Saturday, November 30, 2013

Foods To Grow Healthy Hair

I did a hair update in September and you can see my ends were thick.  However, since using my curling wand more the past few months, my ends have become thinner and my hair drier.  I've been doing a lot more coconut oil treatments as well to try and help some of the damage.  I did it today since I curled my hair on Thanksgiving and here is how it looks fully coated with 1/2 cup of coconut oil!  Yes, it took 1/2 cup because my hair literally soaked up the first layer I put on and that is when I knew it was very, very dry.  I don't know if I will stop using my curling wand because I love how it looks, but I also don't want my hair to look dried out - so I will just keep a watch on it.

I was reading The Hair Bible and noticed that the list of foods that help you grow healthy hair is basically what I eat already.  They mentioned that calcium is really good for healthy hair and as you all may know, I'm a dairy queen - I love milk and cheese and get 3 servings daily usually.  So for all those that have asked me what helps my hair grow healthy, the ones I eat from their list are salmon, sardines, eggs, lentils, kale, spinach, brown rice and seaweed.

They also listed the top 12 snacks for hair in this book and some that I eat are sunflower seeds, bananas, oranges, strawberries, milk and whole-grain cereal.  From their list of foods for shiny hair, I use flax seed, sunflower seeds, olive oil, apples and chickpeas.

So if you want to grow healthy hair from the root, eat those foods and stay well-nourished and hydrated!

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4 comments:

Sharon said...

I brush my hair daily...both of them:-\
I would take your head of hair curled, straight, dry, damaged, whatever. This mid-life menopause jibberish is for the birds. haha!
I also find that Biotin supplements help me too....so does a nice hat! LOL! (Hence another reason I love winter!!)

Christian Homekeeper said...

I've read about how much hormonal changes effect our hair and I know personally that pregnancy really does a lot to my hair, but mostly for the good. I'm dreading menopause but we can't really get away from it can we? It is inevitable and part of the aging process. I did read in that book (The Hair Bible) that as we near our 40's, the follicles in our scalp actually shrink, so the hair comes out thinner - so no matter what you do, your hair WILL thin as you age. As each strand of hair only has a lifespan of 2-7 years, we constantly are replacing our heads of hair - when we lose a hair, a new one is growing in its place. So though I may have this bountiful mane now.....it will not be so later on as it thins from the scalp as I near my 40's.

I've heard about biotin and remember it was the only thing that would make nails hard and nice when I took it a few years ago, but I didn't notice any difference in my hair. One thing that can speed up hair growth is black currant oil pills, I used to take those but obviously I don't need to anymore lol! The average, healthy woman grows 6 inches of hair a year but we also lose an average of 75-100 hairs every single day!

One last thing, a note on hats - if you wear them too much, it can cause hair loss. I also had read that in that book today. The solution is to stop wearing them and the hair will return to its normal growing pattern. Just a thought.......not sure your hair story but thought I would throw that in there!!

Tricia said...

Bev,
Your hair is beautiful!! If you don't mind sharing, who is the author of that book? I saw two different books on Amazon with the same title.
Tricia

Christian Homekeeper said...

Sure Tricia, the author is Susan Craig Scott. I got it at the library and I only read some of the book, so I can't vouch for the rest of it.

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