Hi y’all, what’s shaking?
I’m sorry, no one should be allowed to speak that way. Good day to you, happy sallah, and where is my meat? You guys are slacking on the meat front, I hope you know; there should be sallah barbecue swimming around in my tummy by now. Anyway, on to the business of today; we are talking about hair growth – shalla to my beard gang fam – and the things you can do to facilitate it.
One thing you can do is to eat right, not only is good food important for your health; it’s also great for your hair. As I always do, in the spirit of sharing and caring – just like gino, because you know; gino truly cares – I’m going to tell you about this hair thing. Just like your body, your hair needs the right mix of vitamins and nutrients to grow out. Since long hair or fullllll natural hair is all the rage right now, I suggest you get your taste buds acquainted with the following.
This tasty cold water fish is rich in protein and vitamin D – which are both key to strong hair, the fatty acids found in this fish are nothing if not awesome. Your body can’t make those fatty acids, although it needs it to grow hair. About 3% of the hair shaft is made up of these fatty acids.
2. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are loaded with antioxidant beta carotene, which your body turns into vitamin A that promotes a healthy scalp as well as healthy hair. It also helps protect and produce the oils that sustain your scalp. Plus, being low on vitamin A can even leave you with itchy, irksome dandruff.
So, those of you who don’t like those sweet potato chips that they sell everywhere now, get to buying and eating, because HAIR.
Asala to most of us; these nuts have a significant amount of omega-3 fatty acids. They’re also rich in biotin and vitamin E, which helps protect your cells from DNA damage. Since your hair rarely gets much shielding from the sun, especially in this hard Nigerian world, this is a great way to shield it from too much damage; too little biotin can lead to hair loss. Walnuts also have copper which keeps your natural hair color rich and lustrous.
Eggs are loaded with four key minerals: zinc, selenium, sulfur, and iron. Iron is especially important, because it helps cells carry oxygen to the hair follicles, and too little iron is a major cause of hair loss. Eggs are also an excellent source of those aforementioned omega-3s, and they contain biotin.
N.B. It’s not the egg white that facilitates hair growth, it’s the yolk. Eating too many egg whites can actually block the absorption of biotin into the body.
Due to the high concentration of essential fatty acids naturally found in skin cells, avocados are an age-old beauty secret. When topically applied to the hair and scalp, they have the added ability to stimulate collagen and elastin production. Mix a little avocado with sour cream and apply to your hair and scalp for about ten minutes before washing it off. Over time, this is sure to produce great results for your hair.
Since hair is nearly all protein, foods rich in protein work a lot in the building of hair growth. Poultry is an extraordinary source of protein, as well as hair-healthy zinc, iron, and B vitamins to keep strands strong and plentiful. Basically, foods rich in protein are literally hair builders.
The most important thing to do in the pursuit of long locks is be patient and consistent with food and treatment. Lots of proteins – like meat, sallah meat – and vitamins A and C will go a long way in boosting hair growth. To my beard gang peoples, please respect yourself and don’t start that thing where your beards will start sweeping the ground; we are managing you as it is. Growing hair is really easy if you do it right; just ask that rapunzel chick. She could do it, and she’s not even real; if she can do it, so can you.