Cleanse and nourish your body from the inside out
A detox would make the process quicker, but I went the slower route and just switched my diet.
Over time, my acne cleared away (an indicator that my insides were clean) and my hair became healthier and longer.
When cleansing your hair and skin, I recommend only using natural shampoos and soap, such as those made with herbs and oils.
When it comes to nourishing your body, I don’t mean just eating fruits and veggies. I mean really nourishing it with high nutrition, which for me came in the form of smoothies.
These smoothies should contain superfruits and herbs with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. The idea is to get a well-balanced intake of nutrients and not just focusing on those that cater to your hair.
What I’ve found to be excellent are herbs, fruits and vegetation like Irish moss, moringa, boabab, amla and spirulina, to name a couple.
As for nourishing your hair from the outside, you have to use natural ingredients that strengthen and moisturize your hair. Amla is an excellent ingredient for your hair conditioner, along with Shikakai, brahmi, extra virgin coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, shea butter, tucuma butter, neem oil and rosemary.
Shikakai, brahmi and amla are all used by the women in India to maintain long, luscious locks — and it seems to work well for them! It is a two in one shampoo and conditioner and unlike with store bought shampoos, it won’t strip your hair of its nutrients — instead it provides it with nutrients.
Your hair can also be detoxed. This would call for hair masks made with bentonite, activated charcoal and Moroccan clays. These pull out heavy metals and other impurities from your hair, including those chemicals you’ve been using over the years. Just make sure to deep condition your hair with extra virgin coconut oil or water-based, natural conditioners.
To moisturize your hair, you need to first wash and condition it, then apply a leave in conditioner, then seal in the moisture with an oil or butter — also known as the LCO method (liquid, cream and oil).