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From molecules to mocktails: why hydration for healthier hair? (plus recipes)

Staying hydrated is essential for overall health, but did you know it plays a critical role in hair growth? Proper hydration impacts everything from the health of your scalp to the strength and shine of your hair.


As we investigate the importance of hydration, in this article we also explore some deliciously healthy natural drinks to keep you refreshed and your hair thriving. These recipes are perfect for those seeking holistic haircare solutions since hair grows from the inside out.


drinks that promote hair health nutrition
Healthy hair growth starts from within. These delicious mocktails provide both nutrition and hydration.


WHY DOES IT MATTER?

The Role of Hydration in Hair Health

Hydration is the foundation of many bodily functions, including those that support hair growth. Believe it or not, water makes up a significant portion of our hair strands (about 15% water content, actually), and just like the rest of our body, our hair cells need water to function optimally. Without adequate hydration, hair can become dry, brittle, and more prone to breakage.


split ends means hair is dry and lacking hydration
If you keep getting split ends your hair is dry. Hydration starts from within the hair strand.

Hair is made up of approximately 15% water content. Even heating your hair to dry it can cause it to lose about 75% of its water content.

When your body is well-hydrated, it ensures that vital nutrients are effectively transported to your hair follicles. This nourishment is crucial for maintaining the hair growth cycle and promoting the development of healthy, strong hair. Additionally, a hydrated scalp is less likely to suffer from issues such as dandruff and irritation, which can hinder hair growth.



Where does hair get its hydration content from?

Hair gets its hydration primarily from the water content in the body, which is influenced by several factors:

1. Internal hydration

  • Water intake: The most direct source of hydration for hair is the water you consume. Staying well-hydrated ensures that water reaches all parts of your body, including hair follicles.

  • Blood circulation: Proper blood flow to the scalp delivers water, nutrients, and oxygen to hair follicles, which supports the production of healthy hair strands.

2. Natural oils and sebum

  • Sebum production: Sebaceous glands in the scalp produce sebum, a natural oil that coats hair strands, providing a layer of moisture and helping to prevent dehydration.

  • Lipids: The hair cuticle contains lipids that help retain moisture within the hair strand, contributing to its overall hydration.

3. Diet and nutrients

  • Hydration-rich foods: Consuming foods with high water content, such as fruits and vegetables, can also contribute to the hydration of hair.

  • Essential fatty acids: Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, found in foods like fish, flaxseeds, and walnuts, help maintain the lipid barrier of the hair, aiding in moisture retention.

4. External hydration

  • Hair care products: Hydrating shampoos, conditioners, and leave-in treatments, such as the ones in our OBLOOM line, can help maintain moisture levels in hair strands. Natural humectants such as Aloe vera, glycerin, and hyaluronic acid are particularly effective in attracting and retaining moisture.

  • Environmental factors: Humidity in the environment can also influence the moisture content of hair. Higher humidity levels can help hair retain moisture, while low humidity can lead to dryness.




Summer Hydration: ALTERNATIVES TO 'BORING' WATER

While drinking water is the most straightforward way to stay hydrated, incorporating hydrating foods and drinks can add variety and health benefits. We know how "boring" drinking plain water can be – especially if you are drinking 2 litres of it daily.


hair rich mockjito cocktail drink
Try this alcohol-free Mockjito that provides lots of hair nutrition.

Natural, nutrient-rich drinks can be particularly refreshing and beneficial during the summer, providing hydration and boosting vitamins and minerals that support hair health. So we compiled these healthy cocktails, which are perfect for enhancing your natural haircare routine. Give them a try!


Hydrating Recipes for Healthy Hair

Here are three delicious and hydrating drinks that will not only keep you cool, but also contribute to healthier hair because of their nutrient-rich ingredients.

  1. Strawberry chocolate smoothie – This smoothie combines the antioxidant power of strawberries with the creamy goodness of unsweetened chocolate almond milk, creating a drink that's as nutritious as it is guilt-free and delicious!

 
STRAWBERRY CHOCOLATE SMOOTHIE


Who doesn't love a cold and refreshing smoothie in the summer? This smoothie combines the antioxidant power of strawberries with the creamy goodness of almond milk, creating a drink that's as nutritious as it is delicious.


  • Ingredients:

  • 1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)

  • 1 cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk

  • 1 tablespoon of your preferred natural sweetener (we chose monk sweetener as the strawberries already have enough natural sugars in them, and monk doesn't affect blood sugar)

  • a few crushed ice cubes (optional, but recommended if your strawberries are not already frozen).

  • Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender.

  2. Blend until smooth.

  3. Pour into a glass and enjoy immediately!

The strawberries provide vitamin C, which is essential for collagen production – a protein that helps strengthen hair. Almond milk is a fantastic alternative to dairy, offering vitamin E, which supports the scalp's proper function and hair growth.

 
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