Our pursuit of gorgeous hair has taken us to some crazy places. There was the fresh avocado treatment (made us crave guacamole), the raw egg treatment, which was messier than we care to comment on, and the endless vitamins, minerals, and smoothie add-ins that we're constantly playing with to up the ante on shine and strength (this smoothie recipe is a bang-up mixture if you're looking to feed your hair from the outside in)
Can't it just be easy? Isn't there a one-stop shop for lustrous locks like the Hawaiian goddesses we follow on Instagram? Turns out there is — and it comes conveniently packaged in a BPA-free foil packet. A new addition to Bikini.com's Wanderlust subscription box, St. Tropica is a game-changing coconut oil mask that you heat up in order to release the oils' tress-transforming properties. Infused with horsetail herb, biotin, amla, coconut butter, green tea and hibiscus, it's an organic treat for your hair that leaves each strand nourished and smooth. We all know salt, sun, hair color and heat styling can seriously wreck your hair, so think of St. Tropica as the antidote to your hairs' opressors.
While the effects of St. Tropica's hair mask are totally revitalizing, there is also a wealth of health for your hair in certain superfoods. The pros at St. Tropica are experts on the subject, so we tapped them for their top 10, which we're running out to the market to grab right now!
St. Tropica's 10 Best Foods for Healthy Hair
1. Blueberries: These teensy berries are antioxidant powerhouses, ranked #1 fruit in antioxidant activity by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This means they fight free radical damage and protect against premature aging. Get your daily dose, especially if you are dealing with thinning, brittle hair.
2. Coconut oil: When we don’t eat enough healthy fats it shows up on our skin and hair. Dry, dull looking locks can signal a deficiency. Coconut oil is chock full of essential fatty acids that help to keep hair follicles moisturized and supple, and support healthy hair growth. It also works topically to give hair luster and shine. Be sure you are using the highest quality coconut oil, like the Organic Virgin Coconut Oil we use in ST. TROPICA Hair Mask.
3. Green tea: We know that this superfood protects against environmental damage and premature aging. Did you know it also helps stimulate hair growth? That’s right — adding green tea into your daily regimen will keep your mane full and healthy.
4. Eggs: This incredible edible is rich in biotin that helps to thicken and strengthen hair. It also gives locks a healthy shine. Good for dealing with thinning hair. Other ways to get biotin? Almonds, salmon, and avocados contain this B vitamin.
5. Lentils: These little legumes are a great source of iron-rich protein, important for healthy hair growth. Lean meats are also good for supplying iron, but if you prefer a veg diet, you can’t beat lentils. Make a place for healthy protein in your diet if you are seeing hair loss.
6. Nuts and seeds: Zinc is essential to tissue health, and that includes hair. The mineral ensures proper growth and repair, and a great source is through seeds and nuts. Also peanut butter, yogurt, lean beef, and oysters. Good for those experiencing dryness or flaky scalp.
7. Sweet potatoes: This orange veg is rich in vitamin A, which helps with cell growth. A deficiency can mean dull, dry locks. On the flip side, too much vitamin A can cause hair loss. Rather than turning to supplements to get more of this vitamin, add beta-carotene rich foods to your diet, like sweet potatoes, carrots, dark leafy greens, asparagus, cantaloupe, and pumpkin.
8. Shiitake mushrooms: If your natural hair color has faded or appears dull, get some of these healthy hair beauties in your diet. Shiitake mushrooms are rich in copper, which helps to maintain natural color and may prevent premature graying. Seaweed and sesame seeds are other options for getting your copper.
9. Spinach: If you’ve ever been low in iron, you know that spinach should be in your diet. This iron-rich leafy green is also high in folate, a B vitamin that keeps the body properly oxygenated. Since low iron can mean hair loss, it is extra important to eat foods like spinach during times of physical, emotional, or hormonal stress.
10. Strawberries: Hair breaking off? You need some vitamin C, and strawberries are packed with it. Vitamin C supports collagen production and strengthens hair, helping to ward off breakage. Other sources are citrus fruits and bell peppers.
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