How To Get Healthy Hair With Fruits

In recent times many people have been turning to natural or organic stuff for personal care, hair included. What most people don't really realize is that our hair, skin and nails use the same nutrients for nourishment and health.

There are two ways to keep your hair healthy; by eating healthy and using items that agree with or will enhance the look, texture and general health of the hair.

Hair care products are now being made with more natural ingredients and these ingredients can be bought at the grocers or found in your garden. In most cases you will already have some of these items in your kitchen.

People have been realizing this and have been making their own shampoos, conditioners and other products from home and seeing great results in the process.


The Hair Needs Nutrients

Believe it or not our hair is a living breathing organ. Similar to our skin, heart or any other organ in the body, our hair requires nourishment to survive. The foods we eat will provide some amount of nutrients which will be supplied through the hair root, but, because the hair is open to the elements it will need additional attention in order to remain healthy.

In addition to nutrients such as vitamins and minerals the hair also needs moisture and oil. Without moisture the hair will become brittle and dry. When this happens the ends will split, the hair will break easily and your scalp will start to flake.

It has been found that some fruits contain enough nutrients and moisturizing components to replenish, rejuvenate and treat your hair. Below are some of these fruits.

Here are some nutrients the hair needs to remain healthy. Some of these nutrients are only useful to the hair when consumed in our diets while other nutrients can be absorbed via the hair follicle when applied externally.

  • Vitamin E

  • Vitamin C

  • Vitamin A

  • Vitamin B6

  • Vitamin B12

  • Biotin

  • Niacin

  • Inositol

  • Pantotheninc acid



Source

Fruits for healthy hair

  • Avocado – not only does this fruit add nutrients such as vitamin E and C, but with the oils found in this fruit it also adds an abundance of moisture and nourishment that the hair needs. This fruit is great for dry hair and is used as a conditioning agent.

  • Papaya – Maybe one of the most sought after hair fruits, the papaya is packed with many of the nutrients needed to nourish the hair. These nutrients include Vitamins A, B6, C, E, Pantothenic acid and Niacin. This fruit is good for you both inside and out. Its high water content is great for adding back moisture to dry hair.

  • Grapefruit – here we have a fruit that is very high in vitamin C, packed with vitamin A, pantothenic acid and niacin. Because of the acidic content of this fruit it is mostly used to reduce oiliness. It is not recommended for dry hair. It is great antioxidant and its brothers and sisters the lemon and other citruses can be used as well.

  • Melon – Do you need an oil free moisture boost that also adds vitamin A? The melon is your man. Not to mention the wonderful aroma!

  • Cucumber – also adds moisture



Some fruits can be used topically like the ones mentioned above while others have to be used in shampoos and conditioners to get the desired effect. All fruits are good for your hair but the above list are most commonly used as topical treatments. Other fruits that you may consider using are apples, strawberries, bananas, peach and more. Berries have strong pigments that may stain the hair so unless you want to color the hair I would be careful with those.

You can also experiment on your own with other fruits. Below are tips and a recipe for using fruits for healthy hair.


Source

Avocado deep conditioning treatment for dry hair and split ends

You will need:

1 plastic shower cap or an electric heating cap

1 cup mashed avocado

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 tablespoons of spring water

a food processor


Purée avocado in food processor, while processing add the olive oil and the spring water. Process until very smooth.

Shampoo hair as usual and pat dry. Add a generous amount to hair and massage into scalp. You have two options: Cover with plastic cap and leave on for about 45-60 minutes or steam under the electric steam cap for about ten minutes(you still need to cover with plastic cap first).

Rinse with warm water and style as usual.


For oily hair

  • Add grapefruit/lemon or lime juice to your first shampoo. It wont sud much but it will cut the oil from the hair and scalp. Only use once per month and do not add to the entire bottle just the first wash.

  • For extremely oily hair make a lemon or grapefruit solution in the amount of ¼ cup and apply to hair. Let stand for about 10 minutes then rinse. Style as usual. Use only once per month or as needed. This solution is for extremely oily hair only. Don not use if you have mildly oily or normal hair.



Tips for healthy hair

  • Eat foods rich in vitamin E and C

  • Drink plenty water

  • Treat your hair the way you would your skin

  • Do not use harsh chemical in your hair

  • Brush your hair twice per day to stimulate the hair follicles

  • Use products rich in vitamin E in the hair

  • Olive oil is great for the hair.

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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica

Ever notice that the same plants that promote healthy skin is also a great hair conditioner.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hey Rasta that exactly what I said in the hub too, the skin, hair and nails all use the same nutrients for nourishment so it is natural that the same plants are used for both skin and hair. Great to see you.


Roohi Khan 4 years ago from India

Quite informative!


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sofs 4 years ago

Cardisa, informative hub. You are what you eat! In India we have an excellent fruit called Amla or Gooseberry. Packed with vitamin c and we use the extract for black shiny hair. It is a great antioxidant and contains other minerals and amino acids. Thanks for sharing. Have a lovely weekend.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Roohi Khan, thank you!


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thanks Sofs, I always admire Indian hair. I have Indian blood in me too. I wish I could know these fruits so I could have black shiny hair too.

Please enjoy your weekend as well.


