When it comes to hair, there are many products you can use to nourish your hair and keep it healthy. In my hair journey, oils have been really essential in keeping my hair soft, nourished and healthy. Of course there are a million types of oils out there and I’ve probably tried about 500,000 of them but these ones are the five I’ve found to be most helpful and also most accessible:

Olive Oil

How I like to use it: pre-poos/hot oil treatments, add it to my deep conditioners, seal my hair

I find olive oil to be a VERY underrated oil yet it is one of the best oils for nourishing your hair and scalp. It is packed full of Vitamin E (which helps to repair damage and scarring) and is also loaded with omega fatty acids. It is also super accessible – you most likely have a bottle of the stuff in your kitchen or pantry right now. It is also one of the healthiest oils to eat and cook with so it’s really a double whammy when it comes to your hair. To make it even better, along with coconut oil and avocado oil, olive oil is one of the only oils that can penetrate the hair strand so the benefits go even deeper.

Coconut Oil

How I like to use it: pre-poos/hot oil treatments, scalp massages, adding it to my deep conditioners

Now everyone and their grandma, their cousin and their dog has probably tried coconut oil at this point. For so many people, it has really transformed their hair from dry and breaking to strong and nourished. As well as being antibacterial, it also prevents protein loss in the hair – therefore, it keeps your hair strong by slowing down the rate at which the protein in your strands is diminished. It is also one of the very few oils that can actually penetrate the hair strand so it works at a deeper level.

Sweet Almond Oil

How I like to use it: scalp massages, seal my hair, add it to my facial moisturiser

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I loveeee sweet almond oil – it is particularly good for the ladies with finer hair strands. Almond oil is packed full of Vitamin E, which heals damage, and an emollient so it helps to soften the hair. It also has the added bonus that you can use it on your face as it is non-comedogenic (it doesn’t clog the pores). Also, due to its calcium, zinc and magnesium content (essential minerals for healthy hair), it can slow down hair loss and speed up hair growth when massaged into the scalp.

Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO)

How I like to use it: on my edges, on my eyebrows, pre-poos/hot oil treatments (when mixed with other oils), adding it to my deep conditioners

Another oil that I’m pretty sure everyone has tried at some point! I like to think of this oil as ‘the thickener’. When I first went natural, I did braids nonstop for about 4 years and, thanks to some overzealous braiders, my edges were a absolute disaster until I started using this oil. After moisturising my edges, I just applied a little bit of this oil to my edges and massaged it in. After a couple of years of using this, I started making my own oil containing JBCO and using that, which I now sell. I swear by JBCO to help thicken any balding or breaking spots. Just be careful – it is SUPER thick and can clog your pores so avoid using too much, especially if you’re using it near your face. BONUS TIP: it can be used to regrow or thicken your eyebrows – I used it after a VERY unfortunate eyebrow incident and it made a huge difference in the speed of growth!

Jojoba Oil

How I like to use it: seal my hair, scalp massages, adding it to my deep conditioners

Another GREAT oil – especially for the ladies with finer or thinner hair. Jojoba oil is excellent for your hair because its consistency mimics our sebum (the natural oils from our scalp) – this makes it a great remedy for dandruff. It is rich in vitamin C, B vitamins, vitamin E and zinc – all of which are essential vitamins and minerals for healthy hair. The vitamin C has the added bonus of stimulating hair growth and adding shine to the hair. In my experience, it also help with an itchy scalp because it is just the right consistency.

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A lot of times, people either don’t really know what the underlying issues are behind their hair struggles, or are not really sure where to start or what to do. 80% of the ladies I speak to, want longer hair, 10% want fuller edges and the last 10% want extra volume. I can totally relate to that 80% – I spent many years wanting long hair and I bought product after product that promised me that; but until I understood what the real problems were, all I did in those years was throw money away.

So hopefully this post will help you identify some things you may be doing wrong and help you take steps in addressing them so you can finally make progress with your hair.

1. Products (alone) Don’t Help In Your Quest For Long Hair.

When people struggle with length retention, what’s typically happening is they are losing length at the tips as fast as (or sometimes, faster than) they are growing the hair from their scalp. The solution isn’t to go out and buy every advertised product or pill that promises amazing lengths. This won’t work if, in the long run, you don’t know how to retain the length you get from these products.

