If you’ve been noticing that your child’s hair hasn’t been growing as much as normal, it could have to do with her diet and how hydrated she’s staying. A healthy diet and your little one’s eating habits are directly related to the health of their hair.
Fresh foods that are rich in minerals, vitamins, proteins, healthy fats, and carbohydrates are needed in her diet to improve the health of her hair, scalp, and skin! Here are some foods that can easily be incorporated into your weekly menus to help improve your child’s natural hair as well as improve its texture and boost hair growth.
Water. Water not only hydrates you but also helps to moisturize your hair from the inside out. Your child should be drinking about half their weight in ounces daily of water. With plenty of water and a good multi-vitamin, their hair will stay moisturized while it grows.
Cinnamon. Cinnamon stimulates the scalp and increases blood circulation, which in turn helps to nourish your hair follicles. Sprinkling some on toast, her morning oatmeal, or any other treat can give your child a healthy hair boost without her even knowing it!
Walnuts. If your kids will eat nuts, a handful of walnuts a day is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, and biotin. These nutrients protect the cells in the hair from damage and block UV rays from the sun that can damage hair. These can work wonders in improving the overall health of our little one’s natural hair.
Sweet Potatoes. These are packed with beta carotene, a natural antioxidant. This nutrient is converted by the body into vitamin A, which produces all of the body’s natural oils that keep your hair moisturized naturally. When these natural oils are lacking, dry scalp and dandruff can become a problem. Other beta carotene-rich options to easily throw into your child’s lunch are carrots, cantaloupe, and apricot.
Guava. This tropical fruit is abundant in vitamin C, which protects the hair from breaking. Put into a smoothie or cut it up for a fun, sweet snack, and your curly-haired little one will never know she’s helping her hair grow!
Iron. Young children have the highest risk of being slightly anemic, which can lead to hair loss and fatigue. If you know your child is anemic, or notice them losing more hair than normal, swap out the sugary cereal for an iron-fortified cereal, increase their grains, offer dark leafy greens, or add iron-rich beef to their diet.
Eggs. Whether they are fried, hard-boiled, or scrambled, eggs are full of zinc, iron, selenium, and protein. All of these elements supply oxygen to the hair follicles to encourage growth. With Easter right around the corner, there will be many left-over hard-boiled eggs!
Greek yogurt. If your child loves yogurt, try Greek yogurt, which is low in fat and packed with essential proteins and vitamins D and B5. These vitamins work at the scalp to strengthen the hair at the follicle to prevent breakage and inspire strong hair growth. Not a yogurt fan? Low-fat cheese, cottage cheese, and milk are good substitutes as well.
Blueberries. Blueberries are so sweet and delicious that your kids may eat them by the handful, and that’s okay! They are incredible sources of vitamin C and antioxidants, which remove toxins from the scalp to keep your child’s natural hair healthy, shiny, and smooth. Start her day off right with a smoothie of blueberries, strawberries, and kiwis for the ultimate detox smoothie for healthy hair.
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Our professional staff at Just 4 Girls Salon is here to help and we look forward to working with you and your child! Call or visit one of our three convenient locations today at 568 Fayetteville Rd SE in Atlanta (678) 927-0554; 5245 Langford Park Dr. STE C in Norcross (470) 433-0090; or 1295 W Spring St STE 101 (inside Smyrna Market Village) (678) 391-4622 or book for any location online!