Today’s post will be all about how to get and maintain healthy hair with ana.
Eating disorders or any other dietary deficiency can take a toll on your hair. For us, our hair is very important. We all want that long, soft, healthy hair like the ones we see on our celebrities and Victoria’s Secret models but ana and other deficiencies can make this tough. It also doesn’t help that we put too much heat and chemicals on our hair. Not to worry anas, I have you covered on how you can at least, get healthier and better hair.
Hair care routine: Your routine is very important in maintaining healthy hair. Anas have to be especially careful with dry and brittle hair. You need to focus on moisture and a little protein. So here are my tips for a healthy hair care routine:
- Make sure you buy a gentle and moisturizing shampoo. Something that’s natural with moisturizing ingredients is best. Look for things such as argan oil or naturals. You can also look for shampoos dealing with dry and damaged hair.
- Don’t shampoo your hair every day and only shampoo you scalp, not your actual hair. Shampoo get rid of dirt but also of the good stuff in your hair. You don’t need to shampoo too often. You also only need to shampoo your scalp because that’s where you get buildup, not your actual hair.
- Conditioner is your life! Make sure you use one for dry and damaged hair and condition everything from your ears down. Also, I like to comb the conditioner through my hair, but you don’t have to. You should condition your hair every day or every other day.
- A deep conditioner or a hair mask must be applied once a week. This is super important that you invest in one of these because they basically ‘recover’ the damage you did to your hair in that week. They leave your hair feeling soft and healthy too. I love anything with argan or coconut oil for this.
- A protein treatment can be good too. You can apply a LIGHT protein treatment once or twice a month, depending on when your hair needs it. I recommend you look at packet conditioners containing things like keratin or even placenta or mayo in it.
- Oil treatment. Oil your hair once or twice a month too. It makes your hair look shiny and soft. I love argan or coconut oil.
- Use a hair cream or leave in conditioner every time after you shower.
- Hair serums or oil sprays or great as well especially after you shower to lock in the moisture.
Diet: This one is tough, but you need a diet with protein, fat, and vitamins and minerals. Here are my tips:
- When you do eat, include protein! Whether it’s a piece of meat, fish, tofu, or some eggs or milk or maybe beans or nuts, you need to eat some protein. Protein treatments WILL NOT make up for a diet with low protein. You need protein to keep your hair from falling out, there is no other way around it.
- Healthy fats are important for healthy, soft, shiny, and moisturized hair. Fat also has more calories so beware of this.
- Fruits and veggies should make up the bulk of your diet. They’re super low-calorie but nutrient dense.
- Vitamins! I know eating well is hard so take vitamins to help. The most important vitamins and minerals your hair needs are: B vitamins especially biotin, folic acid, and B12, Vitamins A, C, and E. You also need iron, zinc, and copper. I recommend you take either a multivitamin or even a prenatal vitamin. Also, take either a keratin plus biotin vitamin or a hair, skin, and nails vitamin. You can also take a fish oil supplement.
Tips and tricks
- Make sure to always brush or comb your hair softly, be as gentle as possible.
- When you get dead ends, cut them off immediately.
- Don’t pull your hair too tight.
- Don’t use heat everyday.
- Don’t dye your hair too often.
- Be careful when you use styling products like gel or mousse.
- Always use a heat protector!
Hope you all enjoyed this and found it helpful!