We all know that beauty starts from within. So, when it comes to your hair, what does this actually mean?
Whilst the products we reach for can make an enormous difference to our look, the foods we choose to eat can make a massive impact when it comes to long-lasting strength and condition.
Here are 10 foods that’ll help keep your locks top-notch:
Spinach – it’s rich in iron, an especially important mineral for hair. Too little iron is a major cause of hair loss. The hair follicle and root are fed by a nutrient rich blood supply. When iron levels fall below a certain point, you may experience anaemia. This disrupts the nutrient supply to the follicle, affecting the hair growth cycle and may result in shedding.
Clams and oysters – rich in zinc, key for growth and repair of body (and hair) tissue. Oysters are actually known as one of the most powerful beauty-boosters on the planet, containing highly concentrated levels of nourishing vitamins and minerals – and all for a relatively tiny amount of calories.
Peanuts– one of the best sources of biotin, a form of vitamin B, which increases hair growth and overall scalp health.
Lentils – a great source of protein and also rich in essential minerals iron and zinc.
Evening primrose oil – this is a top sources of gamma-linolenic acid, an omega-6 essential fatty acid that promotes hair growth. Try taking a supplement.
Salmon – Ahh, this one’s just good for everything! Along with fatty acids, fish boasts high supplies of iron and vitamin B12, both of which are essential to skin and hair health. Meanwhile, rich sources of protein and vitamin D – which you can also absorb from the sun too – improve hair strength and prevent breakage.
Eggs – as well as containing many of the minerals and vitamins oysters contain, they are also rich in biotin, which helps to improve hair strength and condition.
Dark chocolate – that’s right, chocolate! There are infinite reasons you should always say, “yes”, to eating chocolate – particularly if it’s the antioxidant-rich, dark, high-cocoa variety, and here’s one more for y’all: The protein, iron and B-vitamins it contains are fabulous for your hair. So, go ahead, say “yes”!
Kiwis – they’re bursting with vitamin C! Great for the follicles. Chop some up with a sprinkle of blueberries, mixed nuts and pumpkin seeds and enjoy with low-fat Greek yoghurt (rich in calcium, low in calories) for the best in hair-boosting breakfasts.
Tomatoes – another hair superfood, rich in numerous vitamins and minerals that boost overall health and well-being for body and hair alike; getting enough can help prevent hair loss and restore damage.