Instead, you should be eating it!
As I go through my social media feeds, I’ll come across some earnest young woman, wanting luscious locks, making some sort of avocado hair mask concoction. I want to tell her, “No, you should be eating that avocado, not slathering it on your hair!” While creating a hair mask using avocado will deliver moisture directly to your strands, you (and your body) are not getting the full benefits of eating this super fruit.
If you want to grow hair that is thick and strong, that has to start from the inside.
You see, avocados are arguably one of the most nutrient dense foods that we can eat, and it has amazing benefits for your hair, as well as the rest of your body. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is paramount to achieving optimal health. I personally am addicted to avocados and eat at least one per day.
Let’s explore just how super this fruit really is.
There are several different varieties, but the most popular and my favorite being Hass. They contain an abundance of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals.
Avocados are loaded with potassium and magnesium. One of the benefits of potassium is that it helps to hydrate the skin. Remember, your scalp is skin. Potassium also aids in building protein and our hair is made up of keratin, which is a protein. Magnesium helps to combat hair loss by building stronger hair follicles and hair strands that stay intact.
You’ll also get vitamins K, E, A, C, B6, niacin (Vitamin B3), pantothenic acid, riboflavin (Vitamin B2), choline, lutein/zeaxanthin, cryptoxanthin, phytosterols. Vitamin K is great for your skin while Vitamin E increases circulation to the scalp. Vitamin B and pantothenic acid have been used as treatments for hair loss.
Vitamin A is a strong antioxidant that helps to slow down the aging process and fights free radical damage. Choline helps with brain function. While that isn’t your hair, it’s in your head and who doesn’t want better brain function?
Avocados might as well be a multi-vitamin. It is a powerhouse packed green fruit of goodness. If you want your body and your hair to enjoy all of the vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals, then it is best to add it to a salad or on toast. Nutrition is a vital part of your hair health leading to stronger, thicker hair. Nutrient deficiencies can lead to a reduction in hair growth and even hair loss.
So, next time you’re going to make an avocado hair mask, try making guacamole or my favorite, raw vegan chocolate pudding.
By Scarlett Rocourt