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If your hairs look stringy and dull then you need to work on it. Both external and internal factors can negatively affect the scalp and hairs. But there are numerous ways that can be used to counter hair problems.
When inner and outer care is applied, the best results can be achieved. Here are 12 natural tips to help you get the dream of gorgeous hair without too much effort.
Your Hairs are the mirror of your health. Therefore, if the luster and density of the hair are diminishing, it indicates that there is a physical or mental imbalance.
Whether dandruff, split ends, hair loss, brittle hair or lack of shine. In any case, it is important to first investigate the causes of the respective hair problem in order to act against it and to heed the appropriate tips.
The most common causes of hair ailments include iron deficiency, stress, hormonal imbalances, thyroid disorders, and malnutrition, as well as air pollutants, frequent hair washing, aggressive shampoos, perms, hair dyes, etc.
If one suspects one of these causes, she should concentrate on the remedy of the underline cause.
However, the cause of hair problems is not so easy to determine and therefore not so easy to get rid of.
For example, regular hair loss occurs many weeks later. This means that the possible cause of the hair fall occurred several months ago.
Hairs are known to go through different phases. In the so-called Anagen phase, hair would happily stay on the scalp for a few years, nourished by the hair root. At the end of its natural lifetime, it enters the Telogen phase.
The hair root separates from the hair at the beginning of this phase. The hair is no longer taken care of but remains on the head for about three more months before it finally falls.
If the factor that promotes hair loss (hormonal dysfunction, lack of vital substances, etc.) occurs, then unusually many hairs change from the anagen phase to the telogen phase, including those hairs that are still quite young and are still upside down for years under normal (healthy) circumstances would have remained.
However, all these hairs remain on the head for the obligatory three months of the telogen phase and consequently don’t fall until many weeks, after the interference factor comes in.
But who knows that in the middle of the worst hair loss occurrence, what happened three months ago or what might have happened three months ago?
However, if you implement the following tips, you can rectify a whole host of possible causes in a purely prophylactic manner - without even having to know them.
It is not only about possible causes of hair loss, but also for other hair problems, such as dull or brittle hair, fast-greasy hair, dandruff or even very thin hair.
The fat-soluble vitamin A or Retinol ensures that the hairs become strong and supple. It boosts hair growth and benefits the fat synthesis in the follicles.
Vitamin A is found in organic eggs. The precursor of vitamin A - the beta-carotene - is, however, found in many vegetables and fruits, such as. As kale, spinach, cantaloupe, carrots, peppers, sweet potatoes, pumpkins etc.
If you do not have time to prepare vegetables and salads, try using a high-carotene powder, such as Nettle leaf powder, parsley leaf powder, spinach powder, broccoli powder, grass powder (e.g barley grass) or a green superfood mixture.
Ideally, mix the green powder in a glass of carrot juice that will provide additional beta-carotene.
The vitamin B-complex also supports the beauty of the hair. Overall, these vitamins stimulate the activity of the sebaceous glands as well as essential metabolic processes in the hair roots. They also prevent inflammation and ensure a healthy scalp.
Biotin, also known as Vitamin B7 or Vitamin H, is particularly effective for thin, brittle and dull hair and even works against hair loss.
The most important food sources of vitamin B include nuts, whole grains, legumes and oilseeds (e.g pumpkin or chia seeds).
Biotin can also be found in yeast flakes, egg yolks, soybeans, oatmeal, walnuts, and mushrooms.
If you are not sure whether your diet contains enough B vitamins, you can go for vitamin B complex supplements until; you have changed your diet so that it also has enough vitamin B-rich food.
Vitamin C is water-soluble and is also referred to them as a universal vitamin. It contributes a lot to the health of the hair.
Vitamin C, for example, supports the binding of iron to the red blood cells, and the hair roots are better supplied with iron and oxygen.
A lot of vitamin C can be found in most citrus fruits and in paprika or broccoli.
The South American Camu Camu fruit even contains a record amount of vitamin C, about 30 to 50 times as much as oranges. Moreover, Acerola powder and sea buckthorn juice are also excellent sources of vitamin C.
Iron is essential for healthy hair growth. The trace element ensures the transport of oxygen in the blood, the energy supply of the cells and the production of various proteins.
Iron is found in green leafy vegetables (e.g spinach, chard or kale), in dried fruits (dried fruit such as apricots or dates) and berries (e.g Goji berries, black and red currants or raspberries).
Especially the goji berries can be optimally incorporated as a dietary supplement in the diet. As little as 50 grams produce about 6 mg of iron, enough to cover half of the male daily iron needs. (Women need a little more iron, especially in pregnancy).
