Eat Your Way To Beautiful, Shiny Hair

Taking your hair from damaged and dull to bouncy and bombshell is as easy as lifting your fork to your mouth. Strong, healthy hair has needs beyond what you find in your shampoo bottle. In fact, your mane needs serious hydration, minerals and protein to look its very best. Luckily for you and your veggie heavy March challenge, these nutrients are in abundance in a plant-based, veggie heavy diet. Read on to see how pretty hair never tasted so good...

This handy image from I Quit Sugar makes it easy to wrap your head {hair?!} around the nutrients needed to maintain shampoo-commercial hair without buying costly salon services. Eating plant-based and pretty never tasted so good!

This handy image from I Quit Sugar makes it easy to wrap your head {hair?!} around the nutrients needed to maintain shampoo-commercial hair without buying costly salon services. Eating plant-based and pretty never tasted so good!

First things first, a couple of things to keep in mind: 

  1. Hydration. If you are even slightly dehydrated, say from drinking a couple cups of coffee this morning, your body will use the precious hydration it has to care for vital organs first and your hair will simply become an afterthought. Keep it from getting the shaft {oh I'm so clever!} by drinking 1 liter of water upon waking and continuing this healthy practice throughout the day and every day thereafter.
  2. Protein. Hair is about 97% protein, so amino acids are crucial to hair health. 

Now, let's start at the top and work our way down to the very {split} end: 

  • Brittle hair & split ends: If this is your major hair woe, it's time to load up on pumpkin seeds, dulse, avocado, oatmeal, chia and hemp seeds.
  • Hair that won't grow: Mushrooms, coconut, cacao, oats, peanuts, cucumbers, beans and greens in abundance will help your hair reach new lengths if you're deficient in vitamin d, glutamine, arginine and silica. Go ahead, indulge in that 85% dark square of rich, chocolatey goodness. Your hair depends on it ;)
  • Dry hair: Sweet potatoes, dark leafy greens, pumpkin seeds, chia, hemp and flax seeds will do the trick for dry hair as well as some uber-hydrating coconut water.
  • Oily hair: Vitamin b2 {riboflavin} is found in almonds, pistachios, pine nuts, spinach, asparagus and beet greens so eat those to manage greasy locks and save on shampoo.
  • Prematurely graying: To keep your vibrant color, load up on greens, citrus, beans, avocado, seeds, carrots, squash and beets. Yum!
  • Dandruff: Keep the flaky white stuff at bay by eating mushrooms, avocados, peanut butter, sunflower seeds, bananas and cucumbers.
  • Hair loss: Hair clogging your drain? Never fear, supercharge your plate with these vitamin and mineral-rich, plant-based foods: beets, cucumbers, chia seeds and mushrooms.

As you can see, many of these common hair issues can be resolved by eating some of the same delicious and nutrient-rich, enzyme-packed plant-based foods. Plants make you pretty. Period. So eat veggie heavy and see not only your hair improve but also your skin, waistline and mood are bound to get a boost! Since it's day 23 of the veggie heavy challenge, I'm sure you're already starting to notice this for yourself! 

Love your locks with this protein and vitamin rich smoothie!

Love your locks with this protein and vitamin rich smoothie!

Enjoy the tasty recipes below for beautiful hair on the blog tomorrow!!! Don't miss out, they are sooo tasty and nourishing... not to mention, easy. If you follow me on Instagram, you've already caught a sneak peek at what's to come ;) 

Beauty Fix Kale Salad 

Love Your Locks Smoothie

Until then, eat your veggies and spread some smiles! xo, Julie