If you are anything like me, then you love FOOD! I tend to be a binge eater, over-eater, under-eater. You name it!
I did not realize how it affected my body. Most importantly my hair. I did everything that I thought was helping my hair. I was detangling, moisturizing daily, and tying it up at night. Pretty much the whole shebang. Natural hair was quite new to me, so I was pretty excited to use all of the new pretty packaged, sweet smelling natural products. There was only one problem though. Actually THREE!!!!
My hair was falling out in clumps, I would get all kinds of knots everywhere, and my hair was brittle AS HELL! Does any of these symptoms sound familiar?
I tried every trick in the book. I googled, searched YouTube, and even looked up my symptoms on WebMD… which of course told me I had a life threatening disease. I’d be damned if I died with bad hair.
One day I looked in the mirror. The hair that I once complained about, no longer existed. It lacked luster, the ends were stringy, and the sections that were not stringy were matted!!!
I got the emergency hair kit. The protein treatment, deep conditioning, and all of my moisture dense products. It all failed. My porous hair was no longer absorbing any product. It just sat there. As I tried to work the product in, more hair fell out. WHERE THE HELL WAS THIS HAIR COMING FROM!
I realized quite quickly that my hair at the crown of my head was barely 3 inches long!!! Oh HELL NO! This was sabotage! I have been natural for barely two years and my shoulder- blade length hair was not going to vanish so easily.
I quickly had to access all of my unhealthy habits. For one, I drank like a fish. Even though I am an ex-sailor, I still manage to uphold the sailor drinking habit. Then I realized that I was not taking the time out to prepare my own meals. I was lacking plenty of vitamins because I neglected to add fruits and veggies to my daily diet. I was not being careful with the types of protein I ate. Lean proteins such as legumes, peanut butter and lean poultry are a major key to a thick, lusty mane. Yet, here I am.
I did not smoke, but the people I was around daily were smokers. It was in my hair, on my clothes and everything I used, smelled like smoke. I have always known that smoking reduces your circulation which in turn slows down hair growth. It also sucks the moisture out of your hair. The final piece to the puzzle was that I was not drinking ANY WATER!
Needless to say, I was on a downward spiral. It is a miracle to me why I still have hair.
Here are a few things I added to my diet that helped my fro to flourish:
- Biotin- Almonds, Avocado, and Salmon! OH MY! Great foods that are biotin rich and you won’t have to worry about pesky breakouts that occur from the pills.
- Omega 3- fatty acids- For a healthy Shine add omega 3 rich foods such as sardines.
- Iron- It prevents hair loss. Raisins, Kale, Spinach Beans and Red Meat.; Perfect for strengthening the health of your follicles.
- Vitamin A, C and Beta Carotene- Found in carrots, guava, and sweet potatoes.
- Protein- Lean poultry, eggs, and legumes. These protein rich food strengthen your hair and prevents split ends.
- H20- Your hair will not grow without hydration. No matter what you put on it.
Ways to trick yourself into eating healthier!
- Play with new flavors. Test it out. You can get the already mixed seasoning such as “Kickin’ Chicken” seasoning and add it to your vegetables.
- Make a stew or soup. When you mask your least favorite vegetables with your favorite protein, it is like heaven in every bite.
- Use the juicer. Create your favorite mix of fruits and veggies. Create your own masterpiece.
- You can make your own fruit popsicles. Anything is possible with Pinterest. Do your research.
- Eat more at home and less at establishments. You are not able to control the amount of sodium that is used in your food which can dehydrate you. This results in lack luster hair.
- Minimize starch. Starchy foods can destroy the way your body function. ESPECIALLY YOUR HAIR. As you digest your starch, (which we tend to over eat) it breaks down to sugar. Too much sugar creates brittle hair. In the natural world, we don’t need that type of negativity.
- Beef up your sandwiches with dark leafy greens such as spinach and kale and throw some avocado in as well.
- Drink 100 percent juice or make your own juices with a juicer.
I am so glad I was able to share this experience with you, that you do not make the same mistakes that I did. Remember to be patient with your hair. I have also included a link to my video on how I make my morning drink.