Just like with your skin, your hair is affected by your diet and the nutrients you eat. Certain foods can play a huge role in the health of your hair, helping it to grow, shine and stay silky smooth.

The food we eat provides the building blocks for luscious locks. A great diet, combined with low stress levels, can make a big difference in how our hair looks and feels. A diet rich in protein, fatty acids, antioxidants and water can nourish your hair and whole body!

Whether your hair is damaged from excessive curling and straightening, too much hair product and processing or you are just trying to improve the health of your hair, try adding in the following foods into your diet, for longer, more luscious locks!

 

1-Nuts

Nuts, such as almonds, pecans, brazil nuts and walnuts are all great sources of biotin and protein. Biotin is a B-Vitamin known to help promote hair growth; it acts as a coenzyme to help create healthy hair cells, leading to thicker, healthier hair.

Walnuts for example, are rich in Omega oils, biotin and vitamin E, which can prevent cell damage. Walnuts also contain copper, which is a natural mineral that keeps hair color looking rich.

Make your own trail mix with a variety of nuts for a quick hair thickening snack!

 

2-Fish

Whether it be salmon, sardine, tuna or oysters, fish is packed with protein, B Vitamins, Omega fatty acids, zinc and iron, important components for hair health.

Protein is one of the most important components of hair, and a deficiency can lead to weak, dull, brittle strands that are prone to breakage.

Swap out your boring chicken for a grilled salmon dinner to build strong hair!

 

3-Bright Fruits and Dark Greens

Blueberries, oranges, strawberries, spinach, kale, peppers…the list goes on and on when it comes to the fruit and veggie options for beautiful hair!

Brightly colored fruits are rich in Vitamin C, an antioxidant that strengthens the hair shaft and hair follicles as well as prevents breakage!

Beta-carotene, the precursor of Vitamin A, found in dark leafy greens can helps to keep hair from becoming dry and brittle.

Try mixing together some spinach and berries into your morning shake for a healthy hair boost!

by Brianna Diorio

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