If you seem to be having more bad hair days than usual, try taking a look at your diet. Studies show that hair health is directly related to what we put into our bodies, or sometimes what we don’t. Here are some foods that will help target your hair blunders and will give you gorgeous, and more importantly, healthy looking hair.
Berries are great foods to eat if you’re looking to grow out your locks because they take zero prep work and because of their scrumptious flavours, we don’t need to be convinced to eat them. Berries are high in antioxidants, which can stunt the progress of free radicals which have been linked to many cancers and diseases. With regards to hair health, antioxidants keep your follicles healthy--an imperative part of the process for growing Rapunzel-like locks.
If you’re looking to add a flavourful vegetable to your dinner meals, try incorporating asparagus. Asparagus is high in silica, a natural mineral that not only increases hair health and shine, but assists in healthy skin, nails, and joints--a win-win in our books.
Citrus and Oranges
Citrus fruits and oranges are great foods to eat if you’re trying to reverse the effects of your blowdryer. Both of these contain forms of collagen and vitamin C which help keep your tresses moisturized and healthy. Give your hair a boost, and toss an orange in your purse before you head off to work.
Swiss chard is a powerhouse--it's full of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, iron, potassium, magnesium, and biotin. Vitamin A and C assist in keeping your hair soft and supple, while biotin helps to strengthen and grow your tresses to prevent hair loss. Sauteed swiss chard is not only delicious, but also has loads of dietary and health benefits that go beyond great-looking hair.
Chia seeds are an absolute superfood. They are full of protein, zinc, copper, alpha-linolenic acid, vitamin B, and iron. Proteins help to stimulate hair growth, copper is said to delay the inevitable greying of your hair, alpha-linolenic acid prevents hair loss, B vitamins give your hair a healthy shine, and iron helps to bring oxygen to your hair and scalp enabling your hair to stay healthy. Needless to say, we’ll be eating chia seeds for every meal from here on out.
Fish, delicious and nutritious, are high in fatty acids, omega-3, and proteins. These vitamins help to condition your scalp which promotes healthy hair growth. The healthier your hair is, the better chance you’ll have for thick, luscious locks that will give Shakira a run for her money.
If you’re finding that your hair is weak, brittle, or even thinning, try adding more beans to your diet. Legumes have zinc, iron, and protein in them which helps in making your hair longer and stronger. Beans also have biotin in them which assists in fortifying brittle hair. Try remixing your conventional and boring meals by adding beans to salads, soups, and sandwiches.
While figs get a bad rap for being a natural laxative, they are a great food to eat if you are looking to have long and luscious hair. The high amount of calcium found in them aid in the formation of collagen, the main component that makes up our hair and nails. Try swapping out processed and unhealthy daytime snacks, and opt for a couple figs--your tresses will thank you later.
Is it weird to say that kale is trendy right now? With so many recipes online on how to prepare it, it’s impossible to have any excuses about why not to eat it. Kale has vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, fibre, and iron--all of which assist in fighting breakage, and snowy dandruff flakes. Swap out your regular salad for some steamed kale, and watch your hair transform.
Whole Grain Rice
Whole grains are a great ingredient for getting your daily intake of zinc which is said to help hair grow thicker, longer, and stronger. By simply swapping out white rice for these whole grains, you’ll be doing your body a favour!