You know the saying, "you are what you eat!" As cliche as the saying is, typically when we hear this we think about our bodies. But what about our hair?
As women with type 4 hair it is important that we take care of our hair from the inside and out. Keeping these foods in your diet, along with taking care of your hair by using Vonaé Hair products, will help your hair to be healthy, strong and to prevent hair loss.
Before we dive into these super foods, let's first talk about the nutrients your hair needs to grow. Protein is very important with hair growth,, as our hair is made up of the protein called keratin. However, our hair needs more than just protein to be healthy. Iron, biotin, niacin, zinc and vitamin c are all necessary for our hair to thrive! Here are the benefits of each vitamin and mineral before we get started.
What is Biotin?
Biotin, also known as vitamin H, is a complex B vitamin that helps promote hair growth. It also defends our hair from becoming damage.
What is Iron?
Iron is a mineral that delivers oxygen and nutrients to the body. This includes hair follicles! This in return helps stimulate hair growth and repair damage hair.
What is Vitamin C?
Vitamin C helps the body absorb iron. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that protects the hair follicles from hair loss.
What is Zinc?
Zinc is a mineral that keeps your hair from shedding. Without enough zinc your hair follicles can deteriorate.
What is Niacin:
Niacin is a vitamin B3. This vitamin helps improve blood flow to bring oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicles. If you are not receiving enough niacin in your diet, you may not produce hair effectively.
Now we understand what minerals and vitamins do, it's time to get started with the most critical hair regimen, hydration.
Water?! What? Yes! You read right.
Although water may not be considered "food", water is imperative to hydrate our bodies. This includes our hair. When we drink more water, it helps energize and support hair follicles. Water helps your hair texture by making it less brittle and more soft. Water also helps with scalp dryness, itchiness and dandruff.
Salmon is packed with protein and omega 3 fatty acids. Your body needs the omega 3, to promote hair growth, but it can not make it on its own. Adding fish like Salmon and sardines into your diet can do wonders for your hair.
Dark green leafy vegetables like spinach are full of nutrients. It's rich in vitamin A, iron, beta carotene and vitamin C. These work together for a healthy scalp and hair. This helps to improve your hair by keeping it moisturized, preventing breakage. Tired of spinach? To mix it up, try kale! Another great green choice for improving your hair and your health.
For a bonus we like to mention eating eggs! This breakfast food that we start our mornings with is packed with vitamins that help hair to be more resistant to damage. Vitamin A, E, and biotin are some of the nutrients in eggs that promotes hair growth and healthy hair.
Carrots are great for your hair because it has a lot of biotin. This helps strengthen your hair and prevents it from falling out.
Here's a challenge - incorporate these foods into your diet this week. Start by drinking plenty of water. The small step of drinking more water can have a great impact on your skin and hair. How about making a spinach egg omelet for your lovely locs? For more hair care to add with your regime, visit VonaeHair.com.