Photo from a recent trip to Los Angeles, taken by Veggie Jenny
1. Use A Sulfate-Free Shampoo
Sulfate is an ingredient found in lots of beauty, household and even car wash (yes!) products which acts as an surfactant - the stuff that makes something foamy / bubbly. Even though it feels nice to have a product that lathers up with lots of bubbles, it's not the best for our scalp as the ingredient is quite harsh and can strip lots of nutrients and natural emollients from our scalp. Thankfully, there are LOTS of sulfate free alternatives these days, including one of my personal favorites, the Giovanni Triple Tea Tree Treat Shampoo. I'm always trying out new natural shampoos but this is hands down of my of favorites! It still has a beautiful lather and leaves my hair super clean and refreshed! Another nice one is the 100% Pure Burdock & Neem Shampoo.
2. Top Knot Waves
I LOVE styling my hair from time to time either using a blowdryer or curling wand, and I don't think it negatively affects your hair unless it's done too often. But on the days when I want to go more natural, I twist my hair into a top knot bun - which not only is a cute little style on it's own - but once it's taken down, it leaves your hair with beautiful soft waves and natural body. I sometimes have my hair up like this during the whole day (you could even spritz it with some water to allow it to mold better), and by nighttime it literally looks like I had my hair done! Amazing.
3. Deep Treatments
If you have frizzy or colored hair, look into doing a weekly deep treatment mask, either store bought or DIY. There are lots of fun recipes to try, but one of my favorites is simply using coconut oil. A product that I used to swear by was the Macadamia Oil Deep Repair Masque which works amazing and is cruelty free.
4. Give Yourself A Scalp Massage
This is one of my favorite most-loved tips! I made a video on this, showing you exactly how I do it, click here to watch. Not only will the oils moisturize your hair and scalp, but it is amazing for promoting hair growth and strengthening and stimulating the follicles by increasing circulation and blood flow. This is a beauty treatment which is highly practiced in South Asian and Middle Eastern countries, where women are known to have beautiful thick hair. Above all of this, it is just super relaxing and feels amazing.
5. Focus on Feeling GOOD!
I can't emphasize this one enough. Stress and anxiety are no good for your hair, skin or overall health of your body. I do a lot of experimentation, and I have to say going the totally all-natural route of not doing my hair, hardly wearing makeup, not using ANY products - in hopes of blossoming into my best-self, simply did not work for me. I just didn't feel the same - and at the end of the day our bodies respond to our emotions and feelings so much. For instance have you noticed if you are going through a period of stress, you see more hair fall or skin breakouts, even though nothing in your beauty routine changed? Our bodies can "hear" us, and it is so important to FEEL good! We are obviously all different, but whatever it is that makes you feel a million dollars, go for it. For instance when it comes to my hair, I use to feel horrible and "guilty" if I styled my hair with heat - and the stress and anxiety of that alone is more damaging than the heat itself! My mindset has become so much healthier now as I've found a good balance again! SO THANKFUL ♥
It's of course super important to nourish yourself from within with healthy foods and lots of water - I've covered this quite a bit so I'm sure you guys are up to speed on that one ;) Taking the right supplements can also be beneficial, such as biotin and black strap molasses.
Let me know what your favorite tips for healthy & beautiful hair are below in the comments! Much love XOXO