Unlocking Your Ultimate Hair Potential: From the Inside Out
Everyone can attest to the desire of having fuller, silkier and healthier hair. Yet, we are often met with resistance… experiencing dry, damaged or lifeless hair that refuses to grow past a certain length. We find ourselves wondering where to begin in the pursuit of more vibrant, strong
We’ve all experienced a season where our hair doesn’t live up to our standards. Whether you’re experiencing a hormonal shift, over processing at the salon or even a dietary imbalance, the health of your hair can suffer, and we feel you. In honor of the quest for fuller, thicker, and shinier locks… where clean & luxurious ingredients reign supreme, we have a collection of the best tips, tricks and products to help you discover the hair of your dreams.
POTENTIAL CAUSES OF HAIR LOSS:
Before we get into tangible tips and tricks for achieving a luxurious mane… it’s important to get to the root of what’s causing you to experience lack of hair growth. Because this can be a multifaceted and complex topic, we always advise you to consult your medical professional.
- Hormonal changes and imbalances: A variety of hormonal imbalances can affect the rate at which your hair grows. It’s important to get your entire hormone panel tested to ensure things are functioning optimally. Don’t be afraid to go in depth and get second opinions.
- Physical or emotional stress. Another hormone related issue is stress. Stress in the body, caused by improper sleep habits, diet, grief or general anxiety can elevate stress hormones, potentially lead to temporary hair loss
- Medical conditions. Hair growth can be negatively impacted by various disorders and medical issues from alopecia to scalp infections, autoimmune disorders and more.
- Medications. Associated with many medical conditions and health problems, many medications can also affect hormonal health and have an impact on your scalp and hair growth patterns.
- Nutritional deficiencies. A lack of essential vitamins and minerals, such as iron, biotin, folate and Vitamin D, can contribute to hair loss.
- Heat damage, coloring and other hair treatments. Over-styling or chemical treatments, such as frequent coloring, straightening, and perming, can damage hair and lead to breakage and hair loss.
- Poor scalp care. When there is low blood flow to the scalp, it’s unable to properly receive vital nutrients and oxygen, leading to dryness and other hair and scalp related issues.
THE ULTIMATE CURE TO YOUR MOST VIBRANT, LUXURIOUS LOCKS
HYDRATION FROM THE INSIDE OUT
As with almost all of our external aesthetic appearances from the vitality of our skin to the health of our nails and hair… it all starts from within. Proper nutrients, vitamins, minerals and hydration are pivotal factors in achieving the long, thick & lustrous hair we’re all after. Starting with consuming fresh produce and real, living foods is a perfect start. Eating your water is the best way to absorb the moisture, minerals and vitamins directly into your system. Internal hydration is going to nourish your hair follicle, keep your scalp supple and aid in the detoxification process which is vital to keep hair-damaging toxins at bay.
You’re also going to want to make sure you’re properly hydrating with water. Water consumption and hydration in general is such an in depth and complex topic so we’ll cite some of our favorite “water” & hydration learning resources below but for a general rule of thumb, opt for living, spring water. “Alive” spring water that seems to be very minimally processed, is going to give your body the best results in terms of nutrient & mineral absorption. Another quick tip is to actually purchase distilled water and infuse it with a few drops of natural trace minerals.
Next, it’s important to supplement your daily intake with compounds, vitamins and minerals that are really going to move the needle in terms of hair growth. First up, MSM. This is somewhat of a superhero when it comes to radiant hair, skin and nails. MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) is a naturally occurring form of sulfur found in all living organisms. It's also known as the "Beauty Mineral" because of its potent anti-aging and skin-enhancing properties (particularly how it can boost collagen and keratin production in the body, all while nutritionally supporting the condition of skin, hair, and nails too). Cue, Agent Nateur’s holi (radiance). This is your holy grail supplement when it comes to really hydrating skin, hair and nail cells. Formulated with both MSM and phytoceramides, this ingestible supplement helps skin produce and maintain a lit from within glow as well as promotes hair growth by forming bonds that are essential to strengthening keratin in the hair.
Aside from strengthening hair at a cellular level, MSM has many other benefits, from head-to-toe. MSM promotes the creation of master antioxidant, glutathione, in the body, helping to protect against oxidative damage, free radicals and heavy metals. MSM is also a key player in keeping our liver functioning properly, aiding in full body detoxification. At Citrine, a vital aspect of our mission is to spread awareness around ways to reduce the toxin consumption in our everyday lives, so nothing feels more aligned than curating products that are formulated to assist you in the process. The purpose of “clean” beauty is to offer daily skincare, makeup and wellness products that are free from toxic chemicals… and by introducing ultra-effective supplements that actually go one step further by supporting your body through the detoxification process, we’re taking beauty and wellness to a whole new level. We curate products that approach beauty at a multitude of levels, delivering new and innovative ways to give you real results… real radiance.
