Like our bodies, our hair needs nourishment. If you’re lusting for thicker, glossier and healthier hair there are many ways to achieve this beyond shampooing and conditioning.
We expect so much of our hair. We wish everyday to be a ‘good hair day’, but some days it seems impossible to achieve. Thankfully, with these different natural supplements, it is easy to get that hair you’ve always desired. Whether your hair needs vitality, stronger roots, or is quite weak: here are the top 4 vitamin-rich foods and supplements to stock up on to ensure you maintain a healthy mane!
Coconut oil is a fatty acid from the flesh of the coconut. It is used in lots of cosmetic products and also in cooking.
What are the benefits of coconut oil?
There is a reason why you’ve been seeing coconut oil recommend in so many natural beauty hacks. This oil is your saving grace for dry and damaged hair. Before washing your hair, give yourself a coconut oil treatment. Simply apply some coconut oil to the scalp and roots; massage the oil in and leave it in for several hours. Shampoo the oil out and condition as usual. Once your hair has dried, you will be able to notice the shine! It’s a great product to have around to nourish your hair and give it an all around ‘pick me up’.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a type of vinegar made from cider or apple must.
What are the benefits of apple cider vinegar?
Transition this salad dressing ingredient to a beauty boosting product. It helps to remove scalp impurities and clear excess build-up from everyday hair products which often blocks hair follicles. This promotes healthy hair growth and averts the thinning.
Mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with one cup of water, apply on your scalp after shampooing your hair, leave it in for 5 minutes, rinse it out and apply conditioner as usual.
Biotin (or commonly referred to as vitamin H) is a water soluble B-vitamin. It acts as a coenzyme in the body which helps in carrying out certain important biochemical processes. The body doesn’t store this vitamin.
What are the benefits of biotin?
Scientific studies show biotin can be used to treat weak hair and nails. Biotin helps enzymes in the body to make efficient use of sugar, fats, carbohydrates and amino acids by converting it into usable energy. This is highly beneficial for promoting stronger and thicker hair.
Which foods contain biotin?
Nuts, nut butters, cauliflower, mushrooms, leafy greens, egg yolks, cheese and legumes.
Iron is a vital mineral because of its main function of carrying oxygen in the haemoglobin of red blood cells throughout the body so the cells can produce energy.
What are the benefits of iron?
If you are losing hair or notice the growth rate of your hair is stagnant, we suggest that you have your iron levels tested by your doctor. Iron helps your hair to become strong and it strengthens the roots so less hair is able to fall out and helps the growth.
Which foods are rich in iron?
Iron fortified cereals and bread, liver, tofu, eggs, pulses, beans, kale, watercress, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, meat and fish. 14-15 mg a day is the recommended daily intake for healthy living. Gentle iron is available in supplement form.