First thing is first; both dry and oily hair can be caused by the same simple problem; washing too often!! The recommended washes per week is 2-3 times. If you’re suffering from dry hair, you might notice you need a little extra moisturizing through out the week; simple fix. Don’t be afraid to run some conditioner through the ends when you feel you need it, especially in the colder weather it is always good to keep the hair moisturized. A good serum is never a bad idea either; for example Pureology’s shine max, or precious oil care serums are perfect for dry hair that needs a little more attention. Dry hair can be a result from eating fatty, sugary foods lacking the vitamins and minerals the hair requires in order to grow strong and healthily. As far as oily hair goes; try steering clear of fatty, oily foods. As hard as it may be, it is recommended to hold off the excessive washing even with oily hair; you’re hair will eventually begin to work with the stretched washing routine. To say the least, a good wash comes with a good product. Washing once a week or two with Pureology’s purify shampoo paired with the hydrate shampoo and conditioner should help tame those over produced oils.
A healthy diet plays a big part; we’ll tip you in on some finds that encourage healthy hair growth, as well as some other benefits that may play into healthy skin care. Foods such as Salmon, herring, sardines, avocado, and pumpkin seeds; are very rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which the body needs in order to promote hair growth; this is also something our body doesn’t produce much of on its own. These foods contain selenium, which protects hair and skin from sun exposure. As far as salmon goes; BE CAREFUL, make sure you’re buying wild salmon, not farmed!! Walnuts are also rich in omega-3’s; in fact the only nut with a significant amount. They are also rich in biotin and vitamin E. Much like the others above, walnuts are also excellent as a sun protectant, as well as protecting cells from DNA damage. Another mineral found in walnuts is copper, which keeps natural colour looking rich. Use walnut oil in your salads and cooking rather than canola or other oils. It is good to eat foods high in protein, like eggs and meats, for without it the body can not reproduce the hair from daily loss, and if it does it could be very dry and brittle. Like oysters for example which are also an excellent source of zinc, which protects against hair loss. Foods like sweet potatoes, carrots, cantaloupe, and mangoes have an antioxidant called beta carotene, of which our body produces into vitamin A; protecting and producing oils that maintain the scalp, freeing us of dry, and itchy skin. Blueberries have been called the “vitamin C superheroes”. Vitamin C protects the hair from breakage, some other foods high in the C are kiwi, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and strawberries.
So why not start the new year off right, not only for your body, but for all the benefits that come along with eating well. There is never a bad time to start taking care of yourself, so take the challenge; we assure you’ll be happy with the results.