Did you know that hair follicles are made of mostly protein?
All cells need vitamin A for growth. Other vitamins needed for good strong hair are; vitamin C and D, iron, protein and one of the best-known vitamins for hair growth is a B-vitamin called biotin.
When hair lacks protein in the diet it becomes lank and weak and may even start to fall out. Research has shown that consuming more biotin can help improve hair growth in people.
In today’s society, we are encouraged to rush and do everything as quickly as possible. We have so many other distractions that can take us away from the most natural and very easy ways of living. I know there are supplements out there claiming to help with just about everything. It may seem quicker and easier to use supplements to help. But why take a tablet when you can eat?
Biotin is water-soluble, which means that the body cannot store it — a person needs to get it from their diet. Eating is much more satisfying than popping a pill, it’s a more natural way and it works better than supplements do. Food can be expensive, I shop around and always manage to eat healthy on a budget. I’m not a fan of cooking and I’m no cooking expert. I find easy ways to cook that fit in around my busy schedule.
We mustn’t forget how important it is to take care of ourselves. Eating the correct foods daily is the answer to many of our problems. When we don’t feed our bodies the correct nutrients we can bring on certain deficiencies in our bodies. Hair deficiencies can lead to hair breakage and thinning hair.
These foods are:
Berries. Berries contain great amounts of vitamin C which has strong antioxidant properties. The body uses vitamin C to produce collagen, a protein that helps strengthen hair to prevent it from becoming brittle and breaking.
Other fruits that contain vitamin C to strengthen the capillaries that supply the hair shafts are blackcurrants, blueberries, guava, kiwi fruits, oranges, papaya, and strawberries.
Sweet potatoes contain vitamin C to help with hair growth.
Spinach contains folate, iron, and vitamins A and C, which help promote hair growth.
Broccoli contains a protein that helps support healthy hair growth.
Cauliflower will encourage regrowth in thin areas of the scalp.
Leeks contain iron and manganese that help improve hair growth.
Avocados are high in vitamins B and E, which work at the cellular level to protect and strengthen hair. Vitamin E helps repair damage on the scalp, which may slow or prevent hair growing. Vitamin B is essential for hair growth. Avocados also contain antioxidants, fiber, potassium, magnesium, and folate.
Nuts are packed with omega-3 fatty acids and biotin. Walnuts have more omega-6 fatty acids than any other food and are also full of zinc, iron, B vitamins (B1, B6 and B9), and plenty of protein. Get your daily dose by eating a handful raw or throwing some in your salad, pasta or dessert.
Brazilnuts, are high in selenium. Selenium is not only good for promoting healthy skin and scalp, but the mineral can also help prevent hair loss.
Almonds will make your hair grow faster and thicker due to their high biotin content. One cup contains nearly one-third of your daily requirement. You should be able to see the results in a month or two of adding them to your diet.
Seeds. Eating a handful of seeds a day can help provide the scalp and strands with deep nourishment.
Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of vitamin E. Vitamin E is known to enhance blood flow, which helps promote hair growth.
Flaxseed is an excellent source of omega-3s and fibre. It's also a good source of vitamin E. Omega-3 fatty acids are crucial when it comes to hair health and growth.
Pumpkin seeds contain Omega 3, B vitamins, magnesium, iron and protein, the seeds can improve the quality and strength of our hair.
Chia seeds are packed with protein, fibre, and loads of omega-3. Chia seeds absorb up to 12 times their weight in water so they also keep you feeling fuller longer. Enjoy them as a pudding, in smoothies, or as an egg substitute in vegan baking.
Fenugreek seeds help rebuild the hair follicles and strengthen hair strands from the roots. This can prevent breakage, treats dandruff and decreases thinning hair. The seeds contain nicotinic acid and Lecithin, it is high in fibre and protein.
Lentils are a good source of protein and iron, which support full-bodied hair. Enjoy them as a side dish, in a hearty soup, or make yourself lentil-veggie burgers.
A weekly hair care regime will also help lengthen and strengthen your hair. Massage certain oils into your scalp for wonderful results.
Coconut oil is my favourite because of its moisture-retaining properties. Coconut oil stays inside the hair intensely moisturising instead of evaporating. Coconut oil intensely moisturises the hair strands preventing hair breakage, hair loss and also acts as a heat protectant.
How to use Coconut oil:
Coconut oil is solid at room temperature, I recommend heating it slightly so it melts, it will make it much easier to apply.
Apply a small amount of coconut oil to your hair at the roots deeply massaging it into your scalp for at least 5 minutes.
Using a wide comb, comb the oil through from your scalp to the ends of your hair. Comb carefully for 5 minutes add some more of the oil if needed.
Cover your hair with a special hair hat, leave the oil in your hair overnight and rinse off the next day.
Try to use natural hair products as much as possible. Traditional hair products contain lots of chemicals that strip natural oils from your scalp causing irritation and dryness.
If you have coloured hair natural hair products are safer to use because there are no nasty chemicals inside to strip colour. Using natural products can make your coloured hair look more radiant. All the nutrients, vitamins, and oils in natural hair products will provide nourishment your hair needs, making it healthy and beautiful.
It’s not easy to find natural products, companies make out they are organic but then when you look at the ingredients they are full of nasty chemicals. When purchasing anything food or products my advice is to look for fewer ingredients, the less the better. It’s impossible to live our lives chemically free nowadays, the air we breathe isn’t clean anymore.
I was obsessed with living chemically free ten years ago. I made my own makeup, cleaning products, beauty products just about everything, I was also a vegan, I lived this way for almost five years. Living like this was very difficult, because I also worked full time, had three children to bring up, I had no time for anything fun. I isolated myself from people who didn’t understand my way of living and was very unhappy. I can’t ignore what I know and believe but I know that it’s impossible to live free from risks. I try my best to avoid things I know are bad for me as much as possible but I don’t let myself stress if I sometimes choose to forget.
I have been following this hair care regime now for four months. My hair is growing thicker and faster than it ever has. I haven’t had my hair long for at least fifteen years, it usually takes too long to grow and I keep it in a bob style because it’s easier and makes my hair look thicker. My hair has grown just over 2 inches within the four months if it keeps going at this rate I will have the style I plan for this summer.
If you have any natural hair growing ideas that don’t involve taking supplements please feel free to drop your ideas in the comment bar below and I will be sure to give them a try.