Healthy Hair Food – Does It Really Exist?
Healthy hair food refers to those meals and snacks that promote healthy hair growth. There is no single food that promotes healthy hair. Some people believe that hair nutrition means that you need to eat foods rich in protein.
Although this is true, protein itself does not promote healthy hair but instead, it helps keep hair nourished and protected. Hair requires adequate amounts of nutrients to be healthy and strong, including zinc, magnesium, and selenium.
You don’t need to consume large quantities of protein to get the vitamins and minerals you need for healthy hair.
Are you trying to promote healthy hair? Some of us may have gone from having really damaged hair to having the complete opposite by changing some of our old habits; as this may have been the cause in the beginning. Just a little time, patience and effort go a long way.
There are lots of women who are in the same boat as you are in. By doing lots of research and speaking to professional hairstylist, lots of us go through this hair problem because of self-infliction. Sometimes it could be health issues; but the number one cause is “habit”.
We can all put these problems to rest with these four very important recommendations. Here are a few tips and guidelines to follow to maintain healthy hair and keep hair problems at bay.
1. Take your vitamins- You should take multi-vitamins daily as they usually come packed with vitamin A, B, C, and B12. These are good sources to consume to promote healthy hair. Take the recommended capsules daily. If you can, try taking liquid vitamins for better absorption.
Below are some suggestions and benefits to your vitamins:
(A) Vitamin A – helps to protect hair by keeping free radicals from damaging your hair and also helps with the production of oils from your scalp.
(B) Vitamin B – though there are different forms of vitamin B, one well-known type (B12), helps to promote hair growth, prevents thinning hair, while vitamin B complex helps provide oxygen for hair to prevent damage.
(C) Vitamin C – protects against UV radiation damage and overall helps to promote healthy hair.
(D) Vitamin D – this vitamin is great to help maintain the strength of your hair for those persons who like to have braids or pull their hair.
(E) Vitamin E – helps to restore hair from dryness and damage and also helps to soften.
(F) Calcium – too little can lead to hair loss, so consume the recommended daily amount. Aside from that, you will be happy to know it helps in growing your hair.
(G) Zinc – another mineral (or essential trace element) you should take that can help prevent hair loss.
2. Eat these recommended sources of food. Healthy eating is the correct way to do so, but only if you consume the right foods.
Here are ten of the best sources of healthy foods you should consume daily:
. low-fat dairy products like milk
. whole-grain foods
. dark green vegetables
Facts on food sources:
(A) Salmon – very rich in proteins and vitamin D. They both are very essential in improving the strength of your hair. Salmon also contains Omega-3 fatty acids, which will assist to promote hair growth.
(B) Carrots – this vegetable is loaded with vitamins such as vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C and E. It helps to cleanse your body of unwanted toxins and assists in helping improve the health and growth of your hair.
(C) Oysters – another great source of protein your hair needs to stay strong. When the hairs that replace the ones you shed grow, they are strong and healthy. Oysters are also rich in Zinc, which when taken daily can prevent hair loss, or a dry, flaky scalp.
(D) Eggs – many people in the health and fitness industry would tell you that eggs are one of the most essential sources of protein you can get without consuming meat. They will help to increase hair strength. Aside from that, eggs contain vitamins A, D, E, B2, B6, B9, iron, and calcium. Calcium and iron assist in preventing hair loss, while calcium helps in promoting growth of your hair.
(E) Nuts – all nuts contain protein and other kinds of vitamins/minerals. Walnuts for example, contains biotin and vitamin E. Vitamin E helps restore hair from damage and softens hair, biotin (if you’re taking enough of it), can help prevent hair loss from occurring.
(F) Dark Green Vegetables – these types of vegetables are the most important of all the vegetables. Green vegetables include lettuce, spinach, greens, peas, and green peppers. They are high in fiber, which is good for cleansing your body of toxins and waste that could otherwise, play a factor in the state of your hair (not a good one at that).
