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Secrets to a healthy long hair

Published by Guardian on Sat, 04 May 2013

Feed your hair with miracle foods for that beautiful bounce and shineONE of the biggest myths about black hair is that it doesn't grow as quickly as other types of hair. You may be right to an extent as an African breed but will disagree technically, except if you have a generic slow hair growth, which is absolutely understandable. All hairs grow at an average of half inch per month, but it is how you treat your hair that determines how much you will retain. The most important factor is what you eat, how important you take your diet.Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a routine that must be strictly observed by women who would love to keep in place a full healthy long hair without frizzy ends or shredding. Some women swear by vitamin regimes that call for popping pills all day long.Truthfully, there are no mumbo-jumbos involved in hair growth. Having to pay so much to acquire those basket-loads of hair treatment prescriptions from the hair stylist, that doesn't yield results, can be very frustrating. The secret is just to focus on how to stay healthy in order to have healthy long, shiny hair. Coupled with hair treatments formulated for the African American woman, you are on your way to acquiring a long and healthy hair that is a cut above the rest.In order to treat your tress, here are some nutritious foods to indulge in:Salmon: Of all the foods listed here, salmon packs the most punch when it comes to your locks. It is full of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, iron and vitamin B-12. Salmon helps to add shine, prevent dry scalp and improve hair growth. This delish fish is a miracle food for your hair.Eggs: This is perhaps the most versatile food on this list, there are countless ways you can work eggs into your healthy-hair diet. Eggs are rich in biotin, which is a B vitamin essential for scalp health and hair growth. Eggs are also high in iron, which carries oxygen to the hair follicles. Have an egg with breakfast a few times a week.Nuts: Keep a small bag of nuts in your purse for a quick snack such as almonds, pecans, cashews and walnuts that all contain zinc, which minimizes hair shedding. Walnuts also contain a high level of omega-3 fatty acid, which helps boost shine and fullness.Bright-coloured fruits: Mango, strawberries, kiwi, pineapple and peaches are all rich in vitamin C, an essential for making collagen that gives structure to hair.Sweet potatoes: This antioxidant vitamin is converted to vitamin A once in the body, which is necessary for cell growth, including your hair! A vitamin A deficiency often results in dull, dry skin that then flakes off of your scalp as dandruff.Dark green vegetables: Greens like spinach, kale and broccoli are all major sources of vitamins A and C. These vitamins help produce sebum, scalp oil that acts as a natural hair conditioner.Poultry: Poultry feeds are full of protein, zinc, iron and B vitamins to keep your locks full and strong.
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