Shiny, healthy and beautiful hair has been a beauty ideal for thousands of years. Beautiful hair is especially important for women. Research has shown that only 38% of all women surveyed are satisfied with their hair. 62% complain about: hair that is too thin – hair that is too oily – hair that is too dry – hair that is too straight – hair that is too limp – hair that is too bouncy – hair that is too coarse – too much curl – too little or too much hair. The cosmetics industry, in this case the hair industry, is benefiting. But actually our hair just needs a little support to grow again.
Often the cause of poor hair condition can be found in excessive hair care:
- using too many hair products
- wash too often
- with water that is too hot
- hairdryer too hot
- dye too often
What can you do to get your hair back into better condition?
It is better not to wash your hair every day, twice a week is more than enough. Frequent washing causes the hair to lose its natural fat and moisture content. Even if you like a nice hot shower, hot water is disastrous for your hair. Lukewarm water is good, cold water even better. The colder water causes the muscles around each hair to contract; this alone can provide more volume and structure. One might also consider using more natural shampoos. It does not contain silicone, aggressive or other harmful substances. Natural shampoos are available in health food and health food stores or can be ordered online.
- Shampoos with nettle or birch extracts help against oily hair
- For dry hair you can use a shampoo with aloe vera
- If you have coarse hair, it could also be due to lime-rich water. A dash of lemon as a final rinse is the solution here.
- Wax clay is an effective remedy for dandruff
In all cases: rinse the hair thoroughly so that no shampoo remains.
Unruly or matte hair needs a little more care. If you have no trouble with hair that lacks shine or is coarse, or wears a short haircut, it is best to avoid using conditioners, masks and treatments. These products actually cause overcare. Too much care results in a kind of dense film layer around the hair, which makes it more likely to hang limp. On the other hand, hair wraps that are used once a week work very well. The longer withdrawal period gives the active ingredients such as protein, vegetable oils and herbs plenty of time to do their work. Even though conventional products (including silicone) often promise great miracles, damaged hair cannot be repaired. If there are gaps in the ends of the hair, only scissors will help.
- Beer gives more volume
- Lemon helps against oily hair
- Tea provides a silky color shine
Everyone who chooses a different hair color has their reasons for this: their own color is not nice, camouflage gray hair, participate in fashion colors, or just want something different. We want to look more exciting than we actually do (in our own eyes). There is nothing wrong with that, except that in addition to color pigments, there are also risks associated with a dye job with conventional hair dyes. Because in order for the new color pigments to be absorbed into the hair, oxidizing agents (usually hydrogen peroxide) open the stratum corneum of the hair. The result is rough and stiff hair and sometimes allergic reactions.
Vegetable colors such as henna, chamomile, black indigo or rooibos not only give color to the hair but also protect it, because they adhere to the outside of the hair. These color rinses also keep the color for about 24 hair washes, just like conventional colorants. Coloring with vegetable colors also has its limitations: dark-haired types cannot become blondes, you really need hydrogen peroxide for that. Vegetable colors are natural products and the result can differ individually. It is better to test it first on a strand of hair.
Dry and style
Wet hair is very vulnerable because the water temporarily dissolves the stabilizing protective layer. As a result, the hair sometimes reacts more sensitively to mechanical means such as a dryer. Rubbing vigorously stimulates sebaceous gland production, causing the hair to become greasy again more quickly. It is best to press and squeeze the hair gently and gently with a towel. If you still want to use the hairdryer, it is best to choose the least warm setting and keep at least 20cm distance between hair and hairdryer. Hot air damages the outer stratum corneum and can irritate the scalp.
Styling is all the rage and it’s almost impossible to avoid it. Foam, gel, wax or spray, everything can help to create a nice cut. All these remedies are also available naturally. Hair spray is controversial. Unfortunately, only some of the fine droplets end up on the hair, the rest goes into the air, is inhaled and, in addition to being harmful to the environment, can also cause inflammation. With the natural cosmetic hair sprays, the risks are slightly more limited.
A head massage, with your hands, a brush or a massage spider, is always beneficial and provides relaxation and better blood circulation to the scalp. You can do it yourself or have it done. Anyone who brushes their hair daily cleans their hair at the same time and also gives it more shine, volume and resilience. The old tip from the past: 100 brush strokes a day keeps your hair clean and healthy, is still worth the same. And the more natural the brush material, the more shine. Wild boar and pig brush are the best choice for this purpose. They most closely resemble human hair and distribute the natural oils evenly. A good alternative (for vegans, for example) are brushes with wooden studs. Combs made of wood or horn are also preferred.
The slogan: true beauty comes from within, and this also applies to our hair. It is therefore important which nutrients we offer the body. A well-cared for scalp supplies the hair roots with the necessary substances for building healthy hair: proteins, trace elements and vitamins. Anyone who likes potatoes, grains, eggs or cheese will get the good substances.
- Iron (trace element) is essential for the production of red blood cells and for oxygen transport in the blood. Iron is mainly found in meat, legumes, dark green vegetables, apple syrup and whole grain products.
- Vitamin C (found in kale and citrus fruits, among others) binds iron and regulates its transport.
- Vitamin H (found in nuts and almonds, among others) ensures the production of keratin.
- Vitamin A (found in carrots and fish, among others) strengthens the immune system.
- Silica (in oatmeal, whole grain rice and millet) promotes hair growth.