Benefits of Plantains for Hair

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by Mary Wolff

There are a ton of healthy foods that are reported to help with the life of your hair. When choosing the right one, you might overlook plantains. These fruits might be overlooked for their counterpart the banana, but there are some great benefits of plantains for hair that make them worth a second look. Here are a few benefits of plantains for hair that make them a great addition to your diet or hair care routine.

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5 Tips For A Good Hair Day Every Day


by Mary Wolff

A good hair day can make any day seem better. If you have ever experienced a truly heinous hair day, you know this is true. When your hair looks and feels great, you feel confident and ready to take on the day. To make sure you rock your curls with confidence on the regular, here are my 5 tips for a good hair day every day. 

5 Changes You Should Make to Your Diet for Healthy Hair and Body


by sointocurls via Blacknaps.org

Healthy, beautiful hair doesn’t just happen. It takes concerted effort on your part to inform yourself about healthy choices, and it also requires firm determination to be able to follow through with making the necessary changes that will result in benefits. And interestingly enough, many of the nutrients that benefit hair also contribute to beautiful skin and a healthy body. So what are some healthy choices that can make your hair, mind and body healthier and happier?

10 Ingredients for the Health-Conscious Curly

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by Devri

Being natural while living with a chronic illness can be summed up by this: staying mindful of my hair, my health, and my hair's health--after all, my life depends on it. In addition to a boundless amount of meds, biweekly infusions, and injections, for me it's crucial to keep these 10 ingredients incorporated in my hair and skin regimen in order stay as healthy as possible.

Read on for my health-conscious ingredient list (along with product recommendations)>>>

6 Foods for Growing Long, Healthy, Natural Hair

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by Vineetha Reddy

Caring for your hair involves more than just protecting it from dust and pollution, and using external applicants to nourish it. The biggest factor that determines the quality of your hair is what you consume. For your hair to be nourished from the inside, you need to eat foods rich in certain vitamins and minerals that are essential for hair health. Here is a list of fruits and vegetables that provide your curls with the nutrients they need to be healthy and gorgeous.

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How to Protect Your Hair While Swimming


by Nicole Hollis of Hair Liberty

Swimming is fun and relaxing whether you're doing it for exercise or just to cool off. You don't have to limit your pool time for your hair, but you do have to take some extra precautions. Chlorinated water and constant friction from swimming will take a toll on African American hair. Spend a few minutes before and after swimming to help your hair survive the summer.

Key Tips
  • Rinse your hair with tap water before you get in the pool.
  • Don't wear a swim cap if it pulls too tightly or rips out your hair at the hairline.
  • Always shampoo after you swim, chlorine does not rinse out.

4 Green Smoothies for Optimal Hair Growth

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by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

I'm all about green smoothies and how great they are for our bodies, but did you know they have amazing benefits for our hair too? With many of us over 30 and looking for ways to keep our hair healthy, vibrant and moisturized, what we put into our bodies is the best way to get and keep healthy tresses.

Whether your hair goal is length, regrowing edges or staving off grays, there is a green smoothie that can help you with achieve it!  Optimal diet leads to optimal health and optimal health gives you optimal hair growth! Check out the four green smoothies below as they are great for your hair's health.

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How I Lost 10 Pounds and Gained a Healthy Lifestyle


Liv writes:

Hello CurlyNikki community!  I wanted to share how I lost 10 pounds, maintained it for over a year, gained muscle, and trimmed my waist down simply by living a healthy lifestyle! With motivation, determination and discipline anything is possible!

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7 Foods for Healthier Hair

You are what you eat.
And because your hair is part of you, what you eat reflects in the health and state of your hair. If you want hair that is healthy, longer, and stronger you should be paying attention to what you put INSIDE your body, not just what you use on the hair itself. These superfoods will help keep you and your hair looking their best.
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Vitamin D for Healthy Hair Growth

 

Throughout their journey, many naturalistas will board the "hair growth challenges" bandwagon. By hair growth challenges, I’m referring to three month long challenges that involve pills, pills, and more pills. They stock up on items like Hairfinity, The Mane Choice, or the generic Biotin complex brand. They believe biotin will be the answer to their hair growth problems. They may not realize, however, the role the common vitamin D plays in the process of strong hair growth and retention.

