Friday, 26 April 2013

Favorite thing Friday: How Flaxseed helped my hair - along with the other major benefits this little seed gives you

Hair care

I mentioned in my first Favorite Thing Friday post that my boyfriend is a farmer. He knows a lot about living off the land and taking care of animals. The time he has spent caring for animals is often how he relates to a lot of other things in his life – like me, his girlfriend. Yes, I know, it sounds bizarre. And at first I was a little offended. But now I’ve come to realize when he compares a certain situation to his animals, he usually ends up being correct. I’ve come to accept it, and even embrace it a little bit. Animals are extraordinary creatures and I think breeding and caring for them is a great gift to have.

For years, I’ve complained about my hair. “It grows like a snail” “It’s too stringy” “It looks dull” were just some of the daily criticisms I had, and this year, I was really on a mission to grow it past my chin.

One thing that helped my hair grow faster was not washing it daily. I found a great dry shampoo and can now wear my hair for up to five days without washing it. The last three – five days I have to wear it all pinned up, but thanks to some certain You Tube channels, I’ve been able to explore fun and creative ways to twist and braid it off my face. It takes some getting used to though. I first began to train my hair by only washing it every-other day or every-third day, and then worked it up to only washing it every five days. I have nice, long, hot showers to give my hair a good steam. I find this helps lift some of the musky product smell that eventually builds up.

I also limit the amount of heat I put on it. When I do wash it, I wash it at night and sleep with it in a braid. Then it is naturally dry and curly by morning, and often, I just touch it up with a curling iron. With less heat and washes, my hair is finally growing a little bit longer.

Flaxseed

As my hair started growing longer, I started to get pickier about its shine and body. I have naturally thin hair and dye it pretty much every six weeks, so I was always worried about it looking dull or mousey. Being the amazing boyfriend that he is, Kody was getting sick of hearing me complain about my hair and wanted to do something to help. This is what he said to me:

“Lisa, when I was in 4-H growing up, I would feed my cows some flaxseed before a show to make their coat healthy and shiny. I always won the competitions. You should get some flaxseed and put a little in your morning smoothies.”

I immediately resisted to urge to stomp my feet and tell my boyfriend to stop comparing me to his cows. But then I thought, hey, maybe he has a point. I did a little bit of reading, and found out that flaxseed is not only great for your hair, but also a great source of fiber, minerals, omega-3 fatty acids, and helps to balance a person's hormones, too.

For the past month and a half, I’ve been adding a tablespoon of flaxseed to my morning smoothie. They grind up in the blender and have no taste to them. Not only have they helped my digestive system, but I recently had an appointment with my hair dresser and she said my hair is the nicest, softest, and healthiest hair she's ever seen it. I could tell she was impressed!

A lot of my friends eat chia seeds in their yogurt or smoothies. I tried that a while ago too, and while they are both chia seeds and flaxseed are great sources of omega-3 fatty acids, fibre and minerals, I personally prefer flax seed (to read about the different of chia and flaxseed, visit http://bit.ly/L0ZdL9).

I highly recommend anyone to take a small, daily dose of grinded up flaxseed. And not only for it to make your hair shine, but for the many other benefits your body will reap from this powerful little seed.

Photo retrieved from
http://www.grainscanada.gc.ca/flax-lin/flm-mfl-eng.htm

Next up on my hair-care to-do list is switching from shampoo and conditioner to baking soda and vinegar.

I’ll let you know how that goes, too!

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend,

Lisa