Want to grow your hair was the topic in an article in Natural Hair Mag.
I usually troll the internet for hair guides, like face book pages and subscribe to the you tube Natural hair gurus, anything to figure out a way to make my hair look all Pocahontasy with major curl pattern. So a link with the title ‘Want to grow your hair?’ was an instant magnet to Natural-craze girl like me.
Usually when you clink on those articles you find a list of products longer than the Great Wall of China. patiently I would go through the products one by one and stop at ten. If it’s not in the top 10, its just getting an honorary mention.
Instead this time the question ‘What Products can I use to promote hair growth, prevent dry and brittle hair and prevent hair loss’ was asked, the answer was another question, ‘What is your diet?”
First I laughed, because my diet is whatever is in front of me. I will have a burger for breakfast and cake and ice cream for supper. So where I come from, the beautiful continent of Africa is that there are some foods that even if you try to avoid, sooner or later they will end up in your mouth. So my diet benefits from my Geographical area.
HAIR LOSS AVENGERS
- Increase fruits and Vegetable intake and foods low in starch. Fruits and vegetables have antioxidants that provide protection for the hair follicles, slow down hair loss and encourage hair growth. I usually like Apples, Oranges and Mangoes, but in liquid form. N Mag recommends Avocado, I am not a huge fan of it. I only use it as a protein treatment.
- Iron deficiency causes hair loss. Spinach in your diet is a good thing. I personally don’t like the taste of it, so I mix it in with kale, or sub it with Kale as a solo act. Other recommended are Broccoli and Swiss Chard. The iron, fol-ate, beta-carotene and vitamin C in spinach help keep hair follicles healthy and scalp oils circulating.
HEALTHY SCALP PROs
- Sweet potatoes are a great source of the antioxidant beta-carotene, which your body turns into Vitamin A. When it comes to your hair, vitamin A produces oils to sustain your scalp. Deficiency in Vitamin A can leave our scalps itchy and cause irritating dandruff.
- Vitamin C is critical for circulation to the scalp and support the tiny blood vessels that feed the follicles. Too little Vitamin C in your diet can lead to hair breakage.
- Nuts are great for healthy hair they have oils, which contribute to the elastin in your hair. If you don’t have enough oils in the body your hair can break. Walnuts have a significant amount of omega-3 fatty acids. They are also rich in biotin and vitamin E.
- Foods that are high in Biotin or Biotin supplements. I personally don’t believe in popping pills if there is an alternative. To Kenyans they may know it as Ndegu. Legumes are a great source of iron, protein and biotin, nutrients that are vital for healthy hair. Kidney and Soy beans are also a good source of Biotin. Eating avocado regularly means we get a steady supply of biotin for gorgeous hair, healthy nails and moisturized skin. Avocados are a rich source of proteins, amino acids and vitamins, which help promote the growth of healthier tresses.
- Water, it is important to moisturize on the inside just as much as the outside.
Personally my mom thinks its great that I started this natural hair journey. Things that she could never get me to eat are now what I ask for. I’m crazy that way, if I wan to achieve something, I look for the smallest excuse of reason. It may be irrelevant to others but it would be what drives me.
Love you guys, until next time.