4 Ways to Strengthen Your Hair from the Inside Out

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By Jenteel

Hair health begins with the internal – the most important. What you put into your body reflects on the outside; especially important for most of us concerned with the beauty aspects of hair, skin, and nails.

Water

The amount of water you consume actually varies by person. I don’t stick to the “8 glasses a day” rule because we are all different. You should drink a little less than half your body weight in ounces of water per day. If you exercise, you should add 16 oz to the total for every 45 minutes of strenuous activity. For every ounce of caffeinated beverage that you drink, you need to drink and additional 2 oz of water.

Fruits/ Vegetables

Try to consume fruits and veggies with a high water content; red-orange fruits and veggies, leafy greens, citrus & berries.

Vitamins/Minerals

Vitamin A, C, E, zinc, selenium, and omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are very important. For vegetarians who don’t eat fish/fish oils, try nuts/oils like macadamia, walnuts & almonds.

Useful Supplements

MSM, Spirulina, Silica & DHA.

Ladies, how do you nourish your hair from the inside?

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Black Girl With Long Hair

Leila, founding editor of Black Girl with Long Hair (April 2008), social media and black beauty enthusiast. When I'm not here, I'm moderating a Facebook group for black mothers called Black Moms Connect.

 

10 thoughts on “4 Ways to Strengthen Your Hair from the Inside Out

  1. * I drink at least 2 Liters of water daily
    * I take Vitamins everyday that consist of Spurilina, Omega 3/6/9 Fatty Acids (Seed Blend), Fruits and Garden Veggies (Alive Whole Food Energizer Multi-Vitamin, Max Potency)
    * I take Salmon/Fish Oil Daily (Carlson’s)
    * I try to be consistant with eating my fruits and veggies, but if not at least I know I already had some from my vitamins.
    Ever since I went natural (7/11) and started eating healthier I have definitely noticed a difference in my skin and my hair.

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  2. Can this sentence be clarified, please?:

    “You should drink a little less than half your body weight in ounces of water per day.”

    Is that right because that seems like it’d be a lot of water to consume in a day.

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    • @ African Violet

      I’ve always heard that you should divide how much you weigh into half, and that’s how many ounces of water you should drink each day

      Ex: 140 lbs/2 = 70 ounces of water (8 – 8oz glasses and some change)

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  3. In addition to a multivitamin I take iron a few times during the week to address iron defiency. I also start each day with 20 oz of water,and drink about 72 oz throughout the day; more when I exercise.

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  4. I take a multivitamin, Flaxseed oil pills, fish oil, L-Arginine, b-complex, and fiber… I also drink 70 oz of water a day( a lil more than half my weight), I juice all my leafy greens, cucumber and add an apple and pear to the mix.. And I still make sure a eat a salad a day and make veggies to go with dinner..

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  5. since I’ve been eating a little better than usual and exercising and drinking a lot of water I have noticed my hair look and feel a little different

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