Tips for Luscious Hair
Nutrients not only play a huge role in the way we feel but also in the way we look! Eating nutrient dense foods is the ultimate beauty hack! So, what are the essential foods you need for luscious looking hair?
Let’s begin with GREENS! Green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, collards, Swiss chard, arugula, turnip greens, and dandelion greens are all packed with hair-loving nutrients. These include folate, vitamin C, vitamin K, carotenoids, and antioxidants. Load up your plate with a splash of green at every meal for maximum benefit. If you’re having trouble munching on your greens why not try blending them into a smoothie? Add some ripe bananas and frozen berries for a twist of sweetness.
Next on the list are essential fatty acids (EFA’s). More specifically, omega-3. This beautifying nutrient provides nourishment for both the scalp and the hair follicles, thus preventing dry or brittle looking hair. Great food sources of omega-3 include wild caught Atlantic salmon, sardines, flaxseeds/ flaxseed oil, chia seeds, walnuts, and specialty eggs. Aim for up to three grams of omega-3 each day for hair nourishing benefits!
The B-complex is a combination of multiple B vitamins working in unison to metabolize our food into energy. A chronic deficiency in some of these B vitamins may lead to future hair loss. Conversely, biotin (vitamin B7) has been shown to help promote hair growth. It is important to note that the B vitamins work on a ‘buddy system’ and therefore should be supplemented as a complex instead of individually. This helps prevent the off balance of the rest of the B vitamins.
Add shine to your hair by incorporating apple cider vinegar into your washing routine. Mix one part apple cider vinegar and three parts water into a spray bottle and apply onto the hair a few minutes before washing it. Another honorable mention for bringing shine to your hair is Argan oil of Morocco. Lather this oil into the dry tips and leave in over night before washing it out in the morning.
In order for hair to grow effectively it requires sufficient oxygen supply through proper blood circulation. Get your pulse rate up by participating in whichever physical activity is most enjoyable for you! In addition, regular exercise helps reduce overall stress levels. Chronic stress triggers premature hair loss, so beat the stress with endorphins!