Fresh fruits and veggies are not only beneficial for your health and well-being, but did you know that they also reap great benefits for your hair? You know the old saying, “you are what you eat”? Well, that’s why it’s important to eat an abundance of plant-based foods and to consider using natural products offering nutritional value to improve the health and appearance of your hair. Let’s start with the basics: what, where, when, and how. “What” is your favorite color? Vibrantly colored fruits and vegetables contain important nutrients, essential for creating strong strands. Create a colorful palette on your plate, and your hair will thank you. Here are some suggestions to try:
- Citrus Fruits: Citrus fruits like oranges, limes, grapefruits, and lemons are a great way for your body to take in vitamin C, which stimulates collagen production and helps promote healthy hair.
- Dark Orange and Yellow: Yellow and orange fruits and veggies such as sweet potatoes, pumpkins, carrots, yellow apples, pineapples, cantaloupes, nectarines, and yellow tomatoes are jam-packed with beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A to produce necessary oils for a healthy scalp. Don’t forget bananas – they contain silica, a mineral that improves the thickness of your hair.
- Dark Green Veggies: Swiss chard, spinach, broccoli, and other leafy greens are full of disease-fighting phytochemicals and water for hydration; plus, they contain antioxidants to help protect against breakage.
- Avocados: These pitted gems are rich with beta-carotene and vitamins B, C, and E, which promote hair growth and healthy scalp circulation.
- Berries: Superfruits such as loganberries, boysenberries, gooseberries, raspberries, and strawberries are rich in vitamins B and C, which feed hair follicles to encourage growth, help reduce hair loss, and slow the growth of grays.
“Where” and “when” are best to source the freshest varieties of fruits and vegetables? Think local, think now! Thursdays are often ripe with farmers’ markets, so head on over to downtown Westborough from 12-6PM, or to the Framingham Farmers' Market from 12-5:30PM, to experience an array of organic fruits and veggies, amongst other locally crafted items! For the other six days of the week, venture into the produce section of your local grocery store, visit a local farm stand, or try your hand at building your own backyard garden! “How” to incorporate fresh in your diet is the fun part! Bring freshly cut fruit to work and enjoy all day, build a salad masterpiece topped with tangy yogurt dressing, or whip up fresh cream to top a fruit & berry parfait – the possibilities are endless. Direct applications can be fun too! Try rubbing fresh lemon juice on your scalp to eliminate dandruff. And put those avocados to work conditioning your locks - thoroughly mash a ripe avocado and apply it to your damp hair after shampooing. Leave it in your hair for 10 to 15 minutes, rinse completely, and dry as usual. Voila! Inside and out, natural vitamins and nutrients are trUe-ly best for healthy tresses! The expert team at trUe salon and color café recommends seeking the same essential mineral benefits when you’re choosing healthy hair products - remember the give and take relationship you have with your hair. trUe is committed to offering products and treatments that are specifically selected based on their level of natural ingredients and benefits for hair. Ask us for a recommendation today, and we would be happy to share our suggestions for your healthiest hair!