Eat and drink your way to healthy summer hair
Our haircare collection has been carefully crafted to help make your curls strong and healthy from the outside but it’s also important to manage your curls from the inside out through a balanced diet. Your hair (and more specifically, your roots) need the right vitamins and minerals to be healthy and strong – and more than ever in the summer months. So here’s some of the essentials to eat and drink your way to healthy hair this summer.
Water – and lots of it! Water makes up two thirds of our body it’s not surprising that we need a lot of it to keep ourselves healthy. Drinking plenty of water hydrates the hair and promotes growth. It’s recommended that women drink on average 2 litres of water a day and men should drink 2.5 litres and this needs to be increased in the hotter months to replace fluids lost through perspiring.
Vitamin E – Eating foods rich in Vitamin E help protect hair from sun damage so eat lots of leafy greens such as broccoli and spinach (great in a salad on hotter days!) and seeds such as sunflower seeds.
Protein – Hair is made of protein so it makes sense that eating protein is a must to stop hair becoming dry, brittle and weak. White meat, fish, dairy and eggs are all great sources of protein and you can also find protein in quiona, lentils and oats.
Iron – Iron is needed to produce the hemoglobin in your blood that carries the oxygen needed for growth and repair of the cells in your body – including the cells that aid hair growth. Eats lots of lentils and leafy green veggies such as kale, broccoli and spinach to help get your iron fix.
Vitamin C – this is needed to help your body produce collagen which is needed to create protein – an important part of the hair structure. Vitamin C can be found in strawberries, oranges, blueberries, red peppers, kiwi fruit and aloe vera juice. It also helps your body absorb iron (see above).
Omega 3 – Our body can’t make the Omega-3 fatty acids that are essential in keeping the hair and scalp hydrated so we need to source it through the food that we eat. Include oily fish such as mackerel, salmon and trout in your diet and also avocados, pumpkin seeds and walnuts.
Vitamin A – helps the body to make sebum which acts as a natural conditioner for a healthy scalp and prevents an itchy scalp and dry hair. Think bright when looking for foods high in beta-carotene (responsible for making Vitamin A) such as orangey/yellow coloured vegetables like carrots, pumpkins and sweet potatoes.