How I Saved My Wrecked-Out Hair When Eating Well Just Wasn't Enough
I noticed in my mid-twenties that my hair just wasn’t as thick as it used to be. When I asked around, many other women told me it just part of aging. While I think this MAY be true to some degree, it most certainly doesn’t have to be the case.
I thought hair loss was normal and just continued cleaning up my diet, thinking it would help, but my hair actually continued to get thinner. So I did my homework, tried some experiments and ended up salvaging my beloved mane. Here’s how I did it:
1. I focused on nourishing my thyroid.
My doctor told me my thyroid was fine, but upon doing some home testing, I discovered it was a bit sluggish, so I used foods such as kelp and dulce, as well as herbs such as Ashwagandha and Coleus Roots, to get it running optimally again.
2. I used coconut oil as a mask every week without fail.
It nourished my dry frail locks and encouraged growth. It was also much more soft and manageable during my in-between stages. Simply saturate hair with oil and apply heat (blow-dry for 10 minutes) or let rest as long as possible, at least one hour.
3. I installed a shower filter.
Many of us know that chlorinated drinking water is harmful, but it is also absorbed through our skin through showering and steam. By removing these pollutants and the extra buildup they created on my scalp, I noticed a BIG difference!
4. I ditched the products.
I started using just a small amount of the cleanest serum I could find (my hair is curly and can get frizzy) – that was it! No hairspray, volumizer, gel, cream, lotion potion or any other concoctions. It left my pores open and created an ideal environment for new growth.
5. I stopped washing every day and even every other day.
Wash twice a week max with a sulfate-free and paraben-free shampoo and conditioner. Without using products like dry shampoos, I found waiting a week to scrub caused buildup and was counterproductive. That said, twice a week was perfect. If your hair is REALLY oily you may need to bump it up to three times a week, but do your best to keep the suds-ing to a minimum.
6. Find out if you have food allergies.
They can lead to hair loss among other side effects. I found that once I identified my food allergies and removed the offenders, my gut healed and my hair grew.
7. Do enema buckets.
You can’t have healthy hair if your digestion is compromised. While I was healing, I did one a week after dry skin brushing and a sweaty workout. Once your digestion is back in line and your gut is healed, not only will your hair grow, but so will your nails – your skin will be glowing too!
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