2. You Must Have A Hair Regimen

A regimen is simply a plan of what you will be doing to your hair daily, weekly/biweekly and monthly. It has to be simple with easy steps so that you are consistent with it.

The 4 main steps your regimen should cover are

  • Washing
  • Conditioning
  • Moisturising, followed by sealing
  • Protecting.

Wash every 1- 2 weeks followed by a Deep Condition (alternating between moisture and protein); Moisturise daily with a water based moisturiser and seal with an oil/butter; Protect your hair by wearing styles that prevent you from constant manipulation and always cover with a satin/silk bonnet or scarf.

It really is that simple. It is your consistency in keeping up with it that will make the difference.

3. Be Gentle With Your Hair

Treat your hair gently especially when taking down/loosening your protective styles. A lack of gentleness will lead to constant breakage and you wondering why your hair seems stuck at the same length. Try applying some sort of lubricant to the hair before taking out your twists, braids etc.

4. Get Regular Trims

This may seem counter-intuitive but split-ends travel up hair and damage healthy hair. If you don’t get a trim when all you need to snip off is a quarter of an inch, by the time you are finally forced to get a trim you may end up snipping off 2 – 3 inches.

5. Lay Off The Direct Heat.

If every time you wash your hair, you bring out a blow dryer, even if you are using heat protectant, your hair in the long run will begin to get dry and brittle which will eventually lead to breakage. Find other ways of stretching your hair or wear styles that don’t need you to dry your hair first.


That’s it! Were you able to identify a few things you will either stop doing or start doing? I certainly hope so! Next time, we’ll address thinning or balding edges.

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When it comes to hand crafted luxury makeup brushes, Japan is the ‘Mecca’ and Japanese brushes are the top of the line. All the brushes from your favourite high end brands will most likely have been made in japan.

You have probably been browsing online seen a nice looking brush set and thought: “Hmmn.. that looks good” clicked and almost had a heart attack. Why on earth would a single brush cost over $50; ₦17,000 if you convert prices to Naira like me.

As a self-proclaimed Makeup Aficionado, my progression to higher-end makeup brushes seemed natural. Don’t get me wrong, I still have my trusty Real Techniques and Sigma brushes, however there is something about the look and feel of a hand-crafted brush that is second to none.

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For over 180 years most make up brushes have been made in Kumano, a city in Hiroshima. Before its transformation to the makeup brush capital of the world, Kumano was renowned for manufacturing Japanese calligraphy brushes for over  200 years. The city of Kumano produces 80% of the brushes made in Japan, with a 100 companies manufacturing brushes under their name or for other brands.

Brushes are from specific animal hair depending on what they will be used for.  The brush hairs are extremely important and are made from pony, sable, squirrel weasel and PBT synthetic hair. This allows you to choose a brush based on your skin type: Oily, Dry or Sensitive or the results you want to achieve: Natural or Dramatic.

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For example, if you have Oily Skin a Goat Hair brush will work better because it more durable and can be washed more often. Blue Squirrel on the other hand is more delicate so should be used for Dry skin which does not have a lot of oils and thus needs to washed less often.

Why You Should Buy Them?

1). They Are Beautiful

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These are, objectively, the most beautiful brushes in the world. Even when you choose brushes with basic black handles the balance and heft of each brush allows it balance perfectly in your hands. If you decide to go with a fanciful range or even a collector’s version then the craftsmanship is even more evident. A good example is the recently released collaboration between the beautylish and chikuhodo malie range

2). The Are Super Soft 

These are the softest brushes I have ever used, due the use of natural hairs and the care taken to choose only the right bristle. Synthetic brushes are cut to give them their shape, unlike Japanese brushes whose hairs are arranged so that the thinner tips of the hairs remain on top. Shaping each brush takes time and skill hence the price.

3). Bristles Are Carefully Selected

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Since they use a mix of animal hair each brush  is based on the type of application (face, eyes), the texture of products (liquid, cream, powder) as well as skin type (oily/ dry/ sensitive). This improves performance and allows you to determine finish –soft, dramatic or airbrushed all based on the brush type.

