Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Give your relaxed hair a boost with carrot juice!

So I am back to adding carrot juice to my regular routine. A few years ago, I first heard of the healthy hair benefits of carrot juice on hair forums. If I recall correctly, a member of the board detailed her experience of when she was hospitalized and drank carrot juice daily as a source of nutrition. The side effects, she soon discovered, were healthier hair and clearer skin. As soon as I finished the post, I went out immediately and purchased some ready made carrot juice. Over the next several weeks, I made sure to have at least a couple of swigs of carrot juice a day in expectation of fabulous results.

Because carrots are loaded with nutrition, consuming it in liquid form is an extremely effective way realizing the benefits of this wonder-food. Let's take a closer look at the nutritional content of carrots and, more importantly, how it benefits our hair.

Beta Carotene-Carrot juice is, of course, loaded with beta carotene. The bright orange color is a testament of its beta carotene richness. In the body, beta carotene is converted to vitamin A. According to the label on my Bolthouse carrot juice, one 8 oz serving contains 700% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A. One of the healthy hair benefits of vitamin A is that it helps your scalp to produce sebum, which is the natural oil your scalp produces to keep the hair from drying out. Relaxed hair can benefit greatly from the normal production of these natural oils. As sebum production increases, you should massage your scalp to keep the sebum form clogging the pores on your scalp. A little jojoba oil on the scalp also helps to manage overproduction of sebum and the potential for clogged pores.

Vitamin C-This wonderful antioxidant is water-soluble which means that it is not retained (stored) in the body. You should consume vitamin c rich foods on a daily basis in order to consistently realize healthy hair and skin benefits. Without the necessary amounts of vitamin c, you may find that you are experiencing excessive hair loss. Not only that, you may also experience premature grey hair if you aren't getting your C's. Another benefit of vitamin C is improved scalp circulation. Think of healthy scalp circulation like you would a delivery truck that drops off all of the merchandise for a retail store. All of the nutrients in the bloodstream are delivered to the hair follicle efficiently with proper scalp circulation.

Vitamin E-Also helps in scalp circulation because of the increased oxygen to the blood. Because vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant, increased levels of this vitamin in your blood can help combat against hair loss and possibly help against premature greying. Not only can this vitamin promote healthy hair, it also has wondrous benefits for the skin. I sometimes apply the contents of a broken capsule to my skin before bed. By morning, I can visibly see a difference in the overall texture and look of my skin.

B Vitamins-According to fitday.com, carrot juice contains both vitamin B6 and vitamin B12. These vitamins are essential components of any healthy hair plan. They prevent hair loss and help maintain the vitality of the hair. B vitamins also help increase our energy levels. Take advantage of the increased energy by adding a workout to your daily activities and benefit from the extra blood flow to the scalp.

These are just some of the reasons why carrot juice should be incorporated into your diet. There's no need to sit and munch on a bag of carrots to reap the benefits, just keep a bottle of the organic stuff in the fridge and take a swig once or twice a day. Enjoy.
  1. I never knew that carrot juice will help grow healthy hair! Thnx for the info! :) I have one question, based on the image you used, is this what you recommend? I've had this brand b4 but not in the carrot juice. And their juice products are very good so I can only imagine that the carrot is just as good as the vanilla soy.
    Ness

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  2. Hi Ness!
    I basically recommend any carrot juice where the main ingrediant is organic carrots. If you can't drink carrot juice straight, you can get one mixed with a fruit for additional sweetness. Try to avoid any juice with loads of other ingredients like sugar and other non-essentials.

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  3. Thanks for sharing. Bolt House juices are GREAT! You should also try the Berry Boost =] It tastes soo good!

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  4. I have a small bottle of this in the fridge. Thank you for enlighten us on the benefits of carrot juice.

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  5. Ok, I have this Carrot Oil product by Proclaim....but it leaves my hair feeling dry, not really sure why. Have you heard of this product?

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  6. HiTorrie!
    I think I know which product you're talking about. I may have even used it in my hair's past.

    My hair much preferred natural oils to this product. You may want to give natural oils a try.

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  7. Thanks for the advice. I'm adding natural carrot oil to my beauty supply store list....

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  8. Will processed carrot juice in cans still have the same effects ?

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  9. You'll get some of the same benefits but it's always best to get the carrot juice in the freshest form possible. I'd say juicing would be first, then Bolthouse Farms all natural juice, then canned carrot juice.

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  10. I have been drinking fresh carrot juice for a very long time. I am over fifty years old and I do not have wrinkles and my hair is half way down my back. I feel great and I bike ride everyday. Taking good care of myself is one of my main priorities. A glass of fresh carrot juice truely does wonders for healthy looking skin and hair.I would recommend to anyone to invest in a juicer and include fresh carrot juice in their diet. S.S. Florida

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  11. I have natural hair and I use onlyorganic products on my hair. I've found that adding carrot juice to my natural mix of Shea butter, jojoba oil, coconut oil, vitamin E essential oil, lavander oil, and castor oil made my hair EVEN SOFTER! i por a little bolthouse farms carrot juice in there then keep it in the the fridge. The results were actually instantaneous. (i put it on and about 20 seconds later my hair was softer. i had someone else feel it too to confirm after i put it on half my hair when they couldnt see me) oh yeah! i drink a swallow or two of the carrot juice but i think it tastes gross. its worth it though but...yeah...definately gross. not as bad as drinking ACV mixed with water though.

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  12. Anon, that's a great tip about adding carrot juice to hair products. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. I would also recommend carrot juice for your skin. Ever since i started putting organic carrot juice on my face as a face mask (mixed in with any clay or fuller's earth for thickness), I noticed my skin was becoming firmer and my fine lines were disappearing. I love my skin now (at the age of 40) than ever before. Try it, you'll be surprised.

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  14. @ Anon- Carrot juice mixed with the face mask sounds divine. That is definitely something I'd like to incorporate in my skin care routine. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. Thanks for the post. I drink lot of carrot juice too.LOve it!! I also use carrot,ginger, and apple and i juice it in the juicer. Is very good too, it has help my skin and my hair healt to the best. I also wanted to thank you for all your infomation about hair. Thnaks

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  16. Something doesn't sound right here. Drinking too much carrot juice CAUSES hair loss due to excessive vitamin A! It's well known pretty much everywhere! You can google, wiki, or just visit your local saloon and they will tell you.

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  17. Does Carrot Juice thicken hair as my hair has gone very fine and it really worries me.

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  18. I experienced hair loss approximately 2 months after juicing almost daily with greens and a high amount of carrot juice. I was drinking about 1-2 quarts / week. After I read that too much Vitamin A can cause hair loss, I stopped, my hair is growing back. It's the only change in my diet or anything else I can think of so I am tempted to agree that too much vitamin A causes hair loss. It was scary. In retrospect, it makes more sense to eat the whole vegetable, including the fiber and maybe juice once in awhile.

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  19. Nice blog and so informative thank you for sharing us such a great blog.

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