What you eat affects the health of your hair and scalp—nutrients from food provide the energy that fuels hair growth. Junk, processed foods can give you dull, unhealthy skin and hair.
►PROTEIN STRENGTHENS HAIR: Iron-rich protein builds strong keratin, the outer layer of hair and scalp. Without it, hair grows more slowly and can become weak and brittle. Eat lean meat, fish, low-fat cheese, egg whites, spinach, and organic soy.
►VITAMIN C BUILDS COLLAGEN: Collagen supports hair follicles and keeps blood vessels in the scalp healthy. Vitamin C also helps you absorb iron from plant proteins. Try organic, soy yogurt with an orange OR 1/2 cup of strawberries; OR 1 cup of steamed spinach with chopped tomatoes and olive oil.
►SILICA PROMOTES GROWTH: Silica is a nutrient found in oats, rice, cucumbers, asparagus, cabbage, and sunflower seeds.
►BIOTIN IMPROVES TEXTURE: This essential B vitamin, found in salmon, carrots, egg yolks, and sardines, helps form keratin, the protein that strengthens hair, improves texture, and stimulates growth. Take 3 mg of biotin per day for six months (a lack of biotin can also contribute to hair loss).
►REGULAR MEALS FORTIFY FOLLICLES: Nutrient dense foods energize the body and boosts hair follicle activity. Snacking on fruits, veggies and quality protein between meals are far better choices than processed, fast food.
Use this mask for a dry scalp…
- Add 4 to 5 tablespoons of dried thyme to 2 cups of water and boil for 10 minutes.
- Allow it to cool, then strain the thyme leaves.
- Massage the liquid into your scalp for 10 minutes, wait 30 minutes, rinse, and apply conditioner.
Use this for an oily scalp…
Oil glands work overtime due to shifts in hormonal levels. Symptoms: Hair is oily close to the roots and drier at the ends.
- Blend 10 drops of cleansing lavender OR tea tree pure essential oil with 1 ounce of jojoba or sweet almond oil and massage your scalp.
- Wait 5 minutes before you shampoo.
Keep an eye on this blog – there are still a lot of hair care tips and healthy home techniques coming soon!