Want long flowing hair? Read my tips on how to eat and style your way to Rapunzel worthy hair.
Confession: I was born with thick, curly hair so it is easy for mine to grow fast. Don't stop reading this post though! Turns out though even if you have good genes, if your nutrition is not going well your hair will stop growing. There was even a time in my life I wasn't paying attention to certain things I was eating and even my thick, curly hair started to get brittle and stopped growing. I realized then that diet has a huge role in making sure hair is strong, long and looks amazing. Since then I have revamped my diet, my hair routine, and the products I use to help my hair grow super fast (even if I dye it every couple months). Here are my tips on what to eat and how to style!
Eat Your Way to Healthy Hair
Protein at every meal
Aim to have a source of protein at every meal. Protein promotes the production of keratin which helps make hair strong and less likely to break. Your hair is also protein so the better the protein stores, the faster your hair will grow. Aim for 15-30 grams per meal which equates to about 2-5 oz. of meat, fish, and poultry.
Nuts and seeds are my "go-to" fats
Nuts and seeds are a great way to incorporate omega-3 fatty acids into the diet which have been shown to increase hair growth and thickness. Walnuts, chia seeds, flax seeds and hemp seeds are all perfect sources of omega-3 fatty acids and can be easily added to your diet. Another nut to add in? Brazil nuts. Add in 1-2 brazil nuts a few times a week to ensure you get enough selenium. Not enough selenium in the diet may cause slow hair growth.
Eggs are egg-cellent
Eggs are one of my all time favorite foods for so many reasons and increasing hair growth is one of them. Eggs contain three things that can help promote hair growth: protein, vitamin D, and biotin. Biotin is a b-Complex vitamin that helps support hair growth. You may even see it in shampoos or conditioners. Opt for whole eggs for the best beauty benefits.
As a weight lifting gal, I incorporate protein powder to shakes for a easy breakfast and post-workout snacks. Protein powder not only helps my muscles recover and get more defined, but it helps add in extra protein like discussed in number one to promote hair growth. I opt for whey protein isolate and egg white protein as the source of protein for my supplement. Fish oil, vitamin-D, and a B-complex vitamin can all help with hair growth as well.
Style Your Way to Healthy Hair
Wash less often
Washing your hair every day is fine for some but tends to be overkill for most. It strips the hair and follicle of healthy oils and also can cause more hair to be lost during the washing. If two times a week sounds nuts, washing every other day is a good start. Invest in a good dry shampoo for those days in between.
Brush less often
Brushing your hair often just leads to breakage. Opt for gentle strokes and use a wide tooth comb if you have fine hair.
Lay off the heat
Heat styling can really take a toll on your hair causing major breakage and weak hair. If you can, allow your hair to drip dry/ air dry and only apply heat tools necessary. Even with having such thick hair, I always allow my hair to drip dry and then I use a flat iron or curling iron with caution.
Use the best products possible.
Always opt for sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. For ladies with extra thick hair? Talk to your stylist about adding in a keratin treatment every 2-3 months. It works wonders!
Comment with your tips on how you keep your hair looking amazing. I would love to hear from you!