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6 Foods for Healthy Hair Growth
What to Eat for Healthy Hair?
The secret of healthy hair isn’t expensive in-salon treatments and luxurious hair serums (often filled with silicones and other
not-so-helpful-and-sometimes-even-harmful substances), neither is it combing your
locks 100 times every day (this is actually bad for your hair, but that’s
another story) or putting egg yolks as nourishing mask. It’s all about what you
eat. No wonder, long time ago, someone said that the beauty from the inside
shows on the outside. Let’s go through 6 essential elements
that will nourish your locks and help you grow your healthiest hair ever.
Quite often hair loss is associated with iron-deficiency
anemia. Iron carries oxygen to the roots of the hair, which makes it essential for
normal hair growth. As you know – where there is oxygen, there is life. Disrupted
nutrient flow to the hair follicles can result in significant thinning and weakening.
Note that caffeine interferes with iron absorption – avoid drinking a lot of
coffee/green and black tea or caffeine-rich beverages.
What to eat: leafy greens (especially spinach!), liver, pumpkin
and sesame seeds, almonds, dried apricots, wheat germ and legumes
Not only vitamin C is one of the most powerful antioxidant,
but it also plays key role in the absorption of iron. It protects the cells
from oxidative stress and supports the walls of the tiny blood vessels that
feed the follicles. Having strong capillaries ensures better nutrient flow to the
roots of your hair, thus more nourished locks.
What to eat: Everything that ends with “berry” + citruses,
kiwi, peppers, kale, pineapple and papaya
Zink accelerates cell renewal, regulates hormone levels and
aids the absorption of other nutrients. If you want to restore your hair’s
vitality and forget about the thinning hair, zinc should be on your plate.
Everyday! Apart from that, zinc deficiency leads to alterations in the protein
structure of the hair making it weaker and less resistant to external damage.
What to eat: pumpkin seeds, red meat, wheat germ, egg yolks and soy
Biotin (also known as vitamin H) is water soluble form of
vitamin B and it takes part in the production of keratin – the basic protein
that builds up your hair. Though there isn’t enough research supporting the
claim that Biotin can make your hair grow faster (I personally, doubt it) one
thing is sure – if you have vitamin H deficiency you are more likely to start
losing hair. We don’t want that, do we?
What to eat: eggs, beans, brown rice, oats and nuts (in particular
– peanuts and almonds)
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Wondering how to get sleek, glossy hair without using tons
of, not-so-good-for-your-health, hair products? Omega 3 fatty acids support
scalp health and control sebum production. By lubricating your hair follicles they
keep your locks hydrated and shiny, improving their elasticity and increasing their
What to eat: fish (especially salmon), soy, nuts and flaxseeds
Proteins are the building blocks of life. And this applies
to your hair, as well. Your hair is made of about 97% protein, which is why, getting
enough of it is important if you want to maintain strong and beautiful locks.
Not enough protein in your diet may cause your hair to look dry, brittle and
What to eat: salmon, nuts, broccoli, cauliflower, dairy
products, eggs and legumes
After going over what to put on your
plate, let’s not forget to mention that your hair also need some nourishment
from the outside. There are several natural plant oil (true miracle workers, I am telling you!) that will transform your hair with regular use and I strongly recommend giving them a try – your hair will thank you!
Organic oils are great alternative of the expensive serums, full of silicones, that do nothing for your hair (apart from providing temporary shine). Jojoba Oil can be used as
split ends sealing serum,
Argan Oil works wonder as leave-on pre-shower treatment and Sweet Almond Oil is wonderful for your scalp. The
best thing about using organic plant oils is that they contain… well, pure organic oil! No nasty preservatives and no
petrochemicals! How good is that!?
No wonder so many products available on the market have it
on top of their ingredient lists. It makes hair softer and shinier, when used,
both as pre-shower treatment and leave-on (especially if you have dry, coarse
hair –this thing is ah-ma-zing!). It tames frizz, providing silky smooth finish
and glossy look. Thanks to the high content of vitamin E (powerful antioxidant
and nourishing agent), when applied directly on the scalp, Argan oil boost the
growth of healthy, strong hair. True miracle worker.
Thanks to its waxy like properties, jojoba oil forms a thin protective layer around the hair strand, that keeps the water locked in, maintaining your locks hydrated and healthy. I use it as split end sealing serum and I swear by it – my hair has never been so shiny, manageable and strong! Be careful with the quantity though and focus on the lengths (if you want to avoid weighting your hair down). Jojoba oil is also famous for having long-shelf life (without nasty preservatives!) which makes it totally worth the money. If you have oily scalp, you can try rebalancing it with weekly jojoba masks because the oil has structure similar to the sebum your skin naturally produces. With regular use, you’ll see the difference!
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