I could preach about using sulfate free products, avoiding towels, and curl enhancing styling techniques all day, but if you aren’t taking care of yourself from the inside, your hair won’t grow to be as healthy as you want it to be. The foods we eat can aid in the health of your curls, not to mention keeping yourself hydrated!! Remember that what you put in your body can be broken down and enter through your blood stream, which will lead to your hair follicles. Your curls grow out of your hair follicle and if the follicle isn’t healthy, your curls aren’t healthy. Here are some foods to keep in mind when achieving your healthiest curls!
- Omega 3s: This essential fatty acid cannot be made by our own bodies (hence the word essential). It nourishes the hair follicle because it’s found in the cell membranes that line the scalp. It can kick start your hair growth and increase the strength of your hair. It also helps to lubricate your hair follicle which adds shine to your curls! Foods to try – SALMON! Trout, avocado, peanuts
- Iron: In case you didn’t know Anemia is a leading cause to hair loss. What makes one anemic? Iron deficiency! Why is iron so important? When it comes to feeding your hair follicle, you need blood supply that is rich in nutrients. Anemia can slow down the nutrient supply which affects the health of your hair, contributing to shedding. Foods to try – Red meats, fish, spinach, kale
- Zinc: What the heck is that? It’s a vital trace element that plays a role in more than 300 enzymes in your body! You might have heard of it being an essential ingredient in dandruff fighting shampoos. While you want to think twice before using Pyritione Zinc in your shampoos (can contribute to hair loss), you definitely want to check out foods to eat that contain zinc since it accelerates the renewal of skin cells. A lack of zinc will result in having a dry and flaky scalp. Foods to try – Oysters, Beef, Whole Grains, Eggs
- Vitamin A: Vitamin A is needed for your body to produce sebum (the natural oil your hair follicle produces). Without sebum, your scalp can get dry, itchy, and flaky. Foods to try: Carrots, Sweet Potatoes
- Protein: Your hair is made up of protein! If your diet lacks protein, there won’t be enough nutrients flowing to the scalp, therefore what grows out of the scalp will be brittle, dry, and prone to breakage. Protein will stimulate hair growth, strengthen the root and repair your curls. Foods to try: Chicken, eggs beans, cottage cheese
Pick and choose from the foods mentioned above to create yourself a Mane Approved Meal! Soon, I’ll post recipes that your curls will love and no, I don’t mean the kind that you apply ON your hair (I’ve been known for doing that on my channel). What are some of your favorite foods that you turn to when focusing on the health of your curls?
Xoxo Un Besito,