5 tips for Natural Healthy Hair with Fibromyalgia

In a quest for naturally healthy hair and scalp, I shaved off my hair last year (2016) and started again with natural methods. My hair and scalp were so fibro sore. I often said "even my hair hurts" and people would laugh but it was true.

Here are five essential tips for naturally healthy hair. 

1. Brushing your hair

As a child I loved getting my hair brushed, I would often watch in movies beautiful ladies sat at dressing tables getting their hair brushed over and over. I want to be that woman when I grow up I would tell myself. Yet as I grew up in the eighties with the "big hair decade" there was no way a brush would go through my hair with the amount of lacquer! The easiest way moisturise dry hair is to use bristle hair brushes. Brushing with the correct bristle strength stimulates the hair follicles that contain sebaceous glands, which encourages the flow of sebum that moisturises and protect the hair. When hair is dry and brittle through chemical damage, the scales of each shaft separate and the once shiny luscious hair to dry out, robbing it of much-needed moisture which leaves the hair looking dull, brittle, dry and frizzy. Using an old-fashioned boar-bristle brush rather than a synthetic bristle hair brush helps to distribute the scalp’s natural oils more evenly throughout the strand. When you brush your hair with a boar-bristle brush, you’re allowing your scalp’s moisturizing oils to coat the whole strand rather than just staying concentrated at the top of your scalp. Good quality boar bristles have a natural stiffness to brush thoroughly yet "give" as they are drawn through the hair, and are renowned for their strength and resilience. The quality of boar bristle varies considerably.

2. Washing your hair less.

Wash your hair only once or twice a week. If you struggle with this as you shower then you could try simply rinsing your hair rather than adding in shampoo. The purpose of shampoo is to wash away dirt and product buildup, but it can also take essential natural oils that keep strands soft and healthy along with it. When you really do need shampoo, be gentler on your hair by only lathering up at your scalp and then simply letting the suds slide down strands, hitting the rest of the hair as the water rinses it away. Use a shampoo/conditioner that is free of harsh chemicals. As you wash give your head an invigorating massage as you shampoo it is a good way to encourage blood circulation and helps to detoxify the scalp. Make sure you towel-dry hair after shampooing and before you apply conditioner: excess water in your hair means the conditioner won't be able to penetrate the hair shaft and deliver the necessary moisture to keep hair looking healthy and shiny.

3. Castor oil massage

Castor oil is magic to hair growth and scalp health. This oil boosts the growth of the hair and makes it shinier, stronger, thicker, and dandruff-free. It boosts the circulation on the scalp to the follicles, and thus stimulates the growth of hair. You should massage some warmed-up castor oil into the hair and scalp, or apply a mask of castor oil by massaging the roots and up to the hair ends. Its antibacterial and antifungal properties prevent dandruff and scalp infections.

4. Cold water rinse

Do a cold-water rinse at the end of each shower. This really does help to grow hair and keep long hair healthy for longer. Cold water lays down the outer layer of hair more smoothly, which helps prevent moisture loss, snags and heat damage. You only need to do it for a few seconds, but this one extra step over time can make a huge difference.

5. Allow your hair to dry naturally

Your hair is dead. You cannot repair something that isn’t living so you need to prevent damage. Hair is made up of the same protein as our fingernails, keratin. Just as a fingernail can chip and crack, hair can easily be damaged. Heat damage to hair is typically caused by blow dryers, curling tongs and heat straighteners. The extreme heat from hair-dryers, curling irons tongs, and straighteners cause the water under the cuticles (the outermost layer of the hair) to form bubbles that stress and break the hair. The tiles that cover the hair dislodge and your hair handles water like an unroofed house. You'll get those dreaded split ends and your collie's hair will outshine yours. It's best to blot hair dry with a towel and then use low heat if you use a dryer. Your hair is actually most vulnerable when it's wet, and you should treat your hair almost like you would a silk blouse so don't iron it or heat it up to extremes, let it dry naturally as much as possible.

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  1. This was really informative! Might give the whole castor oil thing a go :)

    Stacey xx

    They Call Me Stacey


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