Craving healthy hair? Put down the deep conditioner and head to your kitchen. While topical treatments may better your hair, to get really healthy hair you must get to the root (pun intended) of the problem. A nutritious diet rich in protein and iron can help you attain your healthy hair goal.
Here is a list of the best foods for healthy hair:
Salmon – Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, iron, protein and vitamin B-12, salmon proves to be an amazing choice in hair-healthy foods. It is important to note that omega-3 is great for skin and scalp, and a healthy scalp is the first step to healthy hair.
Shellfish – Shellfish (especially oysters) is an amazing source of zinc. Zinc is important for healthy hair because it is known to prevent hair loss, ensuring a full head of hair.
Green Vegetables – Most of us have probably been told to eat green vegetables for better health our entire lives, but you’ll be surprised to find that they are key to attaining healthy hair. Spinach, broccoli, green beans and all other thoroughly green vegetables help to produce sebum which is our hair’s natural conditioner.
Beans – Legumes are terrific for hair because they are a wonderful source of protein as well as biotin, both of which are crucial to healthy hair. Eat lentils, kidneys, or any bean you can get your hands on to produce luscious locks.
Nuts – Nuts are a superb source for healthy hair. Walnuts are my top pick because they are packed with zinc and an omega-3 fatty acid. Brazil nuts, full of selenium, are another great choice. Cashews, pecans and almonds are also loaded with zinc, which is proven to fight hair loss.
Flax Seeds – These little seeds are a wonderful healthy hair secret. Flax seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, protein and iron. While it is not recommended to eat these whole, you may grind them and add to any foods. Flax seed oil is a more simple option. Two table spoons of flax seed oil every day, simply swallowed or added to a beverage, will keep your mane gorgeous.
Eggs – Extremely rich in protein, a diet rich in eggs will help to achieve healthy hair. Eggs are also great as a topical treatment. Rub raw egg into your hair 30 minutes prior to your regular shampoo routine.
Meat and Poultry – Carnivores will be happy to learn that they may already be eating their way to healthy hair. Vitamin B-12, protein and zinc are all found in meat and poultry and are all great for hair and scalp health.
Dairy Products – Yogurt, cheese, milk, and kefir are full of calcium and protein, so have a second helping for healthier hair!