The journey to achieving beautiful hair isn’t an easy one. Every day, the air exposes our hair to toxins and grime. Additionally, exposure to heat and styling products can cause damage and build-up. Shampoos and conditioners from grocery store shelves are often filled with chemicals and sulfates that give the illusion of health while they actually cause more damage.
Getting glossy hair isn’t just about what you put on it; it’s about how you fuel your body. Here are some effective ways to give your hair a glossy new look.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects hair and skin cells. For this reason, it’s a common ingredient in many anti-aging formulas. It also has important health benefits, such as battling the development of cancerous cells and cardiovascular disease.
Ideally, the majority of your daily intake of vitamin E should come from your diet. Nuts, seeds, and leafy greens are all rich in vitamin E (as well as other beneficial nutrients). The healthy fats in nuts and seeds contribute directly to hair health improving sheen over time.
It’s important to note that vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin. As such, there is such a thing as too much for the body to process. In addition to increasing vitamin E intake through nutrition, you can apply a mixture of vitamin E oil and argan oil to your hair and skin for improved moisturization.
Collagen plays an important role in skin elasticity and health. Additionally, collagen intake is connected to muscular, skeletal, and joint health as well as improving hair and nail growth.
Those who eat plant-based diets may not get sufficient collagen, as it largely comes from the connective tissues of animals. While bone broth has become a popular way to increase collagen, most prefer the convenience and bioavailability (absorption) of supplements.
Fish or Krill Oil
Fish oil supplements have long been a staple for the health and wellness inclined. More recently, krill oil has become a fan-favorite alternative as it lacks the fishy aftertaste and digestive issues that some consumers report after consuming fish oil.
These oils are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which play a key role in health for the whole body. Most modern diets are lacking in Omega-3, but wild game and fish provide sufficient Omega-3. Initial studies show that women who take Omega-3s experience less hair loss and a thicker, glossier head of hair.
Biotin, also known as vitamin B7, is a member of the B vitamin complex. It’s a compound that builds up our skin, hair, and nails. It can be found in cauliflower, sweet potatoes, nuts, seeds, fish, and organ meats. You can also take it in supplement form. The most effective form of B7 supplements dissolves under the tongue, similar to vitamin B12 capsules.
How to Get the Gloss
Dry and dull hair often reveals a vitamin or mineral deficiency. You can get a new glossy look by having a varied diet that is rich in the nutrients mentioned above. You may also consider talking to your physician about detecting any underlying hormonal issues.
Protect your hair from the outside by using shampoo and conditioner that is free of harmful chemicals and parabens, and rich with antioxidants and nutrients. Using a naturally-sourced finishing serum to keep hair hydrated throughout the day will also help keep your locks luscious and most importantly, healthy and toxin-free.
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