Want to know how to get healthy hair? Well, those commercials of the girl on the beach with long locks that shine from within — they probably don’t hold the answer. But I bet you knew that.
And that’s why you’re here.
You see, we want truly healthy hair. Not just some Photoshop image from a shampoo advertisement, right?
I’m talking hair that grows healthy from root to end. Hair that’s nourished from the inside out.
Right? Then you’re in the right place.
Here are my top recommendations to help you bring out the healthy in your hair.
How to Get Healthy Hair Naturally:
1. Use Heat Sparingly
I know this is a tough one. I’ll bet if you have curly hair, you’ve been straightening it… and if you have straight hair, you’ve been rocking those flatiron curls.
The only time my hair started showing extensive damage was when I was using the flatiron every. single. day. My hair strongly objected with split ends and that slightly crispy look. Ugh.
There’s some benefit to being happy with what nature gave you.
Now I save the high heat tools for special occasions, and use the lowest effective heat setting (or LEHS for short — just kidding).
As for blow drying?
I know if you’re in a rush in the mornings, it’s hard not to rely on the hair dryer. Just be careful with the heat. Try to gently towel dry and then air dry your hair until it’s barely damp, and then use the lowest heat setting to finish it up.
I personally love my hot air brush because I seem to lack the natural grace it takes to use a blow dryer and a brush at the same time without mangling my hair. Plus it has some really gentle settings that keep my hair from getting too damaged.
(Also, use my abundant hair serum below with coconut oil to repair your hair if you tend to use a little too much heat.)
2. Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
This is seriously one of the best kept hair secrets on the planet.
Simply mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 2 parts warm water. Rinse through your hair after washing (or between washes) at least 2-3 times per week. You can let it sit for 1-2 minutes, and then rinse out your hair.
What does apple cider vinegar do for your hair?
This apple cider vinegar rinse closes up your hair follicle to prevent damage by keeping your hair’s pH levels balanced. This gives you smoother, shinier, stronger hair.
This one simple step can make a big difference for your hair.
3. Nutrition for Healthy Hair
Now here’s an important step for how to get healthy hair: nutrition.
Hair doesn’t grow by magic (although unicorns always seem to have great hair, don’t they?).
Reality is your body grows your hair by using materials you feed it. It can’t just make this stuff out of thin air, folks. You are part of the supply chain and you need to do your job — feed your hair!
Here’s how to get healthy hair by adding some key nutrients to your daily diet:
- Collagen protein (I use this amazing pasture-raised collagen)
- Food-based B-vitamins
- Healthy fats (think coconut oil, olive oil, pasture-raised meat and eggs, salmon and omega-3s, etc.)
- Antioxidants (I drink my Ningxia Red for my daily antioxidants)
4. DIY Abundant Hair Serum
This serum is what I use every day to promote strong hair:
- 10 drops rosemary essential oil
- 10 drops cedarwood essential oil
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 2 drops peppermint essential oil
- 2 drops cypress essential oil
Add these oils to 4 ounces of coconut oil OR aloe vera gel. (Use the oil if you tend to have dry hair, aloe if it tends to be oily).
Apply a small amount to your fingertips after washing your hair and massage into your scalp daily.
You can also use the oil to do a deep moisture treatment by massaging a generous amount into your scalp and hair (especially the ends). Leave it in for about 30-60 minutes and then wash as usual. Do this especially if you use heat tools on your hair often.
5. Ditch the Shampoo
I know it sounds crazy, but hear me out on this one: maybe shampoo isn’t your hair’s best friend.
For instance, did you know commercial shampoos can contain as many as 15 toxic chemicals? One of them being formaldahyde. Yuck.
But before you go shopping for a pricey natural shampoo, consider the alternative: going without it. It might just be the key for how to get healthy hair — super naturally.
This is known as the “no poo” method and surprisingly a lot of women have had success with keeping their hair clean without shampoo.
In fact, my friend Ashley has gone “no poo” for more than three years — with awesome results! You can read more about her no poo story here.
Obviously, this tip isn’t for everyone! But it might be worth considering. 🙂
Drink bamboo leaf tea for strong, healthy hair! Read my post on the benefits of bamboo leaf tea here.
Healthy hair doesn’t just show up out of nowhere — it has a lot to do with your overall lifestyle. Stress, not eating well, poor sleep habits, etc. — all this stuff affects your whole body, including how your hair grows. Check out my book The Nourished Metabolism to learn more about living a balanced lifestyle that nourishes you from the inside out.
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