Published: 10/22/2013 - Updated: 04/01/2017
Hair may fade and have a dull appearance for various reasons, such as hormonal changes, nutritional deficiencies and stress, amongst others. Fortunately we can strengthen it with natural options like massages, changes in our diet, etc.
Changes in diet
A complete diet is important for healthy and beautiful hair, so there are some nutrients that we must consider.
Iron: You need it to have silky and shiny hair. Some foods rich in iron include red meat, eggs, legumes and green vegetables.
Vitamins A, group B and C: These vitamins are found mainly in foods such as white meats, eggs, oysters, seeds, whole grains, nuts and citrus fruits.
Folic acid: Helps protect hair from the harmful effects of the sun and also prevents dandruff. It is found in vegetables such as asparagus, broccoli, beetroots and others.
Massage is a great way to strengthen the hair, as massage stimulates scalp circulation and relaxes the muscles of the head. To perform a head massage, it is usually done with the fingertips but some movements may include the palms of the hands and even the knuckles.
Place the tips of your fingers on your scalp from the nape and apply a circular massage with your fingers to your forehead. It is important that you carry these massages out in a clean and relaxing environment, without adding cosmetic or hygiene products.
Another way to strengthen your scalp is using masks, shampoos or balm preparations using some plants and vegetables that are known to help nourish and strengthen our hair.
Aloe: Prepare a mask with one teaspoon of aloe gel, the pulp of an avocado and yogurt, mix and apply on hair and leave on for about 15 minutes. Remove and rinse your hair.
Avocado and coconut milk: helps give hair shine, serves to replenish natural lipids, restoring its silkiness. Prepare a puree of avocado mixing with coconut milk, apply to the hair, starting at the ends and distributing it through your hair.
Roses and jojoba: If you mix both ingredients, this can help give body to hair. Heat up a cup of rose water and add a drop of jojoba oil. You can also add a tablespoon of wheat germ, which is rich in vitamin E. Let the mixture cool and apply on the scalp for 10 minutes, finally rinse.
Essential oils can be a great ally for the health of your hair, because they are highly concentrated. It is recommended to apply directly to the skin or scalp, however, they can be diluted in an oil base for implementation.
Dry Hair: You can use jojoba oil to massage the scalp, leaving on for 15 minutes. Apply it once a week, as a jojoba oil treatment acts as a conditioner and therefore it is not necessary to include another product. Remove it with non-alkaline shampoo.
Dandruff: Prepare one litre of hot water in a container with a splash of white vinegar and two drops of lemon or rosemary oil. After washing your hair with shampoo, use this mixture to rinse it off.
For oily hair: Find a suitable shampoo for oily hair and add a drop of lemon oil to it.
To aid hair growth: In a mild shampoo, dilute 10 drops of lemon essential oil, 3 drops of cypress essential oil and 5 drops of rosemary essential oil, then use it to wash your hair.