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Why Is My Hair So Dry? Is Your Diet To Blame?

Natural Hair
Written by: Mary Gaskins

Most naturals are on a constant pursuit for products that help their hair retain moisture, but products alone aren't enough. Let's discuss the role diet can play in hair health, particularly in moisture retention.

Occasionally indulging in a cheat meal here and there won't wreak havoc on your hair, but an overall poor diet will. Most of us are concerned with having healthy hair, and reaching our hair goals (whatever that might be) however the best products can not outweigh a poor diet. Healthy hair is directly correlated to overall health.

Think about it, a side effect of many illnesses and medications is an affect on hair health. Why? Because general health has been affected. So the same is true even if you're not suffering from illnesses or certain medications, what you take in to your body, and feed your hair, is just as important as what you put on your hair.

What are some miracle foods for moisture? Here are some foods and beverages that have AMAZING affects on your hair and its moisture:

1. Water- our bodies literally need water for everything! A diet that includes little to no water will cause more dryness to your hair along with many other problems. Remember during these Summer months you really have to stay hydrated and adjust your water intake accordingly to avoid dehydrated strands.


2. Salmon- This fish is full of Omega-3's, a nutrient that aids in scalp health which is the source of healthy hair. Omegas-3 fatty acids help balance the oils in your body, reducing dry flakiness and itching on the scalp, and aiding in more supple strands. I eat salmon ( wild not farmed) at least twice a week.

3. Flaxseeds- This is yet another food that's full of omega-3's (benefits mentioned above). I love tossing these on my salad, in smoothies, and over yogurt to get them into my diet.

4. Spinach- This leafy green is another food that helps the body regulate oil production at the source of hair health the scalp. I love green smoothies, and salads, and sautéed with garlic alongside salmon.


5. Eggs - Eggs are full of nutrients that aid in overall hair health such as Biotin, vitamin B5, and B12.

6. Quinoa- This plant based protein helps deliver proteins to strands. Hair lacking in protein is likely to be dry and brittle, although hair treatments that aid in delivering protein to the hair are useful (see Pt.1), feeding hair from the inside out is just as essential and effective.

These are just a few of the many foods that help hair stay moisturized, and healthy. Including healthy foods in your diet really can make a difference in the overall health of your hair, remember healthy hair starts from with in. For more on how I keep my hair moisturized check out part 1,2 on my "why is my hair so dry?" Series on my blog.


Author Bio: Hi there my name is Mary Gaskins the author of the ChocolateCurlieGirlie blog, where I share my trials and triumphs with my natural hair. I'm a newbie natural just recently passing the 2 1/2 year mark after the "big chop". I share my views on natural hair issues, styling pictorials/videos and product reviews through my blog.

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