Looking for a more natural approach to hair care? Here are
some tips to help your hair look and feel better.
1. Avoid shampoos that contain sodium laurel sulfate or sodium laureth sulfate
. These chemicals are synthetic detergents
used in dishwashing detergents and other cleaners
. They are appreciated because they are well lathered, but
they are very hard and can dry out your hair. Instead, look for
for shampoos made with decyl glucose, or decyl glucide,
which are much milder.
2. Give yourself a hot oil treatment to deeply condition your hair
. The hot oil penetrates the hair shaft, making the hair more supple and giving them shine. It can also help
prevent split ends resulting from dry hair.
3. Eat well and consider taking vitamin and mineral supplements
to encourage healthy hair. Several vitamins
and minerals have been shown to help hair growth and condition
including biotin, vitamin E, vitamin B, vitamin C
4. If you are an African American, or if you have curly hair, avoid brushing your hair. Use a wide-tooth comb or
your fingers to work with your hair. Brushes can destroy
African American or extra-curly hair by shearing it on the scalp
5. Look for essential oils, herbs and vegetable oils in your hair care products
. Essential oils such as rosemary,
ylang-ylang and West Indian berry help stimulate hair growth
. Lavender and tea tree and naturally antiseptic and
help fight against dandruff. Vegetable oils such as soybean oil, safflower oil
and corn oil moisturize and condition
the hair shaft.
6. Avoid sleeping in hair accessories such as barrettes, scrunchies, headbands, etc. This can cause hair damage.
7. Massage your scalp to help stimulate hair growth.
Massage helps stimulate hair growth by increasing blood flow
to the scalp. This nourishes the hair roots and
helps stimulate the hair growth process.
8. If your hair is damaged, treat yourself to a trim every
so often to eliminate the damage.