When it comes to healthy and beautiful hair there are a few factors that come into play.
First of all, beautiful and healthy hair is not just an outside job but also depends on internal factors, meaning the overall health of the body and the diet we eat.
One of the most important organs that plays a crucial role in hair health is THE LIVER. When the liver is burdened by toxins and pathogens things like brittle hair, hair loss, dermatitis, hair loss not to mention other health issues.
Besides the liver the adrenal glands are related to hair health too. When we experience stressful situations or hardships our adrenal glands release a corrosive kind of adrenaline that saturates the liver, feeds viruses and makes our body acidic.
So you may notice that during or even after these events you experience more hair loss or your hair develops a straw-like texture. In this case no oh-so-glamorous or promising hair care product might bring the desired restoration because it doesn’t take care about the internal factor.
One of the best things to do in those situations is to support the adrenals with nourishing and calming foods, meaning having adrenal snacks every 60-90 minutes and maybe incorporating some additional supplement support as well.
Eating regular adrenal snacks keeps the blood sugar stable and prevents surges of adrenaline due to a lack of glucose in the bloodstream.
As mentioned before pathogens can play a role in hair health too. When a pathogen like EBV (Epstein-Barr Virus) hides in the liver it can give off dermatoxins which can be released via the scalp creating scalp and hair issues.
Nutrient deficiencies are another factor. Either from a lack of nutrients in the diet or due to our body’s fight against EBV. When our body directs nutritional resources towards supporting our body in the fight against the virus instead of nourishing our hair, skin, nails, etc.
Further information about the EBV can be found in the Thyroid Healing Book from Anthony William.
For more supplement hair support check out the following suggestions:
- Ashwagandha: Powerful adrenal support
- Barley grass juice powder: Rich in minerals and draws out heavy metals
- Nettle: Rich in silica and other minerals, anti-viral & -bacterial, liver support
- Milk Thistle: Liver support
- Liquid Zinc: Immune system support, anti-viral & -bacterial
- Spirulina: One of the most nutrient dense foods, anti-viral & -bacterial, and draws out heavy metals
Besides that, eating enough leafy greens every day can’t be highlighted enough! They help to provide essential minerals, alkalize our body and scrub out yeast, mold, funguses, as well as debris and pockets of waste matter from our intestinal tract. Make sure to incorporate at least 1 pound of leafy greens every day, things like lettuce, mache, arugula, spinach, kale, parsley, cilantro, etc.
So enough said about the nourishment from the inside out, let’s come to hair care from the outside.
Using a wooden brush or comb helps to absorb and distribute the hairs natural oils and by that has kind of a conditioning effect. Wooden brushes/combs prevent tangles and hair breakage.
It’s also said that it’s antistatic but I find that my hairs still fly around like crazy when using it so it also depends upon the room climate. Dry winter air always creates more ionized hair. A trick that helps me, is to wetten the brush or comb with a little bit of water.
When choosing a wooden brush it’s definitely worth spending more and getting great quality because cheap quality brushes fall apart pretty soon and that’s just annoying.
Using a shower filter like the BERKEY shower filter helps to protect your body and hair from unwanted chemicals and toxins. Plus it can also help to make the water a bit softer which also gives the hairs a softer feeling.
Choose a shampoo that doesn’t contain harmful ingredients or ingredients that are undefinable. It’s always worth investing in natural hair care products because what we put on our skin/scalp also goes soaks into your body. Over HERE you can find a link to some of my suggestions. For German/European links, you can check out my INSTAGRAM HIGHLIGHT.
Natural Hair Rinse
Natural hair rinse suggestions to make the hair shiny and help with scalp issues:
- Add ¼ cup apple cider vinegar to a glass and fill it up with warm filtered water, pour it over your scalp/hairs, wring out any excess and dry your hair. Optionally rinse out the vinegar rinse if you don’t like the smell. If you have dry hair use option 2.
- Add a few springs of fresh rosemary to a pot and fill it up with filtered water (about 1-3 cups depending on your hair length) bring it to a boil, let it cool down and rinse the rosemary water over your scalp/hair. This is a great alternative if you don’t like the apple cider vinegar smell or have really dry hair.
Avoid The Heat
When showering and washing your hair, avoid hot water. Go for warm water. Hot water strips protective oils from your hair and can make it dry and brittle.
Also avoid unnecessary heat treatments. Let your hair air dry if possible and don’t use straighteners all the time, as it’s well known how detrimental heat can be and that it causes brittle hair. When blow drying the hair, hold the blow dryer further away and use a mild heat. I always blow dry my hair head over to give it a natural volume.
Less Is More
Don’t wash your hair daily, opt for 2-3 times a week to properly regulate the natural hair oils. If you do need to shower daily just rinse your hair with water and wash it with shampoo 2-3 times a week.
Hair Oil Treatments
Giving your hair an oil treatment helps to make it more shiny and manageable and works as a natural conditioner. So instead of using a conditioner this is what I do most of the time, mostly once a week. I use Amla Fruit Oil as amla helps to re-grow hair, nourishes the roots, deepens color and shine, and is rich in antioxidants. I normally apply it the night before and let it soak through overnight but it can also be applied 30-60 minutes before showering. I just use about a dropper full of the oil, massage it into my scalp and distribute it towards the ends. And once it’s soaked in I wash my hair with shampoo.
I also use the oil before I cut my hair to give it protection and make them come out even better.
Natural Hair Spray
I never used a lot of hair spray but I always needed a little to hold up my front hair. And going without hairspray can be kind of challenging especially on bad hair days when they’re standing off to all kinds of sides. So I was super happy when I found a natural DIY hairspray alternative.
Here is what you need:
- 1 cup of filtered warm water
- 4 tsp of sugar or honey
- 1 tsp sea salt (optional)
- essential oil (e.g. lavender/ylang ylang/…) (optional)
Fill everything into a spray bottle and shake well until everything is well mixed up. If you want a super strong hold hair spray add more sugar/honey. And for a more texturizing hairspray add sea salt. Extra tip: If you want a natural softener and frizz combat hair spray you can also exchange the filtered water with bottled aloe vera juice.
I hope I covered all of your questions about natural hair care and could inspire you to take better care for your hair from the inside out as well as vice versa.
If you have additional tips or questions, please let me know in the comments below.
Much love, Eva 💕
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