Want Healthier Hair? Try These 7 Natural Ideas


You may think having healthy hair doesn’t seem to directly correlate to your personal health, but many practitioners consider it a reflection of your internal health.

Just like your skin. Let’s take a look at some of the popular trends like drinking more water, taking biotin and magnesium and nutritional needs for healthy hair. We’ll share our best and easy tips you can try at home for naturally healthier hair. You will also get to know how you can avoid some common pitfalls.

woman brushing her hair

Hair thinning and loss can be a normal part of life, but there are several natural methods you can try to prevent it.

What is hair health?

Human hair is made primarily out of a protein called keratin, growing out of a follicle in the skin with a hair bulb below where the hair grows. Typically, human hair grows nearly .5 inches per month, always in a phase of growth. (1) Healthy blood flow to the hair, balanced hormone production, and proper nutrient intake are typically the building blocks to healthy hair.

What causes thinning and hair loss?

Thinning and loss come into play when one of the three building blocks of healthy hair growth is disrupted. Of course, genetics play an important role, but most commonly you see hair loss in men and women from hormonal imbalance.

  • Male and female pattern baldness can be the result of insufficient hormones being delivered to the bulb to keep turning over hair production (2)
  • A traumatic incident or high stress can also disrupt hair growth, a good example being the “shedding” phase after having a baby where normal growth usually resumes shortly after.
  • Poor blood flow to the scalp can deter growth as well. Thinning occurs if you’re not getting enough protein and nutrients to keep hair production up to par (3)

What should I avoid?

Stress

While big life changes, stress, and aging with their consequential hormonal changes cannot always be avoided, you can help yourself out by avoiding stress or finding ways to cope with it better. (4)

Inflammation

Especially on the scalp, inflammation can hinder hair growth, so avoiding inflammatory foods like highly processed, sugary, refined foods is crucial. (5) Not surprising, these foods can wreak havoc on the gut which in turn hinders hair growth. They say, “you are what you eat” more accurately I like to say “you are what you can absorb”. In my personal experience, if your gut health is suffering because of an inflammatory diet, you won’t absorb the essential nutrients you need to keep hair strong and healthy as well.

Avoid toxins

Beyond internal influences, we externally come up with a myriad of ways to torture our hair. While boosting hair growth, give the blow drier a break and let your hair air dry. Never brush or comb hair while wet and find a brush that is gentle and scalp stimulating. Lastly, check your products. Many styling products can congest the scalp or contain harmful additives, toxins, and endocrine disruptors. (6)

How can I maintain hair health?

Keep stress at bay

We suggest a daily practice that helps you keep things in perspective and those stress hormones low. (7)

Check-in, within

Work with your practitioner to see if your hormones are out of balance, a supplement protocol may be in order. (8)

man getting a scalp massage

A scalp massage can get the blood flowing to your head and may help overall hair health.

Scalp stimulation

Get the blood flowing to your scalp! Clearing up dandruff and a nice scalp massage are good ways to get the blood flowing. (9) Need more? Do a forward fold or yoga inversion daily to send the blood to your head.

“Fix” the gut

Work with your practitioner to heal any damage and inflammation from your diet so you can become a nutrient-absorbing powerhouse. (10)

Tweak your diet

Once you address your gut, pack your diet with healthy hair heroes like;

  • Omegas from flax and salmon for shine (11)
  • Dark green leafy veggies like kale, chard and, spinach for strong hair
  • Foods packed with vitamin C like strawberries and citrus to help prevent breakage
  • Organic free-range eggs for biotin and protein

Keep drinking water

Hair needs sufficient hydration from the body to keep growing and is actually 10-25% water by weight. (12)

woman taking supplements

Taking dietary supplements can balance the nutrients you might be missing to encourage healthy hair growth.

Take supplements

In a perfect world, we’d get enough nutrients from our diet, but sometimes it’s just not enough. Talk to your practitioner about hair and skin formulations, high-quality prenatals or even taking daily biotin or magnesium to help strengthen hair. (13) Some of the best supplements for hair include:

  • Biotin
  • Keratin
  • Collagen
  • Magnesium
  • Whole food prenatal
  • Fulvic acid
  • Amino acids
  • Niacin
  • Omega 3 & 6

The bottom line

You may not have considered some of these concepts for perfect hair health, but they are all very easy to adapt to your daily routine. Whether you start drinking more water for healthy hair, taking supplements, improving your diet and nutrition for healthy hair or try some new techniques like better blood flow and scalp stimulation, naturally healthier hair could be on the horizon for you no matter what stage of life you are in.

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