I don’t know about you, but I spend far too much money on fancy products for my hair. There is literally something for every ailment and occasion in a bottle on by bathroom shelf. Unfortunately, topical treatments can only take your tresses so far when it comes to maximising body and shine. To get really great results we need to make sure we’re taking in the correct vitamins and minerals. To help you to get your locks looking fabulous, I’ve put together this list of 8 foods for healthier hair.
Try to include plenty of dark green veg in your diet if you are keen to improve the condition of your hair. Things like spinach and broccoli are excellent sources of vitamins A and C and these help to regulate the production of natural oils (aka sebum) which keep your locks looks soft and nourished.
Eggs are an excellent source of protein, as we probably all know, and protein is vital to keep hair strong and resilient. Interestingly, experts also recommend eggs as a topical conditioning treatment: simply beat a couple of them up and apply to your dry hair. Leave on for around 15 minutes before washing out with your favourite shampoo.
Most berries are a good source of antioxidants. These useful little phytochemicals help to keen your hair healthy and strong and are especially useful when it comes to managing signs of aging in your locks. Dose up on blueberries, pomegranates and (the little miracle workers) goji berries for the best effects.
Healthy, well-moisturised hair needs plenty of omega 3 fatty acids to keep it looking lush. Make sure you get your daily fix by eating generous helpings of avocado, wall nuts and oily fish such salmon or tuna. Yum!
Lean meats such as chicken and turkey are a great source of protein as well. They’re also packed with easily accessible iron that your body can process and use efficiently and effectively to strengthen fragile, damaged hair.
Shellfish – like oysters and mussels – are excellent sources of zinc which is an essential ingredient in any diet that aims to support healthy hair. Like dark green veg, seafoods stimulate the production of sebum and help to ward of dandruff and keep your scalp in great condition.
Green tea is great in just about all circumstances. It’s packed with antioxidants, which help to regulate hormonal changes that can affect your tresses, and it’s also fantastic for circulation. This means better blood-flow throughout the body, including to your scalp, which will result in hair that is well-nourished and healthy.
Beta carotene is very important in order to promote healthy hair growth, and as a maintenance nutrient. Make sure you get a good dose by stocking up on sweet potatoes, butternut and, of course carrots. Other sources include kale and collard greens.
No matter how many products we load onto our hair, we aren’t going to see really great results unless we takes steps to improve what’s going into our bodies. This list of 8 foods for healthier hair should get your locks looking great; have I left anything important off it?
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