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Hair Care 101

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When it comes to hair treatments, I feel like I’ve done almost all of it. I’ve bleached it, dyed it, straightened it, curled it, and styled it with a bunch of chemical-filled products. Ick! I’ve been in hair recovery mode for about six years now, and I’m happy to report a healthy head of hair - finally! Just like I had tried many things to change my hair in the past, I tried many new methods to get it back to it’s healthy natural state.

First things first, let’s talk about blow drying/straightening. I was doing this high heat treatment to my hair almost every day. I used products to help soothe my burnt fried and frizzy hair, but they ended up just leaving my hair oily and thin. My hair is naturally curly so trying to make it conform to this flat straight style was really damaging to my hair. The reason behind this is simply - our hair is not meant to withstand that amount of heat every day. It causes a breakdown in the cuticle, which is the outer protective coating on each strand. Repeated use can not only cause the opposite of the desired effect, but also loss of hair trichologist Iaian Sallis states in his interview on hair straightening . Bottom line - daily use of high heat devices such as straighteners and curling irons is really damaging to your hair. Let your natural locks do their thing, and after a while - you may really like what you see and feel on your head.

Secondly - let’s talk about products. We’ve all seen the shampoo commercials with the silky smooth heads of hair flipping over the shoulder. Who wouldn’t want that?! While that seems quite enticing, even a life long use of the advertised product probably won’t make your hair look or feel the way they portray it on tv. When I stopped using my fancy shampoo and conditioner products, I gave my hair a much needed detox from everything. I still rinsed it, but without using any shampoo or conditioner, and often times not even brushing it. My hair went through some weird phases as it adjusted to this new routine, and after a couple months I switched to more natural products for my hair. Including, but not limited to - coconut oil hair masks, rosemary tea rinses, and tea tree oil scalp massages. Eventually my hair started to regain its natural curl, shine, and began to grow like a weed! Slowly but surely, I began to undo all the havoc that I had previously wreaked on my hair.

Lastly, diet and supplementation. When I began to work for a nutrition company a few years back, I noticed how much what you put inside your body affected you as a whole. From digestion, mood, and even appearance. When I made the switch to nutritious healthy eating patterns, I noticed a shift in my hair, skin, and nails. I was (and still am) eating a balanced diet consisting of lots of veggies, clean proteins, tons of water, and supplements. Adding foods such as eggs, sweet potatoes, avocados, salmon, and almonds can work wonders inside and out! They’re especially good for your hair as they are rich in biotin, vitamins D & E, proteins, beta carotene, essential fatty acids, and much more.

So whether you have straight, curly, thick, or thin hair - making a couple simple changes might improve your hair (and body) health. Go show your locks some love! - Brittany Greer

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