5 Foods for Longer and Healthier Hair

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Our hair is often the first thing people notice about our appearance. Things in our lifestyles can stunt our hairs natural ability to grow. The issue with human hair is the hair follicle one the outside is already dead. In order to have healthier hair you must start on the inside so the new growth is healthy and strong. The issue is if your hair is not strong when it grows it becomes brittle and breaks. This makes growing longer hair a problem, your hair needs to be healthy to become longer. This process starts with our diet, when your diet is poor so is the health of your hair. The nice thing about making your hair healthy is that you also make your skin and nails healthy as well. I will give you five foods for longer and healthier hair.

Number One Fish

Salmon, sardines and mackerel are full of Omega three acids and natural oils. This will boost your new hair with a burst of natural shine and volume. You need to be watchful of mercury levels in any fish and shellfish you consume.

Number Two Greek Yogurt

Yogurt is packed with the main ingredient your hair needs to grow. Protein, it is also not a meat source. While it is considered a dairy source it also helps prevent breakage. An added bonus it gives a boost of calcium to your bones as well as your hair.

Number Three Guava Fruit

Guava fruit is full of vitamin C, a needed vitamin. It boosts your immune system as well as keeps your hair from breaking so easily. So use a cup of this tropical fruit with a cup of the Greek Yogurt and make a smoothie.

Number Four Nuts

Nuts are a great plant based way to boost your Omega three acids as well as your vitamin A levels. You can also use nut based milks in the aforementioned smoothie for a nutritional boost. Nuts are also a great source of zinc and fiber.

Number Five Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a common spice that boosts circulation. Boosting the circulation to your scalp will help your hair grow as well as get the nutrients where they need to go. Cinnamon also helps many foods taste better, so sprinkle some on the Greek Yogurt; remember fresh is always best.

Keep in mind these are not the only foods that will grow your hair. Keep these things in mind when choosing. Protein is needed to grow your hair as well as your muscles. Vitamin C boosts your immune system as well as growing your hair and nails. Vitamin A is great for protecting your vision as well as boosting your immune system. Boosting your immune system is what is needed to grow your hair that system needs to be in peak top condition to function properly. Also look for iron and zinc sources as well. Those are known to help boost your hair’s fullness and lessen brittleness.

TOP 10 DOS AND DON’TS FOR CURLY HAIR

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People often associate curly hair as being unmanageable and hard to handle. However, with proper care and management, caring for curls of all textures can be hassle free. Here are 5 tips that will help you to manage your hair much more easily.

1. Water Is A Curl’s Best Friend

Water should be a primary component of your hair care regime. Why? Because water softens, moisturizes and nourishes by penetrating deeply into the hair shaft. To make daily styling easier, rinse your hair in the shower or bath daily (or every two days). Whilst rinsing (with or without conditioner) use your fingers to rake through your hair to remove any knots or tangles. If your hair is particularly prone to tangling, apply conditioner to wet hair and then detangle using a wide toothed comb or paddle brush.

2. Avoid Thin Toothed Combs

This brings me to my second tip: never use a thin toothed or narrow comb to detangle curly hair. Because the teeth are narrow and close together, when detangling this can cause the hair to tear which results in excess breakage. The only time you should use a narrow toothed comb is if you have already detangled using a wide toothed comb or padded brush and need a smaller comb to remove extra tangles.

3. Enhance Curl Definition

There are many ways to enhance the natural curl pattern of your hair. One of the best ways is to scrunch. Scrunching refers to a technique often used by stylists to enhance curl definition and reduce frizz. The best way to scrunch is to apply small amount of a moisturizing lotion or leave in conditioner to your hair from root to tip. Then turn your head towards the ground (it may sound silly but it works by helping to elongate your curls). In the same way you’d scrunch a piece of paper, scrunch your hair to define its natural curl pattern.

4. Go SLS Free

SLS which stands for Sodium Lauryl or Laureth Sulphate, is a strong detergent used for cleansing products such as dishes, cutlery, pots and pans. It is arguably the most common ingredient found in commercial hair shampoos. So why is SLS bad for curly hair? Curly hair is prone to dryness because it has fewer cuticle layers than straight hair; SLS therefore causes problems because it over cleans curly hair and subsequently causes dryness and breakage.

5. Leave Flat Irons Alone

There is nothing wrong with straightening your curls, after all we all love to change our look sometimes. However, flat ironing your hair on a daily or even weekly basis is likely to cause split ends and breakage. Regularly using a flat iron on your hair will weaken your tresses by damaging the hairs cuticle layers. Instead of straightening daily or weekly why not try using rollers or flexi-rods to switch up your style without extra heat.

6. The Importance of Moisture

It’s a good idea not to apply a lot of strange substances to your long curly hair and don’t pull it tight around your hair brush or use hot air to make it straight just let it be naturally curly otherwise you will spend a lot of time and effort and the whole process will be annoying.

7. Using Good Shampoo Correctly

Experts on curly hair care suggest that if you are going to use clarifying shampoos don’t apply them to your hair more than one time during a month. Select a shampoo that is not transparent due to transparency being an indication that it contains detergents that will decrease the moisture in your hair and that is not suitable if you want smooth manageable long curly hair. Be easy while shampooing your hair and try to slide the shampoo down the shafts of your hairs.

8. Give your hair a pre-holiday deep treatment, with heat, especially if you plan to heat style your hair. This extra step will help protect the cuticle from damage.

9. Nothing is more unattractive than sparse, stringy ends, especially on girls/women with curly hair. Regular trims should be a part of your hair care regimen. Curly hair should be trimmed at least every 3 months, and 1 week before a major event or party. But don’t just trust anyone with your gorgeous locks. Ensure that your stylist is familiar with styling and cutting curly hair.

10. Use the right tools when styling your hair. Always opt for natural boar bristle brushes and not nylon brushes, as they tend to break the hair especially during winter months.

Incorporating these techniques will help you to take better care of your hair especially if you are looking to have stronger more beautiful hair. Regardless of how curly your hair is, these techniques can be added to your hair regime and will make styling so much easier.