Wednesday, April 8, 2009

A Healthy Diet will lead to a head of healthy hair!

Companies such as Pantene, Creme of Nature, Herbal Essence and many more make products every day to improve the health of your hair. These products promise to thicken your thin hair or even stimulate accelerated hair growth for others. If you know like I know, you know that this is false advertisement. A product may coat your strands and give the illusion of thicker hair, but it does not truly make your hair thicker. Why? Our hair is nothing but dead cells. It can grow longer as "new growth" spurts out of our scalp, but you can not alter the cells that are already dead.

"You are what you eat"
Don't be discouraged. This doesn't mean that you can not achieve healthy thick hair over time. What you put in your body has allot to do with what comes out of it. If you have a poor diet and lack vitamins and nutrients, your hair will lack shine, thickness and may not grow as quickly. There are a few vitamins and nutrients that are needed for your hair to thrive. They are:

Protein
Protein is essential in cell growth. If you hair is made up of dead cells, it would definately be imperative to have a sufficient amount of protein in your diet. Some foods that are great sources of protein are: lean beef, turkey,chicken, pork, shrimp and eggs. You can also try protein shakes to supplement your diet.

B Vitamins (Biotin, B5, B12)
B vitamins assist in the formation of red blood cells. Red blood cells are responsible for transporting oxygen to all of the cells in your body. Again...better cell development/growth, leads to more hair. Good sources of B vitamins are: shellfish, cereals high in fiber, black eyed peas, trout,spinach, okra, beets and low fat cottage cheese.

These are two of the many vitamins that you would want to include in your diet. In time, we will dig deeper into this subject.

7 comments:

LadyWritesTheBlues said...

Got my vitamins you suggested!

I also got caught on this cite today at work by the boss-lol. I was on this one and my friend (who also got caught) was on cyberstylist..we're addicted. Good thing we have a cool boss...

LadyWritesTheBlues said...

Okay, sorry...but question: When would you suggest starting henna treatments for people transitioning? Aaaand...is it ok to put a rinse over it or are there any (good) henna treatments w/out the reddish color? Is the reddish color extreme? I'm imgaining some burgandy (sp??) color & it's scaring me..thanx.

KinkyCurlyCoolChick said...

LOL I get busted on the web ALL the time.
As far as henna, do you have any color in your hair? With henna the sooner you start the BETTER. I wish I had known about it long ago. As far as the color, true henna is red so there is no getting around it. Most people can not tell my hair is red until I get in the sun. It is a deep mahogany color. There is cassia which has similar benefits as henna but it's clear. I never did cassia because henna just seemed so much better. Would you like to see more information on Cassia? Oh and no need to waste your money on a rinse. Henna is permanent. The only way to get it out is to grow it out. I was hesitant because of the red also. Now 38749238742938 treatments later...I will NEVER stop using Henna. Soon as these braids are out...I am going to henna again! This time I will upload a video from start to finish.. :-)

LadyWritesTheBlues said...

I don't have any color in my hair now, so I guess I will get started w/Henna---but I am interested in Cassia, too though-just to compare, I guess. Okay...back to work now....

DeeDee said...

This saying is very true. My sis has went vegetarian in 2006 and her locs were above her ears. In 2009, they touch the middle of her shoulder blades.

Shana Bender said...

I have benefited a lot from some of your tips .

Pamela said...

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