Friday, January 28, 2011

5 Natural Ways to Keep Your Hair Healthy

Taylor Swift's Gorgeous Hair

If you want to keep your crowning glory in tip-top condition, then make sure you take good care of it. Hair that is neglected tends to weaken, get split ends, get too dry or too oily, and even fall out. 

The thing about hair is that, it's not something which can be looked at on its own. Your body works holistically, which means each part of your health and wellbeing is intrinsically connected to other aspects of your health and wellbeing. So if you are sick or lacking nutrition in one aspect of your health, it may significantly affect your hair growth and hair quality. 

Having shiny, strong locks requires that you take control over other aspects of your health as well.

If, for example, you're pregnant, certain hormones kick in that make most women's hair look and feel fantastic. But once the baby is born, many women experience some hair loss, a response to the loss of the pregnancy hormones.

Here are some ways you can ensure that your hair looks its very best:

1. Eat healthy. Your diet needs to be balanced, i.e. contains food from all food groups so that your hair gets the nutrients it needs. You need vitamins and minerals from fruits and veggies, calcium from soyabean and milk, and protein to keep your hair long and strong.

2. Reduce stress. People who suffer from high levels of stress and anxiety tend to complain that their hair is falling out.

3. Drink water. If you get dehydrated, your hair will most likely suffer. Dry hair could be a result of a dehyration or lack of water, so drink accordingly - ideal is to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day.

4. Check your medications. If all of a sudden you find yourself losing more hair in the shower or when you brush your hair, ask your doctor if any of the medications that you're taking can adversely affect hair growth or cause hair loss. You might want to switch to a different medicine with fewer side effects.

5. Don't always wear your hair up. When you pull your hair back tightly into a ponytail for too many hours, the roots get pulled at and the hairs can loosen and fall out.