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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.
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.
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.