After working with Kelly LeVeque of Be Well by Kelly, we are now well equipped with the knowledge to eat for healthy hair. But there’s more to it than that – certain foods increase blood circulation to the scalp and naturally stimulate hair growth. We consulted Kelly on the best tricks for ingredients that you can eat or apply directly to your scalp for hella healthy hair.
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One of many reasons we may experience dry, brittle hair is because of oxidative stress. Oxidative stress occurs when free radicals react with fatty acids and proteins that nourish the hair follicle, causing the hair cell to age; that means, you guessed it – dull, lifeless hair. The active ingredient in Turmeric, Curcumin, is responsible for neutralizing harmful free radicals and stimulating the body’s production of antioxidant enzymes. The bottom line is, Turmeric is a great natural hair remedy to incorporate into your diet.
Rosemary oil has recently entered the health space due to its ability to stimulate hair growth and lower cortisol (which can result in hair loss). When applied to the scalp, Rosemary oil revives hair follicles by increasing microcirculation of the scalp and stimulating new hair production. It has also been shown to naturally thicken hair, something we all covet for a healthy mane. Massage a few drops of Rosemary oil to your roots to upgrade your nightly beauty routine.
Rich in Vitamin C, lemon nourishes the body with antioxidants and helps restore the mantle of the hair. The acid mantle is a thin layer of fluid that surrounds hair, with a pH of 4.5-5.5 and is integral for maintaining the correct balance of moisture in the hair. Washing, styling, and exposure to the sun’s UV rays can contaminate or remove the acid mantle, causing hair to lose its shine and feel dehydrated. Lemon is an agent that helps restore the mantle to its natural pH and support stronger, shinier hair. Squeeze lemon into your hair at night and allow the antixoidants to naturally strengthen your hair overnight. Word to the wise – lemon acts like sun-in, so be conscious to apply lemon only when you know you won’t be exposed to the sun’s rays.
Broccoli is a superfood for your hair and contains Vitamin A, C, K, B-complex, and E. Broccoli is also a good source of folic acid, which makes your hair grow thicker, shiner, and adds moisture to your hair. The phytonutrient glucoraphanin, in broccoli protects against harmful UV rays that can damage hair. Another bonus, broccoli improves adrenal gland functioning, which benefits your body’s reaction to stress and can combat cortisol from aging your hair.
5. Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper is a good source of Vitamin A and E, promoting sebum production in the hair follicle and repairing damaged hair, respectively. Vitamin E can also slow the aging process of the hair follicle and balance hormones. Cayenne pepper’s active ingredient, Capsaicin, aids the body in blood circulation and prevents blood clots; two important factors that support blood flow to the scalp and hair follicle.
6. Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are essential for healthy hair because they deliver omega-3 fatty acids and promote circulation to the hair follicle. Remember, healthy fat reflects shiny hair, so you definitely want to add omega-3s to your daily routine. A little goes a long way; add 1-2 tablespoons to your morning smoothie to invigorate your hair.
Garlic is a potent and natural remedy for hair growth and blood circulation. When consumed, garlic can prevent plaque from blocking blood vessels by binding to cholesterol. This action improves blood circulation, especially to the scalp, which supports hair follicle health.
Do you have a secret ingredient for super thick tresses? Share the deets in the comments below!