Hair, Nails, and Health

Have you noticed any changes in your hair or nails lately? No need to get paranoid or hypochondriac about it, but it might be an indicator of a health problem. One of the most common problems among men and women is hair loss. This could mean a couple of things: not enough iron on your diet (if you’re a vegetarian, nutritionists usually recommend a multivitamin), hormone imbalance, diabetes, or a simple flu. If you experiment great hair loss, then we suggest you to go to the doctor. If you feel your hair to be dry, it could also mean hormonal changes. To keep it from excessive dryness, we recommend you to moisturize it weekly using 7 drops of essential oils (geranium or rosemary are perfect options). Hair dryness might also split your ends; you can avoid this by using a wide-tooth combo to detangle your hair. This way, your ends will suffer less.

Other two main hair problems are greasiness and dullness. Oily hair may be caused by different factors: genes (it can be hereditary), fluctuation in hormones (menstruation or birth control pills), body mass (the use of androgenic hormones to increase muscle mass), or having fine hair (more oil glands in the scalp).

To reduce hair greasiness, we recommend you to:

  • Shampoo with a proper product specified for oily hair. You can also try dry shampoos.

  • Rinse your hair thoroughly; you can do this with a mix of warm water, lemon juice, and white vinegar.

  • Avoid conditioners; your natural hair oil is enough.

  • You can also try different treatments with natural products such as: aloe vera, apple cider vinegar, witch hazel oil, and egg yolk.

Dull hair can be the product of three main causes: inadequate water intake (eight glasses of water a day is the perfect amount to hydrate your body), not shampooing smartly (knowing when to shampoo and which product you should do it with will help you keep your hair from drying), and heavy heat styling (a constant use of blow dryers and flat irons will harm your hair). To reduce hair dullness, we recommend you to:

  • Check your diet. Your hair will reflect if you are having nutritional deficiencies. Vitamin B and iron are essential for your hair.

  • Do not overheat your hair. The constant use of hair dryers and flat irons will harm your hair and make it look dry (it will also split your ends).

  • Rinse your hair thoroughly. Dull hair can be caused by failing to completely rinse the shampoo or conditioner.

  • Trim your hair regularly to get rid of split ends.

  • Don’t wash your hair too frequently. Try to wash it every other day instead of daily.

  • Don’t dye it too often.

  • Apply a deep conditioning treatment if your hair has become too dull.

However, hair is not the only clue that something might be wrong with your health. Your nails can also be an indicator of health changes. The main problems with our nails are: yellow nails (a consequence of inappropriate nail care or smoking); dry, cracked, or brittle nails (this can be an indicator of hypothyroidism; however, this is most frequently caused by nail dryness as a consequence of swimming, overuse of nail polish remover, dishwashing without gloves, or living in a low-humidity place); white spots (sometimes it’s a sign of low calcium, but generally they appear due to minor traumas); and breaking nails (due to a low iron diet, lack of hand moisturizing, leaving polish way too long, or using low quality nail polish).

For a better care of your nails, we recommend:

  • Yellow nails: apply whitening toothpaste and rub it in, let it sit for about 5 minutes and then remove it. You can also try soaking your fingers in lemon juice for about 10 minutes.

  • Dry, cracked, or brittle nails: add some Jell-O to your daily diet; wear gloves when doing your chores (especially when in contact with chemicals); and soak your nails in olive oil for 10-15 minutes a day for a month.

  • White spots: prevent nail injuries, change your nail products, eat healthy, and keep your hands as clean as possible (without getting obsessed with it!).

  • Breaking nails: get the right vitamins and minerals in your diet, avoid household cleaners, use olive oil or coconut oil to moisturize your nails, and change your nail products to higher quality ones.

Sometimes, hair and nails are not in their best shape due to health changes. However, most of the times it’s simply because we don’t give them the proper care. Hair should be trimmed once every three to four months to keep it healthy, while manicures are recommended weekly. A Better You can help you with your beauty routine. Our highly qualified staff will take care of your hair and nails or repair them as needed. If you have dull or dry hair, we will help you with our hair conditioning treatments in order to revitalize and illuminate it. If your problem is your nails, then we have the best nail treatments with warm paraffin for hands and feet, which you can complement with a nice mani-pedi to strengthen your brittle nails. We use the highest quality products to ensure durability and efficiency. A Better You will give you the perfect care your body deserves!

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