If we’ve said it once, we’ve definitely said it a hundred times; healthy curls start with a healthy scalp. If you’ve been struggling to grow the long, healthy, luscious curls of your dreams it might be time to take a step back and think about what you’re putting into your body. Good curl care starts with a healthy diet, getting plenty of exercise, lots of sleeping and making sure you’re regularly hydrating. If some (or any) of these components are missing, it can throw your body into turmoil, which makes it difficult for it to produce healthy curls.
If you’re noticing that your curls are thinning, you should consider increasing the amount of red meat in your diet. Red meats are chock full of iron, which will help regenerate slow growing curls. You could also consider increasing the amount of eggs you eat (as if we need any more excuses for brunch!) to get essential Vitamins B12, as well as zinc, selenium, sulfur and iron into your system, which will enhance curl growth.
For curls that seem to be growing at a snail’s pace, you could add asparagus to your weekly vegetable rotations. The dark green stalks are loaded with synthetic Vitamin B. This will allow your body to absorb proteins, which will then encourage healthy hair growth. You probably never thought about it, but skipping your daily bowl of breakfast oatmeal could be harming your curl growth! Oats work to create melanin, and discourage hair loss. If you’re craving a snack throughout the day, pick up a trail mix. Nuts and dried fruits are a super healthy snack (when had in moderation.) Nuts and dried fruit are chock full of nutrients your curls need to grow, like sulfur, biotin and iron. Every time you pick up a pistachio, think of growing long, strong curls!
For those curlies with dry hair, it can be difficult to encourage natural sebum (the oils your curls need to stay moisturized and healthy). When curls are dry, they are prone to breakage and frizz, both of which minimize the amount of growth potential. You can combat this by stocking up on dark leafy greens. You can also add some sprouts to your diet to see improvement in hair loss. Eating sprouts regularly can also lead to shinier, healthier hair. While you’re at it, don’t forget to throw some citrus on your shopping list. Reaching for a few oranges can help increase the shine of your curls.