Growing curly hair is very frustrating and an excellent way to test your patience. Your hair could grow four inches, but with curly hair it only looks like four centimeters! The disparity between visual length and actual length is a cool trick to show your friends, but does nothing for your curly hair goals. Everyone wants curled hair extensions, collagen shots, or vitamin supplements to kickstart the process, but there’s an easier way: The Curly Hair Diet.
The foods you eat can significantly change the health of your hair. It’s that simple! Healthy food means healthy hair. Changing your diet can really aid in significant growth. It’s crucial to maximize your vitamin and protein intake and eat lots of fruits and vegetables.
Some typical breakfast foods that promote hair growth include eggs, avocado toast, and whole grain cereals. Eggs are rich in B vitamins including biotin. Choose between sunny side up or scrambled-egg-and-cheese sandwiches. Avocado toast has been growing in popularity as a breakfast food, which is great news for longer curls. Avocados boost moisture because they are packed with monounsaturated fatty acids. They’re an excellent source of Vitamin E, which protects the body’s cells and assists in hair growth. Whole grain cereals have iron, which feeds your hair follicles oxygen. This helps prevent hair loss and thinning.
For lunch or dinner, the “Curly Hair Diet” has a cornucopia of options. It’s important to keep up with dark leafy green vegetables like kale, spinach, and broccoli. We need Vitamin A and E to promote sebum, which is an oily substance emitted from our hair and is imperative to natural growth. Sweet potatoes, peppers, and carrots are also great sources of vitamins. Beans and lentils have Vitamin C and iron, which is a great supporter for your hair. For any meat eaters, chicken, salmon, beef, and oysters make the list! You can mix and match these ingredients as you please.
Here are some meal ideas to get that hair growing. A salad with kale, spinach, and banana peppers, with a side of oven roasted sweet potatoes seasoned with turmeric and cayenne pepper (which also promote hair growth), and your choice of meat. Broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots with salmon. Rice and beans with sautéed peppers and any meat. Red lentil soup with lemon zest. Remember, you can put your own spin on any of these.
When you’re in the mood for a snack, eat fruits, nuts and seeds to help manage blood circulation. I suggest oranges, tangerines, mandarins, lemons, grapefruits, bananas, apples, and kiwis. Almonds and walnuts are full of omega-6 fatty acids, magnesium, protein, and iron. Sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds have lots of antioxidants. And just in case you were craving sweets, dark chocolate increases the natural blood flow to the scalp.
Don’t forget that staying hydrated is incredibly important in your journey to waist-length curls! There are also tons of other ways to start growing longer hair. You can use 100% Jamaican Black Castor Oil, massage your scalp regularly, sleep with a bonnet, use satin scrunchies, or take biotin. You can steer clear of products with sulfates, phthalates, mineral oils, parabens, and silicones. You could split your hair in smaller sections on wash days.
Although longer hair is the goal, you want it to grow healthily. Regular trims will ensure that split ends aren’t following your hair on it’s way out of your scalp. What’s the point of longer hair if it’s damaged or broken? Don’t forget to book your hair appointments through KLYP for the glamorous look you were meant to have!