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How to Exercise with Natural Hair


by Tasha of Just Curlz

With the upcoming holidays and the New Year approaching, we all have the urge to work out more. Whether it’s to shed the extra pounds we put on at Thanksgiving or we are making another New Year’s Resolution to work out more, we all need to be physically active to be healthy. Although we no longer have to worry about "sweating out our perm", us natural ladies have other issues we must address when working out.

Styling
This is a big issue for us as some styles take hours to complete and we don't want that to be ruined after one trip to the gym. So, my tip is to either wear wash-n-gos that can be easily redone or protective styles. My hair is not wash-n-go friendly, so I tend to wear lots of individual twists or flat twist/braided updos that will last a few days. This helps to keep my hair moisturized and also saves time so I don't have to redo my hair every day.

5 Tips for Healthy Natural Hair


The new year is rapidly approaching, so you know what that means--gym membership spikes, more crowded lots at Trader Joe's and Whole Foods, and an onslaught of resolutions to to live a healthier, more positive life.

I'm rooting for ya, I am!

Getting healthy and focusing on a balanced lifestyle will most certainly bring about numerous benefits, especially for your hair. If you've been struggling with dryness, breakage, excessive shedding, or just lackluster tresses in general, it may be time to put the deep conditioner down and take a hard look at what you've been doing (or not doing) to your body, and how it impacts your hair.

So when you're making your new year's resolutions, keep these 5 lifestyle changes in mind, because they'll most certainly put you on the path to a healthy body and healthy hair!



1. Get Active
If you ever needed some extra gym motivation, here it is: regular exercise promotes healthy hair and growth. Between overbearing employers, holiday traffic (well in LA, everyday traffic), deadlines, moving and shaking, stress can be at an all-time this time of the year. Amongst other ailments, stress can cause breakage and hair fall -- with the body's natural release of the hormone cortisol. Increased stress and therefore increased cortisol levels contribute to hair loss. One sure-fire way to eliminate stress and regulate/decrease cortisol levels is through cardiovascular exercise 3 or 4 times a week. Exercise also increases serotonin levels in the brain -- making you more apt to feel upbeat and happy-go-lucky -- and therefore decreasing the release of stress-related hormones that can trigger hair loss. Lastly, exercise improves blood circulation. Good blood circulation is key in transporting vital nutrients that stimulate hair follicles for growth. So while you're getting your body right for Summer, your hair is getting right too!

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7 Days to Healthier, Happier Natural Hair




Day 1: Drink Up!
The best thing you can do to maintain healthy hair is stay hydrated! Although hair isn’t made of living cells, it grows from our very living follicles! Nourish them from within. Some sources say we should drink about eight cups of water a day, while others suggest drinking half your weight in ounces! No matter the volume, drink up! You’ll notice your hair is moisturized, your scalp isn’t as dry or irritated and you’ll even have clearer, brighter skin! Don’t stop when the week is over — make it a habit for overall hair health.

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The Natural Hair Growth Diet: 11 Blood Circulating Foods



Did you know that you could help your curls grow by consuming foods that stimulate your blood circulation? The secret is found in the vitamins and minerals that prevent plaque build-up, safely dilate your blood vessels, and keep your blood clean and thin. If you’re going for length, add these foods to your regular diet, be patient, and see what happens.

Citrus Fruits
When you eat foods that are high in vitamin C like oranges, tangerines, and grapefruits, it removes excess cholesterol to help make the blood thinner. Try regularly eating these tangy, flavorful fruits to help prevent plaque buildup and poor circulation.

Dark chocolate
It’s official, chocolate is good for your hair.  The cocoa in dark chocolate naturally contains flavonoids that can lower blood pressure and improve blood flow.  Just make sure to eat it in moderation.

