We always hear about how great natural oils and butters are for hair growth and hair nourishment. But we never really hear people talk about how seeds can enhance your hair’s health and be a great additive to your DIY products. If you think this sounds a little kooky, I’m daring you to try adding this to your DIY products or meal plan for about a month, give or take and tell me that it didn’t work as well as I said it would. Too scared to try this alone that’s fine, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll try this challenge with you.
So Now Let’s Just Talk About What Quinoa Actually Is
Quinoa is a part of the superfood group family and contains protein, fiber, sugar, carbohydrates, and fats. So if you do plan on adding this to your meal plan, it’s a great substitute for grains and rice.
Since We Got That Out Of The Way, Lets Talk About Why Quinoa is in Fact So Great For Hair.
Quinoa has a lot of properties that we look for when creating our own DIY products. For instance, it contains antioxidants which are great for improving hair growth and increasing blood circulation to the scalp in order to form new follicles to impede new hair growth. Not only that antioxidants aid in preventing hair shed and thinning of the hair strands. You’re probably saying right now that’s great but what else does it do? Does it have vitamins and minerals that also benefit the hair shaft? Can I actually pronounce the ingredients contained in the formation of quinoa that can be found on the nutrition label? Yes, Yes, and Here’s Why!!!
Quinoa contains the following vitamins and minerals:
So Why Are These Minerals So Important
For some of you, these minerals and vitamins may look familiar if you read our low porosity post or just checked out any hair vitamin or product on Amazon or at the beauty supply store. However, for those of you who aren’t familiar with them, that’s fine since I’ll break down why these are a must-have!!!
Manganese helps to protect the hair from becoming damaged, thin and promotes hair growth. Some oils that contain this mineral are avocado, sweet almond, and pumpkin seed oil
Phosphorus allows for your roots to grow hair. Meaning if you’re losing your edges, you may want to look for products that contain this. Especially since not having edges can be a confidence buster. Plus you don’t want your forehead walking into the room before you do. Since having no edges tends to age you or makes your forehead look bigger than what it really is!!! That’s definitely something we can not let happen to us, no ma’am we can not. Especially not right now as spring & summer are right around the corner😉. So using oils that contain phosphorus like sesame seed oil is perfect for us during this hat season.
When we think of copper, the first thing that comes to mind is definitely not hair because we usually hear about copper in the same contexts as money. For example, pennies, quarters, and nickels are made out of copper. However when it comes to hair, copper helps with the formation of pigment within your strands. Meaning the lack of copper enhances the rate of grey’s growing from your scalp prematurely and who wants that. I know I don’t even though I have about 5 grey strands unfortunately 😭 and I’m guessing you guys don’t want them either. So when you think of copper think of premature grey’s. Like copper grey. Meaning the less copper you have in your products, the more room you have for grey’s to grow and say hello world I’m here. Also Copper helps to prevent premature thinning of the hair. So using oils that contain small amounts of it is a godsend for keeping your natural hair color. Plus if you don’t know of any, here are two to name a few.
- Jojoba Oil
- Avocado Oil
Folate however is a B vitamin that encourages cell rejuvenation within the hair. It enables folic acid to be created which prevents hair shed and promotes hair growth. Meaning if you don’t have traces of folate within your hair products, your hair is going to be shedding like trees in the fall time. That’s a no-no because nobody wants to touch their hair and see clucks fall out like they just added Nair to their hair products. So for me, it’s a Hell Yes, add folate to all of my freaking products and I’m sure we can all agree on that. Now for oils that contain this, I would honestly recommend taking fish oil vitamins, B-6 vitamins, or B9 vitamins since ingesting folate will work a lot better than applying any oils topically.
Iron, Magnesium and Zinc
Iron, Magnesium, and Zinc are probably more of the minerals that you’ve heard “of” as it relates to enhancing the hair’s health. Iron and Zinc help to promote luster and shine within the strands. Iron also helps by preventing hair loss and dullness to your hair by increasing the flow of oxygen within the bloodstream to your hair roots. Magnesium however helps in promoting hair growth over time by nourishing the roots, unclogging your hair follicles, and strengthen the hair shaft. Now if you’re looking for oils that contain these minerals, just get the following:
- Magnesium Oil
- Jojoba Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Avocado Oil
- Almond Oil
So that’s it. You can either get a hundred different types of oils that contain all of these minerals and vitamins or you can just add some quinoa water to your DIY products to get the same types of nutrients in your hair. Listen not only is getting quinoa seed cost-effective but you’re getting at least ten different oil supplements that contain these minerals and vitamins for the price of one. I mean come on, what do you guys have to lose by trying it. Also, check out our YouTube channel to see how our quinoa water worked on my dry hair and our DIY recipe page to figure out how to make quinoa water. ☺️
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