Fleur de Curl’s Healthy Hair Checklist: Vitamins and Minerals

Fleur de Curl’s Healthy Hair Checklist:

• Protective Styling

• Drinking Tons of Water

• Eating a Balanced Diet including tons of Green Vegetables

• Exercise

Sleep

Taking Hair Vitamins with the inclusion of Diverse Vitamins and Minerals in my Diet

• Washing and Deep Conditioning Weekly

• Using Organic and Natural Hair products that do not contain Parabens, Mineral Oil, Silicones or Sulfates

• Constant moisture—especially to the ends

• Sleeping on a Satin Pillowcase or using a Satin Bonnet

I’ll start off with a quote from www.freedrinkingwater.com that summarizes what I want to say in this post: ‘Vitamins themselves do not give the body energy. However, they are chemical compounds which aid in important metabolic processes. There are many vitamins inside the food we eat, but the typical Western diet does not account for the amounts we really should be taking.’

We all know if we are not getting the proper nutrition that we need in our diets, our bodies can show it on the outsides.  Including the proper amounts of vitamins and minerals in our diets is a great way to get healthy hair, skin and nails and maximize hair growth. 

There are certain vitamins that are known for the aid in healthy hair and healthy hair growth.  My favorites are MSM and Biotin.  Finding a great multivitamin that contains a good amount of MSM and Biotin can help you maintain awesome skin and hair.  ON a side note, when taking supplements, always make sure that you are consuming the recommended amount of water per day to help process and transport the nutrients that you are getting.

MSM—is also known as methyl sulfonyl methane.  It is a naturally occurring form of sulfur found in foods but can be lost by processing and cooking of foods.  Because it contains sulfur, it can help naturally lengthen your hair’s growth phase. 

More info about MSM can be found all over the web…(lol) and @ http://www.msmhair.org/

 

 

Biotin—is a water-soluble B vitamin.  It is also known as Vitamin H.  ‘It is necessary for cell growth, production of fatty acids and the metabolism of fats and amino acids.’ (Wikipedia) Biotin deficiencies can be shown in hair loss, lack of eyebrows or growth of eyebrows, thinning and chipping nails.  Adding biotin to your supplement routine can help aid the growth of healthy hair, skin and nails.   

Other Vitamins and Minerals that can help with hair growth: Vitamin B-1 (repairs damaged hair follicles); Vitamin C (protects your scalp from harmful free radicals); Iron (supports hair regrowth); Vitamin E (stimulates hair follicles, moisturizes scalp and strengthens the blood vessels in the scalp); Zinc (protects the scalp from free radicals). 

A lot of the oils that we use on our hair contain a ton of vitamins that our hair needs to be healthy.  The greatest way to achieve healthy hair is on the outside and the inside of our bodies. 

The easiest way is to find a great multivitamin that contains all of the vitamins and minerals that contribute to healthy hair and hair growth.

Another option would be to maintain a healthy diet full of these vitamins and minerals and to drink plenty of water.

As seen before, what we put in our mouths effect the overall health of our hair, skin and nails.

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Fleur de Curl’s Healthy Hair Checklist: Part 5…Sleep

Fleur de Curl’s Healthy Hair Checklist:

• Protective Styling

• Drinking Tons of Water

• Eating a Balanced Diet including tons of Green Vegetables

• Exercise

Sleep

• Taking Hair Vitamins with the inclusion of Diverse Vitamins and Minerals in my Diet

• Washing and Deep Conditioning Weekly

• Using Organic and Natural Hair products that do not contain Parabens, Mineral Oil, Silicones or Sulfates

• Constant moisture—especially to the ends

• Sleeping on a Satin Pillowcase or using a Satin Bonnet

 

Sleep is an all around important necessity to ensure that our bodies are healthy.  We tend to forget that during sleep, our bodies undergo the ‘repair and growth’ process because our bodies are at rest during this period.  According to ehow.com: “During sleep, body tissues and muscles are repaired and restored. Growth hormone are secreted during sleep. Sleep is a growing, building and restorative process.”  I am sure we can attest to that.  Ever gotten no sleep at all, and felt sick or noticed that some wounds don’t heal properly or as quickly as they usually do?  Lack of adequate sleep also weakens the body’s immune system and thus may: “…cause a host of problems, including hair loss, hair breakage and unhealthy hair.”

