Other than my eating disorder itself, the next biggest challenge I have is maintaining healthy hair. One of the biggest side effects of eating disorders is hair loss. By 18 I had developed a noticeable bold patch on my head and became ridiculously sad and self-conscious because my hair was my thing (I wasn’t into makeup until 19+). So, once I’d gotten my eating under control the next step was to fix my hair. I searched high and low for blogs, YouTube videos and read countless amounts of cosmopolitan articles but no one could give me an answer – This made me want to write this post.
I am not a hair expert but these tips worked very well for me. Here are my 4 best tips for maintaining healthy hair with an eating disorder (it also works for low iron levels!)
1. Coconut Oil!
Coconut oil usage is a natural way to help your hair grow longer, thicker and faster. The oil has vitamins and essential fatty acids that nourish the scalp, this helps nourish the scalp and help remove sebum build up from hair follicles. Coconut oil repairs split ends and adds a healthy glow and we all know shinny hair is healthy hair!
I’ll let you decide how true this next statement is – Apparently massaging your head boosts scalp circulation, meaning that more oxygen and nutrients will be sent right to your hair follicles.
To use it melt some oil into a bowl (make sure it isn’t too hot) and gradually add it to your hair. I normally split my hair into two lays and apply to each separately, the bottom layer focus on the ends and the top layer focus on the scalp. Leave it in for 40 minutes and then jump in the shower and wash it out, I found two rounds of shampoo work best. Some people will recommend leaving the oil in overnight, but I found this made my hair very greasy quickly – completely up to you!
2. STOP STRAIGHTENING/CURLING YOUR HAIR
Everyone who is anyone will tell you that heat is extremely bad for your hair, it kills your ends and dries everything out! I stopped straightening my hair for 6 months and noticed a massively difference, it felt so much stronger and less brittle. I also went a step further with this and stopped using a hair dryer which worked so well I don’t own one at anymore – woohoo! (although I do have to plan my hair washing strategically).
3. Switch up the shampoo and conditioner
This isn’t a professional tip but a Rosie tip. I found the more I mixed up my shampoo and conditioner the stronger my hair got and the nicer it felt! I actually do this because I can’t use products for too long otherwise my skin gets irritated and turns into a tomato. I also found it stops my hair getting used to the same product and too greasy.
4. Drink plenty of water
Drinking plenty of water is essential for hair growth because it promotes your hair to grow. Mild hydration will take energy from hair roots and results in hair loss which is what we are trying to avoid! This is also a good one for cleaner skin, so you have a win-win if you suffer with dry/spotty skin.
I hope my tips help you. Please remember I am not an hair expert so if it doesn’t work for you, sorry! I will leave some pictures of my hair below so you can see the difference from 2014 to now.
Late 2016/ early 2017
Safe to say my hair is back!