Las Fabulosas: Beauty & Style
Tips for Cabello Health
By Shirley VelÃ¡squez for Las Fabulosas
From what we eat to how we bathe to walking outdoors on a sunny day, our cabello is affected by even the most basic lifestyle choices. Keep your hair looking and feeling its healthiest with these expert tips, including foods to eat, habits to start and new styling practices to try.
A balanced diet is the basis for keeping your hair strong and healthy, from the follicle to the scalp and strand. Your hair is composed mostly of proteins, which means itâ€™s vital to include protein-rich foods in your diet to encourage hair growth, say the experts at the Philip Kingsley trichology clinics[i1]Â . Fish and nuts are both great sources of hair-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, so think of salmon and walnuts. Also aim to eat plenty of spinach, eggs and lentils, all of which are loaded with iron to boost your hair health[i2]Â . The Philip Kingsley team also recommends keeping your scalp hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
Estilo de vida
Malas costumbres (such as smoking, excessive dieting, and lack of sleep) and hormonal changes from pregnancy, illness or menstrual cycles can impact el esplendor del cabello. Hair is very sensitive to changes in your body and emotions. For instance, stress can cause your hair to thin and shedÂ .
Though damage like this is often reversible by reducing el estrÃ©s, the National Institutes of Health points out that modifying negative habits is sometimes difficult. Their suggestions? Become aware of bad habits, and then replace them with positive onesÂ . Consider, for example, practicing yoga, daily meditation or exercise to relax your mind and body.
Regular cabello care includes frequent washing, regular brushing and avoiding direct heat from the sun or a blow dryer. If heat is your go-to styling method, then deep-conditioning once per week is a must.
Also consider ways to implement â€˜naturalâ€™ hair-care practices. Allow, for instance, your hair to air-dry. Or add a teaspoon of baking soda to your shampoo routine to remove buildup from styling products that clog up your scalp. Lastly, the trichologists at Philip Kingsley recommend getting a trim every 10 weeks and waiting that same amount of time between visits to touch up your hair color or highlights.
Shirley VelÃ¡squez is an editor and writer at ELLE magazine. She has contributed to Womanâ€™s Day, Glamour, InStyle, Latina, The New York Sun, and Border-line Personalities, an anthology of essays written by Latina writers. She is a frequent contributor to Las Fabulosas.