By Choya Randolph
We’ve all changed our diet to lose weight or add some muscle. Some of us have even incorporated certain foods in our diet for health reasons such as hypertension or anemia. When it comes to food, we think of how delicious it’s going to be or how it’s going to affect our bodies, but what about our hair? If eating some Cheerios can lower our cholesterol, imagine what certain foods can do for our hair…
Let’s be real, a lot of us want hair growth. We use our oil concoctions and do our regular scalp massages. Some of us even take vitamins to promote hair growth but what are some foods that can do the same? Foods with a lot of protein are good for our hair because hair is made up of a protein called keratin. A food that has a good source of protein are eggs. They also have a good source of biotin. Biotin is related to the utilization of amino acids which is good not only for our hair but our skin and nails too.
Another food your hair will love is fish. Fish like salmon and mackerel have a good source of omega-3 fatty acids which makes our hair look shiny and healthy. These fatty acids reduce inflammation which nourishes the hair and promotes hair growth.
For those whose favorite Thanksgiving dessert is sweet potato pie, it may be loaded with sugar but sweet potatoes are good for our hair. It also has omega-3 fatty acids for those who don’t want to eat fish. It’s loaded with beta-carotene which prevents hair thinning by aiding in cell growth. Sweet potatoes also have vitamin A which will give those thirsty hair strands some hydration.
You may have put avocados in your homemade hair masks but they also have benefits when consumed. They are rich in vitamins that nourish and hydrate the hair. For those who have a sweet tooth, don’t sleep on berries. Berries are full of antioxidants that protect the hair from free radicals. It’s perfect for naturals who don’t pay too much attention to the ingredients of their hair products.
For those who’d rather drink something your hair would love rather than eat eggs and fish, you may want to start drinking prune juice. It’s great for our digestive system but it’s also great for our scalp. It can prevent hair loss and even thicken your hair. If prune juice doesn’t fit your palate, kiwi juice will give your hair some TLC. It is rich in vitamin E which stimulates hair growth. Kiwi juice can improve your immune system while also improving your scalp by minimizing hair fall out.
I’m not encouraging you to change your entire diet just for your hair. The best way to keep your hair healthy is to wash it and keep it hydrated. Though food is meant to fuel our bodies, it can also have an impact on our hair. So next time you’re at the grocery store, keep your body and hair in mind.