Coconut Oil Hair Care

Coconut oil is one of the few foods that can be classified as a “superfood.” But is not only healthy “inside” of our body, but also, “outside”, because coconut oil has many properties which can help us skin care and beauty, among others.
In this post, I’d like to speak about coconut oil and hair care.
Coconut oil is a creamy solid at room temperature, and turns to liquid when heated to 76°F, so is easy to apply. Sometimes, just touching it with our hands, if we need small amounts, or a water bath, we can make liquid the coconut oil, even, while we take a shower, with the same heat or with the hot water.

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HAIR MASK

After shampooing, apply a generous amount of the oil to wet strands and twist hair into a bun. Let it sit for at least five minutes before rinsing to add moisture and shine back into limp locks.

LEAVE – IN OVERNIGHT CONDITIONER

Rub a small amount of oil into hair (mostly at ends), comb through and put hair in a loose bun before bed, and wash out in the morning.

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HAIR FLYAWAY TAMER

Use very sparingly on ends or areas with flyaways.

DEFRIZZER OF SPLIT ENDS

Just put a tiny amount on your hands and run them through the frizzy areas. Coconut oil prevents frizz because its natural oils repel water and oil and water do not mix.

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STATIC REDUCER

Rub your hands together with a little bit of coconut oil on them and run them through your static-y hair.

HAIR GROWTH

Coconut oil can actually help grow hair, longer and thicker. The essential nutrients including the lauric acid, penetrates the hair shaft improving the overall health of the hair.

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DRANDUFF

Coconut oil’s medium-chain fatty acids including lauric acid and capric acid, have strong antiviral, antimicrobial and antifungal properties that target the fungus and help to kill it as well as viruses and bacteria that may be lurking on your scalp.

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TO PROTECT FROM THE SUN

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Superlunch For Healthy Hair

Many factors such as stressunderlying illnesses, genetic predisposition, and reactions from using hair care products can affect your hair. But the main factor is your diet.

Here’s a example of healthy lunch that help prevent hair loss and thinning hair. Enjoy!!

 

STARTER: Sauteed spinach with quinoa and nuts

Spinach

Spinach is one of the best dietary sources of beta-carotene and a great source of folate. It also contains iron which helps carry oxygen to the hair.

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Quinoa

This type of whole grain is extremely good for your hair. Loaded with protein, quinoa aids in strengthening hair strands. In fact, the protein extracted from this grain is used in high-quality hair products.

Plus, the vitamin E present in quinoa balances the production of natural oil so the scalp and hair stay properly moisturized and free of dandruff. Quinoa also has biotin, niacin, and vitamins B6 and B12 that are all vital for hair growth.

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Nuts

Almonds, pecans, cashews and walnuts all contain zinc, which minimizes hair shedding. Walnuts also contain a high level of omega-3 fatty acid, which helps boost shine and fullness. Keep a small bag of nuts in your purse for a quick and easy snack… that leads to fab hair!

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More ideas…. Have a look at this blog, “COOKIE AND KATE“, I love it!! These are some examples of recipes with ingredients that help your hair:

Strawberry and Spinach Salad with Quinoa and Goat Cheese

Quinoa Broccoli Slaw with Honey-Mustard Dressing

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Sweet and Spicy Walnuts

 

MAIN COURSE: Pan-fried salmon with broccoli and sweet potato, and a hint of rosemary.

Salmon

Salmon is full of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, iron and vitamin B-12. This means salmon will add shine, prevent dry scalp and improve hair growth.

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Broccoli

Broccoli is a rich source of vitamins A and C, which help produce sebum. Sebum is the oily substance secreted by hair follicles and works like a natural hair conditioner. Plus, broccoli is rich in iron, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids that are required for healthy hair growth.

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Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatos are rich in beta carotene. This antioxidant vitamin is converted to vitamin A once in the body. And vitamin A is necessary for cell growth, including your hair! A vitamin A deficiency often results in dull, dry skin… which then flakes off of your scalp as dandruff.

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Rosemary

Rosemary  is known to improve circulation, particularly to the scalp. When blood flows to the scalp, it stimulates the hair follicles and encourages hair growth. Rosemary also contains rosmarinic acid, a plant polyphenol that can help protect tissues from free radical damage.

 

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DESSERT: Yogurt with Fruit

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Mango, strawberries, kiwi, pineapple and peaches are all rich with vitamin C, an essential for making collagen that gives structure to hair.

