Afro Hair – Nutrition 1st
Growing Afro hair can be a problem for women of colour, but the secret lies in nutritionHair care for women of colour can be very challenging, most women look to hair products as the answer to their hair care problems, hair products are important but good nutrition is the most important place to start. Nutrition is key to fabulous hair, the best hair time for me was when I was pregnant believe it or not, I was eating better and my iron levels were high because I was taking extra iron and there was no loss of blood each month. And now that I am at that time of life we call the change! My hair has never been better! Contrary to popular belief that as we get older the hair growth slows down. The reason for this is two fold firstly the hormonal change, but most importantly I have completely adapted my nutrition to compensate for the change, to counteract the ageing process.
Nutrition for Afro Hair 5 Top Tips
- Folic Acid is great for thickening and strengthening the hair as it improves the red blood cells and the circulation, therefore improves hair growth.
- Sulfur in the form of MSM is great for the hair also the skin and nails.
- Flaxseed oil is also good for hair growth it contains omega 3,6 & 9. Flaxseed Oil moisturises the body from the inside outwards.
- A diet rich in fruit and vegetables are essential for healthy hair, a variety of colours will give you a variety of nutrients.
- The B vitamins are essential for good hair importantly B6 a good B complex is best to get the best results.
If you have hair challenges, try some or all of the tips above, it will take 3 to 6 months to see a visible difference. But try it you will be amazed! You will find that over time if you take care of the hair from the inside and use good quality hair products, your hair will be your crowning glory!
Moisture and Moisture is the next step to luscious locks for the women of colour, there are lots of products on the market to choose from. When choosing a moisturiser for the hair it is important to choose a water based one, as this will minimise breaking. I prefer a hair lotion as apposed to greased based. There are lots of spritzers on the market that will help to add extra moisture. Moisture can be added to the hair by a weekly or bi-weekly hot oil treatment, intensified by heat. This will improve the elasticity of the hair.
Breaking hair has very poor elasticity. So protect your hair adding a leave in conditioner is also recommended to prevent drying and breakage from heated tools and appliances. For more information on Afro hair care click here
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