Our strands add some kind of personality to our image, specially us women. It is tearful to watch them literally go down the drain. Many environment factors are to blame for what hair is going through during the day. Hair is very fragile and needs intensive care at least once a week. It is time for us to get rid of all the chemical products in the bathroom and start a new phase with natural hair care solutions. Natural treatments are always safer not only for the hair but for the whole body. In today’s article, I’m going to offer some beneficial natural hair care tips to help you maintain healthy and strong lock. My sister and I are deeply in love with homemade remedies and natural beauty care recipes. So, I’m going to share with you some real effective tips and ideas.
Understanding your hair
Before we talk about how to take care of our tresses, we should fist know what are they made of. Hair is far more complex than it appears on the surface. We all know that it not only plays a vital role in the appearance of both men and women. But it also helps to transmit sensory information as well as create gender identification. Our locks are made up of a protein called keratin that is produced in the hair follicles. The hair follicle is a tunnel-like segment of the epidermis that extends down into the dermis. At the base of the follicle is the papilla, which contains capillaries, or tiny blood vessels that nourish the cells. It may be a bit difficult to understand this in world, however, this short video summarizes the hair process in easy steps:
Hair growth cycle
Hair growth occurs in cycles consisting of three phases:
- Anagen (growth phase): Most hair is growing at any given time. Each hair spends several years in this phase.
- Catagen (transitional phase): Over a few weeks, hair growth slows and the hair follicle shrinks.
- Telogen (resting phase): Over months, hair growth stops and the old hair detaches from the hair follicle. A new hair begins the growth phase, pushing the old hair out.
Now that you have some informations about what hair is and how it grows, lets get to the chest of today’s article and talk about how to maintain healthy locks. Here are some natural hair care tips, which will help you maintain the existing hair and regrowth new hair at the same time.
Natural hair care tips for healthy strands
A person normally loses up to 150 hair per day. This, however, doesn’t require you to worry about it. But losing even a normal amount of hair but not regrowing new hair might lead to hair loss. So what I’m going to do is give you some simple natural hair care tips and natural treatments to help prevent shedding and stimulate new and strong regrowth.
Before asking about what to put on your hair, you should know what to put inside your body. Following a healthy lifestyle is one of the keys to a healthy strong hair. Follow these simple tips and you shall notice a big difference on your locks and health in general:
- Drink lots of water: Water helps the body to process and flush out toxins faster. This makes it a quick and easy natural method that will make your hair grow a lot faster.
- Vitamins and protein: Make sure to eat balanced meals that contain proteins, iron, vitamins (A,B, C, D..). Try to add lentils, meat, green leafy vegetables, carrots and cod liver oil to your diet to get enough proteins and vitamins.
The excessive use of harsh chemical hair products will only spoil your hair growth in the long run. I know it may be difficult for some people to avoid over-styling, but it is important to give our stresses a time to breathe. Overuse of heat or chemicals can rip the hair off its lustre and eventually lead to hair thinning and split ends. Now we don’t want to see split end now, do we? To save your locks from the ill effects of hair styling, what you can do is use a good natural conditioner after every shampoo. Homemade conditioners are the best natural treatments for your hair.
Give your scalp a gentle massage
Massaging your scalp for a few minutes daily will help stimulate circulation. Good circulation in the scalp keeps hair follicles active. Try to use your finger tips to give your scalp a gentle massage even when shampooing or conditioning your hair.
Keep your scalp clean and free from oil
Hair wash should be quite frequent, depending on the oiliness of your skin, as well as the exposure to dirt and dust. However, some people with oily hair and scalp think that they should wash their hair everyday. That’s a big NO. If you use shampoo daily on your scalp it will become even more oily. Why is that? Well, daily shampooing strips the hair from natural oils which are essential for healthy hair growth. The scalp produces a wax-like substance called sebum (an oily secretion of the sebaceous glands) to protect itself and the hair from external damaging like dryness and breakage.
So, if you wash your hair everyday with shampoos, the scalp will feel threatened and will produce more oil as a protection. So, daily shampooing is not an option. You can also give a try to a dry shampoo. Those are good on reducing the amount of oil in your scalp and hair. Scroll down for natural hair care recipes for oily hair.
Comb it right
Use a wide-toothed comb to gently detangle your hair and then the regular fine-toothed comb to style it as you need. This will reduce the risk of the hair breakage and hair fall while combing.
Use natural treatments to heal your hair
Mother nature has given us all we need to maintain healthy in the best natural way possible. However, if you know how to use it you will get the great results. Taking care of your locks using natural remedies is the safest way with 0% side effects. At least, no chemicals will be involved in your hair care routine. Take a look at some of the recipes that will work wonders for your hair. Keep in mind that some of these are for all hait types, while some of them are designed for a certain type.
Homemade natural treatments and conditioners
Here is how to make a couple of conditioners that will not only nourish your strands, but also make them shiny, beautiful, and silky soft:
MAYO, EGG WHITES & YOGURT:
This recipe may look somehow disgusting, but really works as magic. Here’s how to make it: Ingredients: 1/2 cup plain yogurt, 1/2 cup mayonnaise and egg whites from 1 egg. Whip all the ingredients in one bowl. Lather it onto your hair, focusing on the ends where you’ll likely have the most damage. Wrapping your head in a wet towel if you hate seeing the mixture drip from the ages .Let it sit for 30 minutes and rinse really well using LUKEWARM water. We don’t want to cook the eggs with too hot water, do we? LUKEWARM water is always better for hair. After you rinse you can use your shampoo, it would be better if you use an organic natural shampoo or a natural hair care homemade shampoo.
Coconut oil: For oily hair
This oil is so so good for hair. It not only leave your strands smell good but also make them soft and easy to manage. This coconut conditioner is designed specially for oily hair as it helps rid the hair of the excess oil and truly leaves it fresh and full of life. Ingredients: 1 cup water, 1 egg yolk, 1 teaspoon of coconut oil. Start by whisking the egg yolk until it becomes frothy. Add the coconut oil, and whisk it a little more. Add the water and then stir it until it becomes smooth. Apply the mixture to your hair and scalp, by massage it thoroughly and let it rest for 15 minutes. Rinse your hair with clean cool water and shampoo as needed. This will leave your hair smooth and smelling good.
Aloe Vera gel:
Aloe Vera can breath a new life in the way your hair looks and feels. It’s one of the best natural
treatments , specially for oily hair. Applying a small amount of aloe Vera gel instead of your usual hair conditioner is very beneficial. If you want to add volume to your locks you can try applying aloe Vera gel as a hair mask and leave it on for about 30 minutes, and then rinse. You should notice more volume and shine after regular use.
This remedy is one of most effective ingredients if you want to simulate hair growth. Because onions contains sulphur that boosts collagen production in the tissues, which helps in the re-growth of hair. Here is how to use it: Cut a few slices of onion and squeeze out its juice by mashing it or grating it. Apply it on your scalp for about 10-15 minutes. And then, rinse it off with a mild shampoo.
Green tea, as you know is super rich in antioxidants and that helps in boosting hair growth and preventing hair loss. Apply warm green tea to your scalp and leave it for an hour. Wash it off with cool water.
I hope you found these natural hair care tips useful as natural treatments for your stresses. Please share your experience in the comment section if you tried any of these recipes and ideas.
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