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This post is going to be short and sweet about some edible items that are high- five amazing for your hair. I have personally used all of these and find that mixing them together makes one mighty mask/conditioner for the ultimate luxurious mane.
Unparalled Foods that are Good for your Hair
I first learned of putting eggs in my hair in 2009. It seemed so strange but my hair was in desperate need of some alternative help and eggs answered the call. I got made fun of by loads of my loved ones for this unconventional hair addition, only to later be vindicated when using such a remedy became more mainstream (figures!).
Some people are for this treatment and others are against it, but I am of the opinion that such a treatment is incredibly awesome for the hair. This treatment was the very first that assisted me in having the hair that I always wanted.
Eggs have proteins, vitamins, and fatty acids that nourish the hair. Using this treatment regularly makes the hair strong, silky, and soft. It also prevents breakage and grows the hair as well (JOY!).
If you have oily type scalp then it is best to use the egg whites and if you have a dry type then more yolks will work best for you. Check out my post here to determine what scalp type you have.
My remedy was to use one or two beaten eggs with some olive oil and honey. At the time I would straighten my hair once a week and then finger roll it at night. I straightened my hair for a large portion of my life but never before had my hair been so shiny and soft. I literally could not believe the results and after a full year of using this strange food as a hair mask I had finally hit hair- nirvana.
Now I will say that I have read that too much protein is not a good thing for your hair. I would recommend doing this treatment once a week until you reach the desired results then try scaling back to biweekly or monthly. If a vegan then try one of the other foods below!
Like eggs, yogurt is full of protein! But that’s not all.. It’s natural lactic acid helps to clear away dead skin cells which is necessary for the hair to grow. It is also an incredible moisturizer and so conditions the hair through and through.
Using this weekly helps for the maintenance of healthy hair and though I now only use eggs when my hair is in need of a major pick- me- up, I never have my weekly natural mask without my yogurt friend. I specifically like how the yogurt adds thickness to my mix so that I am not purely pouring liquid on my hair and making a mess!
I usually use a Greek yogurt that is plain with no added sugars.
Oh my wow! I’m loving me some coconut milk at the moment. Coconut milk does not have lactose as an ingredient and is literally just the milk of a coconut (not to be confused with the oil or the water). To make this, you crack open the coconut, pour out the water, collect the coconut shavings (meaty part), add hot water, use a cheese cloth to take out the chunky bits and there you have it, coconut milk!
Although I live in a land of coconuts at the moment, I usually opt for ready made coconut milk from the supermarket (lazy girl). The most popular brand is from Thai kitchen and you can get one here.
This milk has iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, protein, and vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5, and B6 so it is literally chalk full of goodness for the hair. I write about the benefits of coconut milk for the scalp here so won’t get into those particulars, but as you know what’s good for the scalp is good for the tresses!
I like to use coconut milk anytime that my hair is feeling dry in – between washes and even use it as a leave- in conditioner mixed with water and my other conditioner. It is so great at combating dryness!
Make sure that your coconut milk is a bit thick more of a creamy consistency because it is less- diluted with water and thus has more of the coconut joy!
Ah honey, honey… you are my candy girl! My dream honey!! Honey has been there from the beginning! We are as close as me and ACV, bezzies fa life! I use this on my face and hair religiously and do not believe I could get on without bee’s vomit (didn’t you know that’s what it is?).
Now honey has a natural humectant that seals in moisture to the hair. It is also known to seal ends, make hair soft and give it an unbelievable shine.
It may seem like a sticky situation to add honey to the hair but trust me it isn’t. I have used honey on its own loads of times when I was out of other ingredients and it rinses out perfectly, never ever with a sticky residue.
My best results come when I add the honey with olive oil and the other ingredients mentioned in this post. Honey is the basis for probably all of my DIY mixes and its because it makes my skin and hair come alive. I love its properties and my body does too!
Avocado got that good good! It has proteins, amino acids and loads of vitamins that help the hair (and skin) do beautiful things. Seriously! Consuming this and applying it topically does something special to the hair but you won’t know until you try it for yourself.
I make sure that this fruit is always in my green drinks and once a week I blend it up and add it to my hair mask extravaganza! This soothes the scalp and promotes longer, stronger, silkier, healthier hair!
You can also get the same results with avocado oil if the tedium of blending the fruit is too much for you. This one here is my favorite.
Mixed All Together
I use one egg, a few spoonfuls of yogurt and coconut milk, a few spoonfuls of honey, blended avocado or avocado oil, all mixed together. I leave this on for up to an hour with cling film wrapped around it to lock in moisture and prevent dripping. These ingredients are all ok to use on their own or with other natural ingredients. The fun part is determining what works best for you and which combination is the one that your hair loves.
These unparalleled edible items are so good for the hair because, well, the truth is… they are hair whisperers! I love using natural ingredients because I find that my hair reacts to them in such a positive way. Seeing a head of healthy hair makes me proud, makes me feel like I am tending to my garden in the right way which is a big goal for me. Due to my location at present (loads of humidity and high heat) I am using the five (with some olive oil) weekly and thanks to them my hair is staying afloat regardless of the weather pressures. Very few food items rival these heavy hitters which is why my hair likes to consume them more than my mouth, and so should yours! Get mixing, ladies, your hair will thank ya!x
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