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Hair Food Therapy: Best Foods And Products For Dry Hair

Change That Brittle Hair Around

Something that I’ve learned over the years is that hair is affected by many things, including the foods and products that we digest.

Back in the day when I was eating poorly, I had noticed that my hair was dryer. My scalp had flakes that it didn’t have before. Also, when I was eating in an unhealthy fashion, I wasn’t drinking water. This was all occurring when I was young, so I didn’t know how food, supplements, and different products affected my hair.

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One day I was looking in the mirror and noticed that I had split ends, even though I been getting regular trims. The trims weren’t helping as much as they would because my diet wasn’t the best.

I asked my mom why my hair wasn’t growing as it should, and she quickly explained that I had to change my eating habits, add some supplements, and drink more water. I knew the importance of eating healthy, I just hadn’t paid attention to how vital it was, especially when it comes to hair.

After about two years of changing my diet, I noticed a significant difference in my hair. My edges were intact, and that was partly because I drank as much water as possible, and didn’t overeat junk food.

A proper diet can turn your dry, brittle hair around, and we’re here to show you how.

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Consult With A Professional

Now, it is always important to consult with a professional when involving hair.

The reason for this is because a professional will be able to let you know exactly what the issue is with your hair. You wouldn’t want to begin changing things around without knowing what you want to target. It is essential to understand what you’re aiming so that you take the proper steps to improve it. It’s rare that you’ll find a hairstylist that will know much about food therapy for hair.

Most of them will suggest the usual way of repairing hair, which is to use different certified hair care products. However, if you can’t find someone that can recommend a full food therapy regimen, it’s okay. All you need to know is precisely what you should be focused on changing your hair, and why.

A professional should be able to get you that information with no issue.

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What Is Food Therapy For Hair?

Food therapy for hair is an ancient way of increasing hair growth, repairing hair damage and avoiding hair loss.

For example, a wholesome diet, rich in silica, calcium, and iron can help reduce hair loss. This is a change in food that can be beneficial to your hair. European studies have found that different proteins can reinforce hair and stimulate growth.

In individual studies, the hair growth increased by 15 percent. It’s incredible what can we do with our natural resources. Of course, food therapy doesn’t have to be the only thing included in your hair care routine, but it can create a tremendous difference when incorporated more often. Also, by engaging in food therapy, you get two benefits instead of one!

You get to have healthy hair and depending on your current lifestyle, a more robust body. It is a win/win when it comes to food therapy.

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What About Chemical Products?

A lot of people have the misconception that if you decide to try natural products that you can’t also simultaneously use products with chemicals.

This isn’t true. You don’t have to use one or the other. However, most people that use natural products, notably including food, enjoy it so much that they don’t want to switch back to using chemicals. It is possible for you to create an entire hair routine out of food products, natural supplements, and organic products.

The best products to make out of food products are hair masks. If you’re suffering from dry and brittle hair, a hair mask is a great, cheap, and effective way to increase the moisture that’s lacking in your hair.

For example, honey is a great product to use when dealing with a dry, and irritated scalp. Dry and irritated scalps can cause dry hair, so it is essential to pay attention to the source. Honey and pumpkin is a combination that is rich in vitamins, potassium, and zinc, and it helps moisturize dry hair.

The world of hair care is versatile, and the decision to use chemicals or organic products is entirely up to you.

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Can I Still Wear Extensions?

The entire point of using food products and supplements is to make sure that your hair is healthy.

If you want to change the nature of your dry, brittle hair, you’ll need to make sure that you’re adamant about your regimen to keep your hair healthy. You can still wear extensions, but it is essential to make sure that you are protecting your natural hair underneath. When you’re utilizing food therapy while simultaneously wearing a protective style, your hair has the potential to grow incredibly.

Extensions are a great way to protect your hair while you work on improving it for future hairstyles.

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How Much Does It Cost?

Food therapy is an excellent method to help your hair remain healthy.

A fantastic benefit of it is that it costs less than what standard haircare products would cost. The products needed for food therapy can be found right in your kitchen. The ingredients that you don’t have can be found at the food market, and they are usually very cost efficient.

Also, you can make things such as hair masks right in your home without the expense of a hair care professional. Sometimes, the organic products that are pre-made will be a bit on the expensive side.

Luckily, if you follow a regimen that doesn’t require you to wash your hair often, you won’t have to spend too much money acquiring these products.

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How To Revitalize Hair Eating Foods

The first thing you’ll want to do is eat more vitamins A, E and K.

You’ll be able to find those vitamins in carrots, rice bran, avocados, dairy soybeans, and broccoli. This food will help you nourish your hair, scalp, and give your hair a great glow. To increase hair growth, you will need to improve your iron levels. You can do this by consuming more meat, poultry, and whole grains.

Spinach and other leafy greens also provide iron. This will increase the oxygen given to you, and assist your strands in being healthy. When your body is running low on iron and nutrients are not being given to your hair roots, this can inhibit your growth, increase your risk of hair loss, and make your strands weak.

