O what we do for the sake of healthy hair! We’ve created a community based on the love of our hair and the quest to optimally care for it by educating each other. We take the knowledge learned and abide by them, unquestionably, in hopes of attaining lustrous strong locks. We firmly stay clear of ingredients in which we’ve learned just simply don’t have our hair’s best interest in mind. Adapting to what seems like a new world of hair care is at first very challenging but we indubitably abide. Sadly this same firm commitment often does not carry over into the health of our bodies. We don’t spend hours researching the best ways to care for it and we most definitely don’t stay clear of all the things we undeniably know certainly don’t have our health as an interest. Sadly, I am guilty of this too. Ironically, myself and many others who are committed to the health of their hair, knows that what we put into our bodies manifests itself outside. Having a healthy diet is beneficial to your overall health and will make itself evident through our hair, nails, and skin. We know this all too well which is why we take pills such as biotin, prenatal, and b-complex vitamins. But just imagine what other transformations would take place if we drank more water, excercised more often (or any at all), and ate healthy foods such as carrots and berries.
Water, for obvious reasons is healthy, and it’s hydrating advances help skin look its best while assisting with the provision of transportation of nutrients. Lack of water intake can be disadvantageous in ways that may not be overtly noticeable. It’s reported by many women that a healthy intake of water helps the growth and overall health of hair. That is not hard to believe seeing as water is the most important ingredient needed to moisturize our hair. What’s even more interesting is that dehydration causes the parts of the body that require water for survival to utilize whatever water is available, leaving parts such as the scalp to go without. A dehydrated scalp is obviously incondusive to healthy hair.
Excercising is not only good for toning but it’s a known fact that it improves self esteem, reduces stress, and advances mental outlook. Not only that, but it also has beneficial affects for hair and skin. Excersing increases blood flow that carries oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. Anything that allows for healthy circulation throughout the body results in improved skin condition. The scalp is part of your skin and therefore, the hair will benefit from the increased blood circulation and increased nutrient flow.
Healthy foods such as carrots and berries provide much needed nutrients that aide in healthy hair and skin. They are full of antioxidants amongst other things that fight against free radicals and the oxidation of cells. Therefore, incorporatin these nutrients into your diet is advicable and also essential to truly acheive healthy beautiful skin and hair.
As I get further into my natural hair journey I am increasingly more AWARE of my diet and the things that are labeled ‘good’ vs. not ’good’ for my body. Although I have become more aware of these things I haven’t made any real committment towards it. Subtle changes Yes, but real committment No.Why is it that it seems even more difficult to commit to a healthy diet when we have already decidingly made a complete 360 degree change in our hair care so readily? It shows that the problem is not the lack of capability to commit. Surely our hair can’t be more important than our bodies.