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5 Foods for Longer and Healthier Hair

We have all heard this before – beauty starts from within. What we put into our body radiates into how we feel on the outside. Healthy food, regular exercise, kind words are all contributors to how we feel every day. Today, we will focus on food, and more specifically on food that makes more beautiful, healthier and longer hair!

1. Avocadosdownload

Avocados are pretty much perfection concentrated into one round green shell. It is a great source of healthy fats, which are very important to our overall health. Indeed, unsaturated fats can help control blood sugar levels, play an important role in cognitive function and emotional health, and if you didn’t guess it already, avocados make our hair very happy! Avocados are amazing not just because of their creamy consistency and light flavor, but also due to the vitamins A, D and E and omega-9 fatty acids that they contain. When avocados are not in season, the best alternative is the oil extracted from them. Avocado oil can be directly applied to the hair in order to stimulate collagen production, which is very beneficial to our hair growth.

2. Pumpkin and Sunflower Seeds

Pumpkin and sunflower seeds, although tiny, are filled with lots of benefits that make our hair happy. These little shells are packed with iron, which is extremely important to the health of our hair. Hair loss is primarily caused from a lack of iron, so we want to make sure that our iron levels remain high and steady. In addition, pumpkin seeds are very high in zinc, vitamins A, and K and omega-3 fatty acids. Sunflower seeds are also high in vitamin E, which enhances our blood flow to the scalp and promotes faster hair growth.

3. Green Leafy Vegetables

Green leafy vegetables definitely lack some love. Maybe because of their scary color, or bitter flavor, they are often underrated
and under-eaten. Green leafy vegetables are extremely high in iron and allow us to battle brittle hair. A great example of this is spinach; rich in vitamin A, iron, beta carotene, folate, and vitamin C. Greens ensure a healthy scalp and allow for hair to stay moisturized. There is a great variety of green leafy vegetables like swiss chard, kale, broccoli, arugula…the list goes on!

4. Hazelnut Butter

Hazelnut Butter is extremely high in biotin and can be added to any pancake or smoothie recipe for added creaminess, protein and biotin. Biotin is very important because these B7 vitamins are not only responsible for digestion, but also for promoting hair growth.

5. Sweet Potatoes

download (1)Vegetables and fruits are very high in vitamins and minerals, which help us nourish our bodies and promote the growth of our hair. Sweet potatoes are truly the best. Their incredible sweetness matched with the antioxidant Beta Carotene that they possess (our bodies convert it into vitamin A) make this a special food that we should include more into our diet. Baked in the oven with some cinnamon and rosemary, or grilled on the pan with some tomato sauce and cumin, sweet potatoes will help you get stronger and healthier hair!






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Salt Water and How it Effects Your Hair

Beach-HairOcean water has high salt content, it is osmotic, so it leaches water out of your hair. The result? Dry, parched and brittle locks.

After a day at the beach, strands become dull, tangled, rough feeling and can be hard to comb or brush out. If you have color in your hair, salt water damage would give it a very hard texture.

Once you shampoo your hair, you may even notice that it takes longer to blow-dry or you may have problems getting your locks to curl or hold a style. In its worst form, salt water damage causes the ends of the hair to split, and breakage can begin.

To prevent salt water from damaging your strands, take these recommended steps before and after you leave the beach.

  • Leave-in conditioner is a must to keep the hair moist and soft, and to make it harder for the salt water to damage the hair. Look for a spray formula that you can toss in your beach bag and re-apply throughout the day.
  • To help protect your scalp from UV rays, use a protective hair cream or leave-in containing SPF over your hair and on your part. Another simple yet effective method is to saturate a Q-tip with sunscreen and apply it directly to the part line.
  • Ditch the styling products: before going to the beach make sure you have no gels, hairsprays, or other harsh styling agents in your hair.
  • Condition before you comb. Never attempt to comb your hair without a leave-in conditioner after being out in beach water. Condition it, then comb through it and try to let it air dry if you can.
  • When it comes to drying your hair, try to do it naturally by letting it air dry. One trick is after a wash, put it in a bun with a little conditioner left in it. A few hours later, take it down, and the result should be soft, wavy hair that is a little moist.
  • Hair dryers should be a last resort when you’re at the beach to save your hair from the extra heat.
  • Use coconut oil – on your TIPS ONLY. Coconut oil is a great, all- around beauty product. Rub about a dime size amount between your hands for a few seconds, and then rub it through the ends of your hair. If you have a normal-oily scalp, be sure to stay away from the roots! You can do this before and after the beach.
  • Use bobby pins if you can! They don’t break your hair like rubber-bands do, and when hair is a little drier at the beach, this is super important. They are cheap and there are endless styling creations you can make with them.

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