Here at Bouclème, we are strong believers that healthy hair starts from the inside - the goodness that we give our body! So we sat down with Nutritionist and fellow curly girl, Healthfully Hannah to discuss all things hair health and the best ingredients to eat for keeping hair beautiful and healthy.
1. We are strong believers that healthy hair starts from the inside. If we feed our body nutrition, our hair will thank us for it and will therefore appear healthier and fuller. What are 3 key ingredients that you believe help with the growth of healthy hair?
Omega 3 Fatty Acids: These are essential for healthy hair, yet most of us in Western cultures are deficient. Omega 3 fats keep hair shiny and hydrated, and prevent dry, itchy scalp. For omega 3 fatty acids, think wild-caught salmon, flax seeds, walnuts, even cauliflower.
Collagen: Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies. Incorporating collagen-rich foods into your life is essential for healthy hair, skin, nails, and more! Homemade bone broth is an excellent source and offers many additional health benefits, beyond beauty. Vitamin C is needed for the production of collagen, so regularly eating foods rich in vitamin C like strawberries, kiwi, broccoli, and citrus fruits is a must for healthy collagen production.
Zinc: This mineral is necessary for healthy hair, skin, and nails. Before you grab a zinc supplement, try to get zinc from foods like seafood, whole grains, nuts, seeds, even egg yolks!
2. As a curly girl, do you have any natural home remedies for looking after your curls?
Yes! I have 3 favorites that I rotate between. Curly hair needs a bit of extra love and these are a great way to keep curls healthy and happy!
Coconut Oil Treatment: This one is super simple, yet it provides a lot of hydration! Every couple weeks, I apply coconut oil to dry hair and let it sit for an hour or so.
Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse: I do apple cider vinegar rinses every couple weeks to prevent buildup and offer a deep cleanse. All you need is some Apple Cider Vinegar and water.
Aloe Vera Spritzer: There are countless benefits of Aloe Vera gel, for both internal and external use. I keep a spray bottle of homemade aloe vera spritzer to offer a quick boost of hydration whenever needed. Just blend fresh aloe vera gel (from the leaf) with water and put in a spray bottle.
3. There are a lot of supplements available now for hair health such as fish oil tablets and hair vitamins. What are your thoughts? Do they work? Are they worth it?
Beauty starts from the inside out, so it makes sense to focus on nutrition if you’re looking for beautiful hair, skin, and nails. I recommend focusing on getting your nutrients from food first, then consider supplements as needed.
Keep in mind that many of the popular supplements are synthetic and not the quality they appear to be. I recommend looking past the marketing of these products and do some research on the brand. If you’re looking for guidance with this, check out this article on 5 Things to Consider When Buying Supplements. Some of the supplements that are designed for healthy hair are effective, others are just marketing hype.
4. Hormones can also have an impact on hair health. What nutritional foods do you recommend for keeping hormones in tact?
Avoiding dairy is the #1 way to promote hormone balance, as it is a major contributor to imbalances. Focusing on real, whole, fresh foods that are nutrient-rich and colorful is essential for healthy hormones. You can also take up seed cycling – which is a fantastic way to balance hormones naturally. It simply involves rotating a few types of seeds in line with your cycle. To learn more about this, click here.
5. Our founder Michele believes in the important of detoxing and occasionally takes on a juicing challenge to free the body of harmful toxins. What is your favourite way to detox the body?
Our bodies are constantly detoxifying from the toxins we encounter through food, water, air, and personal care products. I believe in supporting our body’s natural detox processes by incorporating gentle, yet powerful detox methods like drinking more pure water, dry skin-brushing, and eating foods that naturally boost detoxification. For example, parsley, onion, green vegetables, and ginger are great for this!
Since detoxification is critical for optimal health, I have a series dedicated to detox on HealthfullyHannah.com. I even have a free guide you can download of The 5 Easy Ways to Detox Daily.
6. We've seen on your Instagram that you're a huge fan of Aloe Vera. Us too! Our products are formulated with this ingredient for the numerous benefits it carries, including conditioning. As well as applying to hair, what's your favourite way to consume Aloe Vera?
Every now and then I like to add fresh aloe vera gel to smoothies for it’s gut-healing benefits! It is antibacterial and antifungal and you only need an inch or two to receive the digestive benefits! I purchase the leaf from my local health food store, cut out the gel, and toss in a smoothie.
7. What are your must-have tools to keep your curls looking their best?
Definitely The Wet Brush! I know, it seems crazy at first to even think of brushing curly hair, but this is a life-changer! I use it when I have conditioner in and only on wet hair. It’s designed specifically for curly hair and works like a dream.