Oct 27, 2011

Love Your Hair? Show It You Care!

"Stereotyping" is sometimes frowned upon, but being born in the coconutty state of Kerala where just about everyone has amazing skin and lovely long tresses, I won't have any qualms fitting into the stereotype.  Reality, though, is quite another story.  My hair is coarse, dry, frizzes up at the slightest excuse, and generally behaves like it has a mind of it's own.  It has been a constant battle between me and my hair, and of course, hair always wins.  Older and wiser now, I have made peace with my hair and learned to love it the way it is, and miraculously, my hair seems to be quite tolerant of me too!

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The moral of the story:  Beautiful hair is not defined as long, thick, or straight - it's defined as "healthy," and as the photo shows, I have decied to eat my way to happy hair.

Here's my easy (and perhaps a bit cheesy) checklist:

1.  The fishy idea:   There's a reason why people staying in coastal areas have the kind of skin and hair they have.  It's all that fish they feast on.  It's iron, high-quality protein, B12, and omega-3 acids in one superhealthy package.  Nice idea, but I am a vegetarian who is willing to do a little cheating, and I use fish oil capsules.

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For the honest vegetarian/vegan, there's flaxseed - just sprinkle 1-2 teaspoons of ground flaxseed over your salad or yogurt or mix it in the smoothie.

2.  Go Green...and yellow and orange:  Yes, mom was right about the spinach (and various other things too), and while Popeye might not be the best example to prove my point here, green and colorful vegetables and fruits definitely are essential for healthy hair and skin.

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A rich source of vitamin A, C, iron, and calcium.
3.  Bad hair days driving you nuts?  Try a handful of nuts a day - almond, cashews, walnuts - whatever you pick, try the dry roasted options over the admittedly tastier oil-roasted versions.  It's healthy hair without having to worry about a growing waist!

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A rich source of omega-3 (that's vegan friendly too) and zinc that helps
keep hair shiny and reduces hair fall too.
4.  Dear Dairy:  My hair loves you!

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Dairy products like yogurt, cheese, milk, etc., are a rich source of calcium as well as
high-quality proteins like whey and casein.  Throw in some fresh fruits and some low-fat
yogurt into a blender to make yourself some yummy smoothie - guilt-free love!
5.  Bean there..done that:  Pulses and beans are quite common in most Indian kitchens and are slowly but steadily making their presence felt on market shelves across the world.  These little things provide an excellent source of protein while maintaining a low GI (technical speak for doesn't cause blood sugar spikes) - and you don't need to be a vegetarian and/or diabetic to enjoy them.

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Rich in iron, zinc, biotin, and a rich source of protein.  Make sure you finish the dish with
a dash of lime or lemon juice to help better absorb the iron.
Five is a good number, so I end my list here.  Just remember the key nutrients to look for:  Omega-3 fatty acids (to add a shine to your hair), zinc (to reduce hair fall), iron, and vitamins for stronger, healthier hair that withstands breakage.  Now go on and eat something - you hair will love you!

Note #1:  This article is a combination of what worked for me and what I have read in books and online.  This is not qualified medical advice, so please consult your physician before deciding to start any diet/food.

Note #2:  The photos in this article (as well as in this blog unless otherwise specified) belong to me.  Do not copy text/photos from this blog without prior permission from the author (that's me.).  It's all explained here too.

36 comments:

  1. yes to 'eat my way to happy hair!' :)))
    i have given up on my hair recently. waiting for the hormones to behave well. tats all :)

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  2. Haaa..am sure they will be more than back to normal now :D :D

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  3. Very Well written :) Best of Luck.

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  4. Rads......great pictures....and your haircut is so cute.......:)

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  5. I feel like eating watermelons now >.<

    I have always hair thin fine hair,genetically and I have made peace with them too . I mean whatever,atleast they are naturally straight without any frizz . The only thing I have to do is to handle them with care,only a little vigrous brushing can do a lot of damage . I am still searching for a perfect deep conditioner

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  6. Is so cold here now..me wide awake :| :| You fine, straight hair? Maybe your ideal haircare would be one that doesn't leave too much residue and make it look limp. As for deep conditioner..have you ever tried an olive oil plus egg mask? I couldn't bear the thought of egg on my head - the smell is just too much for me bear - but my friend tried out and she said her hair was supershiny...

