Helping Your Hair Grow One Bite at a Time
Food is one of the greatest gifts known to women, and I say that in all seriousness. Waiting for your hair to grow out can be frustrating. So, when I found out I can take the best thing in the world and make the worst thing in the world better, I was all about it. Sometimes it can seem as if your hair is growing at snail speed and when it does finally grow, it’s time for a trim. I have to say, I’ve been known to be a little crazy every time a stylist and scissors come anywhere near my hair.
Everyone’s hair grows about a ½ inch per month, and while your particular rate of growth is predetermined by age and genetics, there are some foods that can help you along the way.
Protein: hemps seeds, spirulina, maca, quinoa,
According to the experts, “each of the hairs on our scalp is composed of nature’s most powerful protein called Keratin.” A lack of protein can cause dry and brittle hair, which leads to breakage.
Essential Fatty Acids: flaxseed, hemp seed oil, walnuts, pumpkin seed oil.
Essential Fatty Acids help to keep your hair and scalp hydrated. If you suffer from a dry scalp, like a lot of women do, this one is crucial, especially since there’s no polite way to scratch your head at the dinner table. The only flaky thing at the table should be the buns…
Vitamins A&C: spinach, broccoli, kale, carrots, sweet potatoes
Vitamins A & C help to produce sebum. Sebum is “the oily substance secreted by your hair follicles, it’s the body’s natural hair conditioner,” says Hilary Parker. These specific foods also contain iron, which helps carry oxygen to blood cells, and therefore your scalp, keeping it healthy.
Silica: asparagus, white onions, bell peppers, cucumbers.
Silica helps the body absorb vitamins and minerals and is key to strong bones, glowing skin and healthy hair. It is best to eat these raw; cooking them reduces their nutritional value. I know this may not sound appetizing, but think of every bite as an inch closer to those long, luxurious locks. You can make some great salads with these hair foods.
You can also find some of these nutrients added to your shampoos and conditioners. While this is helpful, I find the best way to get your vitamins and minerals is through the food you eat everyday. This helps you maintain your health, there’s no risk of the product being or becoming ineffective, it’s the least expensive, and last, but definitely not least, you have a great excuse for all the wonderful food you’re going to eat.
Now time to go grocery shopping for foods that make your hair grow!