Healthy hair looks soft, shiny and touchable. But growing and maintaining the luscious, shimmering, goddess-like locks that you see being tossed around in shampoo ads is, in reality, a daily struggle for most of us.
Plus stress, pregnancy, illness and aging all impact your hair’s ability to not just grow, but actually stay attached you your head!
Did you know that as we age, our hair gets naturally weaker and begins to shed faster? And years of dyeing, straightening, curling, perming and whatever else you may have done to your poor hair since third grade, is only speeding up the process. Yikes!
Or maybe you took the plunge on last years ‘lob' trend and are now having buyers remorse. Isn’t growing out your hair a bitch?
But it’s not all bad news. (Praise the lord!) There is a way you can revive your stresses tresses and it involves doing one of our favorite things - Eating!
Chow down on these things to bring your hair to its fullest and glossiest potential:
Every diet under the sun hammers home the importance of eating a good breakfast in order to stabilize metabolism and energize you for the day ahead. But now you will have another, more important reason. Our favorite breakfast food, eggs, are chocked full of a B vitamin called Biotin that promotes hair growth and overall scalp health. Sadly, Biotin is not stored in the body, therefore the only way of maintaining your levels is through your diet.
Another added bonus of Biotin is that it helps you nails from long and strong. Aside from eggs, foods rich in biotin include mushrooms (mushroom omelette, anyone?) blueberries and tuna.
We are always wary of using the term ‘superfood’ but in the case of spinach, we think it has earned the title. Uh, Popeye, hello?
This dense leafy green is one of the healthiest foods you can eat with rich in antioxidants and contains high levels of vitamins A, B1, B6, B12, C, E, Iron, Zinc, Manganese, Ferritin, and Omega 3s.
These yummy vegetables are jam packed with Beta-carotene which converts to Vitamin A in the body and it vital for the healthy development of all cells. Vitamin A also helps the body produce sebum, an oily substance that naturally conditions the scalp and hair shaft. Therefore a lack of Beta-carotene can lead to dry and dull hair and a flakey scalp. Yeeesh.
Other good sources of this nutrient include carrots, butternut squash, kale and pumpkin.
But beware. Going hell for leather on the carrots or sweet potato can also have some adverse side effects - most scary of which is it can turn your skin and eyes a wonderful shade of yellow. I know, we didn’t think that was true either, but apparently we were wrong.
All varieties of bell peppers are a good source of Vitamin C which aids the absorption of iron into red blood cells in the blood ensuring they carry enough oxygen to your hair follicles. It is also vital for the production of collagen which is responsible for keeping skin, hair follicles and blood vessels healthy. Kiwi, grapefruit and strawberries are also all rich in Vitamin C.
Omega 3 fatty acids are essential to the skin cells that cover our body (including our head), as well as providing the oils that help keep our scalp and hair lubricated. But sadly our body does not produce Omega 3s, meaning we have to get them from our diet. Salmon, along with other oily fishes such as sardines and herring, along with flaxseeds, avocado and walnuts, are all excellent sources.
The mineral zinc is needed by the body to help support healthy tissue growth and repair, and keeps the sebaceous glands around the hair follicles in good working order to keep your hair adequately lubricated. Oysters are a major source of zinc and come with the added bonus of being a total aphrodisiac. Woo, sexy hair and sexy feels! But if slimy sea creatures aren’t your bag, you can get good amounts of zinc from cheese (ace!) and peanut butter.
I saved the best for last because I could honestly drown myself in avocado and die a happy women. But despite being a food favorite, Avocado is also excellent for your tresses, largely due to is wondrous levels of Vitamin E - a powerful antioxidant that protect and repair your hair from damage due to the elements as well as conditioning the hair from root to tip, ensuring it stays lustrous and healthy. Some even say it can prevent premature graying.
Other good sources of Vitamin E include chili powder, nuts and seeds like almonds or sunflower seeds, coconut oil and leafy greens like spinach.