4). Prices are Reasonable

Although they are more expensive than synthetic brushes, compared to professional makeup brands like MAC the prices similar. However, when you consider that fact the other brushes are mass produced the Japanese brushes become a better investment.

Cons

Japanese brushes are fragile and require extra special care. This is especially true for brushes made from delicate hairs like squirrel which should not be washed frequently. So if you have oily acne prone skin they are not the best choice because of bacterial contamination if you do not wash them frequently.

Japanese Makeup Brush Brands

1). Chikuhodo

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This is one of the most renowned Japanese brush manufacturers  and manufacture brushes under their name as well as for other popular brands

2). Hakuhodo

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The Hakuhodo is one of the most prolific brands and makes about 500,000 brushes a month..

Other brands include Koyudo and Uyeda Bisyodo which are not as well known.

Recommendations to start your brush collection

If you have an unlimited budget you could start your collection by buying a full set from any of the brands listed above. Otherwise, the Wayne Goss collection is a good place to start.

Where you can find them

At the moment they are not sold through any Nigerian retailer I know of but these websites ship internationally. I bought my Hakuhodo brushes from their US website, The Wayne Goss brushes and Chikuhodo are sold on Beautylish .

Kuyudo and Uyeda Bisyodo are sold on a Japanese website CD Japan but can take up to three weeks to arrive so don’t be impatient and you won’t be disappointed.


I hope you have enjoyed my foray into the world of Japanese brushes and some of the well-known brands.  Let me know what you think in the comments.

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Harmattan. A season (typically from the end of November to the middle of March)characterised by dryness and lots of dust. Anyone who lives in West Africa can attest to the fact your skin and hair tends to feel a little bit like tumbleweed during this time of the year. For me personally, my hair gets SO dry and this is when I tend to get lots of breakage and split ends so I try to make sure to take extra care of my hair during this period. But all is not lost! You can still keep your hair healthy and nourished during this time – so with a few tips, you won’t end up hairless at the end of harmattan!


1.) Moisturise And Seal More Often

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As I said before, the weather SUCKS the moisture out of your hair. So essentially, if you moisturise every other day, you should think about moisturising everyday. At this time of the year, I tend to use lightly thicker creams (e.g. Qhemet Biologics Amla & Olive Cream, Maui Moisture Curl Quench & Coconut Oil Curl Smoothie). When it comes to sealing, sometimes you can skip this step but, during harmattan, I don’t advise it at all. You really need something to lock that moisture into the strands. I use the Nature’s Locks Reparative Hair Growth & Sealing Oil to seal my hair- it contains extra virgin olive oil and Jamaican black castor oil to really lock the moisture into the strands. You can also use this on your scalp to stimulate growth and relieve itchiness since it contains peppermint essential oil and rosemary essential oil.


2.) Do Your Protein And Moisturising Deep Conditioners

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I’ve spoken about the importance of having a balance of protein and moisturising deep conditioners but, in this weather, you have tobe extra diligent about it! Protein treatments (e.g. Palmers Coconut Oil Deep Conditioning Protein Pack, Originals Hair Mayonnaise) bring the strength and moisturising treatments (e.g. Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque, Natural Nigerian Moisturising Deep Conditioning Treatment)bring the moisture of course! Just be sure to always use a moisturising treatment after a protein one to keep your hair hydrated.

3.) Protective  Styles

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Harmattan is the perfect time to do that cute protective style you’ve been wanting to do. Protective styling (when done properly! Check out my post on protective vs destructive styles) can help with moisture and length retention. So do those cute braids or wig or weave you’ve had saved on your phone for the last 3 months – just remember to keep your hair moisturised and well taken care of.

4.) Drink More Water

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We all know that what happens on the inside shows on the outside. So this is a great time to up your water intake – not just for your hair but even for your general health. You’re more likely to get more dehydrated during this time of the year and, if your body is dehydrated, just imagine how your hair is going to feel! Helpful tip: get a huge water bottle and set yourself the target of finishing it by the end of the day.

5.) Get A Trim (If Needed)

If you haven’t had a trim in a while, this is a very good time to get one. Your hair is likely to experience some dryness and breakage around this season. You don’t want to add to that by making split ends worse! So find a hairdresser you trust and get those ends snipped off.

