Want beautiful, shiny hair that radiates good health? Of course!
We all want to look like a walking hair commercial — but without the hours and hours of prep and maintenance.
Here, we outline three easy things you can do to help get strong, lustrous locks.
Load up on Omega-3s
A nutritious diet has a huge impact on the health of our hair. When it comes to healthy hair, omega-3 fatty acids are essential. These unsaturated fatty acids are found in the hair shaft, in the cell membranes on your scalp and in the natural oils that keep your hair and scalp hydrated. They contribute to strong, shiny hair and promote hair growth.
Plant-based sources of omega-3s include chia seeds, flax seeds, walnuts, and certain oils, such as soybean and canola. Aim for a couple of servings a week.
Keep hair hydrated – and don’t over-wash
This time of year can be hard on hair, with the dry, winter air and cold, windy weather. The result is dull hair that feels drier than usual and a scalp that gets flaky or even itchy. When your hair is stripped of its natural oils, it’s vulnerable to breakage, so it’s important to prevent moisture loss and to repair dry hair as soon as possible.
Here are some tips for keeping hair hydrated: Make sure to choose a shampoo with a gentle formulation, and pair it with a moisture-rich conditioner. Apply conditioner to the ends of hair first — which tend to be driest — and then work it up to the scalp. Use a hydrating mask or leave-in cream or oil once a week for an extra boost. Heat styling should be minimized or avoided altogether, as it removes moisture and shine from hair.
Finally, don’t over-wash hair, which strips the scalp of essential oils and leads to dry, dull-looking hair. The less you shampoo your hair, the more hydrated it will be, so don’t wash your hair more than two or three times a week.
Supplement with silicon
There’s a reason why silicon is known as the “beauty mineral”: this trace mineral helps maintain the health of your hair and scalp, as well as skin, nails and even bones. Silicon is found in foods such as grains and in the skins of some fruits and vegetables. However, it’s often stripped from foods during processing, so taking a supplement is the best way to ensure you’re getting enough.
Not all silica supplements are created equal. Look for a high-quality, plant-based formulation. The silica found in Florasil® supplements, for example, is derived from the spring horsetail plant using a chemical-free water extraction process. Florasil helps promote the growth of strong lustrous hair. Plus, it supports strong, flexible nails and helps maintain the elasticity and suppleness of skin. Talk about the ultimate plant-based mineral makeover!
Make these simple lifestyle changes, and you’ll change your hair game. Get ready – more good-hair days are ahead!
For more information, go to florahealth.com.