If you’ve got a curly hair texture (and you choose to wear your tresses in their natural state), something that you’re always going to want is lots of curl definition. And while there are plenty of commercial products on the market that can help to make this happen, you might be surprised to know that there are also foods that can provide you with what you are looking for too.
Sure, there are some that you can put into your system to make your coils pop (check out our article, “Top 10 Foods for Gorgeous Curly Hair”) but did you know that there are edible items that you can put on your hair to bring out the best in your curls as well?
If you want your curls to stand out on an entirely different level and you’d prefer to use as few chemicals as possible, here are 10 foods that you probably already have in your possession that can definitely help to make that happen.
1. Plain Yogurt
Whether your hair is dull, damaged, dry or you’re simply looking for something that will help to strengthen your hair follicles (so that you can ultimately gain more inches), plain yogurt can make that happen for you. And here’s the thing — yogurt is full of nutrients and ingredients that can help to keep moisture in your hair. This is good to know because the more hydrated your strands are, the easier it will be for you to maintain your curls.
Check this YouTube Video Out: Deeply Nourishing Greek Yogurt Hair Mask DIY for Dry Curly Hair
For starters, bananas have a mineral known as silica in them. This is awesome because it helps your hair to produce more collagen (which can make your strands stronger). The properties in bananas also serve as a pretty potent conditioner, so the combo helps to bring more definition to your curls while keeping your hair really healthy in the process.
Check this YouTube Video Out: INSANE HAIR GROWTH: DIY Double Hair Growth Mask with Banana
3. Rosemary Oil
Rosemary oil is great because it contains nutrients that help to stop premature greying, it increases blood circulation (so that your hair follicles can get stronger) and it can even help to prevent hair loss. Your curls will adore this oil because it also helps to increase thickness of your strands which means that your curly locks can get more volume whenever you apply it (check out “8 Essential Oils That Are Great for Curly Hair”).
Check this YouTube Video Out: DIY Rosemary Hair Oil for Rapid Hair Growth [Easy Method]
Pumpkin is loaded with Vitamin A, zinc, omega fatty acids and amino acids; the combo helps to nourish your hair on a whole ‘nother level. Pumpkin is also pretty rich in sulfur which is good to know if you’ve got some dandruff that you want to keep under control. Also, if you want something that will help to smooth down your cuticles a bit, pumpkin can certainly make that happen too. Check out our article, “Pump Up Your Hair With Pumpkins” for more details on how.
Check this YouTube Video Out: I Put Pumpkin on My Dry Natural Hair and WOW!!
Here’s one that will probably catch you totally off guard. Did you know that if you use ketchup as a hair mask, the tomato and vinegar combo can help to strengthen your strands, give you more sheen and even get chlorine out of your hair? A lot of it has to do with the fact that both ingredients are highly acidic which makes it easier for you to remove residue and chemicals from your hair whenever you apply them.
Check this YouTube Video Out: How to Remove Green Tint Using Ketchup (Naturally Curly Hair)
6. Sugar Water
Sugar is a great exfoliant for your scalp. Believe it or not, adding it to your shampoo or using it as a sugar water spritz can make your hair really soft which also means that you can end up with less frizz. Natural hair YouTuber Sarelly actually shot a video singing its praises that you can check out here.
Check this YouTube Video Out: How to: Sugar Scalp Scrub and Tea| Remove Buildup for Healthy Hair Growth
PICTURED: GIGI USING EGG WHITES FOR CURL EFINITION
7. Egg Whites
Egg whites have a lot of protein and Vitamin B in them. That’s why applying them to your hair is ideal if you’re looking for an all-natural protein treatment or you want your hair to feel a bit softer. Oh, and as far as your curls go, we’re such a fan of this food that we actually wrote an entire article on why you should try them out on your own hair. Check out “Why People Are Using Egg Whites as a Natural Curl Definer” when you get a chance.
Check this YouTube Video Out: DIY Egg White Mask for Curly Hair Volume and Thickness!
If your hair is color-treated and you’ll looking for a way to bring some highlights out of them, something that you can do is spritz a little champagne to your tresses. The golden tone of the champagne will bring warmth to your color while the bubbles will add some volume to your curls (especially if you spray the champagne on your roots while you’re styling a wash ‘n go).
Check this YouTube Video Out: Champagne Rinse for Your Hair
Flaxseeds are loaded with vitamins B and E, antioxidants, magnesium, protein and fatty acids; that’s why, it’s no wonder that they top the list of really great things to put on your hair. Matter of fact, there are plenty of articles out in cyberspace that specifically address how applying flaxseed to your locks can turn even the most stubborn curls into ringlets — especially when you turn the seeds into gel. (There’s a video on how it works via hair aficionado ARIEL’s YouTube channel here).
Check this YouTube Video Out: DIY Flaxseed Gel for Curly Hair + How to Make It Last Longer (2 Easy Ways)
Talk about saving the best for last. There are a bevy of reasons why honey is great for your hair. It’s a wonderful conditioner. The protein in it can help to reduce breakage. The properties in it can help to reduce hair loss. And, since it acts as a humectant and an emollient, honey can help to reduce frizz while creating a natural sheen to your locks. If you try nothing else, give honey a shot. It’s as sweet to curly hair as it is to your taste buds!
Check this YouTube Video Out: DIY Honey Hair Mask for Moisture! Homemade Deep Conditioner!