#Tip 1: Avocado Oil
I am a HUGE fan of avocado oil and although I try to limit the use of oils as much as possible in my cooking, it is the oil I always head for when cooking at a high temperature due to its high smoke point. It also is INCREDIBLE for your hair. I used to slather my hair in coconut oil after hearing so many stories that is was amazing but it always left my hair feeling super oily and greasy. The other issue I found is that it would transfer from my hair to my skin often leading to breakouts.
However, try popping avocado oil on the tips of your hair. It penetrates well and is really moisturising and can help eradicate dry ends which as we know can cause your hair to split, appear frizzy and tangle very easily.
#Tip 2: Hydrate
The primary reason that our hair can become brittle is down to dehydration. Optimal hydration is crucial for hair health and growth. Try to drink at least 6-8 glasses of water a day and where possible add cucumber or lemon slices to give an extra hydration and vitamin C boost. You can also make your own watermelon juice 2-3 times a week which is mostly made up of water and essential nutrients that will give your hair and body a burst of hydration. For more on this topic head to my page about hydrating foods.
#Tip 3: Scalp Massage & Sesame Oil
Sesame oil has long been known for its incredibly nourishing and healing benefits. It is extremely popular for hair growth and to maintain a healthy scalp due to it being loaded in vitamin E, vitamins B and minerals such as calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. All of which help to strengthen and nourish the hair.
By massaging it into your scalp for around 2-3 minutes before you wash your hair, it will improve blood circulation and therefore encourage hair growth. It also penetrates fast, promotes oxygen and nutrition in your hair follicles and helps to heal any chemical damage.
#Tip 4: Healthy Fats
A wholesome nutritious diet is essential for the health of your hair. Healthy fats, whole food fats with fibre, that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids can work wonders for your locks as they help to open the hair follicles to promote hair growth. Often a lack of omega-3 can lead to a dry scalp and a lack of shine. Introducing foods such as chia seeds into your diet everyday can work wonders for your skin and hair.
#Tip 5: Foods for Your Hair
Lentils: good source of protein which can help to strengthen your hair
Spinach: contains iron which helps the red blood cells carry oxygen to the hair follicles for healthy hair growth
Tangerines: their vitamin C content enhances the absorption of iron from other foods such as spinach
Sweet Potatoes: they are loaded in beta-carotene which is converted in the body to vitamin A. A deficiency can result in dry skin which can have implications on your scalp health.
Walnuts: a good source of biotin which reduces hair loss, improves hair growth and strengthens hair.
Carrots: contain vitamin A which helps to give your hair a healthy shine by maintaining the natural oils in your hair
#Tip 6: The DONTS for Amazing Hair
Stay away from drastic weight loss diets as they can trigger hair loss and lead to micronutrient deficiency’s.
Avoid sugar as it provides no nutritional benefits and can in fact use up essential nutrients in the body to process it.
Dodge refined carbohydrates such as white bread and white rice as they have a similar affect with all vital nutrients being stripped away, quickly absorbed and then turned into sugar in the blood causing your hair to thin.
Limit your intake of alcohol as it interferes with the levels of zinc in your body which is essential for healthy hair and growth. It also dehydrates you which can cause your hair to become more brittle and break easily.