Aside from cleaning, conditioning, and using products to make your hair silky and shiny, your diet also plays a huge role in your hair’s health. What you put in your body does wonders for how your strands strength, shine and grow.
Here are some essential vitamins and minerals you’ll need for strong tresses.
- Almonds: These nuts will make your hair grow faster and thicker due to their high biotin content. One cup contains nearly one-third of your daily requirement.
- Spinach and Kale: Food rich in calcium, like these greens, milk, yoghurt, cheese and broccoli, are needed for hair growth. These foods also contain protein that prevent hair from getting brittle.
- Fish: Specifically Salmon. Fish is loaded with strong hair supporters like Vitamin D and protein, but it also contains omega-3 fatty acids that promote hair growth by keeping your scalp healthy. Zinc deficiency has also been noted to cause hair loss and poor scalp conditions and oysters are loaded with zinc — just 85 grams contain 493 percent of your daily value.
- Sunflower Seeds: Seek out for iron-rich food, if you’re struggling in the hair department. Sunflower seeds are a rich source of Vitamin E, the body’s primary fat-soluble antioxidant. Vitamin E is solely responsible to enhance blood flow to the scalp and promote faster hair growth. These little nutty seeds have high levels of magnesium that also help lower cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure and prevent migraine.
- Avocados: These bad boys are an age-old beauty secret due to their high concentration of essential fatty acids naturally found in skin cells (which help to keep your skin smooth and supple). When topically applied to the hair and scalp, they have the added ability to stimulate collagen and elastin production. Mix a little avocado with sour cream, which contains lactic acid to help exfoliate dead skin and clean up buildup on the scalp, and apply to your hair and scalp for about ten minutes before washing it off.
- Sweet Potatoes: These are loaded with beta carotene, the precursor for vitamin A that promotes a healthy scalp and promotes hair growth.
- Eat more carbs: Low-carb diets have been known to thin hair and make them appear limp. Load up on whole grain carbs and eat more fruits to get the lustre back in your strands.
How many of these 7 foods do you include in your daily diet?