With winter approaching and using more heat on my hair as opposed to air drying it, it tends to affect the condition of my hair. Now is the time I need to focus on strengthening the hair as well as taking extra care to make sure my hair looks it’s best
What I’m nourishing my hair with right now
I have been using organics anti hair fall range lately to strengthen my roots and reduce hair loss. Did you know we lose around one hundred and fifty hair strands per day. Organics Anti Hair fall helpers to counter the natural hair fall we experience by slowing down the process. Some added hair care tricks I’ve been using is doing a coconut oil treatment once a week. Keeping things as neutral and easy for me as possible because I am a mom. Prior to this I would have gone to my hair stylist, also my bestie, to do an in salon treatment but with lockdown restrictions I’ve changed it up a bit. I now do a weekly overnight treatment. I use one tablespoon of coconut oil and heat the oil up in the palm of my hands. I then work it into my roots being careful to get the oil all over the scalp and gently massage it into my roots. I lightly place my hair in a bun to the back and sleep with the product in till the next evening when I wash and condition with Organics Anti Hair Fall again. I feel this gives my hair an extra boost of moisture needed during these colder months and definitely looks a lot shinier. You may need to do two shampoos to get the oil out before conditioning. A note with coconut oil is to make sure you never go out into the sun with coconut oil on your hair or place heat like blow drying or flat ironing while the oil is in your hair as this can burn your hair and damage it completely. Being in the house kinda helps as we are not going out so keeping the treatment in for longer is much easier. like to keep my hair care really simple and easy, I don’t use much heat on my hair usually but with winter I tend to blow dry it after every wash till it’s completely dry. Something I do try to do or focus on is having a healthy nutritious diet that is balanced and promotes good skin and hair. Most foods that are good for your skin are great for your hair too so it’s beneficial to eat healthy and be conscious of what you’re feeding your body.
What I’m Nourishing my body with right now
My diet at the moment has been filled with quarantine snacks like the rest of us but I do try to incorporate all the necessary nutrients like omega’s you can find these in fish and flaxseeds. I have a protein rich diet as well and I always include loads of dark leafy greens to my meals. I probably eat at least one date everyday, I’m obsessed with medjool dates as a treat and they can be easily filled to create a delicious dessert snack. For breakfast I try to do a smoothie or egg scramble with a handful of goji berries. Goji berries are superb for your immune system and general wellbeing not to mention being a great addition to your haircare diet. If you don’t enjoy the berry itself you can try a warm soothing cup of goji berry tea with a tiny bit of honey to taste. I am a huge fan of herbal tea in winter to warm up and nourish your body, adding only some honey to taste, no dairy or sugar. Having a balanced diet is Important for your overall wellbeing so I strongly advise doing a little bit of research on what that includes.
If I am honest I have never really made self-care a huge part of my routine, I’ve always considered my form of self-care to be scheduling a relaxing massage or having my hair done in a salon but with Covid19 I have really allowed myself to delve deeper and find a routine that means not going out, staying in, and still having the same if not bigger of an impact than spending money on treatments. If you’re a little lost right now and wondering what exactly self-care is, it’s taking intentional steps to improve your overall health and wellbeing whether that be through nutrition, lifestyle, exercise or health. Developing a self-care routine doesn’t mean you have to spend heaps of money, buy incense or special oil diffusers. All self-care truly entails is showing up for an appointment with yourself as you would with a client for a business meeting.
What that can look like if you’re a parent is perhaps making sure the kids and your co-inhabiters know that a certain time of the week is a moment for you to exercise your self-care routine. Most parents whether they’re raising kids alone, with a nanny or a partner will protest that time is not on their side, the kids don’t allow for any down time. This is why I have created a fail proof routine that requires no money or excess amounts of time. I have used this as a jumping board into the pool of self-care an its shown me that when I show up for myself in one small way I can show up for myself in many other ways and areas of my life.
My routine includes taking a bit of extra time one evening a week during the time you usually spend in the shower or bath. This is after the kids have been put to bed, the dogs have been fed and you’re generally going to cleanse your body before bed. The key is to set an intention that your bathing experience will be more than just cleaning your body for the day but more of a ritual for you to unwind, clear your mental pathways and feel relaxed. I usually do this on a Saturday evening because I have no work commitments and I am able to get my kid to bed at around 9pm so it gives me at least an hour to unwind.
First step is to put off all the lights and light some candles in the bathroom. Temper your water as hot as you can have it to allow for a proper steam. Wash your body as usual from head to toe including your hair. I usually shampoo and condition my hair with Organics anti-hair fall for example. While your conditioner is setting in turn your water off if you’re in the shower and take a couple minutes to give your body a full exfoliation scrub. You can create your own scrub at home using sugar or coffee granules or even a loofa from your latest bag of oranges. Once scrubbed give yourself a good rinse. Instead of a regular moisturising cream make use of an oil. Once again you can use what you have at home, from coconut oil with a couple of lavender drops in it or if you’re like me you can reach over and use your kids baby oil too! Once lathered up give yourself a little hand and foot massage with the oil residue on your hands, intentionally thanking them for the hard work they’ve done this week. Finish off your routine with a warm cup of herbal tea in bed before heading off to sleep. This really simple routine has allowed me to stay mentally well during lockdown and reminded me to be present and honour myself. As a result I have been seeing positive effects in my time management, being more present with my son and focusing on nourishing my body with nutritious food that I can see both benefits my hair and skin!
*This article was sponsored by Organics haircare. Organics contains natural essences to give every strand of hair the deepand vital nourishment that only nature can provide. With 50% recycled packaging, Organics believes in the goodness of natural ingredients and seeks to be environmentally responsible.
Aqeelah Harron is one of South Africa’s OG bloggers turned social media influencer who has just launched her very first e-book “Booked Busy Verified”. With over a decade of experience in the industry, Aqeelah takes us through her content creation plan and we chat coming of age realisations as we catch up on this podcast together.