Taking good care of your hair is often overlooked as an important factor for great health.
The hair follicles on our scalp are wide open and ready to absorb anything they come in contact with. Think of the hair products out there that use any combination of chemicals and toxins to make our hair look healthy…
If you wouldn’t put those chemicals and toxins into your body, why would you put them onto your body? Any way that we can reduce the toxic load on ourselves is a significant step towards great health.
There are many natural hair care solutions out there; some that will be effective for you and some just plain awful. It’s worth experimenting with what works with your own hair and giving these solutions a good go before reverting back to the easy fix.
Below we’ve chosen our top five fave tips to get that lush shiny hair, minus the nasties…
Apple Cider Vinegar
As harsh soaps and toxin-filled shampoos may strip skin and hair of their natural protective oils, rinsing your hair with ACV is a great treatment with long-lasting benefits. It works to naturally balance your hair’s pH to the ideal level of 4-5 and removes build-up without stripping your hair of those lovely protective oils. It will help your hair to maintain moisture and also minimise split ends. Further, ACV has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that will help treat an itchy, dry scalp so can also be effective for dandruff management.
The saying goes “You are what you eat” so if you’re lusting after that lush shiny hair, pay close attention to your diet. Fuelling your body with high quality protein-rich foods will enhance the health of your scalp and promote the growth of your hair. Healthy fats are an absolute must in the diet when it comes to hair health (not to mention skin, eyes and nails too) – think nuts, natural oils and fish – all rich in omega-3 fatty acids which are absolutely essential to our health.
One of our personal fave at-home solutions, using natural oils straight onto your hair is one of the easiest ways to repair it back to a state of vitality. Coconut oil is our go- to for restoring moisture in both skin and hair. In addition, coconut oil has proven to be beneficial when used as a conditioner, to promote hair growth, fight against dandruff, stave off lice and help repair dry or damaged hair. Remember unrefined, organic, cold-pressed virgin coconut oil is your best option!
The “Right” Shampoo & Conditioner
For most people, shampoo & conditioner are their more commonly used hair products. While they are washed off fairly quickly, our hair follicles and skin on the rest of the body may still be exposed to the lather. Being the largest organ in the body, paying loving attention to what goes onto our skin is a great pathway to optimal health. Choose shampoos & conditioners that are plant-based, free of parabens and sulphates, and use recyclable packaging. Our fave here at I AM Co. is the Ecostore range, which ticks all those boxes! We swear by these natural shampoos & conditioners that use a balanced formulation to ensure compatibility with your skin. The perfect easy solution to clean, shiny hair.
Regular exercise has proven to allow blood flow to circulate more easily to the scalp, thus providing essential oxygen and nutrients to hair follicles, without which they can’t thrive. Try getting your bod into a handstand or headstand if you’re feeling brave. Imagine that huge rush of nutrients to your head!
We would love to hear your favourite natural hair care regime in the comments below, any ideas?
To browse the beautiful Ecostore range, head to their site: www.ecostore.co.nz