to miss my long hair and it took foreverrrrr to grow out. Then, when it was finally getting long again, I foolishly bought a Groupon for a spontaneous cut and got the most dreadful haircut, so I had to chop it off and grow it all out again. My hair is finally “long” again but still very damaged. I didn’t think I did that much damage to my hair, so I was wondering why my hair is so weak and brittle.
I only realized now that it is because of my inner health. Over the years, I’ve struggled with thin, damaged hair and have only recently addressed it with my naturopath. She had my take a blood test that unveiled that my thyroid levels are off, so I am in the process of balancing my thyroid levels and healing myself from the inside out! I also now know that I need to nourish myself by eating properly and choosing foods that are specifically beneficial to growing strong and healthy hair.
In addition to that, I’m also treating my hair with a lot more TLC. Here are some tips that I’ve learned along the way.
Use a hair mask – Pamper your hair with a mask 1-2x a week to keep it moisturized and prevent split ends. There are lots of natural hair mask recipes that you can find online too. You could even use coconut oil or castor oil, leave it on overnight under a shower cap, then shampoo it out in the morning.
Trim hair regularly – Visit the hair salon regularly to get rid of split ends and maintain a healthy mane.
Wrap hair gently in a towel – Avoid rubbing your hair vigorously with your towel and instead gently wrap it up in a towel for a few minutes to let the water absorb into it. This will help prevent split ends.
Eat good fats – Fish, avocado, nuts…all delicious and all good for your health and hair!
Apply it correctly – Make sure you’re only applying shampoo to the roots (to prevent drying out your ends) and only applying condition to the shaft and ends of your hair (to prevent an oily scalp).
Brush hair 100x – Every night, brush your hair for 100 strokes to stimulate your scalp and encourage hair growth. This feels nice with round tip brushes.
Do you have any tips or tricks for healthy hair? Leave a comment!