Most people don’t seem to know that a healthy [and unhealthy] diet can show up on our hair. However, hair is much slower to show results from nutrition than our skin, so it can often takes months for the results of our diet to show up on our strands. That means that a stressful summer can mean dull locks in the winter. But do not fret! Eat up because thick, gorgeous, and shiny manes are only a few foods away with our top hair enhancing choices below.
Avocados have an abundance of omega oils that our bodies don’t produce naturally. These oils are essential for creating shiny, strong hair that grows rapidly. In addition, don’t be surprised if your skin starts looking younger when you start eating avocados regularly.
Walnuts, another food rich in Omega oils, are also rich in biotin and vitamin E, which can prevent cell damage (think natural sunscreen for your hair). Walnuts also contain copper, which is a natural mineral that keeps hair color looking rich.
3. Sweet Potatoes
A strong source of beta-carotene, which our bodies convert to Vitamin A, a necessary beauty supplement. Vitamin A helps produce the oils that protect your scalp from itchiness, dandruff, or dry flakes.
Other great sources of vitamin A: papaya, carrots, mangos, and oranges.
Hair is made up of keratin protein, much like the protein converted from eggs. In addition eggs contain iron, a nutrient that carries oxygen to hair follicles, vitamin D (which can help with hair growth), and healthy fats that maintain suppleness and shine in the hair.
5. Blueberries and Oranges
A vitamin C superfood, blueberries and oranges increase circulation in the scalp and support the blood vessels that feed the hair. A deficiency in vitamin C can cause hair breakage, so be sure to eat plenty to maintain strong locks.
6. Spinach and Bok Choy
Both amazing sources of iron, dermatologists have actually started looking at iron levels when discussing hair loss. To prevent hair from thinning or falling out due to stress, be sure to eat plenty of dark leafy greens.
Oysters are a strong source of zinc, a necessary nutrient for cell renewal (which means our hair stays looking young and fresh). Zinc is necessary for strong hair, skin, eyes, and nails.