5 Tips to Obtain Luscious Locks

by Jessica Mishra on March 12, 2012

What woman (or man for that matter) doesn’t want to have shiny, healthy hair? If you go to any beauty salon or grocery store, you will see that the shelves are full of products touting their ability to give you stronger, fuller, shinier, bouncier hair! These products can be somewhat effective, but the absolute best way to obtain beautiful, luscious locks is through a two-pronged approach. Don’t just think about what products you use on your hair, but also what you put inside your body.

These tips will show you the way to looking like you stepped out of a Herbal Essence commercial, without parabens, toxic heavy metals, or other chemicals that damage your hair in the long run and increase the toxicity of your precious bod. Follow these tips, take a note from Rapunzel, and get ready to let down your hair!

Tip 1: Eat more healthy fats and oils

Healthy fats and oils are an essential part of maintaining beautiful skin and hair. Not to mention they also keep our metabolism stable, help to regulate hormones, and will keep us satiated between meals. It is important to make sure you have a variety of fats and oils in your diet so that you ensure you get all of the essential fatty acids. Also, be sure to eat fats that are high in Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are needed to support scalp health. An unhealthy scalp will yield dry, damaged hair. Walnuts, flax seeds, chia seeds, salmon, and grass-fed meats are all good sources of Omega-3 fatty acids.

Remember to choose high-quality oils that are cold-pressed and unrefined or extra-virgin. If cooking at high temperatures, be sure to use a saturated fat such as butter, ghee, coconut oil, or palm oil. These are all very stable oils that will not become damaged at high heats. Olive oil is nutritious and tasty, just be sure to use it raw or cook with it on low heat only. Seed and nut oils such as flax seed oil or walnut oil are great for dressings or drizzling on top of vegetables, but should not be used to cook with as they become damaged easily.

Tip 2: Get a shower water filter

Our water contains chlorine and toxic heavy metals such as lead. These can be very damaging to your hair (not to mention the rest of your body and skin). When you take a hot shower, your pores are wide open and your body easily absorbs the toxins present in the water. It is just as important to have a shower filter as it is to filter the water you drink. Either way, the water is going into your body.

After a period of time, you should notice that your hair becomes softer and shiner without the constant exposure of chlorine and heavy metals. I got my shower filter from Aquasana. Visit their website and check for discounts as they offer them frequently.

Tip 3: Eat fermented foods

Fermented foods such as sauerkraut, miso, pickles, yogurt, tempeh, and coconut water kefir all help with the absorption of nutrients from our food. Adding fermented foods to your diet helps to ensure that you are properly assimilating all the nutrients that you need for healthy hair.

Fermented foods should be found in the refrigerated section of your local health food store. Also, check to make sure there is no added vinegar, as properly fermented products should not contain vinegar.

Tip 4: Switch to natural hair care products

Many hair care products that are available contain harmful, cancer-causing chemicals such as parabens and heavy metals. As you run out of your current hair care products, consider switching to a natural option. The products available at health food stores are not perfect, but they have usually been screened for parabens and metals. You can also check the toxicity level of your products using the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Skin Deep Cosmetics Database.

Note that when you initially switch products there may be a short period of time for your hair to adjust, but trust me you hair will appreciate the switch in the long run!

I also like to use natural oils in my hair such as coconut, olive, or avocado oil. Coconut oil can be used in the way you would use a serum. Just apply a little bit after drying your hair to give it a beautiful shine and ease frizz.

You can also warm up the oils mentioned above and apply them to dry or wet hair. Then wrap a hot towel around your head and let it sit until it gets cool. Rinse and shampoo as usual. This is a good ongoing maintenance treatment.

Tip 5: Sea Vegetables

This tip comes from the book Glow by Christina Pirello. She suggests that one of the most important things for our hair is the consumption of small quantities of sea plants (seaweed). Pirello states that seaweed is rich in beta-carotene and sea plants can help to prevent the build up of dead skin cells that can clog the hair follicles, inhibiting the growth and health of the hair.

Further seaweed is rich in B Vitamins, which have been linked to the prevention of oily hair, baldness, and dandruff. Seaweed contains so many other nutrients such as calcium, phosphorous, potassium, sulphur, magnesium, copper, and more. Not only is seaweed great for the hair, but it is wonderful for those with hypothyroid and helps with detoxification of the body. To call this food a superfood is a bit of an understatement in my opinion.

Try out these tips and let me know how your hair transforms. Remember that for some of these tips, you will need to be patient since the results will manifest during new hair growth. Here’s to your hair!

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Sonya Kanelstrand March 28, 2012 at 10:31 am

>Thank yo for a very informative post. I didn't know how important fermented foods were for the hair, although I love sauerkraut and make my own yogurt! I eat them simply because I love them but now I will know that they help my hair too.


Beaming with Health March 28, 2012 at 10:39 am

>Thanks Sonya! Yes I love fermented foods too. I have been eating Farmhouse's apple fennel kraut all week. Not sure if you have that brand near you, but if so you should try it! That is awesome that you make your own yogurt! Do you have a post about it?


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