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chrissieklinger 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Excellent hub! Healthy eating and whole food is key to overall wellness for sure!!!!


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thank you Chrissieklinger. Have a wonderful weekend.


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jimmythejock 4 years ago from Scotland

Great information even if I am folically challenged lol, thanks for sharing this one Cardisia.....jimmy


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hey Jimmy, thanks....lol....follically challenged...lol You made me laugh. Thanks for stopping by.


jenubouka 4 years ago

Awesome info Cardisa! I just love natural methods to enhance my skin and hair; I never realized that our hair was a living organ but it makes sense. I don't do much to my hair, well except dye in the wintertime to keep it the same color, which KILLS the moisture; so that avocado treatment will be fun to try. I know that I will never, ever do that mayo in the hair treatment, Yuck! I couldn't get it out of my hair and hated the smell for months.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

Great hub. Now I know that the fruits I love to eat like papayas and avocados are good for my hair. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hey Jen, you just gave me a great idea for a hub on making your mayonnaise usable for the hair...lol

When using the mayo you can try sprucing it up a bit. Try using miracle whip or fat free mayo first. You can also add scented essential oils to the mayo to make it smell better or mix the may with fruits.

Try the avocado and you will see. Thanks for stopping by.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thanks Thelma. Fruits are great for your hair both inside and out. Have a great weekend.


jenubouka 4 years ago

I will try the avocado for sure, but no way no how will I try that mayo again, my poor college roommates (at the time) were gagging at the smell; I said: you? I got the whole container on my head! However, I look forward to reading it when you publish the article.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Great hub and packed full of so much useful information. Reading it made me hungry though with all the fruits. My dad used to tell me to brush my hair using 100 strokes of the brush every day. He died with a full head of hair at 88.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Jen, that must have been some adventure...lol. You have me chuckling and giggling as I imagine you using an entire container of mayonnaise...lol


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hey Susan, he is right. Brushing the hair stimulate the follicles and encourages lustre and shine, and strengthens the hair as well. You dad was a wise man.


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

Very useful information! I am jumping on a fruit diet right away!


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Rahul0324, thanks for stopping by.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Informative hub, cardisa

Mother nature is bountiful and it can be seen in your hub.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thanks Ruchira. Have a blessed weekend.


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eatforcheaper 4 years ago from London

Hey Cardisa, great hub. I just also published a similar hub that I've been working on for a about a week - strange coincidence! Great minds must think alike! I will add yours as recommendation on my hub to share. :)


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hello Eatforcheaper, mine was given as assignment in the HP Apprenticeship program. Been working on it since last month. Thanks for reading and commenting. Thanks for sharing too.


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Judi Bee 4 years ago from UK

Interesting hub Cardisa with great advice. Good point about treating your hair like your skin, I've never thought about that before.

Why can't we vote up on these hubs??


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Judi, the voting for these hubs are on hold until the design has been sorted out. But that doesn't affect the hub one way or the other. Thanks a lot for reading and commenting.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi Cardisa, great hub and very useful, I have used lemon juice before, but really do need to spruice up my hair a bit. I take vitamins but never thought of using all your great ingredients, I am going to give it a try, so thanks! voted up and thanks for Sharing!


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Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

Nice hub! My hair feels like broom straws sometimes, so I appreciate these tips very much. I'll try your avocado treatment soon! Thanks for sharing.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hey Nell. Even though we take vitamins we still need to add stuff to the hair because the elements can be quite harsh. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

lol, mine too OM. Sometime mine is so dry and brittle I am afraid the it will ignite in the sun! I love the avocado treatment. I also use mayonnaise but the secret is using mixing with another item like papaya or the avocado. Thanks for stopping by.


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Green Lotus 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Well done Cardisa and thanks for the advice! I need all the help I can get from these delicious fruits (I'm a bit rough on the tresses!). Thanks!


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hey Green Lotus, thanks. I can't believe you are rough on the tresses, I always picture you with the most wonderful hair treated with the greenest products. This you will love because it's all natural.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Thanks for this very useful info!! Vote UP!


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thanks for the visit Unknown Spy, have a great day!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Welcome Cardisa.You too!


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eatforcheaper 4 years ago from London

Sounds great Cardisa. Maybe one day I will be at that level. I'm hoping that eventually I will be able to work from home comfortably on my projects :)


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Eatforcheaper, I tell you it's awesome working from home. I think most hubbers working from home will tell you that they never want to hit the 9-5 again. I will you all the success in achieving that goal.


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

A great hub - informative and useful.Fruits are great for almost anything and everything. Thanks for sharing.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thanks Vellur,I really appreciate you reading and leaving a comment.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

I'm always trying to do something to improve my hair. I eat healthy and take vitamins, but I think I will try the avocado treatment. That is a new one for me and maybe it will improve the texture of my hair. Up and useful.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Pamela, if you have dry hear it will definitely moisturize it and make it more lustrous. Tell me how it works. Thanks for stopping by.


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Life and Luxury 4 years ago from South Beach, FL

I'm surprised to see that avocado can be topically added to hair. I love eating them, but now I will try wearing them. Thanks.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hello Like and Luxury, yes avocado has been introduced into shampoos and conditioners in recent years and because of its conditioning effect is perfect for strengthening the hair.

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