6 Easy tips for healthy and manageable hair!
I will start by saying that my hair is thicker and naturally wavy and these tips work for my hair really well in keeping it healthy and easy to manage. The most important tip is of course whole foods healthy balanced diet and for many people this is enough to maintain beautiful locks but some of us might need a little more help. So, here are my tips for healthier and more manageable hair. These tips are simple yet effective and for sure worth trying.
Tip 1 - Biotin shampoo and conditioner
Biotin is a B vitamin contained in many foods, but most have only a very small amount. It is found in egg yolks, liver, rice, peanuts, almonds, carrots, tomatoes, chard, onion, cabbage and other sources. It is quite hard to obtain enough from diet alone. Luckily, our friendly intestinal bacteria (lactobacillus) produce biotin. Biotin is needed for fat production, for formation of new tissues, especially skin tissue and it also helps incorporate amino acids into protein. Biotin has been used to prevent and slow the progression of graying hair or baldness. However, this may work only when these symptoms are related to biotin deficiency, but because of the nutrient and protein support of biotin, the vitamin may have some hair-stimulating effect. Symptoms of biotin deficiency may include dry and flaky skin, insomnia, loss of energy, sensitivity to touch, inflamed eyes, hair loss, muscle weakness, loss of appetite, depression, and impaired fat metabolism.
(Source: Staying Healthy with Nutrition by Elson M. Haas, MD and Buck Levin, PhD, RD)
So, as it is probably more beneficial to eat the right foods and keep the intestinal flora healthy in regards to healthy hair, I find that the Biotin shampoo and conditioner work very well. I have tried many natural, organic and even not so natural shampoos but I must say I never noticed any difference in my hair until I tried the Biotin shampoo and conditioner. Biotin shampoos are known to strengthen hair follicles, decrease breakage and increase elasticity.
I like the Jason brand as it doesn't contain parabens, SLS, petrolatum, artificial colors or phthalates. But you can probably find other brands that work equally well.
Tip 2 - Final cold water rinse
Wash your hair with warm water but as a last step, rinse your hair with cold water. Yes, it can be uncomfortable but this final cold water rinse will leave your hair much shinier and less frizzy. When the hair is washed with hot water, the hair cuticles remain open which can leave the hair feeling rough and dry. Cold water smooths the hair by closing the scales of the cuticles which then remain flat and the hair appears smooth and shiny. Cold water doesn't leave the hair dry, thus prone to damage. Cold water prevents frizz and it may also prevent hair loss as it increases blood flow to the scalp making the hair follicles stronger.
Tip 3 - Microfiber drying towel
The microfiber towel works much better than a regular towel. It seems to reduce frizz and seems to be more gentle on the hair. After washing, wrap your hair in the towel, tie it on top of your head and leave it like that for a few minutes. The hair looks great with more defined curls and less frizz.
Tip 4 - Wide tooth comb
Thicker and naturally wavy hair tends to get very tangled and hard to comb through, especially when it is wet. The tangle teezer works great for untangling the knots but it seems to pull too much hair out. So, a regular wide tooth comb may work better for you. You can separate your hair into sections and comb the sections first before getting through the entire hair.
Tip 5 - Natural styling products
When your hair seems less manageable, you can use a little bit of styling cream to smooth the hair and to define your curls. The brand Giovanni 2chic seems to work perfect on wavy and curly hair. It contains argan oil and keratin so it also works as a leave-in conditioner. You can also use a drop of argan oil and distribute it to the ends if they are dry. It is light and won't leave the hair oily if used sparingly.
Tip 6 - Weekly deep conditioning
If you find the time, deep condition your hair once a week to see improved texture and condition of your hair. To make the hair mask, heat coconut oil to a comfortable temperature and apply it all over your hair, massaging the scalp. Then put a shower plastic cap on your head and a towel and leave it as long as you can. Wash your hair as usual. It may require using two rounds of shampoo to get the oil completely out of your hair but it is totally worth it. If you do this on regular basis, you will notice a big difference in the health of your hair.
I know that these tips are pretty simple and basic but they really do work. As a busy mom, I just don't have the time to style my hair. Many days it is a big achievement if I just run a comb through it in the morning and that's all I do so it makes it much easier if the hair is healthy and manageable. Plus, I think the less you do, the less products you apply, the nicer your hair will look!