Egg provides protein that is great for hair growth. Incorporating them into your diet is beneficial to you and your curls. Citrus fruits give you the vitamin C you need to absorb your iron.

It’s also necessary for the production of collagen that makes sure your hair is getting the regular supply of nutrients for quick hair growth.

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The holy grail of thickening your hair is Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Omega-3 fatty acids nourish the hair, and since our bodies don’t naturally produce these fats, you need to get them from your diet.

Nuts and seeds are high in Omega-3 fatty acids. Flaxseeds are as well, and they can serve as a healthy snack while simultaneously. If you’ve ever heard of the biotin, you should know that you don’t have to take a pill to get it. Whole grains are abundant in biotin, along with iron, and B vitamins. Biotin is essential in producing amino acids, a protein that is required for hair growth.

It is essential to cut back on foods that do nothing for your hair such as cakes, cookies, and sugary snacks. Of course, the best way to get a head start on keeping your body and hair healthy is to ensure that your body is hydrated.

Drinking water will do just that and keep your hair from drying out entirely. The recommended intake of water is eight full glasses.

Avoid intaking thinks that will dehydrate your body such as caffeine and alcohol.

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Revitalize Your Hair by Using Foods

There are so many ways to use food to help your hair rather than eat it. Many food products are beneficial when you topically apply it to hair.

It’s been said that applying mayonnaise to your hair can lock in moisture. Mix items such as avocado and banana into a paste. Apply the glue to hair and coat it thoroughly. This will allow your hair to increase moisture as well. Honey is a fantastic product that is moisturizing, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial. Using honey on your hair works great for overly dry, and irritated scalps. You can naturally lighten your hair by adding lemon to any honey infused product you use.

Another surprising thing that’s been proven to work on hair is apples. Applesauce has acid that cleanses the scalp. It breaks down clogged hair follicles and dead skin. You can turn yogurt into a hair mask to benefit the lactic acid that nourishes the hair follicle. We all know the hype around coconut oil and hair. It’s a great way to repair split ends and dry hair.

However, it’s cumbersome. You will want to use it sparingly because it can cause your strands to look weighted, and overly oiled. Beer is another remarkable product that helps hair. It makes hair shinier! The yeast in beer makes hair plump, while the malt nourishes and stimulates the hair shaft.

The smell is what makes it an unlikely choice but don’t knock it before you try it.

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Check For Allergies

As fun and fabulous as natural, organic foods are. It is ESSENTIAL for you to ensure that you’re not allergic.

Before you try any food products, topically apply the food onto a patch of skin. Wait about 10-20 minutes before wiping it off. If nothing occurs, wait until 24 hours from the application before trying the product again.

The product can still have adverse effects, even if they don’t show up immediately. Some signs of an allergy are a rash, restricted breathing, and watery eyes. It’s also important to check to see if you’re allergic to any of the foods that are suggested for eating above.

Head to a certified dermatologist to do an official allergy test.

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Do Your Research

All of this information is helpful, but it is essential for you to do your research.

No matter what you decide when it comes to using natural and organic products, you will need to do your research. Make sure that you watch as many videos as you can. Follow every direction, and make sure that you’re not allergic.

Having an allergic reaction can ruin your hair, primarily if it spreads across your scalp. Not to mention, it is hazardous. Make sure that you do your research so that you won’t run into any unknown risks.

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What To Remember

Using natural products doesn’t mean that you can’t use regular products that have chemicals.

You can wear extensions while utilizing food therapy; it can help your hair grow while it is being protected. In fact, doing food therapy while you’re using a protective style can be extremely beneficial. Food therapy is cost-effective unless you decide to purchase pre-made food therapy.

Organic products have been shown to be healthier for hair, especially hair that is dry and brittle. You can topically apply the natural products, such as bananas, honey, and avocado or you can choose to digest the foods, and supplements to have a more long-term effect. Don’t give up on your dry and brittle hair because there is treatment available.

Changing things from the inside can be beneficial not only to your hair but your overall health. It’s worth giving it a shot, and we, at Private Label Extensions, are here to help.

About Simi Muhumuza

Simi is an undergraduate student at GSU. She is studying psychology, and is an avid black mental health advocate. She is also a poet, and is working on a book that will be released next year. She DJ’s on her spare time, and can be reached on all social outlets as @simimoonlight.

2 thoughts on “Hair Food Therapy: Best Foods And Products For Dry Hair

  1. Alexis says:

    This artical was so informative. Thanks for sharing. As a hairstylist I tell my clients some of the thing you talked about like drinking more water eating right and taking vitamins.

  2. Brit Tea says:

    Hey!!! Wow, thank you so much for writing this article!! It’s important to let people know that they don’t always have to run to chemicals or expensive hair products to cure their dry hair. There’s an old saying that goes “if you can’t eat it, then don’t use it” and I totally believe in that! Great article!

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