Natural beauty tips for healthy hair

It is important to care for hair naturally, over colouring, over styling and poor diet are all factors that can be attributed to hair damage.  There are a number of factors you can take into account in order to improve the overall appearance and health of your hair, by providing your body with essential vitamins and minerals, leading a healthy lifestyle and following these natural beauty hair care tips, bad hair days will soon be left far behind.

Over washing hair and using to much lather can damage hair.  When hair strands are rubbed together, this causes friction, which can cause hair to tangle making it brittle and frizzy.  When washing hair, simply smooth a small amount of shampoo down the hair shaft towards the end to prevent fewer tangles. Conditioner can also help to soften the cuticle, by wrapping hair in cling film or a towel this helps to create a warm wet environment, which allows moisture to penetrate into the hair cuticle easily.  Leaving conditioner  on the hair for 15 minutes and then  rinsing with cold water helps to close the hair follicle down,  preventing excess moisture to penetrate the hair further  stopping frizz in its tracks.

A healthy scalp is essential for healthy hair, problems with allergies, hair products and lack of vitamins can cause the scalp to flake.  Supplements that include vitamin A and Essential Fatty Acids are needed for healthy skin and hair, sweet almond or jojoba oil applied to the scalp is a great natural alternative that can be used to help counteract a dry flaky scalp.

Traction alopecia can be caused by over styling, when hair is pulled for extended periods of time or heat products are over used, hair weakens and eventually snaps and falls out.   Stress can cause havoc on hair, as stress effect’s the immune system, releasing adrenaline and other stress hormones that stimulate sebum production on the scalp, causing it to become over greasy.  Stress depletes vitamin C, an essential vitamin for the absorption of iron, which is a key nutrient for healthy hair.  An iron deficiency can have a dramatic effect on hair, causing it to shed and become dull and lifeless.   Eating iron rich foods such as red meat, pulses, dried fruit and green vegetables or taking an iron and vitamin supplement would be beneficial if you are suffering from poor hair condition.

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