Do you envy hair care commercials featuring models with luscious, flowing locks? I do! Most of us don’t have professional stylists on speed dial, but there are steps we can take to make the most of our natural hair, even if ‘natural’ means color treated, blown straight or permanent waved.
Feed Your Mane
- Iron and Zinc for hair follicle health. Try lean red meats or nonmeat sources like spinach, cashews and lentils.
- Vitamin C not only helps the body absorb iron, but it also builds collagen, necessary for healthy hair follicles. Add bell peppers, kale and papaya to dishes for a dose of vitamin C.
- Biotin (a B Vitamin) helps hair growth. The best source of biotin is eggs, but if you don’t like eggs, avocado, peanuts and salmon are good choices.
- Protein to promote cell growth and repair. On average, it’s recommended women consume 46 grams and men 56 grams of protein each day.
- Omega-3 fatty acids help provide hydration to hair. Salmon, flax seed oil and walnuts are a few excellent choices.
Primp Your Strands
- Botanical Shampoo – free from sulfates, parabens and phthalates, this cleanser removes dirt without stripping hair of its natural oils and is great for all hair types.
- Botanical Conditioner – blend of aloe vera gel, avocado oil, vitamins and essential oils for silky smooth strands.
- Deep Conditioner with Shea Butter – shea’s not only “skin’s best friend” but your hair’s best friend too! This deeply moisturizing formula is a great daily choice for those with thick or dry hair, plus, you can use it as a weekly mask to restore moisture lost from swimming and other summer activities.
- Rosemary Shampoo Bar – men and women both love this herbaceous scented soap. Another cleansing option that doesn’t strip hair of natural oils, and rosemary is said to help stimulate hair growth.
- Prebiotic Body Wash – works like a clarifying shampoo to get rid of product building up but without the harsh, drying chemicals. Prebiotic Body Wash is an excellent choice for people battling a dry, itchy scalp.
Do you have a tip for gorgeous, healthy hair? Please share in the comments. Join me next week for Healthy Skin Tips.