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  7. A well written post and lot of research - good wishes from a fellow contestant.

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  8. Egg toh completely dries out my ends,banana actually helped but its a hell of a task to wash it off.
    And for the smell na,just add some rose water to eggs before applying ,it works:D

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  9. that green, yellow, orange pic is awesome.... what were you cooking? :)and loved your haircut :)

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  10. I will steal your pikchures and use it on IMBB...buhaaha....without any credit to you....he hehe.:)

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  11. Specs Buffy - Thank you and wishing you all the very best too :)

    Ramya - I don't remember..guess a mixed vegetable something :D :D

    Ritika - OMG..you have tried all that?! Banana tho I won't even go anywhere near..it's so slimy and horrible to get off it dries on a plate only :|

    Jomol - Eeeeeeeeeeebil plans :spank: :spank:

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  12. Very informative post! Any tips how to stop hair fall or at least reduce it!!

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  13. Thanks :) I loved your OOTD post! What works for me is including dairy products in my diet, a bit of exercise, and of course a warm-oil massage before I wash my hair.

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  14. I am guilty of neglecting my hair, lol! I try to eat well just because, so hopefully that helps...haha.

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  15. Hey, very well written. I tried fish oil capsules but stopped it cause it made my skin feel so oily. So, I avoid having that but I'v been having health supplement for Hair,skin and nails by GNC brand. Its been a month and I'v noticed great changes in my hair. Though it will take time to notice. Important thing is the Biotin 3000 which is in it for hair growth.

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  16. Thanks Crazypoplock :D Oh I don't have any side effects with the fish oil, but I just lack the discipline to remember to take them every day. It's nice to stick to a regular supplements routine...I have to learn to do that!!!!

    Larie - Same here...am hoping eating right compensates :D

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  17. frizz is my problem too.... tonight im going to slather and saturate my hair with warm olive oil.. hope it helps...

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  18. Nice post! I need to get these fish capsules soon :D I love them :D
    the only problem I've with my hair is the volume. I guess they need some pampering now, I'm treating them badly these days :|

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  19. wow, u take d best pictures RAds,,,, super liked dis post :) u gotss new hairss cutss, isnt it? :P

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  20. awesome post. good that it had so much humor elements in it :D hope yours wins the contest :D and i took the liberty to mention your post in mine. hope that's ok :)

    Chandru
    http://scribbledhere.wordpress.com/

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  21. Aww..that's so generous of you..thank you :) Wishing you all the very best too!

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  22. Nice pic rads :)) frizz is the problem i face often... but i cannot tolerate egg on hair

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  23. great post, hair care tips in some awesomely clicked pictures!
    :)
    good luck with the contest!

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  24. Vid - It's the same story with me too..and it's just got worse with age..cannnnnnot stand the smell of eggs even while cooking sometimes..:| :| I love them in cakes, though :D :D

    Defiant Princess - Thank you :)

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  25. great illustrious penning. pictorials too very fruitful.
    best wishes

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  26. Thank you, Maun Vision...and a special thanks to "Musculine" too :D :D :D

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  27. you eatiiinggg watermelonnn *hunterwali*.. we no get watermelon for so manyy monnthhsss now... *waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa*

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  28. Is always watermelon and mango season here :happydance:

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  29. I started taking the yellow fish capsule & it has worked wonders on my tress

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  30. It does work, doesn't it...I need to take these on a more regular basis..

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  31. Good post. Nice use of images. The best part as per me were the titles of subsections : Fishy Idea/Go Green, Yellow and Orange/Bean there done that..

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  32. Hehehee...it was fun writing the post :D

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