5 DIY Fruit Smoothies For Hair Growth


Everyone is bound to be affected by hair loss sooner or later, whether it is due to genetics, stress, poor diet, bad habits, aging, diseases or certain medical conditions, or all of the above. That’s why it’s important to watch what you eat and drink — nutrition plays a big role in keeping your crowning glory thick, healthy, and strong.

 

Certain vitamins and minerals are effective for promoting hair growth. These are: vitamin A, B vitamins, iron, zinc, protein, and vitamins C, D, and E, among others. You’ll find these nutrients in fruits and veggies.

 

Having a well-balanced diet is not just for keeping hair healthy and strong, but the mind and body as well. Poor nutrition can lead to obesity, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease, and tooth decay, among others. You get tired more easily, are unable to deal with stress properly, and generally feel irritable and cranky.

 

Below are 5 smoothie recipes to induce hair growth and reduce hair fall or loss — as well as improve your mood and physical health. You can easily make them in your own kitchen, and the ingredients are readily available in your own pantry or neighborhood grocery or supermarket.

 

  1. Avocado Berry Smoothie

For healthy hair to grow, you need an equally healthy — and fertile — scalp. Avocadoes contain niacin, also known as vitamin B3, which improves blood circulation in the scalp, thus making it more receptive to absorbing nutrients and providing oxygen to the hair follicles.

 

Raspberries and strawberries are super-foods loaded with antioxidants that fight free radicals, which can cause hair loss and premature aging and greying. Meanwhile, almond milk is a rich source of protein, which is necessary for hair growth and making strands less prone to breakage.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 avocado, ripe
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds

 

Preparation:

In a blender, add all ingredients and keep mixing until well-blended and creamy.

 

  1. Mango Strawberry Smoothie

Chards contain vitamin A, one of the building blocks of cells in the body, which means your hair needs a sufficient amount of it in order to grow. In addition, vitamin A helps skin glands produce sebum or oil, to moisturize and keep scalp healthy and in proper condition for hair to grow.

 

While a deficiency in vitamin A can lead to hair loss, too much of it can be harmful and contribute to hair loss as well. Thus, it’s important to get just the right amount of this super vitamin. The recommended daily dosage is 700 to 900 micrograms of retinol activity equivalents (RAE) for those age 14 and up, and 1,200 to 1,300 RAE for pregnant and lactating women.

 

Mangoes are good sources of vitamins C and E, which promote the production of collagen for strong, bouncy, and healthy strands and reverse free radical damage on hair, respectively.

 

Walnuts are rich in potassium and three kinds of omega fatty acids: 3, 6, and 9. All these work together to boost hair follicles, so you get stronger, longer, and healthier locks. Plus, walnuts have anti-fungal properties to keep problems such as dermatitis and dandruff at bay, and ultimately help you maintain a clean and healthy scalp.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup frozen mangoes
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds
  • 4 large chard leaves, with the stems trimmed

 

Preparation:

In a blender, add all ingredients and keep mixing until well-blended and creamy. You can add more water to make the chard leaves puree more easily.

 

  1. Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie

 

Hair is made of protein, and peanut butter and almond milk are excellent sources of such. In addition, peanut butter contains a type of vitamin E called alpha-tocopherol, which strengthens hair follicles and deeply nourishes both hair and scalp.

 

Meanwhile, banana contains B vitamins that are beneficial to hair, improving blood circulation and making strands shinier, thicker, and more lustrous. And as mentioned, niacin or vitamin B3 is vital to hair growth.

 

Another type of B vitamin found in bananas and nuts is biotin, which improves your hair’s keratin, the basic protein that makes up hair, skin, and nails. Some studies have shown a link between deficiency in biotin and hair loss.

 

Aside from being rich in protein, nuts are good sources of zinc. Zinc is essential for hair growth and repair, and keeps the scalp’s oil glands in tip-top shape.

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 banana
  • 2 teaspoon nuts
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 cup almond milk

 

Preparation:

In a blender, add all ingredients and keep mixing until well-blended and creamy. Sprinkle some cocoa powder to give this delicious smoothie a chocolately kick.

 

  1. Tropical Turmeric Smoothie

 

Boost hair health and detoxify your body at the same time with this super smoothie! Turmeric contains certain compounds that are beneficial to your locks, such as curcuminoids that inhibit the growth of TGF beta-1, a polypeptide that contributes to hair loss. This Indian spice also has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties to effectively treat and prevent dandruff — which can cause hair to shed — and help maintain a healthy scalp.

