10 Tips To Polish Your Crown

10 Tips To Polish Your Crown

Do you wear a crown each day? Not even the royals wear their bejeweled crowns daily, yet many would say your hair is the crown you never take off. I would say that is true for women. When you look in the mirror, are you satisfied, or would you be interested in 10 tips to polish your crown?

#1 Avoid mechanical damage.

Mechanical damage is anything that physically roughs up or harms the hair shaft. This is the leading cause of hair damage and hair loss. Sources of mechanical damage could include poorly quality brushes, brushing hair when wet, and using hair ties with metal or sharp edges that can damage hair.

#2 Use a brush designed to be gentle.

Professionals love The Wet Brush. It’s safe to use even on wet hair though I would recommend a comb designed for wet hair. Split ends are caused when you use brushes that break the hair shaft.

#3 Take cooler showers.

A hot shower opens the hair shaft making it susceptible to more damage. Love your hot shower? You could do a cool water rinse at the end of your shower to help seal the cuticle.

#4 Use a microfiber towel and pat hair dry.

Many mistakenly rub the hair with a towel after washing. This will damage the hair and leads to frizz. Make sure to use a soft microfiber towel and pat hair dry. This has helped me so much!

#5 Air dry as often as possible.

This is crucial for healthy hair. On days when you plan to relax around the house, give your hair a break from the hot tools and let it air dry.

#6 Start combing in the lower third of your hair.

Combing from the scalp is more likely to cause tangles. Starting with the lower third of your hair and working up will minimize this.

#7 Try Rejuvabeads.

This award-winning product is the only one on the market clinically proven to seal split ends up for over 72 hours. Apply a small amount to the last inch of hair after towel drying. Watch the ends seal! You will have less frizz, a smoother look, and more shine. Use regularly to maintain your ends.

#8 Turn down the heat on hot tools.

Heat from dryers, flat irons, and curling irons can be extremely damaging to hair. Professionals suggest less than 350 degrees for all hot tools. And consider using a heat protectant without silicone.

#9 Use Rejuveniqe Oil.

This proprietary blend of 13 plant oils penetrates the hair shaft and smooths the cuticle to reduce tangles and frizz. It heals your hair from the inside out. This Oil will help with scalp conditions as well as nourish your scalp to help hair grow longer and stronger.

#10 Use a silk or satin pillowcase.

Believe it or not, we rotate our heads aggressively in our sleep! This can cause hair damage beyond that sometimes scary view when we look in the mirror first thing. A smooth and soft surface can reduce that friction and help you sleep cooler at night.

I hope you learned some new ways to support better hair growth and polish your crown. If you are curious about some of the products mentioned, please contact me. I would be happy to provide a personalized recommendation for the products that have made a significant difference for my hair.

Kelly Lutman Pursue Wellness

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Spring is in the air, and I wonder whether you are enjoying the beauty outside as much as I am? I wonder, along with outdoor beauty, does spring conjure up thoughts of spring cleaning for you, or was that a different generation? Aside from an added focus on the nooks and crannies of your home, you might consider cleaning out some of the other hidden nasties and how to avoid environmental toxins.

I often share about the importance of eliminating toxins for your health, and I’m wondering if you know that their concentrations can be up to 5 times higher indoors than outside? And many of us spend up to 90 percent of our time indoors!

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Eat More Raw, Whole Foods

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Take Care of Your Body

Exercising and eating healthy is not just something we do to prevent illness — it’s an integral part of your self-care routine. Treat your body right by feeding it nutritious and delicious food, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep at night. Get outside for some fresh air every day, even for just a few minutes. Taking care of your physical body also improves your mental wellbeing — so it will be worthwhile for you to emphasize getting this onto your daily schedule.

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The most important beginning step is to admit the fact that you really need changes in your life and behavior. You are the only one who can change your mood and your life.

Feed Your Brain

While many recognize the connection between lack of nutrition, sleep and hydration, and physical illness, most do not link mood changes to these deficiencies. Our mood is a result of biochemical processes which require the right resources.

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Have A Heart For Your Heart

As a Functional Medicine practitioner, I look at root causes. The standard American diet and a sedentary lifestyle are key players in heart disease because they lead to the physiological issues that put us at risk. Knowing about these and making choices to correct them will put you on a better path.

Chronic Inflammation – this plays a role in almost every chronic disease people have today. Inflammation is caused by excessive oxidative stress on our cells (think rust) which hinders the function of our mitochondria (energy factories). The heart has one of the highest concentrations of mitochondria of our organs, so it suffers the effects of inflammation more quickly.

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A Spoon of Honey

Honey is naturally antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory, making it the perfect remedy for a sore throat. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that it tastes delicious. Any raw honey works, but certain types – such as manuka honey — contain a higher percentage of antimicrobial properties. Swallow a teaspoon of honey or mix it in some warm water and drink. 

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Nothing feels better than knowing that you’re progressing in your wellness journey. Yet the holidays can throw a wrench into your progress with delicious baked goods and traditional meals. There really is nothing wrong with those in moderation, but sometimes a few too many treats can cause you to stray from your path.

Just in case you feel you may have strayed and are having trouble finding your way back, here are five tips that can help you get back on track to continue your wellness journey.

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What is the vagus nerve, you ask? The vagus nerve forms a bi-directional “super highway” between your brain and the majority of your internal organs. Vagus means “wandering” in Latin, an appropriate name for the longest nerve in the body that meanders around your chest and abdomen. Read more