 

It is generally recommended that we get 8 hours of sleep per 24 hour period.  This, of course, is the minimum.  If you are considering trying some things in the healthy hair checklist, always default to sleep first and you will notice a big difference in your general well being.

 

This is the fifth item on the checklist, and if we incorporate the others with this one, you will begin to notice that you are a healthier being with beautiful hair.

 

Research Curlies…the Internet is full of viable, legit information…the great benefits of sleep can easily be ‘googled’ to give you a host of information that may enlighten you and aid you on your healthy hair journey. 

Fleur de Curl’s Healthy Hair Checklist: Part 4: Exercise

Fleur de Curl’s Healthy Hair Checklist:
Protective Styling
Drinking Tons of Water
Eating a Balanced Diet including tons of Green Vegetables
Exercise
• Sleep
• Taking Hair Vitamins with the inclusion of Diverse Vitamins and Minerals in my Diet
• Washing and Deep Conditioning Weekly
• Using Organic and Natural Hair products that do not contain Parabens, Mineral Oil, Silicones or Sulfates
• Constant moisture—especially to the ends
• Sleeping on a Satin Pillowcase or using a Satin Bonnet

Everyone knows the basis to a healthy being is to try to partake in exercise multiple times a week. I am no healthcare professional, but personally, I can attest, that when I get in a good exercise routine, I feel better, look better and my curls grow faster and look healthier. I noticed that while on my natural hair journey, when I was NOT getting a lot of exercise, my hair would shed more and I didn’t notice substantial hair length retention. Just through trial and error, I found that with regular exercise, my hair growth superseded when I did not exercise and it looked prettier and healthier than ever before.

I performed some research prior to posting this blog to give you things to think about when starting an exercise routine or contemplating adding more exercise to your routine to give yourself prettier, healthier hair. According to a lot of internet sources, (I will site them at the bottom of the blog):

• “Jogging and playing recreational sports like soccer, football or baseball can help regulate hormones and reduce DHT formation…Regular exercise also improves blood circulation, slows down the aging process and increases stamina.” Improved blood circulation increases the rate at which we grow hair. Normally our hair grows .5 to 1 inch per month. If we can improve our hair growth from .5 inches to 1 per month, this can definitely help in our hair journeys and give us a healthier lifestyle at the same time.

• “Exercising can increase serotonin levels in the brain, keeping us feeling happy and balanced. Increasing serotonin in the body can help improve the way we deal with stress, and lower the presence of the cortisone hormone in the body. When the body is under extreme stress, Revivogen.com says the entire body is affected, including the hair follicles. Exercise can help reduce stress and promote hair growth at the same time.”

• “Regular cardiovascular and aerobic exercise can promote hair growth. According to Revivogen.com, when you are stressed, it’s possible for your hair to thin or fall out. This is because your body produces more cortisone. This hormone causes hair follicles to stop growing, which can result in thinning of the hair. Exercise can reduce the amount of cortisone present in the body. Lower levels of the cortisone hormone will help hair grow faster and fuller.”

I hope that this invigorates you a little more to partake in more exercise. Exercise should not just be done to get longer hair, but to live a healthier life and reap the benefits of a healthy body!

Works Cited:
How Exercise Increases Hair Growth | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how-does_5731048_exercise-increases-hair-growth.html#ixzz1dhRE3m8C

Fleur de Curl’s Healthy Hair Checklist: Part 3: Eating a Balanced Diet including tons of Green Vegetables

Fleur de Curl’s Healthy Hair Checklist:

  •  Protective Styling
  •  Drinking Tons of Water
  •  Eating a Balanced Diet including tons of Green Vegetables
  •  Exercise
  •  Sleep
  •  Taking Hair Vitamins with the inclusion of  Diverse Vitamins and Minerals in my Diet
  •  Washing and Deep Conditioning Weekly
  •  Using Organic and Natural Hair products that do not contain Parabens, Mineral Oil, Silicones or Sulfates
  •  Constant moisture—especially to the ends
  •  Sleeping on a Satin Pillowcase or using a Satin Bonnet

What you put on your hair does not contribute to the overall health of it.  I can pile tons of conditioner, Castor Oil, Conocut Oil, Shampoo, etc, and still have unhealthy tresses.  The key to gaining a healthy mane is what you put inside of your body.  The previous post that I made alluded to that. Consumption of things that are good for your body is the first step to having healthy hair, nails and skin.  You will not only look better, but feel better which will give you the natural youthful glow that you need to be a fierce Natural. 