That’s it guys! Obviously there are so many other tips and so many other ways to keep your hair healthy during this time but these are my top five! Hope they help!

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Scrolling through Instagram for hours, I have come across a virtual treasure trove of Nigerian brands who offer a wide range of skincare and beauty products. And as a person who has not met a Shea butter cream or candle she did not like, it has been a danger to my pocket.
So that I am not alone in my obsession, here are few brands that offer gift sets which, if you have never tried the brands before, serve as a good introduction. Alternatively if you are slightly less selfish than I am, you can give them as gifts to people in your life with similar tastes?
So without further ado, here they are:

1. Arami Essentials – Luxe Mini Gift Box (3, 4, 5)

This is a natural brand that has a range products clearly marked for each skintype. The beauty of their boxes is that they come at different price points so you can mix and match-in the products that work best for you. With the smallest box you get 3 products, 4 with the medium and 5 with the largest. Products include: the Glow Oil, Coco Oil, Ivory Butter, Glow Scrub and Onyx Polish. Note that the products are smaller than their normal full size offerings on the site.

Prices: ₦6,500 – ₦10,500


Available on: www.aramiessentials.com
Instagram: @aramiessentials

2. Matte Apothecary –Matte Black box

This is another natural brand that has a fantastic gift box for the holiday season. The Matte Black Box contains 3 of their signature products, raw brown sugar scrub, radiance oil and the whipped body smoothie all of which will provide a luxurious experience. The only catch is that it is a set box, no mixing and matching, however the products are full size.

Price: ₦15,000

Available on: www.matteapothecary.com                                             Instagram: @matteapothecary

3. Narganics: Limited Edition Christmas Cracker Gift Set

If there was a prize for innovative packaging, Narganics would win handsdown with its Christmas cracker shaped gift box. It contains a body scrub, artisanal black soap and a shimmer body mousse all of which appear to be full size.


Price: ₦15,000

Available on: www.narganics.com
Instagram: @narganics

4. CNC Gourmet –The Feminine Fancy Box

This is not a skincare brand, but is rather a curator of all things nice from home and abroad. From their website and Instagram it appears they may have 2 box options but I’ve decided to focus on the Feminine Fancy Box. This box contains: Harrods spiced coffee, Farrah’s assorted toffee, Ilé scent diffuser, a Lohn Lagos candle, a bottle of bubbly and a nice tea cup .This is the most expensive option on the list however it contains more than skincare so it is understandable.


Price: ₦100,000

Available on: www.cncandco.com
Instagram: @cncgourmet

5. Skinsational Natural & Organic Skincare –So Luxe Collection Gift Box

This contains the brands’ signature products which include black soap, lip balm, body and bath oils. Again it is a suitable box for any skincare enthusiast and the products appear to be full size. There is an added bonus of free delivery if you live in Lagos.


Price: ₦20,000

Available on: www.shopskinsational.com.ng
Instagram: @skinsationalskincare

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Lohn Lagos: Colour series

Price: on demand                                                                                            Available: @lohnlagos

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For anyone who is interested in skincare, we all know and love The Ordinary. An affordable skin care brand that burst onto the scene and few years ago. The reason for its launch was to address the fact that the cost of luxury skincare is generally inflated.

The Ordinary based its line on ingredients targeted at specific skin concerns and provide guidance on how best to combine them for the best results. Although this is great for customers, the brand’s popularity means that products are often out of stock. So you may have to wait for weeks to get the product you want.
To solve having to wait for stock, here is a list of 6 brands with similar ethos, price products to the ordinary which can serve as either alternatives or an outright replacement for some of the ordinary products. Each of these brand have an affordable range of high quality products with no fluff just but get the job done.

INKEY List

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This is an ingredient-led skincare brand which launched in 2018 with 15 products priced between £5 and £10. The range includes hyaluronic acid, retinol, vitamin C, caffeine, turmeric and Q10. Its main focus is on customer education, targeted at people who want to invest in skincare but don’t know how to start because of lack of information on how products work. The focus is on transparency, simplicity, high quality ingredients, at low prices.

