Healthy hair from the inside out
A healthy diet is a great place to start if you want your hair to look beautiful – after all, it’s not just about the shampoo and conditioner you use, or the products you use for styling.
We recommend taking in iron, protein, vitamins and essential fatty acids and we’ve brought together some foods that could help your hair look great.
The US Department of Agriculture has rated blueberries the number one for antioxidant activity, compared with 40 other fruits and vegetables.
Dark leafy greens
Did you know that greens like spinach, kale and silverbeet are great sources of iron, beta-carotene, folic acid and vitamin C? Iron is believed to help cells carry oxygen to your hair follicles and help your hair grow. Vitamin C, meanwhile, is said to help prevent hair loss.
Flax seeds, fish and nuts
These foods are rich in essential fatty acids (EFAs). Cold pressed and unrefined flax seed oil is a good source of EFAs, with omega 3 and 6 that are great for healthy hair as well as healthy skin and strong nails. EFAs are also found in oily fish, nuts and seeds. In fact pumpkin seeds are one of nature’s top hair-building foods and are an excellent source of zinc and vitamin A, which can help strengthen hair.
Meat, fish and legumes
Your hair is made of a protein called keratin and if your hair breaks easily, it’s possible you need more protein. Lean meats, fish, legumes and eggs are all good sources of protein that are also packed with good things like zinc, selenium, sulphur, iron and biotin. Our bodies need biotin to help promote cell growth and produce essential fatty acids.
Carrots, mangoes, pumpkin and other orange produce
Carrots, mangoes, pumpkin and apricots are all good sources of the antioxidant beta carotene which your body turns into vitamin A. Vitamin A helps produce the oils that are important to help prevent dandruff or an itchy scalp.
Cucumbers are naturally hydrating because they contain a lot of water. They’re also a great source of natural silicon, which is important for strong, healthy hair.
Shiitake mushroom are a rich source of B vitamins like niacin, which can help your skin retain moisture - and biotin which can help hair and nails stay healthy and strong.
Got any other tips or tricks to keep your hair looking its best? We’d love to hear them.