Hair type, texture and density - these traits are hereditary but the actual quality of your hair does not depend solely on your care but also on what you eat. It is important to nourish your hair both from the outside and from the inside. Hair gets damaged by various factors, such as medicines and low-quality hair cosmetics.
What to Eat to Boost Your Hair Health
In order to have beautiful and healthy hair, you need to pay attention to your diet. Your diet should not only be according to your taste but it should also contain vitamins C and B, silicon, iron, sulphur and zinc.
Example of Menu to Boost Your Hair Health:
Breakfast: Freshly squeezed orange juice, quark cakes with raisins, dried apricots or plums.
Lunch: Fresh vegetable salad with herbs and olive oil with lemon juice. Vegetable soup. Beef or lamb or liver or fish with potatoes and vegetables. Drink green tea.
Snack: fresh fruits salad or a mixture of dried fruits with walnuts and wheat sprouts
Dinner: cheese salad, pepper stuffed with ground meat and rice
What to Drink to Boost Your Hair Health
If we want our hair to be healthy, we need to keep a good drinking regime and drink mainly pure water, at best enriched with some herb extracts. Definitely avoid mineral waters and sweetened beverages. In long-term use, mineral waters burden the kidneys and sugar weakens the entire body by making it hyperacid. Moreover, various beverages contain many chemicals which won't do much good for the body anyway.
Do Not Overdo Reshaping Your Hair
Try and do without a curling hair iron, electric curlers, hair straighteners, styling gels and mousses, styling sprays and hair dryers which make hair go brittle and overdried. If you blow-dry your hair, you should do it in the direction of their growth, not the other way around. However, it is best to let your hair dry naturally after washing. It is also good to protect your hair from harmful factors, such as chlorine or sun; wear a protective swimming cap in a swimming pool and a hat if you're in the sun. To protect your hair even better, put some olive oil or special hair oil into the ends before bathing. Permanent wave or decolouring agents may damage both hair and scalp; if you want to use them, follow the instructions meticulously. If your hair is too dry, dye them with natural vegetable colouring agents, such as Henna a other colourants. They do not cover grey hair so well but they are healthier.
Pick a Haircut According to the Moon
If your hair is falling out and doesn't want to grow, take advantage of the Moon effect and check the lunar calendar. The right time to cut your hair comes when the Moon passes through the sign of Leo or Virgo. Get a haircut or a trim every month from February to August on Leo days and you will be surprised how much denser your hair becomes and how it starts to grow again. Do not get your hair cut during the days of Pisces and Cancer.
Beware of Medicine
Some types of medicines influence our hair. Hair becomes more brittle and falling out when using birth control pills, weight-reduction pills, antibiotics, medicine for thyroid gland problems and cortison. Birth control pills may also cause increased sebum production; if your hair gets overly greasy, consult it with your gynaecologist.
Head Massage Will Do You Good
Scalp massage enhances blood circulation and stimulates hair growth. Exercise it daily with a hair brush for 3-5 minutes. You can also massage your head by making circular movement on it with your palms and fingertips.
Common Recipes and Tips for Healthy Hair:
You can make your hair shinier by wrapping your hairbrush in a silk cloth and stroke your hair with it.
Lemon Hair Spray
To adjust very fine and scattery hair by boiling to sliced lemons in two cups of water. When half of the water evaporates, pour the extract into a spray bottle and you have a natural hair spray which will also make your hair nicely shiny.
Blonde tint: 2 tablespoons dried chamomile
Darker colour: 1 tbs dried rosemary, 1 sack black tea, 1 tbs dried sage
Reddish colour: 2 tbs dried marigold blossoms
Procedure: Boil the herbs in half a cup of water for 15 minutes. Let it cool off and add the extract into your shampoo. Massage the mixture into your hair and let if take effect for 10 minutes (the longer the darker the colour). Finally, rinse the hair thoroughly.
