10 Foods For Gorgeous Hair!
Brown rice is highly concentrated in biotin, a B vitamin that helps improve the elasticity of hair and reduces brittleness. Eating brown rice also nourishes the hair follicle and stimulates hair cell renewal, which leads to thicker strands.
The magnesium, beta-carotene, vitamin C, and sulfur in Swiss chard pack a powerful punch, activating the production of keratin, elastin, and collagen. This makes hair resilient, glossy, and less likely to tangle. (And nurtures eyelashes and nails, as well!)
Chia seeds contain omega-3 fats, which improve the integrity of elastin and keratin, creating thick, voluminous tresses. The fats also nourish the scalp boosting shine.
These are high in zinc, sulfur, and choline — all nutrients that help bring out the best in your hair. Zinc regulates the oil production in the follicles, sulfur strengthens the fibers, and choline improves flexibility, which decreases the likelihood of spilt ends.
Figs are rich in iron, which improves circulation and stimulates hair regrowth. Iron deficiency is one of the most common reasons for hair loss and eating foods rich in iron, like figs, have been shown to also improve strength and fullness.
This fruit is highly concentrated in vitamin C — essential for synthesizing collagen (key to protecting and nourishing hair). What happens if you have a lack of vitamin C in your diet? Dull, lank hair. The other result? Short eyelashes.
Kale is rich in magnesium and carotenoids, phytochemicals that prevent degradation to the cells that make up hair fibers. The result? Shiny, happy hair.
Olives are rich in vitamin E, which increases blood flow to the hair follicles and stimulates growth and vitality. The oil in olives keeps hair soft and flexible. Eating olives can also decrease split ends and reconstruct the hair fiber to prevent dryness and breakages. Unfortunately, those few olives at the bottom of a martini do not count.
What do blueberries and red cabbage have in common? Anthocyanins. This pigment keeps hair strong by helping to reduce damage caused by exposure to the sun and environmental chemicals, including abrasive shampoos.
Ingredients: 4 essential oils (Thyme, Cedar wood, Lavender, Rosemary), 20ml carrier oils (Jojoba oil and Grape seed oil), small glass bottle.
This extremely beneficial mixture will keep your scalp and roots healthy making sure your long locks grow even longer. Mix 2 drops of each Thyme and Cedar wood oil, 3 drops of each Lavender and Rosemary oil, add about a teaspoon of Jojoba oil and 20 milliliters of Grape seed carrier oil and you’ll get an infusion that needs to be kept in a small glass bottle and applied every evening. The application is quite simple and it won’t take a lot of your time – simply use a few drops of this mixture to give your scalp a soothing, invigorating 2-minute massage.
1. Get a hot oil scalp massage
2. Drink plenty of water
3. Brush your hair with care
4. Eat protein filled foods
5. Vitamin B, A and C are crucial for hair growth. Take a multivitamin or eat vitamin-rich foods.
6. Use a deep conditioner treatment like Kerastase Masquintense Mask
7. Avoid using excess heat
8. Use essential oils- lavender oil, rosemary oil, thyme oil and cedarwood oil
9. Try an apple cider vinegar rinse. This will stimulate your hair follicles!
10. Leave your conditioner on for 10 minutes and sit in a steam room. The heat in the steam will help the conditioner penetrate deeper into the hair and will ensure the best absorption of nutrients by your hair
11. Wash your hair twice or thrice a week. This way, your hair will produce its natural protective oils
12. Some of the best hair foods are salmon and other fish like mackerel, sardines, and tuna, along with eggs, cereal and nuts, plenty of veggies (especially your greens and carrots)
1. Know Your Hair and Style It Accordingly
When you select a heat setting on your dryer or curling or straight iron, consider the thickness of your hair. The finer the hair, the lower the temperature.That doesn’t mean if you have a thick mane you should opt for the highest setting. Rarely use an extremely high degree of heat. Before you get a curling iron or a flat (straightening) iron, take your natural hair texture into account. It’s better to work with your natural hair texture than against it.
2. Protect your Hair from the Heat
There are hair products made to protect your hair from the heat of dryers, curling irons, or flat irons. Many of them use silicone as a protective coating for your hair. When it comes to causing damage, irons are worse than blow dryers. To protect your hair while styling, work quickly. If you are using a curling or straight iron, you should probably not use it for more than three or four seconds [per section].
3. Study Styling Technique
A little professional advice never hurts. Ask your hair stylist to go over how to style your hair, even if you’ve done it yourself for years.The stylist may be able to show you shortcuts, or newer techniques. Set up a separate appointment, or ask in advance for some extra time at your next visit. That will give your stylist time to work with you.
9 Awesome Facts About Lemons You Should Know
1. They heal acne and remove blackheads. Lemons’ antibacterial and antifungal properties make them a natural alternative to treat acne. Simply slice open a lemon and rub it across your face. Or you can add a few drops of honey to a lemon half before applying it directly to the area where you have blackheads. Wait five to 10 minutes before rinsing off with cold water.
