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How To Get Healthier Hair By Wearing 12 Foods

Healthy hair and food

Although it’s true that eating nutritious foods is important for good-looking locks, you also can have healthier hair by wearing some of the contents of your pantry. Here’s what you need from your kitchen to improve the look, feel, and overall health of your hair.

  • Amla and lime: If you want to add shine and bounce to your hair and help prevent hair loss, then a combination of amla powder (dried gooseberry) and lime juice may do the trick. Mix together 1 tablespoon each of amla powder and lime juice and trickle in just enough water to make a paste. After you wash your hair, apply the paste, massage in, and let it sit for 5 minutes before rinsing it out with warm water. Use several times a month.
  • Avocado: Hair damaged by the sun, chlorine, curling irons, or other hair products can get help from the enriching oils and proteins of avocado. Mash up half an avocado (a whole one if your hair is long) and add in 1 to 2 tablespoons of honey. Apply to your clean, damp hair and let it sit for 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Try this remedy twice a month.
  • Baking soda: You may know that baking soda can help whiten your teeth, but did you know it can also help your hair? If your hair is plagued by hair product residue, say goodbye with baking soda. Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda with just enough water to form a thick paste. Massage the paste into your hair, let it sit for 15 minutes, then rinse with water. Shampoo as usual. Try this remedy several times a month.
  • Banana booster: To give thin hair a boost, mash up one-half to one banana (depending on how long your hair is) plus 2 to 3 tablespoons of coconut oil, 1 to 2 tablespoons of honey, ½ avocado, and 2 to 4 ounces of water. Combine all the ingredients and mix well (you can use a hand mixer or blender) and apply to your hair. Leave it on for 30 minutes, rinse, and then shampoo. If you use a conditioner, be sure to rinse with cool water.
  • Beer: Don’t pour that flat beer down the drain! Save it to help give your hair some body, which is a benefit of the yeast. Add 2 teaspoons of canola oil to 4 ounces of flat beer and massage it into your clean, damp hair. Rinse with cool water. Try this treatment every two weeks.
  • Cornstarch or corn meal: To treat oily hair, put 1 tablespoon of cornstarch or corn meal in an empty salt or cheese shaker and apply to your dry scalp. Massage in the cornstarch or corn meal and let it stay for 10 minutes, then brush it out with a paddle hairbrush. This remedy can be done several times a week.
  • Honey and oil: A combination of honey (1/2 cup) and 2 tablespoons of olive oil applied to clean, damp hair can help revive its shine and vitality lost to sun damage, hair dryers, chlorine, and hard water. Massage the mixture into your hair and let it sit for 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
  • Lemon and oil: If you have flakes, banish them with a combination of lemon juice and vegetable oil. Once every two weeks, mix together 2 tablespoons each of vegetable oil (preferably olive oil), lemon juice, and water. Massage into your hair, let it stay for 20 minutes, then rinse and shampoo.
  • Yogurt: If you like yogurt because of its probiotics, your hair may love it because it contains lactic acid (helps cleanse the hair) and fat (moisturizes). Before you shampoo, wet your hair and massage in about ½ cup plain, regular-fat yogurt (yes, you can use soy yogurt). Let it stay for 20 minutes, then rinse it out with warm water, followed by cool water. Shampoo your hair. Try this twice a month.

As an aside, a recent study reported on some health benefits of yogurt and its probiotics when fed to rats. The authors found that males given probiotics exhibited “luxuriant fur” while females animals had “shinier hair,” suggesting that eating yogurt, as well as wearing it, may result in healthier hair.

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Readers familiar with natural ways to treat your hair may wonder why eggs were not included in this list. That’s because these suggestions mainly reflect a way to achieve healthier hair by wearing foods that do not involve animal ingredients.

Levkovich T et al. Probiotic bacteria induce a ‘glow of health.’ PLoS One 2013; 8(1): e53867

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