Key products:

  • Retinol serum
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Lactic Acid,
  • Vitamin C Serum

Available at:

  •  Cult beauty,
  • Victoria health
  • Feel unique

 

Alex Steiner x Primark

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This is one that came to my notice pretty late and it is a collaboration with Glamour beauty editor and PRIMARK with the prices to match. None of the product costs more than £5. The collection consists of 20 products categorised based skincare needs. With a range for city skin, acne and dehydration, which allows you to mix and match depending on your needs.

Key products

  • Plump& Glow Facial in a Stick,
  • Pore Balance Anti-blackhead Stick
  • Maximum Moisture Supreme Sheet Mask
  • Super Detox Clay Mousse Mask
  • Micellar Cleansing Gel,

Available: select PRIMARK stores

 

Garden of Wisdom (GOW) Skincare

 

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This is an oldie which has recently gone mainstream. It is an Arizona based cruelty free brand with a focus on simple ingredient formulations. Prices start from £9 and go up to £20.
Its approach is using serums to target specific skin concerns and encourage skin balance and stability. All serums use the optimum strength additives and the minimum number of inactive ingredients making them more effective.

Key products

  • Hyaluronic Acid Serum,
  • Salicylic Acid 2% Serum
  • Niacinamide Serum

Available at:

  • Victoria health,
  • Garden of wisdom

 

Revolution Skincare

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This brand is best known for its £4.99 concealer but has recently introduced skincare into its product range. The products are vegan and cruelty-free with prices ranging from £5-£10. It is an extensive range with something for every skin type, the products are classified based on the conditions they address e.g. hydration, fine lines, texture and blemishes.

Key products

  •  Niacinamide serum
  • Caffeine serum
  • Hyaluronic acid serum
  • Rosehip Seed Oil

Available

  • Superdrug
  • Revolution Beauty

 

Beauty Pie

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The Beauty Pie approach is very different from the others mentioned above although the ethos of luxury grade products at an affordable price is the same. Here, you get access to the low prices, only if you sign up for the monthly membership, which costs $10. Beauty pie claims it gets its products from luxury beauty factories and sells them at the cost of production. The range is huge and is categorised based on skin types i.e. dry, oily, combination, sensitive, hyper pigmented and aging skin.

Key products:

  • Retinol range
  • Daily vitamin c defence serum typical price £80 /members pay £9.55
  •  Plantastic™ micropeeling super drops

Available:
BEAUTYPIE.COM

 

CosRx

This is the only Korean beauty brand on the list. However it is the leader in affordable K-Beauty. CosRx focuses on creating effective products with the minimum number of ingredients. The products are targeted to specific skin concerns using well known ingredients in combination with lesser known Korean ingredients like snail mucin or yeast ferment. They are best known for their AHAs and BHA products and have also included Polyhydroxy acids (PHAs) which are less irritating.

Key products

  • Low-pH Good Morning Cleanser
  • Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol
  • COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner

Available

  •  Amazon,
  •  ULTA
  •  Beauty tap
  •  SokoGlam

 

At the moment, some of these brands are available in Nigerian skincare stores, here are  trusted retailer listed on our directory, BeautyDirectoryNG:

SKINCARE RETAILERS
SK Beauty
Hilary Says
Your Skin's Love
Cho & Zen Beauty
Gebeesq
Allure Beauty Store
Serenite Beauty
Youtopia Beauty

 

Also, most of the international online stores mentioned are willing to ship internationally at a price. Alternatively, you can buy them through UK2ME or MallofAfrica who buy products from US and UK for delivery in Nigeria.


What do you think will you be trying any of these products? Or are you happy stuck with the ordinary products you know and love.

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Okay, I’m pretty sure everyone has heard such sayings as “you are what you eat” and  “what you put on the inside shows on the outside”. Well, for a vast majority of people,  eating and drinking habits play a huge role in the overall health of the hair. Nonetheless, there are those people who eat fries and burgers all day and still have nice looking hairs, but they are in the minority; but note that such eating habits are bound to catch up with them at some point anyway. I know for a fact, that when I improved my diet and started eating healthier, the quality of my hair improved significantly – my hair felt stronger, it grew aster and it got thicker. Of course, even with the healthiest diet, you still need to take care of your hair to see results, so don’t neglect that side of things, just remember that what’s on the inside definitely matters.

