The Connection Between Diet and Hair Health in Black Women

Hey there, beautiful queens!

Let’s talk about something that affects us all: our hair health. As black women, we know that our hair is more than just something that grows out of our heads. It’s a part of our culture, our identity, and our pride. Let’s talk about something that is near and dear to our hearts – our hair. As black women, we know that our hair is more than just a style, it’s a statement. But have you ever stopped to consider how your diet impacts the health of your hair?

Black woman saying "Bye, Scalp"

But did you know that what we eat can also impact our hair health? As an expert in the field, I can tell you that what you eat plays a significant role in the health of your hair. Our hair needs a variety of vitamins and minerals to grow strong and healthy, and if we’re not getting them through our diet, our hair can suffer.

Eating a diet that’s rich in nutrients like protein, biotin, and iron can help strengthen our hair, promote growth, and prevent breakage. On the other hand, consuming too much sugar or processed foods can lead to inflammation and damage to our hair follicles. This means incorporating foods like:

  • eggs
  • spinach
  • nuts
  • fish  

It’s also important to drink plenty of water to keep our hair hydrated!  The goal should be to drink half your weight in oz. (e.g. If you weigh 150 lbs then drink 75 ounces daily).

As black women, we already face unique challenges when it comes to our hair, from managing natural hair to dealing with damage from relaxers and weaves. That’s why it’s even more important for us to pay attention to what we’re putting into our bodies and how it’s impacting our hair health.

When it comes to your hair you want to use a hair serum that contains a blend of natural oils and extracts, such as argan oil, jojoba oil, and lavender oil, that can help to moisturize and nourish the hair, while also promoting hair growth and reducing hair breakage.

But let’s be real, as black women, we know that our hair can be high maintenance, and we don’t always have the time or energy to cook elaborate meals. So, what can we do? One option is to take a hair supplement that contains the nutrients we need. Another is to keep it simple and focus on incorporating small, healthy changes into our diets.

Remember, the health of our hair is just as important as the style we choose, and taking care of it starts from within. So let’s make a commitment to nourish our bodies with the foods and nutrients our hair needs to thrive. We deserve it!

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Brandelyn Green is the Founder of VoiceOfHair, a platform to help women of color find the best hair care products, regimens and hairstyles! Since starting VoiceOfHair in 2014 she has grown the social media platform to over 1MM+ on Instagram and Facebook. As a natural who is also a salon goer, she wanted to create a platform where people could find the best products, hairstylists, advice and trends.
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