Beauty / Health

Holistic hair care

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Shun the chemicals and turn back to nature. Plant-based chef and nutritionist Sophia Roe shares her at-home holistic remedies for your hair woes.

Hair loss
As your body ages it releases a steroid called DHT. This steroid commonly restricts blood flow to the hair follicle; causing the affected hair follicles to die and fall off. But fear not, there are many natural DHT blockers. Pumpkin seed oil, green tea, and fenugreek are packed with DHT fighting power. Combining these ingredients in a hair mask can do wonders to combat hair shedding and enhance hair growth.

Damaged hair or scalp
For those who suffer from breakage, psoriasis or eczema, doing a hair rinse a few times a month can detoxify, absorb impurities, break apart product build-up and revitalise the scalp. Build-up from sweat and conventional hair products can cause major damage to the scalp, and have a huge affect on new hair growth – so it’s incredibly important to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells. Remember, it’s not about having healthy hair or a healthy scalp; you need both to truly see changes in your hair. Apple cider vinegar improves the appearance of hair, reduces itchiness, and allows for better styling. The healthy scalp mask is anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory, so that makes it great for anyone who is experiencing any symptoms of discomfort or dry scalp.

Dull or dry hair
If shiny hair is what you’re after, a hair mask with avocado and honey is exactly what you need for beautiful locks. Avocados are rich in a variety of vitamins and nutrients including vitamin E and protein, both excellent for keeping hair soft and healthy. Meanwhile, honey is a natural antibacterial agent, antioxidant, and incredible emollient.

“What you eat can play a huge part in the health of your locks. For a healthy scalp and shiny, well-conditioned hair, include carrots as snacks or toppings on your salad.”

Sophia Roe is a chef and nutritionist based in New York City.

Hair growth mask

4 tablespoons pumpkin oil
1 tablespoon green tea powder
2 teaspoons fenugreek essential oils

To maximise results leave in overnight and use a few times per week.

Healthy scalp mask

4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 1/2 cups water
A few drops of lavender oil

Mix in a spray bottle to use as a rinse right after shampooing hair, and be sure to use a pH-balanced conditioner after the rinse. Use a few times per month.

Shine-enhancing mask

1/2 avocado
2 tablespoons honey

Mix together, apply to hair and leave in for up to an hour. Rinse and follow with a pH-balanced leave-in conditioner of your choice.