I have incredibly short hair, 2 inches short; I cut it off three years ago after a bad breakup. It was a pretty dramatic move, but breakups are dramatic. I kept it short, while I tried different avant garde styles; but as 2012 drew to a close, I decided I wanted a change. So as 2013 dawned I embarked on my “Get My Afro Back” hair growing challenge.
Strong hair is built on a foundation of good living–it’s from the inside out; and along with good living, growing out one’s hair takes time. Although I cannot control time ( wouldn’t that be nice), I can control what I put into my body.
I embarked on a quest to find the best foods for hair growth and here they are:
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Now this is found in abundance in cold water fish, like salmon; but you’d be hard pressed to find a person willing to put salmon in a smoothie. So I use a fish oil supplement. They come in tablet and liquid form; and my delivery method of choice is liquid because then I can choose whether I want to take a spoonful on the go or put it into a smoothie. Omega fatty acids are essential because 3% of the hair shaft is made up of them; and the cell membranes in the scalp depend on fatty acids to stay hydrated and moist.
I love walnuts. They are a great portable snack; and when they are soaked, they blend seamlessly into a smoothie. Walnuts are rich in vitamin E and Biotin which protect the hair; it has been proven that a deficiency in biotin can lead to hair loss.
Sweet potatoes are a rich source of beta carotene, which is what gives them their rich orange hue; and beta carotene is a precursor to vitamin A. Our bodies can’t do anything efficiently without the presence of vitamin A (like grow hair, for example). Vitamin A helps produce the essential oils that enrich the scalp. I have recently been adding sweet potatoes to my juice blends. Initially, I thought they would impart a starchy weirdness to my drinks, but alas, it’s nothing but sweet deliciousness.
In my next post, I’ll share other hair-growing foods, and how much length I’ve gotten in the month and half since I began my journey!