It is important to note that hair is not essential for life, it’s pretty much an added bonus – if someone shaved off all your hair, you may be pretty angry but, you would still be alive and well. In terms of nutrients, the hair gets them last – this means that if you’re not getting enough of those important nutrients, your organs will use up the good stuff first and there will be nothing left to keep your hair healthy. Basically, you really need to eat right for your hair to reap the benefits of what you’re eating.

For starters, we should always eat a balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables and drink a lot of water too. Having established this, I will go a little deeper and give you 5 things you definitely shouldn’t skip when it comes to achieving your healthiest hair.

1.Protein

Protein is essential for a healthy and strong hair. Essentially, our hair is made up of a protein called keratin. So, if you’re not eating protein, it’s pretty hard for your hair to stay healthy and it is highly likely that your hair will be weak and brittle. Choose fish, beef, chicken, beans as excellent sources of protein along with vegetarian sources such as legumes and nuts. The best part is, no matter what your diet is like (from pescatarian to vegan to vegetarian to meat eater), there are so many sources of protein so eat up!

 

2.Dark leafy greens

Another essential nutrient for a healthy hair is iron. A lack of iron can lead to extreme hair loss and breakage and can even go as far as causing bald spots. And to step away from hair for a second, a lack of iron can also cause fatigue, weakness, dizziness and fainting. Dark leafy greens are full of iron other excellent sources of iron include spinach, kale, chard and bitter leaf.  Of course, you can also get iron from other sources such as red meat or even iron supplements (consult your doctor before using iron supplements) but dark leafy greens have so many health benefits that skipping them out completely is a big no no! They contain important nutrients, such as vitamin C (more on that later), folate and fibre.

Bonus tip: if you really can’t stand the taste, throw them in a blender with some fruit and make yourself a healthy green smoothie that tastes good!

 

3. Water

Now this is pretty much a no brainer. We all know how essential water is for the body – let alone the skin and the hair. It flushes the body of any nasties, hydrates (obviously!) and it can even help you lose weight if that’s your goal. The same way you moisturise and hydrate your body from the outside, you should hydrate your body from the inside too. The amount of water you need depends on several factors such as lifestyle, age, weight, height etc. But it is typically recommended that adults drink 8 glasses of water daily. I am a huge water fanatic so I drink a minimum of 3 litres (about 0.8 gallons) of water a day and more on a hot day or when I exercise.

Bonus tip: you can mix it up by drinking herbal teas (e.g. green tea, peppermint tea, chamomile tea) or adding lemon or lime to your water if you find plain water too boring.

 

4. Vitamin C

We ALL know how essential vitamin C is for our overall health, particularly when it comes to strengthening our immune systems! Vitamin C is so important for many reasons – for example, it is an antioxidant that helps regenerate other antioxidants in the body. We’ve all been told to take vitamin C when we come down with a cold or the flu. But what a lot people don’t know is that vitamin C is also very important for hair health. Basically, healthy body = healthy hair and scalp. It is one of the vitamins that keeps the hair strong and healthy. It prevents your hair from getting dry and splitting and also enhances hair growth.

 

5. Omega 3 fatty acids

I know the word ‘fat’ always freaks people out when it comes to food but the fact of the matter is that, it is an essential part of a balanced and healthy diet. The important part, is making sure you are eating the right kinds of fat. For example, fried chicken is bad fat, avocados are good fat. Other great sources of healthy fat include salmon, nuts and seeds. Healthy fats are amazing when it comes to hair growth and health, particularly when it comes to having that healthy, glossy hair a lot of us crave. These fatty acids reduce scalp inflammation, promote hair growth, help to increase hair strength and thickness and prevent scalp dryness.

 

There we have it guys! Of course, there are SO many other things you can include in your diet to see great changes and improvement in your hair but these are just my top 5. And hey, diets/eating habits are not a one size fits all thing – a vegan diet may be incredible for you and horrible for the next person. The important thing is to make sure you are taking a balanced, nourishing diet. Not just for your hair, but for your overall health!

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