Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Top 10 Foods for Healthy Hair...

Eh? Yes, as soon as I heard that what you eat makes a difference to your hair I was shocked (and also a little disappointed, no more takeaways!). I'm really longing for some lush new tresses but my hair just won't cut it. Don't you just long for hair like Kate...

She uses a treatment called Keratin which makes your hair extremely glossy and shiny. But of course we can't all pay thousands just for one treatment. 'Lather, rinse, repeat' may be standard advice, but shampoo and conditioner alone won't give you the healthy hair you crave. For the most luxurious locks possible, you'll need to step out of the shower, and into the kitchen. Not to get all scientific here but your hair grows about 1/4 to 1/2 inch every month, and the foundation of all of our new hair, skin, and nail growth is the nutrients we eat, if you eat a healthy diet, you will grow stronger and healthier cells throughout your entire body, including hair. If you were born with fine, thin hair, you'll never have rope-thick tresses - no matter what you eat - but a well balanced diet that includes plenty of growth-promoting protein and iron can make a difference.

  • Healthy Hair Food No.1: Salmon
When it comes to foods that pack a beauty punch, it's hard to beat salmon. Loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, this high-quality protein source is also filled with vitamin B-12 and iron. Essential omega-3 fatty acids are needed to support scalp health. A deficiency can result in a dry scalp and thus hair, giving it a dull look. 

Vegetarian? Include one or two tablespoons of ground flaxseed in your daily diet for some plant-based omega-3 fats.

  • Healthy Hair Food No.2: Dark Green Vegetables
Spinach, broccoli, green beans, peas and Swiss chard, is an excellent source of vitamins A and C, which 
your hair needs to produce oil. The oily substance, secreted by your hair follicles, is the body's natural hair 
conditioner. Dark green vegetables also provide iron and calcium.

  • Healthy Hair Food No.3: Beans
Beans, beans, they're good for your ... hair?
Yes, it's true. Legumes like kidney beans and lentils should be an important part of your hair-care diet. Not only do they provide plentiful protein to promote hair growth, but ample iron, zinc, and biotin. While rare, biotin deficiencies can result in brittle hair. Have lentils and kidney beans at lest 3 times a week.

  • Healthy Hair Food No.4: Nuts
Do you go nuts for thick, shiny hair? You should.
Brazil nuts are one of nature's best sources of selenium, an important mineral for the health of your scalp.
Walnuts contain alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid that may help condition your hair. They are also a terrific source of zinc, as are cashews, pecans, and almonds. A zinc deficiency can lead to hair shedding, so make sure nuts are a regular on your healthy hair menu.

  • Healthy Hair Food No.5: Poultry
Chickens and turkeys may have feathers, but the high-quality protein they provide will help give you the healthy hair you crave.Poultry also provides iron with a high degree of bioavailability, meaning your body can easily reap its benefits.

  • Healthy Hair Food No.6: Eggs
When it comes to healthy hair, it doesn't matter whether you like your eggs scrambled, fried, or over easy. However they are served up, eggs are one of the best protein sources you can find.
They also contain biotin and vitamin B-12, which are important beauty nutrients.

  • Healthy Hair Food No.7: Low-Fat Dairy Products
Low-fat dairy products like skim milk and yogurt are great sources of calcium, an important mineral for hair growth. They also contain whey and casein, two high-quality protein sources.
For some healthy hair foods 'to-go,' try throwing a yogurt or cottage cheese cup in your bag when you head out in the morning to snack on later in the day. You can even boost their hair benefits by stirring in a couple of tablespoons of ground flaxseeds or walnuts for omega-3 fatty acids and zinc.

  • Healthy Hair No.8: Carrots
Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, which promotes a healthy scalp along with good vision.
Since a healthy scalp is essential for a shiny, well-conditioned head of hair, you'd be wise to include carrots in your diet as snacks or toppings on your salad.

  • Healthy Hair Food No.9: Oysters
Oysters may be better known for their reputation as an aphrodisiac, but they can also lead to healthy hair - and who doesn't love that? The key to their love and hair-boosting abilities is zinc - a powerful antioxidant.
If oysters don't make a regular appearance on your dinner plate, don't despair. In addition to getting it from whole grains and nuts, you can also get zinc from beef and lamb.

  • Healthy Hair Food No.10: Whole Grains
Sink your teeth into hearty whole grains, including whole-wheat bread and fortified whole-grain breakfast cereals, for a hair-healthy dose of zinc, iron, and B vitamins.
A whole-grain snack can also be a great go-to food when your energy is zapped halfway through the afternoon, and you've still got hours to go before dinner.

So basically, anything besides fast foods is good for your hair! Hope you liked this post, took me ages! 

Remember: Its not only food that helps your hair look more gorgeous. Oils, tons of water, don't use heat products and hair masks/treatments.
Share your comments if you tried any of them!


  1. I love Kate Middleton. Now following, please follow back!

  2. Anonymous7:59 pm

    Gorgeaous post, trying to eat a little less carbs and a little more veggies but.....its not working out!

  3. Thank you both, yeh I am! And, hang in there!


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