By Alexis Wolfer
We all want shiny, healthy, flowing hair. Sure, some of it is genetic and some of it has to do with how we treat it (the products we use, styling tools we rely on) but a lot of it also has to do with how you feed it. No, we’re not talking about DIY hair masks. Rather, we’re talking about the foods you can eat to ensure your hair is as healthy, smooth and shiny as possible, from the inside out!
According to the “healthy hair experts” at Infusium 23, eating a well balanced diet is the key to unlocking beautiful hair. To put your best hair forward, incorporate these foods into your diet:
Salmon is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B-12 and iron, all of which keep hair lustrous and strong and the scalp well moisturized so hair doesn’t appear dull and dry.
Dark green vegetables (think spinach and broccoli!) are packed with vitamins A and C that help the body produce sebum which is hair’s natural conditioner. Leafy green veggies also contain iron and calcium that strengthen the hair.
Beans are rich in protein and promote healthy hair growth.
Nuts carry many benefits for hair! Brazil nuts contain the mineral Selenium, which helps hair grow thick and shiny. Walnuts are high in alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid that can help keep hair moisturized. Walnuts, as well as cashews, pecans and almonds are all great sources of zinc which can prevent hair loss.
Poultry is a great source of protein. A diet lacking in protein can lead to brittle, weak hair, and in some cases hair loss!
Eggs are also a great source of protein and contain biotin and vitamin B-12 which are both essential to hair health.
Whole grain bread and fortified whole-grain breakfast cereals are full of B vitamins and healthy minerals like zinc and iron.
Low fat dairy products are abundant in calcium which help to fortify hair. Skim milk, yogurt, and cottage cheese are all good choices.
Carrots are a terrific source of Vitamin A which can improve the condition of the scalp and grow shiny, strong hair.
Water isn’t only a reliable way to hydrate the body but hair drinks it up too. A quarter of the weight of hair comes from water!
Cucumbers are not only rich in water, but also silica. Silica is a mineral that has been found to promote hair growth.
Still want more? Apparently Molly Sims takes pre-natal vitamins to help keep her hair looking its best!