MSM PLUS CERAMIDES…
Along with MSM, the second star ingredient in holi (radiance) are the phytoceramides. Ceramides are essential components in both skin and hair health, helping to achieve hydration from within. These lipid molecules help maintain the skin's moisture barrier, preventing moisture loss and promoting a supple complexion. In terms of hair… Ceramides strengthen and protect hair strands, reducing breakage and promoting a healthy, glossy appearance. When ingested as a supplement, ceramides help to enhance the body's natural hydration by preventing moisture loss, contributing to a nourished and protected skin barrier that helps maintain a supple, youthful complexion and strong, healthy strands.
Holi (radiance) is formulated with ceramosides that are a patented extract of phytoceramides and DGDG from wheat. They help restore the skin's natural ceramide levels from within (rather than through topical application) and come from a unique French extraction process, which concentrates the lipidic portion of the wheat kernel and removes gluten.They are specifically designed to enhance the skin's natural ceramide levels and improve its moisture retention abilities, leading to a more supple, plump, and youthful appearance.
MSM & COLLAGEN
When the star ingredient, MSM, is combined with collagen… the star ingredient of Agent Nateur’s other holy grail beauty powder, holi (mane), beneficial properties are enhanced even further. MSM helps to actually preserve collagen, helping to actually inhibit the breakdown of collagen. This means that as collagen production naturally decreases with age, MSM effectively enhances and restores collagen in the body… leading to even more incredible results in terms of your hair goals. Combining the viral holi (mane) collagen and pearl powder with holi (radiance) is going to give you some pretty powerful results. Try this duo out and you’re guaranteed to experience improvement in hair growth.
COLLAGEN & PEARL POWDER
Let’s talk holi(mane) This two-ingredient hair, skin and nail powder supplement went viral– and for good reason. If you’re looking to experience the longest, strongest, silkiest hair you’ve ever had, this is the powder you’re going to want to have on stock at all times. It’s your daily dose of the ULTIMATE beautifying ingredients… marine collagen and pearl powder. Agent Nateur is known for curating the cream of the crop in terms of ingredients and this product does not disappoint. Containing the most high quality saltwater pearls and collagen 1, 2, 3, and 4 that are derived from the scales of wild-caught, deep-sea fish. Expect REAL results with consistent use.
Pearls have been utilized throughout the centuries in beauty rituals and routines, proving it to be one of the most ancient and effective natural ingredients for skin and hair luminosity. The importance of opting for saltwater pearls as opposed to freshwater pearls is the make it or break it factor with holi (mane) and one of the reasons it’s so effective, having cultivated an almost cult-like reputation in the past two years. Saltwater pearls are the rare… and more costly, type of pearls. Saltwater pearls take longer to grow and the oysters, found in the sea, can only produce 1-3 pearls at a time whereas the freshwater pearls can produce up to 50 at one time. The extended time it takes to create the pearl allows it to have a higher quality and most lustrous appearance, resulting in an abundance of nacre (what causes regeneration of collagen and bone formation). The ocean is rich with nutrients and vital minerals and elements such as selenium, zinc, potassium, magnesium and chromium, making them an extremely valuable beauty supplement. Read more information about the luxurious pearl ingredient here.
COMBINING HOLI (RADIANCE) AND HOLI (MANE)
Important to note that when combined, collagen, pearl, ceramides and MSM can yield SERIOUS results in terms of hair growth. Recent studies found that when combined with collagen intake, the beneficial effects of both MSM and collagen were accelerated and enhanced by each other. So whether you’re new to these super-beauty supplements or you’ve been really wanting to try them but haven’t pulled the trigger on either or, take this as your sign to invest. If you start combining the two of these beauty powders, you’re going to see incredible results in your hair with consistent use. Holi (mane) is a viral best seller for a reason and we can attest to it’s amazing results. While holi (radiance) is a newer product, we’re just as excited to see the long term benefits and amazing hair growth success stories!
YOUR CROWN CHAKRA…
While hair growth seems to be a result of the functioning of the physical body… here at Citrine, we strongly believe in the connection between our energy and emotions on our physical body and how they interrelate and affect each other as a simultaneous system, also known as psychic/energetic/emotional landscape. This intricate, invisible (what’s another word for this, like beyond the seeing eye eye?) system that governs us all and has a direct impact on our vitality, radiance and overall well being.
Cue the Crown chakra, located at the top of your head and scalp, this energy center is connected to universal consciousness and source energy. It gives us access to more elevated states of awareness and helps us to transcend limitations. Think of it as your direct connection to universal energies and your spiritual self, allowing you to ‘download’, ‘channel’ and receive sacred messages, information and guidance.
In relation to your hair, the crown chakra, as an energy center, does actually have an impact on the quality of your locks. In addition to the physical strands of melanin and protein, the hair is also a sacred chronicle of every hormonal, nutritional and emotional experience. When you care for your scalp and your hair, you are also nurturing your connection to your highest self. When you’re feeling overstimulated by external influences, you can use your hair care routine as a way to come back into alignment and access divine insights.