Posted by Dalia on October 9, 2016
Is there a connection between what you eat and how good your hair looks? There sure is. On the extreme side, as a salon owner confided in me recently, many (yes, many!) of his clients are so obsessed with staying super thin they barely eat anything. This distressed him because it made their hair look awful. (He used a more graphic description.) Their hair became dry, thin and in some cases it began to fall out – making his job much more difficult.
Luckily, the foods that help your hair shine, grow and stay where it belongs are also great for your body. Most people just don’t know that eating certain foods can affect how your hair looks and feels. Holistically it makes sense. If these foods are good for your body why wouldn’t they affect your hair too? We are so busy styling our hair and trying to look pretty, we forget that our hair is connected to our health and affected by what we eat.
While using products to help your hair look great is important and fun, I wanted to share this food information so you can work on your hair from the inside as well as from the outside. Follow some of these tips to Get your Glow from the inside too.
- Our hair is mostly made of protein so eating foods with protein will help it grow.
Sources: beans, lentils, fish, egg whites, lean meat, poultry.
- An iron rich diet will bring shine back to your hair and can minimize hair loss.
Sources: whole grain cereals, beets, dried fruit, almonds, sesame seeds, watercress, eggs, fish, meat.
- For split ends, hair breakage, lack of body and shine, the mineral silica can add resilience to your hair by making it stronger.
Sources: beets, brown rice, nuts, seeds, potatoes, peppers, cucumbers (with peel), leafy greens.
- SCALP MASSAGE. It feels great and enhances circulation which promotes hair growth. Vitamin C and Vitamin E also enhance circulation.
Sources: Vitamin C foods – berries, citrus fruit, pineapple, asparagus, broccoli, kale, spinach. Vitamin E foods – avocados, sweet potatoes, leafy greens, nuts, seeds, eggs.
- To prevent dry, brittle hair and improve the texture, make sure to include essential fatty acids in your diet.
Sources:fish eggs, nuts, olive oil, avocados, hemp/chia/flax seeds, legumes.
- Your scalp produces natural oils that moisturize your scalp and hair. Vitamin A helps this happen.
Sources: carrots, apricots, cantaloupe, spinach, kale, tomatoes, eggs, meat.
- Hair growth can be stimulated by enhancing your immune function. Foods with zinc can help this along.
Sources: egg yolks, legumes, pecans, poultry, meat, sunflower seeds, whole grains.
- Copper works with zinc and vitamin C to aid in hair growth.
Sources: almonds, avocados, whole grains, leafy greens.
- Kelp (seaweed) has many minerals and trace elements that support your hair’s heath.
- Wheat germ may be beneficial in preventing hair loss.