Remember the saying "you are what you eat", well whether we believe it or not, that saying is true. What we consume or not consume that is the question!
Right now we are in the coldest/coolest months of the year, depending on where you live. This means that humidity and moisture are lacking, which affects our hair, skin and sometimes nails. During these months we should increase our water intake as well as a vitamin supplements (such as Vitamin D, B and C)for what our bodies aren't receiving like sunlight. There are also vitamins that you can take to promote the health of your hair as well as skin. (Please see your regular physician to be sure these things are okay to take). We should also eat more fruits and veggies, fried and fast foods are convenient but can hinder or block more than just the insides. Reason being, is "we are what we eat", what we put in our bodies comes back out of our bodies, and to maintain a healthy mane, we should consume things which promotes a healthy mane.
Now those are just a few ways of doing things. How often we see our licensed hair care professional can make or break us too! This is something that should be routine to give your hair the best advantage of building a STRONG and HEALTHY foundation. Your hair care professional, much like your physician, can detect things that you may not be able to, and can help you achieve the ultimate goal of having a healthy head of hair. There should be a routine of shampooing, conditioning (especially during the cold/cool months), end trims (we'll talk about these benefits later on), great customer service, at home regimens and a beautiful complimentary style. These are just some of the things your hair care professional will help you achieve/understand. During these cool months you want to protect your mane as best as possible.
So let's do a little recap: 1. Eating healthy and drinking plenty of water. Cutting out fast, greasy foods annnnnnnnd exercise (I did just throw in that bonus); 2. See a licensed hair care professional routinely for maintenance; and then number 3. When you and your hair care professional come up with a plan of action, adhere to it! Sometimes that could mean exploring a protective style (braids, crowns, installs, etc.), extra conditioning treatments (keratin is a great way to protect the hair as well), or just a simple consultation of what at home care you can follow. It is so important to me as a hair care professional that we work together to make sure your hair is at it's optimal health, and whatever way we need to explore to get the results, then that is what we will explore. There is more I want to say on this matter but I think this is a good start in talking about the health of your mane.
I would love to hear from you, so feel free to share a topic you would like to see discussed. Stay tuned for part 2 of What's In You Mane?