Having healthy hair is about more than just using the correct products, getting it trimmed often enough and protecting it from sun and heat. You can do all these things and still find that your hair is more damaged than you would like. If you are frustrated with dull flat hair, consider making some changes to your diet. There are certain foods that when eaten regularly, can do wonders for your hair.
If you are trying to grow your hair out and are getting impatient waiting for it to get as long as you want, try eating more beans. While they are not going to make your hair grow inches overnight, beans do contain lots of protein that promotes hair growth. Also beans are full of iron, zinc and biotin, all which are good for your hair.
Everyone knows that how healthy your scalp is will play a major role in how healthy your hair is. If your hair seems a bit dull, this could mean your scalp is lacking in omega-3 fatty acids, which would make your scalp dryer. To combat this, add more salmon to your diet, as it’s full of these nutrients.
Wheat bread, brown rice, and any other whole grains that you love are great for keeping your hair looking its best. They are full of zinc, B vitamins and iron.
If your hair is brittle or weak, or you seem to have trouble getting it to hold onto hair color there is a good chance it is lacking in protein. Try adding more poultry to your diet to easily get more protein.
Also high in protein and excellent for making your hair look it’s best are eggs. Along with being packed with protein, eggs contain biotin and vitamin B-12 that are also needed for healthy locks.
It’s no surprise that eating lots of vegetables are good for you, and your hair. To get a healthier scalp and in turn healthier hair you should be getting vitamin A, which is found in carrots. Plus, carrots also help your vision so you can see how much better your hair will look.
Other vegetables, such as Swiss chard, spinach and broccoli are all also great ways to get more vitamin A, and also vitamin C. Your body uses these two vitamins to make sebum. Sebum is the oil that your hair follicles produces that acts like conditioner for your hair.
We already know that your hair needs protein to stay healthy. It also needs calcium. By eating low in fat dairy products such as nonfat yogurt and skim milk you can give your body both protein and calcium all at once.
Nuts are also excellent for healthy hair. Walnuts are full of omega-3 fatty acids and have lots of zinc, which if you aren’t getting enough of could cause you to lose hair. Cashews, almonds and pecans also contain a lot of zinc.
Another food high in zinc that is often not though about as good for your hair is oysters.