They contain vitamin C to promote healthy hair, calcium and iron, which you need to prevent hair loss, folic acid, potassium and magnesium (among others). Folic acid, in particular, is very beneficial for it helps renew cells that grow hair, thus aiding in growing healthy, beautiful hair.
(G ) Milk – contains protein and essential nutrients that help to aid in maintaining hair strength. Milk contains calcium, which aids in growing healthy hair and preventing hair loss from occurring. Vitamin A, B6 and biotin are also included in milk, which aids in the protection of hair, as well as keeping hair soft and manageable.
(H) Beans – this is a great source of protein if you prefer something other than meat. Beans contain high fiber, aiding in cleansing your body of toxins and impurities your body doesn’t need. And with another sources by your side, your hair will be able to maintain its strength with no problem.
3. Use the right hair products- This is another way on how to promote healthy hair. Use the right products that have the right ingredients. You can get your shampoos, conditioners, hair crèmes, and hair restoration kits that contain vitamins A, B, C, D, and E.
Also, you want hair products that contain green tea, emu oil, argan oil and shea butter (to name a few), which are good ingredients in the hair products you use that can take care of hair effectively.
Green tea, for example, is such a great ingredient because it contains vitamin C, E, and panthenol, helping soothe and moisturize the hair and scalp. It help prevent chances of you experiencing hair loss while protecting your hair against UV radiation damage.
Shea butter, another wonderful ingredient, contains rich vitamins and minerals, absorbs into hair easily, aids in the restoration of your hair and scalp, and keeps hair moisturized and healthy. Argan oil, on the other hand, is great for when you need to rid of frizzy or brittle hair, and when you like to keep hair silky and smooth.
So ingredients do play a major role in the quality of the hair products you use.
Before you purchase hair products, make sure you check the labels to find out what ingredients they contain. Be wary of hair products that contain ingredients that you aren’t aware of. If you see ingredients that you’re not familiar with, it’s best to conduct your research so that you can get valuable info you need to make a decision.
There are many hair products on the market that contain harmful chemicals (include natural hair products) that strip hair of its natural oils and strong fragrances that can cause allergic reactions.
Take note that sometimes your hair won’t get used to a new hair product you use until continuously using it for 2-3 weeks. But at that point (or even before then), if you’re experiencing hair problems that you weren’t having before, you should eliminate what you’re using and look elsewhere.
Take note as well, that if a hair product, for example, contains green tea and shea butter, you’ll know the potency of these natural ingredients from the use of the hair product.
4. Condition hair- This shouldn’t be ignored as it helps to restore hair from dryness and keeps it feeling healthy. It’s recommended that you condition daily and make sure you deep condition once a week to supercharge the rejuvenation of hair. If you haven’t been conditioning consistently, and you follow this step, you’ll be surprised at how soft, silky, and refreshing your hair will feel.
Remember not all conditioners are created equal. Just because one brand is cheaper than another doesn’t make the less expensive kind just as good. However, you want to still refer to the previous sections of this guide to find the right kind of conditioner.
If you have one that already works, then that is great. The general standard is you take a dime-size amount of conditioner to apply into your hair. However, with thick, long, or curly hair, you’ll want to apply more so that the conditioner will fully penetrate through all the hair cuticles. Use the conditioner you’re using as directed, but make sure to rinse with cold to mildly warm water. Never use hot water.
When deep conditioning, you want to apply a little more conditioner than you normally do and apply a shower cap onto your head so that the conditioner can work on sealing moisture into your hair. Leave the conditioner in your hair for at least 20 minutes, then rinse with cold to mildly warm water.
This is a great way to maintain soft, manageable, silky hair, especially if your hair is naturally dry and craves moisture. These are a few of the ways on how to promote healthy hair, and must be used today. If you have hair care goals, then they can be achieved today from you taking action.
Just remember, part of the battle is what you put on your hair, the other part is what you put inside your body.