“Your hair grows about 1/4 to 1/2 inch every month, and the foundation of all of our new hair, skin, and nail growth is the nutrients we eat,” says Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, a Chicago-based dietitian.¹

            A balanced diet is good for our all around health, but if you want to have a Natural Healthy mane, it is crucial that you participate in getting a well balanced diet that is full of vitamins, minerals and protein (plant based for my vegetarians and vegans) that will help promote a healthy scalp and hair. My favorite Healthy Hair Food type consists of Raw Dark Green Vegetables such as Kale and Spinach. These green vegetables are rich in:

  • Vitamin A which promotes normal hair growth.
  • The B Vitamins which also promotes healthy hair growth, prevents dandruff, helps in the production of sebum, and helps to produce blood flow which is also stimulation for new growth of hair. 
  • Folic Acid which aids in cell renewal for healthy hair growth. 
  • SOME other important Minerals found in Green Vegetables include: Iron, Manganese, Zinc which all together provide the same benefits to promote healthy hair growth.

 Do your research: I was not aware of the importance of a well rounded diet that included a balanced source of vitamins and minerals until I did research on my own a few months into my natural hair journey.  I was looking for a natural way to control my Type 2 diabetes and found that a lot of the vitamins and minerals that helped with diabetes control also helped aid in overall physical health as well.  Once we become more aware of the benefits of vitamin and mineral supplementation for our being, we will see that we can become (physically) what we’ve been wanting for a long time.  The health of our hair can be transformed from simply thinking about what we put on our forks before we indulge. 

Hey, you KNOW Fleur de Curl often cheats on her diet, but having a balanced diet more times than not are the beginnings of a beautiful Natural Mane.

Moral of this story is: a balanced diet can lead to a wonderful physical balance and beautiful, healthy hair, skin and nails.  Eat your veggies naturals, drink your water and watch out for carbonated beverages, sugars, abundance of starches and JUNK. (Oh how I love my Chips and Salsa)…but most of all research Naturals, the Internet is in the palms of our hands at all times of the day and it only takes a few seconds to do a Google search to find reputable sources that will aid us in our Natural journey. 

Let me know what you find!

  1. 1.     WebMd: http://www.webmd.com/healthy-beauty/features/top-10-foods-for-healthy-hair

My Healthy Hair Checklist: Part 2: Drinking a lot of Water

Fleur de Curl’s Healthy Hair Checklist:

  •  Protective Styling
  •  Drinking Tons of Water
  •  Eating a Balanced Diet including tons of Green Vegetables
  •  Exercise
  •  Sleep
  •  Taking Hair Vitamins with the inclusion of  Diverse Vitamins and Minerals in my Diet
  •  Washing and Deep Conditioning Weekly
  •  Using Organic and Natural Hair products that do not contain Parabens, Mineral Oil, Silicones or Sulfates
  •  Constant moisture—especially to the ends
  •  Sleeping on a Satin Pillowcase or using a Satin Bonnet

One of the easiest and cheapest ways to enjoy longer and healthier hair is to do something that is so elementary; we should already be incorporating this in our daily routine.  It is simple, cheap and very good for our bodies, skin and hair.  I guess you already have an idea of what I am talking about?  Yes.  Adequate water consumption is one of the major ways to get shiny, supple and healthier hair and skin.  One of the easiest reasons for us to think of proper hydration with water is the fact that dehydration impacts hair growth.  Water makes up at least 1/4th of the weight of the hair strand.  We loose water through waste, sweat and just living and being everyday.  If we do not replace the water that we are loosing, it becomes detrimental to our overall well being and can impede the hair health and growth that you desire as becoming a natural or simply being relaxed.

As a general rule of thumb, you should be at least drinking 8-8oz glasses of water per day.  I try to drink water with my meals to help aid in digestion.  Replacing that carbonated beverage or a sweet beverage will be a good way of including another 8 ozs of water.  Drink some water before your meal also, so you can have a feeling of full that will prevent you from over eating and in turn, give you the water serving that you need for the day.  Begin your morning with an 8oz glass of water and drink one after dinner (not before bed—lol).  It’s easy to get the water that you need for the day and in a few weeks, you’ll notice that your hair will love the internal hydration that it’s getting also.