Healthy looking hair is in general a sign of good health and good hair-care practices and summer time is when you can see all your efforts work quicker.
Proper nutrition is important. The living part of hair is under the scalp where its root is housed within its follicle. It derives its nutrients from the blood.
Hair is the fastest growing tissue in the human body: the average rate of growth is 0.5cm – 1.7cm per month depending on ethnicity. Optimal growth occurs from age 15 – 30 and reduces from age 40 – 50. although men find beard hair grows faster beyond the age of 50 years.
Diets should contain protein, fruits, vegetables, grains, and an appropriate amount of fat.
The essential omega-3 fatty acids, protein, vitamin B12, and iron, found in fish sources, prevent dry scalp and dull hair.
Dark green vegetables contain high amounts of vitamins A and C, which help with production of sebum and provide a natural hair conditioner.
Legumes provide protein to promote hair growth and also contain iron, zinc, and biotin.
Water – is important in general health and potentially good hair health. Water quenches thirst and aids food digestion.
DOs and DON'Ts
- Wash hair only when necessary. Washing every day can strip hair of its protective oils and over time can lead to dry, split ends.
- Avoid shampoos that contain harsh chemicals. Choose gentle, natural shampoos and conditioners that contain nourishing botanicals such as amla, shikakai, and aloe vera.
- Always condition the hair after shampooing to help seal the hair cuticle, keeping moisture in while protecting from the elements.
- Protect from excessive exposure to sunlight.
- Choose herbal/vegetable based dyes to enhance hair color.
- Avoid heat styling. Let your hair dry naturally.
- Brush hair regularly in all directions using smooth long strokes from scalp to hair ends.
- Practice relaxation techniques such as yoga and meditation.
- Get adequate, restful sleep each night to allow the body essential time to renew and rejuvenate.
Ayurvedic herbs and oil treatments do not only produce healthy lustrous hair but can also bring peace of mind.
The Ayurvedic herb bhringraj, known as the "the king of the hair," has been used since ancient times to rejuvenate hair and skin. Bhringraj helps to calm and cool, strengthening resistance to stress.
Brahmi, also known as gotu kola, is another powerful herb that helps support a balanced mind while nourishing the hair and amla, which is a detoxifying herb.
Treat the scalp topically with a warm oil massage with our Growth and Retexturizing Hair oil. This contains the above herbs and many many more good herbal foods for the scalp. The Hair Oil contains the top three Ayurvedic herbs known to have a special affinity for hair (bhringrj, brahmi, and amla).
In a mixed base of sesame and coconut oil , it is balancing for all doshas.
Apply the oil to the head and gently massage into the scalp with the pads of the fingertips. Let the oil penetrate for one hour or leave on overnight to help promote sound sleep. Wash it in the morning. The oil massage helps to improve circulation throughout the scalp while strengthening the roots of the hair. Do this nourishing scalp massage one to three times per week. Works for women, men and young adults.
Use the Hair Mask once or twice a week for an additional boost of health, or on days you skip the massage.
Read more on The Benefits Of a Head Massage
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