20th Jan

Healthy Hair | How To Get It?

You wake up for another day at work, slamming the alarm clock one or two (or four) times.

After stumbling blindly toward the bathroom in a crude way, you catch a look in the mirror and notice your hair is changing.

Maybe it’s thinning, perhaps there are more greys?

Whatever the case may be, it has definitely lost its ‘umph’!

You think to yourself, maybe it’s just another bad hair day, so you comb it out trying to get it under control, but it doesn’t work.

What gives, hair?

Well, there could be a few culprits at work.

First, it’s possible that you could be using the wrong products for your hair.

You could have excess hairspray, gel, and all kinds of gunk stuck to your strands. If you have dry or curly hair, you may be shampooing too often and may want to consider some natural deep conditioning treatments.

One of my favourite oil treatments that is also cost effective is…

Mixing an avocado with a few tablespoons of raw coconut oil and 3-4 drops of lavender essential oil.

Massage this combination into your hair spending a little extra time stimulating your scalp. Wrap it up, letting it sit for twenty minutes or more.

When the treatment is complete, shampoo well.

If your hair is finer, you may need to shampoo twice to get all the oil out.

Fluctuating levels of hormones can cause changes in your body, including increased acne, headaches and fatigue.

It’s possible that your hair can lack volume, suffer from frizz or just be all around unmanageable because of your hormones. If this is the case, consider taking hormone balancing supplements as recommended by your Naturopathic Doctor. I suggest both men and women consult a Naturopath before attempting to alter their natural hormone levels.

If bad hair days don’t seem to be connected to your hormones, you may have copper pipes in your house.

Copper can suck moisture from your hair, causing split ends and causing it to lack luster. If you dye your hair, the effects of copper could be even more dramatic.

If this is the case, consider installing a water filter to reduce your exposure to copper.

You can also extend the life of your shampoo and boost volume by using dry shampoo between washes.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, hair loss in both men and women is linked to Kidney ‘Qi’ (also known as energy) deficiency. Although Kidney Qi declines as we age, I am seeing more cases in younger individuals at the clinic.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs have been proven very effective in the treatment of kidney deficiency syndrome, reducing hair loss and premature greying.

So what should you do about hair loss, premature greying, and bad hair days?

Firstly, I suggest ditching products that are full of harsh chemicals, which may be the leading cause of your issues. I recommend staying away from sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), DEA and parabens.

Look for natural, organic alternatives that do not contain artificial fragrances, colours, and chemical preservatives.

You want to nourish your hair follicles and take steps to encourage healing, stimulate healthier hair growth, and reverse any damage that’s already been done.

It’s also important to speak to a Naturopathic Doctor who can help you identify and properly treat the underlying cause of the problem. Although certain supplements may help keep your hair healthy, if there’s a more serious issue, it’s best to identify and treat it as early as possible.

May your bad hair days be behind you and your days of confidence be many!

 

Dr.Sara Celik
Dr. Sara Celik is a board-certified Naturopathic Doctor and is the Spokesperson for Renew Life Canada. She is a leader in the health and wellness industry and is regularly featured as a sought-after expert on television programs and in health publications. Dr. Sara carries over 15 years experience and her clinical practice and work in the community Is focused on digestive health, detoxification and weight loss.
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