Broccoli
Go for this dense, green veggie to really get blood circulating to your scalp. It delivers vitamins to the hair follicle and its oils can give your curls a boost in the shine department. Broccoli is also an excellent source for vitamin C -- it even contains more than oranges.

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I'm On My Fash (Fit and $tylish Hustle)



by LaChristin of Digital Curls

When I first started working out fashion sense was not my top priority, and I didn't focus closely on my outward appearance. In fact, I would mix and match tops with whatever available bottoms I could find in my closet. Truthfully, I was content with simply getting fit, and that thought process continued until I began to lose an excessive amount of weight.  Once my clothes didn’t properly fit my shape, it became glaringly obvious to me that a shopping spree needed to happen ASAP!  

Naturally Fit- Mind Over Matter


by LaChristin of Digital Curls

An important aspect of improving upon one’s physical fitness is to train with an end state in mind. In other words, visualize how you’ll look tomorrow, and work towards tomorrow's look today. I’m currently 140lbs, and have pride in the progress I’ve made to date; however, I envision weighing 135lbs by the beginning of the New Year. I have an idea of what you’re thinking, “That’s merely five weeks away, and she’d have to lose on average one pound per week to reach her goal.” It does sound unrealistic, or at least extremely difficult, but it’s my perception, and my perception will become reality! I believe the idiom is coined “Mind over matter,” and if I don’t mind doing the work, the challenges presented in front of me don’t matter.

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Strength Training Benefits + So Hot to Squat Challenge!


by LaChristin of Digital Curls

Have no fear ladies, those curves you desire to preserve will not disappear. Contrary to popular belief, strength training is not the arch nemesis of the female anatomy!  Nor is it an exclusive club, where only guys get in for free! You to can reap the rewards of weightlifting without sacrificing those lovely lady lumps! Check it out!

Women can benefit significantly from the positive affects of strength training. In fact, it’s been proven to aid in the reduction of body fat, to develop lean muscle mass, to burn, baby, burn those calories, and to tone, lift and shape your body! Stronger muscles can also help to prevent injuries, and increase your metabolism while at rest.

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Lunging Bridge + So Hot to Squat Challenge!


by LaChristin of Digital Curls

It was a cool crisp autumn morning in "The Volunteer State," and I decided to stretch my legs through one of Tennessee's most beautiful trails! Armed with my Polar FT7 (Heart Rate Monitor), leg warmers, tunes, and Plyometrics partner in crime, I set out on a mission to open up my lungs and expand my stride. I’m talking about a full-blown cardio craze! A cough up a lung is this anywhere close to being done run! Fortunately, five miles and 751 calories later, I successfully achieved my runners high filled with a unique sense of accomplishment and personal fulfillment.

Fitness Begins From Within + So Hot to Squat Check-In


by LaChristin of Digital Curls

We’re all shaped from the inside out, and often hide our deepest darkest fears within the depths of our soul. Often it’s these fears that influence our perspective, and dictate how we live our lives. Fear is a formidable foe, which mocks us when we’ve been knocked down or knocked out. When we’re afraid our talents will not measure up, we scale back our advances and retract our efforts completely in order to avoid failure. I’ve traveled this rocky road once or twice throughout the course of my life, and found without Him I’d continue to approach hurdling fear with the same expectation; rise only to trip and fall!

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Naturally Fit- So Hot to Squat Challenge November 2013


by LaChristin of Digital Curls

When booty calls I have a duty to sculpt, tone, and firm my gluteus, go H.A.M. on my hamstrings, and put that work in on my quads. I’m talking about being so hot to squat! I enjoy feeling the burn of my hip and thigh muscles being pushed to their limits, and having the endurance necessary to push back. I’m aware this may sound a bit intense, but that level of intensity has yielded me positive results. Results that have produced the lift and curves I desire, and I luv it (August Alsina voice)!

Read On and Join the Challenge!>>>

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