5 Superfoods to Help Eat Your Way to Healthy Natural Hair

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m no health guru.

I do my 30 minutes of exercise daily…ish and I try to make a conscious effort to watch what I eat, but I’m by no means strict about my health practices.

In all honesty, it wasn’t until my second year of being natural that I started taking my health more seriously with small changes in my eating habits – swapping the processed foods I typically bought for foods that were cleaner, fresher, and more natural.

Almost immediately after I cut back on processed foods I noticed I had more energy, was able to better deal with my stress, had an extra glow to my skin, and a noticeable difference in my natural hair texture – i.e. instead of shedding and breakage there was more shine and elasticity.

If you’re a part of the natural hair community in any way I’m sure you’ve noticed the significant emphasis on what products you use to maintain your natural hair.

In conversation with other natural divas one of the first questions asked is always – ‘What products do you use’. Whether your goal is curl definition, moisture, shine or all the above, the focus has always been about what products you buy.

I’m not saying this is a bad thing, obviously hair products are a key element to maintaining your hair’s appearance and health.

I do believe, however, what’s lost in all the product talk is the fact that what you put in your body counts just as much, if not more, than what you put on your curls.

“What you put in your body counts just as much, if not more, than what you put on your curls.”

So today we’re going to discuss my 5 favorite superfoods you can start eating to help grow healthy natural hair.

I’m all about simplicity so you’ll find these foods are super easy to add to any diet (barring any allergies), can be incorporated into a variety of meals or snacks, and will be giving your natural hair the nutritional TLC it needs and deserves.

Avocados

Avocados are my all time favorite green food – they’re the reason guacamole exists and I could easily eat guacamole as a meal everyday.

You’ll find avocado as an ingredient in many natural products because they’re so rich of nutrients your body craves. From potassium and vitamin B to fiber and – most specifically – omega-3 fatty acids.

Not to get too scientific on you, but Omega-3s are vital to the health of your hair as they’re found in the natural oils that keep your scalp and hair hydrated.

The catch, however – your body can’t naturally produce these fatty acids. This is why avocados (or any item that’s high in Omega-3s) is an essential addition to your diet if you’re looking to grow healthy natural hair.

Look at it as the best excuse ever to eat more guacamole! 😉

Eggs

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and at our house it usually involves a nice helping of eggs.

A great alternative source for protein (especially if you’re not a big meat eater), eggs are also loaded with four key minerals – zinc, selenium, sulfur, and iron.

Iron is crucial when it comes to the health of your hair because it helps carry oxygen to your hair follicles. If you experience a significant amount of hair loss it could be a result of too little iron in your system.

So eat your eggs ladies {and gents} to maintain those strong, thick, luscious curls!

Walnuts

While any variety of nut is great for your health I singled out walnuts as they are the only type of nut that has a significant amount of those Omega-3 fatty acids.

They’re also rich in biotin, vitamin E, and copper all of which help naturally protect your hair from the sun as well as keep your natural hair color rich and radiant.

But don’t think you have to eat cupfuls everyday to reap their benefits. Simply eating a handful by themselves or mixing them in with a salad, pasta, or dessert (yum!) can do just the trick!

Leafy Greens

It’s time to switch out that bland, watered down iceberg lettuce in your salads for something with a little more punch.

Dark leafy greens such as kale, spinach, or swiss chard are rich in nutrients and antioxidants that are great for your entire body.

Everything from vitamins B, C, and E, potassium, calcium, iron, and our new BFF – omega-3 fatty acids. If you add anything to your diet these greens are sure to give you the whole nutritional package.

Greek Yogurt

Yup, I’ve joined the greek yogurt bandwagon and I’m not ashamed to admit it.

This low-fat dairy option is high in hair-friendly protein, vitamin B5 (which is actually an ingredient found in many hair products), and vitamin D.

Mix it with fruit and granola for breakfast, squeeze some honey on top for a sweet afternoon snack, or – my favorite – throw it in the freezer for a late night treat that’s also super healthy!

Bon apetit!

Those are my 5 favorite superfoods that I honestly eat on a daily basis. Of course there is more to natural hair health than what you eat, but maintaining a well-balanced diet is at the core and can help with issues such as hair loss, dryness, breakage, and more.

Now I’d love to hear from you…

Do you incorporate any of these or other superfoods in your diet? Have you noticed any difference in the health of your hair and body?

Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!

‘till next time

xx