 

Pineapples are packed with vitamin C, an antioxidant that reverses free radical damage and boosts collagen production for healthy, strong strands. Vitamin C also aids the body in absorbing iron, which is essential for carrying oxygen to the follicles and making hair grow. In fact, it’s been proven that iron deficiency leads to anemia, which is a major cause of hair loss.

 

Kale is another superfood that’s loaded with nourishing nutrients, such as vitamins A and C, antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and iron. Some of its hair benefits are making strands less prone to breakage, combating oxidative stress, and treating dandruff and dry scalp.

 

Honey is a popular ingredient found in hair masks, as it strengthens and moisturizes strands, stimulates hair growth, and contains antioxidant, antiseptic, and antibacterial properties to keep scalp clean and healthy. Lastly, apples are rich in minerals vital to maintaining a healthy scalp and lowering the risk of hair loss such as calcium, copper, magnesium, and potassium. It also contains procyanidin, a natural compound that encourages hair growth.

 

Ingredients:

  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • ½ apple
  • ½ teaspoon honey
  • 1 cup milk

 

Preparation:

In a blender, add all ingredients and keep mixing until well-blended and creamy.

 

  1. Papaya Spinach Smoothie

 

Iron-rich spinach is great for preventing anemia, which can lead to hair loss. This superfood is also rich in other vitamins and minerals that encourage hair growth: calcium; folate; vitamins B, C, and E; potassium; magnesium; omega-3 fatty acids; and zinc.

 

Papaya is another excellent source of vitamins and minerals that promote healthy, luscious locks. It fights dandruff, prevents balding, controls hair thinning, and adds shine and bounce to your strands. The folic acid found in papaya is known to help prevent premature greying, as it improves circulation to the hair follicles and regulates red blood cell count.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup papaya, skinned and deseeded
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup coconut milk

 

Preparation:

In a blender, add all ingredients and keep mixing until well-blended and creamy.

 

Other Tips To Achieve Healthy Hair

Aside from following a proper diet, you can maintain the beauty of your crowning glory with these tips.

 

  1. Do away with bad hair habits.

You may be unknowingly doing certain things that can harm your strands, such as:

 

  • Taking too many hot showers. The heat can cause hair to become brittle and dry. When rinsing hair, use the coolest temperature as much as possible.

 

  • Mishandling wet hair. When hair is wet, it is vulnerable to breakage and shedding. Prevent unwanted hair loss by not combing or brushing while hair is still wet, and blotting or patting your tresses dry with a soft towel instead of wringing or rubbing them dry.

 

  • Wearing tight hairstyles. Loosen up that braid, bun, or pony a little — too much tension on the strands can weaken and cause damage on hair follicles, making it difficult for new hair to grow. In this case, treat your hair as you would your skin: The harder you tug, the more harm you do on your precious strands.

 

  1. Stop piling on the products.

Putting on too much product can stress out your strands. Make it a point to have at least one “off” day from products every week and let your tresses take a breather. Use a clarifying shampoo on your hair detox days to get rid of deep-seated product buildup, oil, and dirt. However, for colored hair, don’t use clarifying shampoo as often since doing so can cause color to fade more quickly.

 

As for styling products, opt for soft-hold ones such as creams — they’re less harsh on the strands and won’t create breakage-inducing friction while brushing and styling.

 

  1. Use the right products for your hair type and style.

Rinsing and conditioning your tresses with the wrong shampoo and conditioner can lead to problems such as dry hair, frizz, dandruff, flaky scalp, oily scalp and hair, split ends, and faded colored strands.

 

It’s important to know your hair type so you can choose the right shampoo and conditioner. To play it safe, stay away from shampoos that contain sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) or sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). These elements can strip your strands of natural oils and cause them to frizz up and break. It can also result to redness, dryness, itchiness, and irritation to those with sensitive scalps.

 

  1. Limit heat exposure.

As much as possible, blow-dry your tresses using cool air. Aside from dehydrating your hair, heat can weaken your strands and make them frizzy. However, if you don’t have access to a hair dryer with cool settings or must use heat, protect your strands with a heat styling serum before blow-drying.

 

In addition, the sun’s harsh UV rays can make hair brittle, dry, and breakage-prone, so do coat your locks with sunscreen before heading out. Pro tip: When smoothing sunscreen on the scalp, focus on areas with thinning hair for an added layer of protection.

 

  1. Give your tresses some TLC.

Do apply a hair mask every week to deeply condition and nourish your strands. This is to prevent split ends, keep your tresses hydrated, and generally help hair heal, repair, and grow.

 

 

 

 


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