Bad hair days? We’re over it!
Sick of blowing money on products promising hair growth or beautiful locks and never seeing results? It’s time for another hack: YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!
Spend your money on something you actually want; SNACKS! We’ve got your go-to hair snacks. No, you aren’t feeding your hair.. well not exactly. We may suggest throwing food head on your head at some point, but we’ll save that for a later day.
Now let’s talk about what you should be eating.
First we’ll cover the Don’ts!
There are certain foods linked to hair thinning and loss. You want to avoid these; stay away from anything that is going to promote higher levels of testosterone. Testosterone whaaat? Bet you never think about it, but you could be surging your testosterone.. which is great if you’re looking for gains right? However not so great for growing full hair. A few food groups which increase testosterone levels are sugars, carbs, anddd the biggest, meat. While proteins are vital for our health, too much could be shrinking your hair follicle.
We’re not saying go vegan (those guys have their own struggle; Don’t worry veggies, we’ll cover your diet too!), but maybe cut back your daily protein intake. Here are a few tips to work towards a healthy hair diet.
- Try meats like chicken or fish with lower protein levels
- Substitute for meats with nuts, granola with whole grain, soy, chickpeas (all excellent snack sources of protein; remember, you only need enough)
- Venture into tofu, tempeh, soy “meat” from time to time
- Stick to meat for one meal a day (maybe slowly working towards a couple times a week)
Now Veggies! No, we aren’t talking to produce! You guys: vegans and vegetarians; by this point, you may think you’re in the clear, but be assured that lack of can be equally as detrimental as too much. Lacking the protein in your diet supplied by meat, you need to be sure you’re supplementing that void. We’re dropping a list of some foods to keep your protein levels and hair looking riiight aight!
Speaking of, while spinach a protein, it is an excellent source of iron and vitamins (a couple things key for healthy hair). Spinach should be at the top of everyone’s healthy hair plan. Now let’s get into the Dos!
Along with spinach bananas belong right at the top of that list. Bananas are high in potassium which promotes healthy scalp conditions along with rapid growth (stay tuned for our favorite banana hair masks). If you’re dealing with dry scalp eat a banana and ditch the booze. That’s right, excess alcohol consumption, along with hot liquids, and spicy foods cause oil to leave the skin. Swap out that beach~coloda for a pineapple banana smoothie!
It looks like we’ve managed to cover a lot of the Dos* in dodging the Don’ts.. Just to reassure you we’ll touch back and fill you in on a few more.
- Dark leafy greens: Kale, turnip greens, green leaf lettuce, romaine (and of course, spinach!)
Go nuts with your salads! Speaking of nuts..
- Almond, cashew, peanut, seeds, and walnuts
These are all good for growth and great additions to that salad 😉
- Whole grains ~ A yummy snacks to keep you going and your hair growing!
Hair got a sweet tooth? (go ahead, blame it on your hair ;P )
- Hazelnut, macadamia, pecans.
What do you say? Show your locks some love with a personalized meal plan and track those gains! Be sure to come back and let us know how it works for you in the comments. We can’t wait to hear all about your healthy hair journey.