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The Powers of Fruit for Natural Hair

You know the saying “an apple a day…“ But what you may not have known is that same apple, and other fruits are great for your hair. I mean, it only makes sense. Fruits, which in my opinion are God’s candy, would only do wonders for our natural hair, right? But which fruits do what?

Well, watermelon, apples, peaches, apricots and my personal fav. Bananas are not only really great to help curve your sweet tooth, but they’re chock full of a nutrient called Biotin. What Biotin does is help promote hair growth. The nutrient has been known to strengthen your hair and nails. Biotin is also used to combat hair loss.

Yep, so no need to purchase that expensive bottle of Rogaine, just eat a peach! But if those fruits just don’t do it for you, no worries. Dark colored fruits like plums, blueberries, blackberries and grapes are also great for hair. These fruits have a nutrient called Bioflavonoids, which acts as antioxidants.

Citrus fruits such as oranges have Vitamin C, which helps promotes circulation to the scalp, and also helps hair growth. However, the powerhouse fruit; the fruit that gets the most respect in the produce aisle from all the other fruit is the avocado. We all know this fruit is filled with greatness, but did you know it’s a natural moisturizer? And all we do ’round here is preach the importance of moisturizing your hair. Avocado is also great for damaged hair, it’s a natural sunscreen and deep conditioner. How fantastic is that? I mean, I’m really thinking about dumping my conditioner and just buying some avocado.

Whose with me? If you want to try making your own deep conditioner at home, click here to check out our recipe for an Avocado Hair Mask. If you weren’t getting your daily servings of fruit before, I bet you’ll start now! As a matter of fact, I’m on my way to the grocery market now.

So ladies, what are your favorite fruits?


**** In addition to the information provided here, you can learn more about fruits and other homemade recipes for your natural hair and techniques by picking up a copy of my new book Thank God I’m Natural: The Ultimate Guide to Caring for and Maintaining Natural Hair now available at Barnes & Noble,, and in the Thank God I’m Natural Store