By Fran of Heyfranhey.com
The products we use, how we apply them and our particular climates (and even stress levels) are all important factors in the results we get when styling our natural hair. We all have different hair types and needs, so figuring out the right combination of ingredients and techniques is key. However, one universal and fundamental contributor, that is often overlooked, is our nutrition. The overly processed foods we tend to gravitate towards are extremely low in vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Being “natural” is a concept that should start from the inside out. A cleaner diet will help you grow stronger and healthier cells that will drastically improve how you look and feel.
Eating healthy doesn’t mean you need to go on some sort of crash diet. Nor does it require you to fast or detox. Depriving yourself of much needed proteins, nutrients and minerals will only push you to binge or burn out and will not be very useful to your skin and hair health. You can simply begin by integrating healthier options into your current eating plan. I’m an advocate of gradual transitions into healthier lifestyles. It’s less daunting and less pressure. Once you see and feel the improvements, for yourself, you’ll be more naturally inclined to make more and more changes. Here are a few things to add to your grocery list next time you’re out shopping:
1. Omega‑3 Fatty Acids
Omega‑3 Fatty Acids are essential nutrients that our body needs but is unable to produce on its own. This is why it is important for us to include it in our daily food intake, so we can supplement our systems with the health it provides. What do these nutrients have to do with hair? They are needed to promote a healthy scalp. A deficiency can affect how much natural oil (sebum) your hair and scalp produce, resulting in dryness and often contributing to breakage and hair loss. You can get your daily dose of Omega‑3 Fatty Acids through flax seeds, walnuts, cabbage, beans, broccoli, squash, fish oil, olive oil and salmon; just to name a few.