Against Hair Falling
Drink nettle tea and wash your hair with nettle decoction. Eat foods rich in silicon and use it as a dietary supplement as it enhances hair and nail growth.
Nettle Hair Water
Pour 1 litre of boiling water over 1 handful of dried nettles, add 1 tbs of vinegar and let it rest for 10 minutes. Use for rinsing your hair after washing them. It suppresses itching, dandruff and hair falling. Use for at least two weeks. The decoction is good for 2-3 days, then we need to prepare a fresh one. Fair hair darkens after this treatment and dark hair gains more shine.
Mint Hair Water
Put a handful of mint into 2 cups of water and add 1 cup of vinegar. Boil everything for 10 minutes of a mild flame. Rinse hair with this decoction after washing. It mitigates itching and enhances hair growth.
You can also prepare decoctions from other herbs in the same way:
Chamomile – for greasy hair, mildly lightens the hair colour
Sage – against scalp irritation
Rose hips – makes hair shinier and healthier
Cornflower – for dry scalp, against brittle hair
Nettle Water against Hair Falling
Pour 1 litre of boiling water over a handful of nettles and lye for 20 minutes. Then strain and add juice from 1 lemon. We use 1 tablespoon per day to massage the scalp.
Nettle Tincture against Hair Falling
Pour 5 tbs of pure alcohol over 2 tablespoons of nettle leaves and roots, close and place in a sunny place for 2 weeks. Then strain and dilute with 250 ml of water. Massage scalp with this tincture after every washing.
Comfrey Tincture for Hair Growth
Pour 3 tbs of alcohol over 1 tbs of chopped comfrey leaves and roots, close and place in a sunny place for 2 weeks. Then strain and dilute with 250 ml of water. Massage scalp with this tincture every day.
Burdock Tincture for Greasy Hair
Pour 350 ml of pure alcohol over 2 handfuls of finely chopped burdock root and one handful of nettle root. Close and place in a sunny place for 1 week. Then pour 150 ml of water in the vessel. Massage scalp with this tincture every day. It is great against excessively greasy hair and hair falling.
Anti-Dandruff Burdock Juice
Mix 1 portion of alcohol, 4 portions of onion juice and 6 portions of burdock decoction together and smear the scalp with it.
Anti-Dandruff Honey Balm
Mix 1 teaspoon of honey and 2 egg yellows together into a mash. Smear it on your scalp and let it take effect for 10 minutes. Then rinse.
Anti-Dandruff Onion Tincture
Chop several onions finely, put them into a bottle and pour liniment over them. Close and place in a sunny place for a week. Massage the scalp with the tincture in the morning and in the evening. Once a week, make a hair balm from 1 egg yellow; massage it into your hair and let it rest for 30 minutes. Then rinse with lukewarm water.
To Make your Hair Shiny
Rinse dark hair with decoction of black tea or walnut shells.
Rinse fair hair with chamomile decoction.
Rinse red hair with coffee.
Tea Decoction against Grey and Falling Hair
After each washing, rinse the hair with a strong decoction of Chinese black tea and dried sage.
Egg-Yellow Hair Balm
Mix 2 egg yellows with juice from half a lemon and add several drops of rum. Put it on wet hair twice a week. Massage it into hair carefully and rinse it with lukewarm water after a little while. Then wash your hair with shampoo.
Avocado Balm for Dry Hair without Shine
Mash the meat of one avocado and gradually sprinkle olive oil into it (2 tbs in total). Smear it on your scalp and let it take effect for 20 minutes. Finally, rinse the hair thoroughly. Your hair will become wet and shiny.
Hazelnut Ointment for Hair Growth
Pound hazelnut kernels into a paste with pork lard and smear this ointment on bald spots on your head.
Press the meat and juice out of the mango and dab it on your hair and scalp. Let it take effect for 15 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water. This shampoo nourishes fine and dry hair; it helps increase hair volume and close split hair ends.