Help! My hair is all dry and full of static! What do I do? It’s the middle of winter when the air is rather dry already, and your hair is so dry that it is breaking and giving you a headache. You go to the hair salon to get it trimmed, but within a matter of a couple of weeks, the problem returns. Does this sound familiar? Here is what you can do:
1. Reduce the amount of heat you are using on your hair.
Heat damages your hair, and when you are blow drying your hair often, it dries out even faster. If you must blow dry your hair, use a diffuser to lessen the force of the hot hair blowing at your hair. Consider washing your hair in the evening so that there is more time to hair dry it and so that you are not going out in the cold with partially wet hair.
In addition, if you are curling your hair every day, consider hair rollers that work without heat. I know, I know. It’s easy for me to say because I have curly hair. Trust me, I’ve had my fair share of pressure to straighten it, though, and that is very damaging too.
2. Feed your hair healthy food through your diet.
Foods such as walnuts, blueberries, spinach, and salmon all contain excellent nutrition for your hair. Here are some fun ways to incorporate them into your meals. (source)
Spinach – add it to salads, smoothies, and protein shakes; use it in sandwiches instead of iceberg lettuce.
Blueberries – add to pancakes, waffles, smoothies; just eat them like candy!
Walnuts – mix with fruit, honey, and peanut or almond butter for a delicious treat.
Salmon – add a few drops of lemon juice on it and broil along with some frozen vegetables for a quick and healthy dinner.
3. Wash your hair less often.
You may think I am crazy, but keep reading. 🙂 Your hair has natural oils that keep it healthy. When you wash your hair, you wash away these oils, and that is a reason your hair could be so dry. If you feel like you have to wash your hair every day, consider a higher quality shampoo. No, you don’t have to pay $30 a bottle or buy it from a salon. You want to use a shampoo with natural oils and gentle cleansers.
When I used low-quality shampoos, I did have to wash my hair every day because the shampoo did not clean my hair well enough. Now I can wash it two to three times a week, and neither my scalp nor my hair feels dirty.
4. Avoid foods that hinder healthy hair.
Sugar will hinder your body’s ability to absorb protein and important nutrients. Go here to more about what sugar does to your body. Remember that white pasta, white bread, and simple carbohydrates are converted into sugar by your body.
In addition, fast food will sit in your colon and not allow the nutrition from healthy food to be absorbed. If it’s not good for your body, it’s not good for your hair either.
It’s easy to think “I am eating this because I like the taste.”
5. Cleanse your body of harmful toxins.
Good intentions to eat healthier are not enough. If your body keeps craving junk food and sugar, you will give in unless you get rid of the cravings. These cravings are a sign of a lack of nutrition, though! Once you cleanse your body of these toxins, your hair can be healthier and happier because your hair is receiving the nutrition it needs.
A client whom I helped do a cleanse recently told me that she felt like her vitamins were working again! Go here to learn more benefits of a cleanse.
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