Ladies, let’s be real. During these cold winter months, the last thing that we want to do is try to style our hair.
Using the extra time in the morning to make a hot cup of cinnamon spice tea is much more appealing. But whenever we do take an extra 30 minutes in the morning to attempt to have our hair look tamed for work, we walk outside, see the clouds part and bam, the extra time and effort in the morning was completely wasted.
The bitter cold temperatures during the winter months can do a number on a woman’s hair. The harsh winds and the lack of sunlight (combined with any styling tools) can leave a woman with thin and brittle hair, but moreover, it leaves a woman feeling frustrated.
However, have no fear because I have FIVE natural, vegan, and paraben-free ways that will leave you with that healthy and strong mane that you can sport all year round!
Tip 1~ You are what you eat
When it comes to having long and healthy tresses, you are what you eat. In order to have thick hair, it is essential to eat foods that are high in healthy fats. Foods such as avocado’s, pumpkin seeds, coconut oil, and walnuts are essential to keep your hair healthy.
In addition, consuming vitamin A and vitamin C can help the collagen production in your hair. Lastly, eating foods that are high in protein are essential for keeping your hair strong and preventing breakage and split ends. Even if you are a vegan or a vegetarian, you can consume great sources of protein from beans, nuts, quinoa, and even protein powder!
If you find yourself struggling to be able to consume these foods, then I recommend taking a supplement called biotin, a form of vitamin B, that is used to main the health of your hair, skin, and nails.
Tip 2~ Use natural shampoos and conditioners.
When you use the traditional drug-store shampoos and conditioners the chemicals that you are rubbing into your hair also seep into your bloodstream.
A chemical that is typically in shampoos and conditioners is DEA or diethanolamine, which is a carcinogen. The health-centered company Livestrong states, “By reacting with nitrites found in cosmetics as anti-corrosive agents, DEA compounds can potentially form nitrosamines, which the International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies as a possible human carcinogen. Despite its bacteria-busting properties, formaldehyde, an occasional shampoo ingredient, is also a known carcinogen that can irritate your skin, eyes and respiratory system”.
These chemicals can also strip down your hair color and cause unwanted side effects, such as frizzing, due to the damage that has been caused to your hair.
So what do I recommend?
Everyday Shea shampoo and conditioner.
This brand puts the same exact foods that I recommend to grow healthy hair into an incredibly nourishing and powerful shampoo and conditioner. I personally prefer the scent of the vanilla mint line, but they also have lavender and passion fruit scents.
This natural, vegan, non-gmo, paraben-free, gluten-free shampoo and conditioner just hits all of the key checkmarks when it comes to nourishing your hair. It is mostly compromised of shea butter, which we normally rub on our bodies to keep our skin from being dry and rough in the winter, so imagine lathering this nutrient packed ingredient in your hair!
It also contains aloe-vera, which is great for moisturizing and coconut oil, which gives your hair a luminescent shine. Not only do I recommend Everyday Shea for providing its users with a natural shampoo and conditioner that does absolutely no damage, but the brand also uses their sales to benefit organizations such as the Maternal Care Project, the Reforestation Project, and the School Supplies Project, and they never test any of their products on any animals.
For just $13.99, can you think of a reason not to go “all natural” for your hair care?
Tip 3~ Use a hair masque.
So right now your probably thinking, I’ve heard of a face masque, but what on Earth is a hair masque?
The product is exactly as it sounds, a protecting masque for your hair. I use the Earth Science Olive and Avocado Deep Conditioning hair masque, which you can get for just six dollars on vitacost.com! It is comprised of avocado and olive oil, which completely moisturizes, nourishes, and boosts the overall health of your hair. It even contains natural protein to keep the roots of your hair super strong.
In order to use this product, I recommend putting it on while you are in the shower. Place a dime-sized amount in your hand before you put in your conditioner and let the masque sit on your hair for five minutes and then rinse it out. Once it is rinsed, brush out your hair with a wet brush while you are still in the shower to avoid brushing through and breaking any tangled hair when it dries.
Tip 4~ Avoid adding heat to your hair.
With the right products, you truly do not need to take an iron to your hair on a daily basis. Flattening irons can heat up to 400 degrees and the contact of this extreme temperature to your hair is severely drying. Try using heat on your hair sparingly.
Instead of putting heat to your hair, I recommend using natural BEAUTY BALMS.
For example, Mineral Fusion’s beauty balms, which serves as a hair-mousse or hair-gel for the following purposes: hair repair, shine, curl care, and to increase your volume. I have super crazy and curly hair so I prefer to use the curl care balm. This product is sold at Whole Foods and is completely natural and features nutrient packed ingredients such as aloe, sunflower seeds, and natural protein. Best of all, each beauty balm is just $12.99. The products work to style, repair, and shape your hair based on your hair’s natural setting. Truly a natural-beauty steal!
Tip 5~ Use natural hair protectants.
If you prefer to style your hair with heat, a natural hair protectant is essential to shield your hair from the harsh temperatures that it is exposed to. My favorite natural and vegan protectant is Giovanni’s 2 Chic Avocado and Olive Oil.
All you have to do is spray your hair before you style and the super-food infused spray will help your hair stand up to the heat, while moisturizing it and nourishing it at the same time. This hair protecting powerhouse can be found on the website Lucky Vitamin for $6.98.
As much as we view out hair, skin, and nails as a vain form of beauty, the natural health of these parts of our body is truly a reflection of what is occurring inside our bodies. Everything from the foods that we eat to the natural rhythm of our hormones plays a role in each and every part of our body and our well-being.
These natural tips will never leave you standing in the middle of the isle at your local drug store wondering what the ingredients are that you are purchasing will do once they reach the inside of your body.
Using natural products is all about recognizing the real ingredients that your body needs to flourish and feeding them to your body on both the inside and the outside.