Feed Your Hair | Foods that are essential to healthy hair
Hi my hunnies (and guys if you’re reading)!
I know most of you have heard the saying “you are what you eat” and as cliché as it sounds, its sooooo true!
My husband and I decided to give up meat (flesh as he would say lol), dairy and soy almost 2 years ago. During this journey, we have learned so much about our bodies and how food can affect your body physically, mentally, and spiritually. Today, Im going to stick with the physical.
Eating the right foods has sooo many benefits, seriously. By changing my food lifestyle alone, I lost the weight I gained from beauty school (we had way too many parties lol). I also suffered with adult acne and now my skin has improved tremendously. Lastly, my hair is so much stronger and healthier.
I recently cut my signature big fro into in a fly tapered cut and I find myself maintaining my shape very frequently because of the insane amount of growth I experience. I know for a fact that the foods I eat have definitely contributed.
Now you guys know I have to share with y’all! What’s the point of learning if you’re not willing to share?!
I’m going to share with you 5 important nutrients out of the many vitamins and minerals your hair needs in order to be healthy; along with the plant based foods that offer these amazing goodies!
So Let's Get Started!
I know you may be thinking “water isn’t a food item” but without it, we would not survive! Water is vital if you want to see any growth or shine to your hair. Water is the number one moisturizer and hydrator.
You can use all of the products you want but if you aren’t hydrated from the inside out, the healthy “feel” of your hair is just temporary. Water helps moisturize your scalp and prevents dry scalp. I went into detail of the benefits of water in another post here. There are also fruits and veggies that have very high water content that will help to hydrate you from the inside out.
Some examples are:
- Bell Peppers
Our hair is primarily made up of protein. Protein keeps our strands strong and flexible to withstand constant manipulation. Our hair can become weak from a lack of proper care and not having a balanced diet.
Some of us may opt to use a protein treatment but we can definitely prevent the problem starting from the inside. Quinoa (pronounced Keen-WA) is a complete protein offering all nine essential amino acids. This is important in achieving a healthy head of hair. Quinoa also contains lots of fiber and iron.
Biotin (vitamin B7)
Biotin is a water soluble B-complex vitamin that is found in all living cells. Biotin promotes healthy hair growth, strong nails and glowing skin. I know some of you may have taken a biotin supplement at one point or another to aid in growing your hair however, eating your vitamins are always a little better.
A lack of biotin can lead to hair loss, brittle nails and dry skin. Incorporating lentils, avocados and other biotin rich foods will help in preventing any of those issues.
Source: Garbanzo Beans/Teff grain
I know many of us have experienced not having enough energy to make it through the day. Well, you may want to check your iron levels. The purpose of iron in the body is to transport oxygen throughout our bodies to every cell which, in turn uses the oxygen to produce energy.
Our hair is very much a part of that. Our scalp receives oxygen from our red blood cells to nourish our scalp. Garbanzo beans or better known as chickpeas contain 26%of iron in one cup, while Teff grain contains a whopping 80% in 1 cup! Teff grain can be used as a breakfast porridge or for a healthy baking flour. Chickpeas can be used for various dishes such as stir-fry dishes, hummus dip or my favorite, chickpea and avocado sandwiches!
Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
Vitamin C is arguably the most familiar of all nutrients. We have all seen plenty of Tropicana commercials claiming how important it is to get your daily vitamin C and its true. Vitamin C aids in the creation of collagen, which is highly important for hair growth and strong hair strands.
Most importantly, Vitamin C helps to absorb plant based iron into the body. Foods such as Kale and Strawberries have an insane amount of Vitamin C! You can add both of these into a morning smoothie and have your vitamins for the day.
Having an amazing head of hair is #GOALS but for goals to be accomplished, we have to put in the work! GREAT hair happens from the inside out. Let me know if you try any of these delicious options in the comments below!