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Natural Hair Care

Featured cover image: Peter Mark Men’s Styling Award winner, Rachel Flanagan, model Kel Byrne.

Regardless of the great marketing for most hair treatments and styling products, overuse and a lack of proper hair care can cause your hair to thin and fall out. Certain hairstyles, products, poor nutrition and hydration, stress, hormones excessive use of hot hair tools and even very hot showers can also cause hair to fall out, to get dry and damaged. Too much of any of these will affect the hair root and as a result your hair might take longer to grow back. Most times, when the underlying condition is treated, the hair will return to its natural state. A low-protein diet or a severely calorie-restricted diet can also cause temporary hair loss.

To prevent this from happening, try to keep your hair in its natural state as much as possible. Whenever you have the day to yourself and can happily parade around however you please, then let your hair down without any tight hairstyles, hats, baseball caps or hair products. As much as possible, avoid using heated hair tools. If you must use a hair dryer or straightener with your hair, try not to do it more than once or twice a week, if you can help it.

Hair is made up of a protein called keratin that is produced in hair follicles in the outer layer of skin. As follicles produce new hair cells, old cells are being pushed out through the surface of the skin at the rate of about six inches a year. The hair you can see is actually a string of dead keratin cells. The average adult head has about 100,000 to 150,000 hairs and loses up to 100 of them a day; so finding a few stray hairs on your hairbrush is not necessarily cause for alarm.

The key is to keep hydrated with plenty of fresh water, have a rich daily diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables, especially leafy greens and green vegetables will do wonders for your skin and hair. Fruits are your best allied on repairing skin and help your new cells and tissue to recover. So be kind to your body, your skin and hair will thank you for it.

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Here there are our “Natural Hair Care Secrets”. Use any of these natural hair masks or tonics every 2 weeks as part of your grooming routine. With these simple ingredients and steps you can guarantee a healthy, shiny and conditioned hair, giving it every chance to recover and grow.

Honey Hair Mask

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. Honey
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar

Directions

Mix all ingredients together and apply it to unwashed hair. Brush the mask through your hair so that all of it is coated. Let it sit for 30-60 minutes. Rinse it out then wash hair as usual. Your hair should be shiny and well-conditioned.

Boozy Hair Tonic

Closeup of beer bottles

Ingredients

  • ¼ Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Cup Beer

Directions

Mix the two ingredients together. Wash your hair as usual. Pour tonic over your hair, rubbing it in as best you can. Let it sit for 5 minutes then rinse with warm water and cold water to finish. Make sure to rinse it with plenty of water. Perfect shiny hair every time.

Avocado Hair Mask

fresh raw avocado

Ingredients

  • 1 Avocado, peeled & de-seeded
  • 1 Tsp. Olive Oil, slightly warm

Directions

Blend avocado and olive oil together until smooth. Apply generously to damp hair. Cover your hair with a shower cap and let it sit for 20 minutes. Rinse and wash hair as usual. Nothing compares to the amazing conditioning power of this mask.

Banana Hair Mask

Ingredients

  • 2 bananas
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 Tbsp. natural yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. honey

Directions

Blend all your ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth. Wash your hair as usual, then work the mixture into your hair thoroughly. Put on a shower cap and let it sit for 30 minutes approx. Rinse the mask out of your hair and use a fine comb or brush to get rid of any residues. Use a small amount of shampoo to lightly wash your hair, then rinse and style. Works like magic on usually frizzy and uncontrollable hair.

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My Nutrition Ireland is a Nutritional & Health Consultancy which was set up by Thomas Coleman and his wife Jeeny Maltese in 2013. They understand the importance of health and how it impacts on people, their well-being and performance both in the workplace, at home and insports performance. Applying science in the kitchen for health prevention and general wellness.