Are You Eating For Your Hair’s Health?


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My eating habits suck. I can’t help it. I’m a full-time student who pays her own tuition by working full-time.

My money is funny. On the regular. I’m not thinking about how healthy my food is; I’m looking for something quick and cheap.

This is an actual picture of my latest food purcahses *please don’t stone me*

They say admitting you have a problem is the first step.

My name is Nappy Headed Black Girl, and I’m a junk-food-a-holic.

There. I did it. I admitted that I’m in trouble. Now can you help me?

Beginning next week I’ll be posting a short series on eating for helathy hair. But first I’d like your input.

Do you consider how the food you eat affects your hair? Is it even a concern for you? How do you manage eating well on a tight budget? NHBG readers who have changed to healthier eating, have you noticed any changes in your hair?

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10 Responses so far.

  1. Ness says:

    I look at it this way: your body will focus on the most important stuff first (the heart, lungs, bones, etc) before all those nutrients you get from your food goes to your hair. So basically, my mindset is that one should eat healthy for the body, not just for hair specifically, because more or less as mentioned the body will focus on your most vital organs first before the hair gets its share.

    Taking vitamins helps (like B-complex, multivitamin, etc), even the healthiest eater may need some supplements. I don’t think you have to spend a whole lot of money to eat healthy. I make green smoothies every week (it’s basically spinach, banana, fruit, and juice blended together to make a yummy beverage), it doesn’t cost much and you’ll be getting a lot of those nutrients from the spinach without having to cook it. Go online and look up healthy recipes, a lot of them are pretty practical and cheap. :)

    • Thanks, Ness!

      Perhaps I’m just lazy lol Making a smoothie sounds like more work than I’m willing to exert. It does sound yummy, however, and I could make multiple batches at once.

      I agree with the vitamins. I’ve been meaning to start taking a multivitamin (at the least) and perhaps calcium.

      Do you take any? Which ones and what brand?

      • Ness says:

        It may seem like work, but once you get the habit of doing it, it takes no more than like 5 mins lol, i mean, after all, all it takes is just throwing stuff in a blender and that’s it. I take Centrium, calcium (because it was recommended to me by a doctor), B-complex, and biotin. The brand is called Origin, i get it from target.

  2. I have been trying to eat healthier lately. I think that it does make a difference for your hair and your body. When I eat better and drink water, everything seems healthier.

    I agree with Ness that eating healthier doesn’t have to be expensive. I love homemade smoothies too. You can throw in whatever you like. You can even add protein powder to make it more filling. I also like to go to the Farmer’s Market to stock up on fruits and vegetables. Another trick I’ve picked up is planning meals ahead of time. Sometimes food is expensive because we are buying so many different ingredients. When I buy “special” ingredients, I make sure that I can include them in other meals to reduce waste. I will be checking back for that series. I am doing a series on Meatless Mondays. I have put any up in awhile, but I will be going back to posting them.

    • Great ideas. With the smoothie, though, are you doing it just for the nutrients? I would imagine that I’d be hungry 20 mins later.

      If it’s just for the vitamins it seems easier to simply pop a pill.

      Yes, planning ahead is something I need to start doing. It’s not that I mind cooking; it just seems so time consuming and expensive.

      I’m truly concerned about my lack of energy and constant hunger though. I think improving my eating habits will go a long way to help with this.

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  4. Ness says:

    I don’t get it; weren’t all our responses relevant to the topic of health and eating healthy? I found all of our comments quite significant even if it didn’t meet your standards of it (at least that’s what you’re implying).

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