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10 Foods That Promote Healthy and Natural Hair Growth

Whether you are transitioning to a natural hair style or simply maintaining your crown, hair health and growth is a priority. Long, kinky, and thick tresses with the right amount of bounce and volume gives you confidence in your crown as well as becomes easier to manage.

Everyday things affect our hair growth such as pollution, lifestyle, and eating habits. These things can also have a negative effect on our hair and lead to dryness and breakage. Although we do our best to keep our natural tresses hydrated and moisturized, it does not always spell good news for our crowns.

There are simple changes to our lifestyle that can have a huge impact on our crown such as diet, night time regimes, and exercise. In this post we talk about how eating the right foods can help you regain your crowning glory and promote natural healthy hair growth.

Oats support hair growth.

Breakfast is indeed the most important meal of the day. Replace your sugary cereal with oats. Oats contain plenty of protein, potassium, zinc, iron, copper, and vitamin B. Minerals, beneficial compounds, and vitamins in such high quantities work towards preventing hair loss for a variety of reasons and help build overall health. This in turn promotes the growth of natural, healthy hair.

Omega-3 fatty acids promote a healthy scalp.

You cannot undermine the positive effects of sufficient Omega-3 fatty acids in your diet, as it works wonders for your body as well as your natural hair style. These fatty acids are present in the cells lining your scalp, and keep it hydrated. The best sources of Omega-3 are oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring, trout, and sardines. Not a fan of seafood or are a vegetarian? Do not despair; you can add similar nutrients to your diet by eating walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and avocado.

Poultry gives your crown strength.

Protein is crucial for healthy and strong hair as your tresses are made of protein chains. If sufficient protein is lacking from your diet, you may experience problems like hair loss and unhealthy, dry or brittle hair. Chicken, eggs, and other poultry products are rich in protein as well as biotin, a B vitamin that is water-soluble and prevents hair loss. Eat whole eggs and ample quantities of protein to keep your tresses strong and beautiful.

Yellow bell peppers encourage faster hair growth.

Foods that are rich in Vitamin C, such as citrus fruits, are extremely helpful when you are trying to enhance hair growth through your diet. One superfood that you should add to your diet to increase your intake of Vitamin C is the easily-available yellow bell pepper. These peppers have more than five times the vitamins found in oranges, and are excellent for preventing hair breakage, and strengthening your hair.

Sweet potatoes supports healthy hair.

Eating healthy does not need to translate to having bland food! In fact, delicious sweet potatoes, which can be cooked in a variety of ways, are one of the richest sources of beta-carotene. This is an antioxidant that the body converts into Vitamin A, and it works towards producing and protecting the oils on your scalp. Moreover, the starch content of this vegetable helps reduce weight and symptoms of several diseases, which also work towards improving your health and thus your crown.

Beans stimulate growth and prevent breakage.

A superfood that is packed with zinc, protein, biotin and iron, beans provide the nutrients that are necessary to stimulate healthy growth of hair and prevent breakage. You can also take supplements for the same effect, but why risk side effects when you can do something as simple as adding beans to your diet a few times a week? Also, increase your intake of leafy, dark green vegetables like spinach to keep your hair well-hydrated and healthy. Pull together a spinach salad and top it with various beans for a light and refreshing lunch throughout the week.

Carrots promote volume and thickness.

Bugs Bunny told us that carrots are good for eyesight. But did you know that carrots can work wonders for your tresses too? Regularly eating carrots can not only make your hair thicker, stronger, and lustrous, but also protect it from external factors that can cause damage, such as pollution. Since carrots boost hair growth and improve blood circulation, it also works to prevent breakage and shedding. Eat carrots raw, chopped or boiled, as a salad, or simply enjoy a cold glass of carrot juice.

Oysters promote hair growth.

If you love sea food or dining out and enjoying luxury items, you are in luck. During your next foodie excursion order a plate of oysters. Oysters are an excellent source of zinc – an antioxidant that maintains healthy levels of your scalp’s oil glands and thus promotes hair growth. A zinc deficiency can lead to hair loss, and eating oysters is a wonderful, yummy way to combat this health challenge.

Nuts prevent breakage and shedding.

Instead of unhealthy snacking, adopt the habit of munching on nuts like walnuts, almonds, cashews, and pecans if you want to boost hair growth the natural and healthy way. These are rich in nutrients that are known to reduce hair loss and promote growth.

Seeds improve your crown’s elasticity.

Flax and sunflower seeds present a host of benefits for your hair as well as skin. Copper, protein, iron, calcium, vitamins, magnesium, potassium, and biotin are just some of the nutrients that these seeds provide. You can eat them as a snack or sprinkle a handful onto salads, steamed vegetables, or baked foods.

Start adding these superfoods to your regular diet and you will soon notice a difference in your hair, irrespective of the length and texture. If you want to boost hair growth the natural and healthy way, simple changes in your lifestyle like exercising and eating well can go a long way.

Healthy hair and natural hair growth starts from the inside out. Remember that you don’t need to eat these foods every day. Simply add them to your diet for variety to your existing daily diet.  A strong, manageable, and voluminous crown that you have always wanted is not that difficult to achieve with the right LOC method and diet.


Vivian Kaye
Vivian Kaye

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Vivian Kaye is the Queen of Kank and the founder of KinkyCurlyYaki (KCY). Tired of the "African in the front, Indian in the back" hair extensions available to women of color, Vivian set out to find high quality natural hair extensions that blended with her own hair. In 2010, KCY was launched. Her passion for natural hair and curls resonates with her customers and continues to be the guiding principle of what KCY is all about.



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