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Lowfat Yogurt

Aside from the vitamins D and B-5 that dairy delivers, all that calcium plays a major role in hair growth. Low-fat yogurt contain casein and whey, both high in protein, which prevents dry scalp.

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Other foods your hair loves:

  • All green vegetables
  • Wild rice
  • Chia seeds
  • Avocados
  • Hemp seeds
  • Tahini (sesame seed butter)
  • Lentils
  • Chickpeas
  • Edamame (young green soybeans)
  • Berries

SUPERSALAD TO FIGHT ANEMIA

Anemia is one of the most common disorders of blood. A person is said to have anemia when the number of red blood cells or the concentration of hemoglobin in the blood is low. Hemoglobin is a protein present inside the red blood cells and it helps in the transportation of oxygen to various parts of the body. Women are more prone to anemia.

Superfoods To Fight Anemia:

A healthy diet is a prerequisite for any anemic patients. It is vital for you to include foods that are rich in Vitamin B12, folic acid and Vitamin C in your diet apart from most important ingredient iron.

The following is a salad recipe that will help you to get rid of anemia.

INGREDIENTS (2 Serves):

1/4 bag baby SPINACH leaves.

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Spinach is a very popular leafy vegetable that help in preventing anemia. It is a rich source of calcium, Vitamins A, B9, E and C, iron, fiber and beta carotene. It will help in improving the overall health of your body. It is found out that half a cup of boiled spinach contains 3.2 mg of iron and this accounts for about 20 percent of the iron requirement for a woman’s body.

 

1 raw BEETROOT (about 90g), peeled and julienned or grated.

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Beetroot is known to be very effective in fighting anemia. It is a vegetable that is filled with iron content. It will help in repairing and reactivating your red blood cells. Once the red blood cells are activated, the supply of oxygen to all parts of the body increases.

2 small TOMATOES (1 medium)

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Vitamin C is the main ingredient in tomatoes along with lycopene. The Vitamin C in tomatoes helps in easy absorption of iron. Tomatoes are also rich in beta carotene and Vitamins E and hence help in natural conditioning of the hair and skin.

1 hard-cooked large EGG, peeled and sliced.

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Eggs are a rich source of proteins and contain a lot of antioxidants that will help in stocking up vitamins in the body when you are suffering from anemia. A large egg is said to contain 1 mg of iron.
1/4 cup shelled lightly salted PISTACHIOS.

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Pistachio nuts are the best source of iron as it contains 15 mg of iron in 100 grams of nuts.

1 Apple And 10 Dates.

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Apple and dates are also known to help in boosting iron levels in the body. The apple contain Vitamin C which helps the body to absorb non heme-iron. Apple contains too 0.12 mg of iron per 100 grams. Dates also contain high quantities of iron and are very useful to fight anemia.

1 Tablespoon HONEY.

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Honey contains a good amount of iron. You will get about 0.42 mg of iron in 100 grams of honey. Moreover, honey also contains copper and magnesium that will help in increasing the hemoglobin in your body.

1 tablespoon BALSAMIC VINEGAR and 1 tablespoon extra-virgin OLIVE OIL.
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SALT & PEPPER to taste.

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Method:

  • Scatter the spinach leaves onto a large platter. Slice the beetroot into wedges and arrange on top of the spinach. Scatter over the sliced egg, tomatoes and choped dates.
  • Chop the pistachios and toast briefly in a dry frying pan over medium heat.
  • Mix the balsamic vinegar, olive oil and honey. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Peel the apples and cut into matchsticks. Mix everything together and place in the fridge to meld the flavours.

 

 

SuperSnack for Fighting Menstrual Cramps

What you’ll need:

1 Plain and Low-Fat Yogurt

Yogurt is one of the best source of Calcium, which is known to relieve muscle tension, which triggers menstrual cramps.

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1/2 Banana 

Bananas are a rich food source of anti-cramping nutrients such as vitamin B6, and are loaded with potassium which helps reduce water retention.

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3 Walnuts

Walnuts are rich in the healthy omega-3 fatty acids which are known to have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties and are loaded with vitamin B6, with is potent pain-relieving vitamin.

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2 Small Squares of Dark Chocolate (make sure it’s over 70 per cent cocoa)
This bittersweet treat will help you relax your muscles, and keep you happier! 😉

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Pour yogurt into a bol. Add the half banana in pieces and the walnuts. Top with the  chopped dark chocolate and… enjoy!!