Feeding Your Hair

There are so many “grow your hair” overnight schemes. Before you start applying Monistat to your scalp, check out these natural remedies. Healthy, strong and growing hair can be achieved naturally with a few changes to one’s diet and a few all-natural treatments.

Breakage?

Hair usually breaks or splits due to a protein deficiency. Just add some more protein to your diet. Foods that are high in proteins that impart strength to your hair include eggs, almonds, greek yogurt and chicken. Salon quality protein treatments can run from $15 to $30, but you can make a DIY treatment for five dollars or less.

  • Three egg whites
  • Four tbsp of olive oil
  • Five drops of essential oil

Once a month, whip this mixture together and thoroughly apply to the ends of your hair, working your way up to the roots. Put on a plastic cap and let it sit for 15 to 30 minutes. After saturating the hair, rinse with cool water. Warm or hot water will cook the egg and I doubt you want omelette hair.

Dryness?

Your scalp remains moisturized because of the natural sebum that your body produces. However, variations of thickness, density and porosity can cause different hair types to experience scalp dryness more than others. To increase sebum flow, eat more nuts, fruits, fish high in omega-3s and green veggies. If that does not seem like enough, you can do stimulating scalp massages to invigorate your scalp and stimulate hair growth.

Select a carrier oil of your choice (castor, coconut, sweet almond or olive oil) and add in five drops of a essential oil that you like – yes, you just got upgraded to an aromatherapy massage. Apply this mixture to your scalp and massage in a circular motion for five to ten minutes.

Honey masks also intensify hydration. Honey is a natural humectant, which means it grabs the moisture from the air and absorbs it into your hair. I recommend adding a tablespoon of honey to your favorite deep conditioner or regular wash-out conditioner. Just wash out as you would regularly.

#HairGoals

Hair grows approximately half an inch to one inch a month regularly. However, some people can’t see this growth because they are not retaining length at their frazzled ends. To increase hair growth, start off by drinking lots of water. A gallon a day is the goal, but start off with a workable amount and then increase from there. Along with a healthy diet, a biotin multivitamin is essential. Biotin helps stimulate hair growth and increase sebum flow to your scalp, which fosters a healthy growing environment.

 

*This article originally appeared in the November 2017 issue of The Yard.

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