I don’t know about you but I know it’s easy for me to neglect myself, whether spiritually, emotionally or physically. There’s so much that goes into a holistic approach to caring for your entire being; I’m talking about mind, body, and soul. Did you know that the things we do that aren’t specific to hair care, can also affect the health of our hair? Here are 4 tips that will not only help you flourish mind, body, and soul, they will also help you to see improvements in your hair care journey.
Eat a balanced, healthy diet
This is one of the best tips for my curl friends wanting healthy, natural hair. The nourishment of your body will result in healthy shiny hair as well as a healthy skin complexion and nails that are stronger and longer. Skip the junk food and convenience packaged foods and aim to eat more whole and natural foods.
Keep your stress and anxiety levels in check
Stress can cause many conditions that lead to hair loss. These include:
- Alopecia Areata – This is the sudden loss of large clumps of hair in areas around your scalp.
- Telogen Effluvium – This is a condition where your body tells more hairs to stop growing than usual.
- Trichotillomania – This is a habitual condition. Stress and anxiety cause the person to pull out hairs without realizing it.
Address factors that can lead to high anxiety and stress levels. These include insufficient sleep, lack of exercise and suppressed emotions. Your mental state and hair follicles will thank you for it.
Essential vitamins and minerals are…well, essential
It’s worth mentioning nutrition again because it fuels everything your body does. For example, insufficient vitamin B-12 causes low energy levels. This means it’s going to be hard to wake up early in the morning to get your face beat and to slay your hair. There are several nutrients that are paramount for normal hair growth. They include vitamins A, C, biotin (B7) and niacin (B3), and the essential minerals iron, zinc, and iodine. They all work together to give you full, thick, shiny and healthy hair.
Water, water, water
Studies show that drinking water can help with thinning hair. How possible is this? Hair consists of cells and water is vital for the health and growth of those cells. Constant dehydration can lead to unhealthy cell production. Additionally, when we are not hydrated we affect our scalp in a negative manner. Skin cells can dry up and become flaky. A flaky scalp is vulnerable to itching, irritation and even dandruff. We know that healthy hair gets its roots from a healthy, moisturized scalp, so drink up!
These are 4 factors that affect our health in general. They also play specific roles in our hair being healthy. Instead of spending tons of money on hair care products that only address one issue, why not take a holistic approach that addresses hair care from the inside out? An unhealthy mind and body will prevent your hair from looking and feeling its best.