Copper improves the hair structure. The trace element facilitates the absorption of iron from the diet and is involved in building skin, bones, and hair.
Whole grains, sunflower seeds, legumes (especially chickpeas and soy products), nuts and cocoa products are among the good natural copper suppliers.
The daily requirement of an adult is 1.0 to 1.5 mg and can already be covered with 50 g of cashew nuts or 40 g of chickpeas (e.g in the form of hummus).
Zinc is an excellent mineral to support hair growth. It activates numerous enzymes, from which the skin, the hair, and the fingernails benefit.
Zinc protects the hair roots against inflammation and keeps the scalp healthy. Shrimp, nuts, corn, and eggs are especially zinc-rich.
Front-runners in zinc are pumpkin seeds, poppy seed, and linseed. The daily requirement is 7 to 10 mg and would be achieved with 100 g of pumpkin seeds. However, since you still eat other zinc-containing foods, a daily handful of a seed mixture is enough to bring the zinc balance to fruition.
However, if there is a specific shortcoming, you can resort to a zinc supplement to fill up the deficiency.
Silicon is an important building substance for hair, nails and connective tissue and therefore can be regarded as a traditional, healing remedy to give brittle hair new momentum.
Organic silicon is also of great importance for the development and stabilization of bones and connective tissue. The mineralization process is sustainably supported in the entire supporting apparatus.
Millet, oats, and barley are good sources of silicon. Silicon-rich herbs help you increase silicon uptake.
The bamboo takes a special place in this context. It has more than 70 percent of a very high proportion of silicon. Apart from that, Horsetail and the stinging nettle are good silicon sources.
If there is a suspicion of silicon deficiency (which is usually the case with unsightly hair), you should additionally take a high-quality silicon supplement (which delivers approx. 70 mg silicon per day), because the silicon requirement is difficult to achieve in today's normal diet.
Meat, sausages or fat cheese shouldn’t be consumed in large portions. Japanese researchers have found that hair loss can be associated with increased sebum production.
Since animal fats contribute directly to an increased production of sebum, a frequent consumption of the mentioned foods can definitely favor hair problems.
Those who take excessive amounts of animal fats may risk, not only cardiovascular disease and obesity but also a greasy scalp and hair loss.
The fruits of Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens) are sometimes used to treat hair loss. A study by the journal “The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine” has shown that the daily intake of fruits of saw palmetto can positively affect hair growth.
The fruits of the saw palmetto inhibit the Dihydrotestosterone, a derivative of the hormone testosterone, which makes the hair thin. The saw palmetto is available in the form of dietary supplements (e.g prostate forte), which have a positive effect not only on the hair but also on the prostate or on the bladder and urinary tract in women.
Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) - also known as Dimethylsulfone - supports the production of keratin and thus strengthens the hair follicles.
MSM is an organic sulfur compound that is crucial for the sulfur balance in the body. Sulfur is an essential part of the immune system, the connective tissue, the skin and also for the hairs.
Keratins are water-insoluble fiber proteins and the main constituent of hairs, fingers, and toenails. The body needs to make keratin to keep the hair strong and healthy. For this, it needs organic sulfur.
In one study, administering MSM to all participants showed reduced hair loss and stimulated hair growth within just six weeks. You can take MSM in the form of tablets or capsules.
There are many medicinal plants and herbs, like nettle, nasturtium, ginger or rosemary that you can use to promote health and thus the beauty of your hair.
It can be massaged onto the scalp in the form of a tincture or you can prepare a tea, which you can either drink or can also be used as a natural hair conditioner.
For example, a hair conditioner with chamomile tea is a proven home remedy for treating greasy hair.
The chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) is characterized by calming properties. This effect can also be developed by the medicinal plant when applied to the scalp, as it reduces sebum production in the sebaceous glands.
The chamomile tea conditioner should be used once a week for maximum results.
Heat about one liter of water and leave four bags of chamomile tea in it for 10 minutes. After the tea has cooled down, you can use it after the actual hair washes as a rinse.
It is also possible to make shampoos and other hair care products yourself. Just give it a try!
If your hairs are strained due to the external influences (e.g cosmetics) and have lost its shine, the following vitamin oil pack can breathe new life into them.
The ingredients, such as biotin, pro-vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin K, vitamin C, and folic acid, regenerate the scalp and bring the shine, back.
Mesh bananas with the fork and stir with the remaining ingredients. Then apply the mixture to dry hair and wrap your head with a foil. Let the hair mask do its job for 1-2 hours and then wash your hairs with a mild shampoo.
The vitamin oil pack should always be applied before shampooing. If you have very long hair, you can double the number of ingredients.
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