Even with three young kids, I’m so compulsive, I always find time to squeeze in a quick rinse-off.

But I hear a lot of moms talking about how elusive the almighty shower can be.

Never fear dirty moms.

What you need is a diversion to keep people from realizing just how putrid you really are.

Focus on having fab hair and nobody will know that your lady parts are festering with sweat and bodily debris.

These six foods will make your mane look luscious and thick:

1.    Omega 3’s for Shine
Fish like salmon, sardines, and mackerel are packed with healthy omega-3 fatty acids that help to open the hair follicles and keep your scalp from drying out and your hair from looking dull.Bonus: When someone asks you what smells so damn bad, you can blame it on the fish.If you’re a vegetarian you can eat walnuts, avocados or flaxseeds to ensure you get enough essential fatty acids.

2.    Carrots for Conditioning and Vibrancy
Packed with vitamin A that helps maintain natural oils in your hair, carrots help foster a well-conditioned appearance. The same goes for sweet potatoes, pumpkin, cantaloupe, and mangoes.Down a few handfuls of your favorite orange fruit or veggie on the regular and soon people everywhere will be vying to pet your locks, just like a fuzzy little carrot loving rabbit.

3.    Oysters for Fullness
Rich in zinc, oysters help with hair growth and keep the oil glands in the scalp working at optimum levels. Low levels of zinc can result in slow hair growth, dandruff and even hair loss.Ewwwwww. Hurry up and pass the mignonette. Or if slurping oysters isn’t your thing,  you can also find zinc in beef, lamb, crab, lobster or even pumpkin seeds.

4.    Greens for Growth and Moisture
Yet another reason to get your fill of dark leafy greens. Spinach, kale, broccoli and Swiss chard are excellent sources of vitamin A and C, which help to produce sebum in the scalp.Se-what?
Sebum! It’s the oily substance secreted by our hair follicles and it works like a natural conditioner. These veggies also provide iron which helps red blood cells carry oxygen to hair follicles – another essential component for healthy locks.

5.    Bright Colored Fruits and Veggies to Prevent Breakage
Vibrant-hued fruits like guava, mango, berries, kiwi, pineapple and peaches all contain oodles of vitamin C, which is essential for making the collagen that gives structure to hair. If you notice a lot of split or dead ends it might be time to fix yourself a smoothie. Or get a haircut. Or both! 

 

6.    Protein and Walnuts for Strength
Protein helps with the strengthening of the actual hair strands. So to ensure you don’t have weak, brittle hair, eat a variety of protein-containing foods every day, like meat, fish, dairy products, beans and lentils, nuts and seeds, or eggs. Walnuts, in particular, bolster your hair thanks to the biotin they contain, which helps fortify your coif, reduce hair loss and improve growth.

So, busy mommas, try not to get so down on yourself if you’re hygiene isn’t up to par. Eat these hair healthy foods and fake it until you finally make it … to the shower.

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