From co-washes to organic oils to rich conditioners and lathers- you have your hair care routine down and know how to detangle and de-frizz with the best of them. But does your hair care routine really start at the roots? By this, I mean overall healthy lifestyle practices and eating habits. What you put in your body effects hair growth, and hair loss, just as much as your well-disciplined hair care routine. Your goal should be to become healthy overall and in turn you will have healthy, growing hair! Here are a couple recommendations to get you started:
Good food, good follicles
Mom always said “eat your vegetables!”, but did you know that dark green vegetables such as spinach and broccoli are an excellent source of vitamins A and C, which your body needs to produce sebum. The oily substance, secreted by your hair follicles, is the body’s natural hair conditioner.
Pack a snack: Nuts are a great source of necessary nutrients to help promote healthy hair growth as well as prevent shedding. Pack a snack of mixed nuts in your bag for a healthy treat, hello summer swimsuit, and healthy hair nutrients. Walnuts are an excellent source of Omega 3 and Zinc. Pecans, cashews and almonds are great too!
Eggs: scrambled, fried, or over easy, eggs are a great source of B-12 and biotin, important beauty nutrients. You can also find these vitamins in your local drug store.
Whole grains: believe it or not, whole grains such as wheat bread are a great source of iron, zinc and B Vitamins. When possible, substitute your bread or pasta option for whole grain or wheat options.
These are just a few healthy eating options, but you should also integrate a multi-vitamin and exercise into your routine. A healthy you on the inside will produce healthy hair for you and all the world to see!
Remember, there is a ton of information out there, and remember you are not alone. Ask an expert and be sure to check out the blogs and style guides such as Carols’ Daughter http://www.transitioningmovement.com