It’s more than your hair being uncooperative; lately your hair seems dry and brittle. You may have even noticed that pieces of it seem to be breaking off. Your hairdresser can recommend a plethora of different shampoos and serums, but perhaps you aren’t interested in the chemical approach. Since your hair's health is affected by the foods you eat it would only make sense that the answer to your problem is waiting for you in the kitchen. Food therapy may be just what your hair needs to restore it to a healthy state.
Revitalize Hair by Eating the Right Foods
Increase your intake of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. These can be found in such foods as cold water fish, flax oil, pumpkin seeds and dark green vegetables. Your body can’t produce omega 3 and 6, which are known to be beneficial for healthy hair.
Eat more vitamins A, E and K by introducing more carrots, broccoli, rice bran, avocados, dairy and soybeans into your daily diet. All of these contribute to nourishing your hair and scalp.
Consume plenty of meat, poultry and whole grains to increase your iron levels, which helps to provide oxygen to your hair.
Drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated and ultimately keep your hair from drying out. Eight glasses of water a day will help you to stay sufficiently hydrated. Avoid consuming things that will counter your efforts and dehydrate your body, such as caffeine and alcohol.
Cut back on foods that do nothing for your hair such as cakes, cookies and other sugary snacks. If you fill up on these you won’t have room for the foods that will help to make a difference.
Revitalize Your Hair by Using the Right Foods
Mash a banana and an avocado into a paste and apply it to your hair to coat it thoroughly. Allow the mixture to sit on your hair for an hour before rinsing it out with warm water.
Rub olive or coconut oil into your hair and cover it with a shower cap right before you go to bed. Rinse the oil out of your hair in the morning with warm water.
Apply mayonnaise to your hair to use as a conditioner. Leave the mayonnaise on your hair for five minutes before rinsing it out. Use cool to tepid water to help the cuticles to close up, locking moisture in.
Mix 2 tbsp. of olive oil into a bowl with three eggs and a tsp. of white vinegar. Combine the ingredients well with a fork or spoon and apply it to your hair. Cover your hair with a shower cap to keep it from dripping all over you and leave it to soak for half an hour. Shampoo your hair with a moisturizing shampoo and rinse well.
Rinse your hair immediately if anything you use on your hair begins to make your scalp itch or burn.
Melynda Sorrels spent 10 years in the military working in different capacities of the medical field, including dental assisting, health services administration, decontamination and urgent medical care. Awarded the National Guardsman’s Medal for Lifesaving efforts in 2002, Sorrels was also a nominee for a Red Cross Award and a certified EMT-B for four years.