Hair is one of our greatest natural accessories. We can cut it, style it and color it.
Eventually, all this play takes its toll and our locks can look a little lack-lustre and frizzy.
Of course there are simple DIY hair masks and treatments we can use, but what if I told you that you could eat your way to stronger, lusher locks?
Yeah, baby! I’m giving you permission to eat to your heart’s…err…hair’s content!
So in the name of gorgeous haircare, here are the top 10 foods for healthy hair!
Delicious and nutritious, this protein packed fish is high in vitamin D and Omega-3 fatty acids which are both essential to strong, healthy hair.
The key ingredient here is the omega-3’s. Our body is unable to make these particular fatty acids so we have to get them elsewhere and salmon is a great source.
If salmon isn’t for you, get your fill of Omega-3’s from these tasty little nuts.
Besides being a fatty acid powerhouse, walnuts offer protection to your hair from the sun with biotin and vitamin E.
Maintaining good levels of biotin also reduces hair loss.
These so called aphrodisiacs also have some serious scalp benefits.
Oysters are rich in zinc which protects your scalp from becoming dry, flaky and itchy. They are also a great source of protein. The more protein you eat, the more able your body is to replace lost hair.
A tasty treat and a slow release protein, these yummy roots are full of beta carotenes, which your body then converts to vitamin A. Vitamin A helps preserve the oils that protect your scalp so you don’t get shoulder snow.
Mangoes, carrots and apricots are other great sources of beta carotenes.
One of my fave breakfast foods, eggs are packed with 4 kick ass minerals; zinc, selenium, sulfur and iron, as well as being protein powerhouses.
Low iron levels can lead to hair loss, so eat up! Breakfast for dinner, anyone?
Popeye may have been bald, but his love for spinach has some merit.
Spinach is a great source of iron, beta carotene, folate and vitamin C help maintain and strengthen your hair follicles and promote the circulation of necessary scalp oils.
These legumes are a favourite for many herbivores out there; myself included. These tiny little nuggets of deliciousness contain lots of protein, iron, biotin and zinc to keep your hair strong, shiny and thick.
Turns out this “fad” yogurt, isn’t such a fad after all. With way less sugar than regular yogurts and much higher levels of protein, it also contains vitamin B5 which is hair follicle friendly.
A delicious addition to that greek yogurt I just mentioned, blueberries are antioxidant rich and full of vitamin C. These tiny berries help circulation and maintain the blood vessels that feed your hair follicles. No more split ends for you!
For all the meatatarians out there, this one’s for you. Poultry has got protein, zinc, iron and vitamin B which are all the building blocks to beautifully strong hair.
So there you go. I’m giving you permission to gather up these top 10 foods for healthy hair and eat your way to thicker, stronger, lusher locks.
Bon Appetit, beauties!