I love to travel, especially to tropical islands. It entails endless days of lazying on the beach, and picnics in the park with breezy dresses and popsicles! But what I don’t love, is what the harsh sun and sea water does to my tresses – the texture roughens and the colour fades; it also loses its lustre and is left parched. So what’s a girl got to do just to have some fun in the sun?
I’ve been using the Herbal Essences bio:renew Argan Oil of Morocco shampoo and conditioner this summer and seen it mend my hair from root to tip. In just one month of using, its softer, shinier and so much healthier. Powered with natural botanicals, this shampoo and conditioner duo has been my rescue remedy. It’s the first brand that has real botanicals and has been endorsed by the world leader in plant science – Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in London.
I make it a point to wash my hair thoroughly after a day at the beach or a swim to prevent the salt or chlorine going deep in to the shafts of my hair. I also slather on a little extra bit of conditioner for that added nourishment and then I let it air dry, making a conscious effort to reduce my indulgence in heat styling.
Another tip for softer, healthier hair – avoid over washing your hair! Washing it more than necessary strips it of its natural proteins and nutrients. Instead, invest in good haircare products like the bio:renew range by Herbal Essences that are free of parabens, gluten and colorants. Every bio:renew collection is made with a signature blend of aloe, sea kelp, and antioxidants.
This is all elementary, you’d say. And so, where I feel healthy hair is really made, is in the kitchen. A nutrient-dense diet rich in protein and healthy fats help supplement a good hair care regime. Beauty is always an inside job, correct? And it all starts with having a few healthy habits.
Here are my top five favourite “healthy hair snacks”
Avocados are rich in vitamin E, an antioxidant that may promote hair growth. Additionally, they are a great source of essential fatty acids, which are known to be crucial for hair growth. Avocados are a common breakfast choice for me. And if I miss my share of goodness in the morning, I slice up half an avocado over my salad later in the day. It’s the most fuss-free food you can find!
Nuts are packed with nutrients like vitamin E, B vitamins, zinc and essential fatty acids, all of which may promote hair growth and are linked to many other health benefits. I love snacking on almonds on the go or grabbing a handful with my afternoon coffee.
Sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamin A, which helps aid sebum production. Additionally, it has other factors that may help speed up the rate of hair growth. My favourite way to eat sweet potatoes is to slow roast them with a good cracking of sea salt and then finish them off with a drizzle of honey and sprinkle of paprika once they’re done.
Berries are loaded with compounds like antioxidants and vitamins that may promote hair growth. I use a lot of frozen berries in my smoothies and desserts since fresh berries aren’t always affordable or in season. The nutritional values are just as good!
Spinach is loaded with folate, iron, and vitamins A and C, which may promote hair growth. I always have a bag in my refrigerator. I add a handful to my plate as a side even if I’m not having a salad that day.