2. They lighten dark spots and blemishes. Acne scars and marks are embarrassing and a pain to get rid of. Lemon juice’s citric acid gradually fades spots and evens your skin tone. Be cautious of open wounds or cuts on the face, as it can sting real bad.
3. They whiten teeth. Professional teeth whitening treatments can cost a fortune. Save yourself a lot of money and time with a homemade teeth whitener using baking soda and lemon juice. Mix the two ingredients into a bubbly solution and put onto your teeth with a Q-tip. Leave on for no more than one minute (the acid is strong enough to break down tooth enamel) and gently scrub off with a toothbrush.
4. They get rid of oily skin. We’ve tested out some pretty weird ways to bring down the shine on our faces, including laxatives. But swiping a cotton swab with a little lemon juice is just as effective. Try doing this before bed and washing your face the next morning to prevent oily skin.
5. They brighten your hair color. The cheapest highlights you’ll ever pay for involve making a trip to the grocery store to buy lemons. Combine lemon juice and hair conditioner, comb through strands, sit in the sun for a few hours and wash out. Repeat these steps at least once a week, and you will notice that your hair is significantly lighter.
6. They strengthen nails. There are tons of nail hardeners on the shelves at your local drugstore, but you can get the same results — and naturally — using olive oil and lemon juice. The solution will not only condition weak and brittle nails, but it will also whiten yellowing nails.
7. They calm dry scalp and remedy dandruff. We’re huge believers in DIY hair masks. Massaging a combination of household staples like coconut oil, olive oil and raw honey with lemon juice onto your scalp is a simple solution for dry scalp and dandruff.
8. They soothe chapped lips. Another overnight beauty treatment that only requires slicing open a lemon is an exfoliant for chapped lips. Rub the fruit onto your pucker, then wash off the next morning. The lemon juice will remove any dead skin cells so that your lipstick goes on super smooth.
9. They cleanse the face and body. If you’re unsure about what’s lurking inside your favorite face or body wash, you can always be certain with a homemade cleansermade out of lemon juice, yogurt and an essential oil like lavender or chamomile. Massage this on to remove dirt and bacteria, while moisturizing your skin at the same time.
This low-profile berry was ranked number one in antioxidant activity by the U.S. Department of Agriculture compared to 40 common fruits and vegetables.
2. Wild Salmon
Wild salmon — not farm-raised — is one of the best food sources for omega-3 fatty acids, which helps keep your skin supple and moisturized. Salmon also has selenium, a mineral that protects the skin from sun exposure. The vitamin D in salmon keeps your bones and teeth strong and healthy, too. You won’t have a problem adding salmon to your diet since there are hundreds of ways to enjoy this beauty superfood. Try it grilled, baked, in your pasta, with a salad, in sushi, or just with a side of asparagus.
This leafy green vegetable is rich in nutrients and antioxidants. Spinach is loaded with lutein, which keeps your eyes healthy and sparkling. Spinach is also a good source of vitamins B, C, and E, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids. Trade your lettuce for spinach, or saute spinach for a quick, healthy side.
The jury’s still out on whether oysters are really aphrodisiacs, but they are a good source of zinc, which aids in skin cell renewal and repair. Zinc also keeps yournails, hair, and eyes healthy. Who needs an aphrodisiac when you look and feel beautiful?
Tomatoes are the best source of the anti-aging antioxidant lycopene. Surprisingly, lycopene in tomatoes is more easily absorbed by your body when it is cooked.
You don’t need to eat cupfuls of walnuts to enjoy their many benefits: smoother skin, healthy hair, brighter eyes, and strong bones. Get your daily dose of nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E by eating a handful by themselves or throwing some in your salad, pasta, or dessert.
This small, brown, fuzzy fruit is loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants, which keep skin firm, help prevent wrinkles, and are great for healthy bones and teeth. The antioxidants in kiwis also protect you from cancer and heart disease.
8. Dark Chocolate
We won’t judge you if you keep a secret stash of chocolate in your purse or desk (or both). In fact, we recommend you do — especially if you’re willing to share. Dark chocolate helps skin stay hydrated and protects skinfrom sun damage, and contrary to popular belief, chocolate does not cause acne. Before you make a mad dash to Godiva or Ghirardelli, however, keep in mind thatthe best kind of chocolate has a high flavanol content and should be at least 60 percent cacao.
One cup of low-fat yogurt has more calcium than a cup of fat-free milk, which is great for your posture, nails, andteeth. Mix it with fruit or granola for a healthy breakfast or that essential midafternoon snack.
10. Sweet Potatoes
You should be eating this superfood more often than just at Thanksgiving. Sweet potatoes are packed with beta-carotene, an antioxidant that fights aging. Hate them mashed? Try them cut up and roasted with herbs or onions for an easy, awesome side.