For Naturals When Coconut Oil Isn’t Enuff: 3 Vitamins for Healthy Hair

For Naturals When Coconut Oil Isn’t Enuff

If it seems like every product you’ve tried doesn’t give you the results you want then it’s time to look at your diet. Here are 3 vitamins for healthier, longer, shinier hair.

For softer, more manageable hair:

MSM has been linked to healthy, soft hair. Some have reported that this sulfur compound loosened their curl pattern. Foods rich in MSM include broccoli, cabbage, and kale.

Homemade Pizza with Kale

Homemade Pizza with Kale Recipe Here

For healthier, longer hair:

Biotin helps to promote healthy hair growth. Foods rich in biotin include swiss chard, almonds, and bananas.

Vegan Cinnamon Almond Butter

Vegan Cinnamon Almond Butter

For shinier hair:

You can find omega fatty acids in flax seeds, hemp milk, and walnuts. Try hemp milk in your smoothies to get more omega fatty acids in your diet. As a bonus if you suffer from dry scalp omega fatty acids will help to keep your scalp moisturized.

Drink your avocados! Recipe here

Drink your avocados! Recipe here

 

I prefer getting my vitamins and minerals from whole foods but if you prefer supplements the brand I trust is MegaFood Skin, Nails & Hair. There are plenty of hair vitamins on the market but you have to be wise about the supplements you choose to consume.

Share some of your favorite recipes using these healthy hair, super foods with @lexisgreenguide on twitter !

Rosemary Herbal Hair Rinse

I decided to try a rosemary herbal hair rinse on my hair because the colored ends of my hair are super dry and my scalp needed a proper cleanse. This hair rinse left my hair super shiny and manageable.

What is a herbal hair rinse?

Essentially, it is a tea that you make for your hair using herbs of your choice. You pour this tea over your hair as a final rinse to get the benefits of the herb(s) you choose.

Why rosemary?

I chose rosemary because it’s my favorite herb for my hair. Rosemary is an antibacterial which will help to cleanse your scalp. It improves circulation, increases shine, fights premature graying, and alleviates dryness and dandruff. Plus, I love the smell of rosemary. It’s invigorating and refreshing.

What you will need:

2 tsp of dried rosemary or 5-10 sprigs of fresh rosemary

3 cups of filtered water

A pot

A strainer

Directions:

1.Add water and water to a pot and bring to a boil. Once the water reaches a boil allow it to boil for about 5-10 minutes.

2. Turn off the heat and cover the pot. Let the mixture steep for 30 minutes. Let the mixture cool until it reaches room temperature.

3. After your wash routine, pour the tea over your hair as a final rinse, then style as usual.

The Verdict

My hair was so soft after this rinse and the shine was amazing. Even my colored ends looked more vibrant. I’ll definitely do a herbal hair rinse ever 2 weeks.

 

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Molasses for Healthy Hair

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A few years ago I was doing honey treatments on my hair for natural lightening and I loved the benefits so much that I wanted to try it again but this time I didn’t want the lightening effect. In comes molasses, Molasses is chock full of minerals that strengthen and darken your hair. I decided to give it a try since it’s so cheap. I got blackstrap unsulphered molasses from The Vitamin Shoppe.

I figured that putting a sticky, gooey substance directly on my hair wasn’t a good idea so I looked in my fridge to find something mix my molasses with. I found some yogurt which would provide some protein for my hair. I decided that it would need some slip so I added my Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave-In moisturizer and amped it up with some rosemary essential oil. Behold, a deep conditioner was born.

I slathered the mixture over my hair and let it work for about 30 minutes. When I rinsed it out there wasn’t much a difference in my hair texture. My curls popped a bit more but I couldn’t see any other visible change. I’ll continue to use the mixture to see if I notice a difference over time. I’ll post the recipe below for everyone to try.

Ingredients:

6 tbs of molasses

6 tbs of plain full fat yogurt

1 tsp of your favorite leave in (I used Kinky Curly Knot Today)

10 drops of rosemary essential oil

The Secret To Moisturized Hair

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The secret to moisturized hair is to never take the moisture out of your hair. It really is that simple. We spend so much money buying products to put moisture in our hair when we can save money by never taking the moisture out. There are a few myths surrounding moisturizing hair. A few that could be costing you a lot of money and preventing you from retaining length.

MYTH #1 Clean hair means stripping the hair of oil

This is not true. While it is important to rid the hair of excess oil you shouldn’t strip your hair of all it’s oil. How do you know if you hair is stripped of all it’s oil? You hair will feel dry and tangled after shampooing. If your hair is stripped then it will be more likely to break. The best way to clean your hair is with clay. Clay will absorb excess oil from your hair without stripping your hair of natural oils. Terressential Pure Earth Hair Wash is God sent. All hair textures can use Terressentials. On the website they specify which to buy for your hair type. For those who love to DIY try Aztec Indian Healing Clay mixed with apple cider vinegar, your favorite essential oils, and carrier oils. If you prefer shampoo try Shea Moisture’s line of shampoo. The Shea Moisture African Black Deep Cleansing Shampoo is for a deeper cleanse without totally stripping your hair.

MYTH #2 You need to buy a moisturizer

Another myth that costs us extra money. If you are using a conditioner that is silicone free it can double as your moisturizer. This is especially true if you use clay to cleanse your hair. Also,  if the conditioner detangles your hair well in the shower you should add some water and conditioner in a spray bottle to detangle your hair before styling. I like Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner. I use it to deep condition and moisturize my hair.

MYTH #3 You have to moisturize your hair throughout the day

I’ve heard stories of women walking around with spray bottles of moisturizer to occasionally spritz their hair throughout the day. That can get to be a bit much. If your first step of cleansing does not involve taking the moisture out then half of the battle is won. Instead properly moisturize your hair before styling. Add your “moisturizer” then seal it with an oil of your choice.  Grapeseed and argan oil work well for fine hair, coconut and olive oil work well with medium and thick hair.

More Tips

  • Always use conditioner. If you have thick or curly hair deep condition at least once per week.
  • Wear styles that don’t expose your hair to the elements. Excessive heat, wind or cold dries out your hair.
  • Always sleep with a satin scarf or on a satin pillowcase.
  • Keep the chemicals to a minimum or none at all. Trust me it’s so much harder to maintain colored hair. If you really want to color your hair look in to henna or visit a salon that caters to the health of hair.