Healthy and beautiful hair

Hair care is an issue that you frequently ask about in your letters. Therefore, I updated the post, which I published a long time ago, and here it is today.

I honestly recommend here ready-made products that I tested myself as well as those home-made that are not expensive and based on natural components.

I am not an expert myself so I asked for help Ms Izabela Bagińska and Mr Marek Sierzputowski, who not only cut and do my hair, but also professionally advise me how to take care of it properly.

The most essential is a well-balanced diet of curse! It is a foundation of health and beauty of your hair. Shampoos and conditioners are also extremely important. By trial and error I took to products of Kevin Murphy firm. Their cosmetics contain pure essential oils, extracts of plants and natural antioxidants. But for me, it is necessary to know that they are free of sulphates and parabens (preservatives in cosmetics that are dangerous to health and, unfortunately, they can be found in food products, too). This firm does not test cosmetics on animals and has taken care of packaging – it comes from recycling and will be decomposed within 6 months. Kevin Murphy cosmetics do not contain silicones, thus they do not cause hair overload. For this reason I do not rinse conditioners completely; when left in the hair they are being absorbed and work all day.

I also recommend Dermetic, Yves Rocher (especially raspberry vinegar rinse) shampoos and conditioners and John Master Organisc.

Good oils for your hair are:

Coconut oil – contains plenty of vitamin E, moisturizes, increases blood flow and hair growth, prevents hair from falling out and dandruff. It’s PERFECT!

Jojoba oil – softens, moisturizes and nourishes hair

Apple seed oil – removes contamination accumulated at the root of the hair

Castor oil – smoothens

Rose oil – improves flexibility

Garlic oil – accelerates growth, fights dandruff

Avocado oil – provides vitamins A, B, D and E

My favourite – argan oil – strengthens and moisturizes your scalp

Having presented a few products that I recommend, it is time to show my way of hair and scalp care.

Washing

During washing my hair I always do a gentle massage of the scalp, which is a great way to improve the blood flow and stimulate our hair roots. I always wash and rinse my hair with warm water – warm water smoothens hair cuticles thanks to that our hair is smooth and shiny.

Nourishment

After I have washed my hair, I put conditioner on it for 2-3 minutes. Then I rinse it. I pour raspberry vinegar from Yves Rocher on my hair (mentioned earlier in this post).

Drying and styling

Wet hair should be neither brushed (you might comb it with a thick wooden comb if need be) nor rubbed with a towel – the best you can do is to wrap your hair in a turban-like towel. To make your hair dry it is best to use special towels, but also cotton fabric will do. When I am not really pressed for time I do not use a hairdryer, just leave my hair to dry naturally. When my hair is dry, I spread a drop of oil on it. It is especially important on cold days, because hair is exposed to low temperature and affected by hats, scarves etc.

Good practice:

  • scalp peeling once a month or applying stronger purifying shampoo
  • oiling hair minimum on hour before washing (once a week)
  • nourishing hair with masks
  • cutting hair tips regularly
  • checking the label on cosmetics
  • sleeping on a pillowcase made of soft fabrics
  • tying hair in a loose plait or a ponytail for bed
  • using gentle elastic bands for hair (without metal elements)
  • using wooden or natural bristle brushes
  • drinking horsetail tea
  • drinking linseed

Hold on! We can make our own hair cosmetics

Castor mask

2 yolks + 3 tablespoons castor oil + 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Mix it all together and spread on your hair, cover with a hair cap or plastic bag, wrap in a towel (to raise temperature); let it stay for 20 minutes and then wash your hair.

Olive oil mask

2 yolks + 1 tablespoon olive oil + a few drops of vitamin A and E

The procedure the same as with the above mask. 

Strengthening hair egg shampoo

2 yolks + 1 egg white +1 tablespoon lemon juice

Mix – spread – rinse.

Turnip mask (greasy hair)

1 turnip

Peel the turnip, grate it, squeeze through cheesecloth, rub into your scalp and hair, leave for 2 hours; wash your hair with shampoo.

Mask for shiny and moisturized hair

Birch water + castor oil + essential oils: 2 drops thyme, 2 drops cedarwood, 3 drops lavender, 3 drops rosemary + 0.5 teaspoon jojoba oil + 1 teaspoon grape seed oil

Mix it all together, rub into hair, cover with a hair cap or plastic bag, wrap in a towel, leave for 2 hours; wash your hair with shampoo.

Finally, a simple way to prevent dyed hair from staining after washing: after dying your hair the last rinsing should be done with warm water mixed with juice from a lemon. Such mixture should close cuticles of hair and it will stop staining .

We have beautiful hair when we look after it every day!

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Anna Lewandowska

Athlete and nutrition specialist. Multiple medalist of the national in traditional karate in European and World Championships. Author of workout plans and books on healthy lifestyle that have helped her motivate over a million of people to change their lives for the better.

Founder of Healthy Plan by Ann, Diet & Training by Ann. CEO of Foods by Ann. Co-founder of Baby by Ann.

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