Five Foods for Your Healthiest Hair

You probably know that diet can have a significant impact on your health, but did you know that it can also play a big part in your appearance? It’s true! To look and feel your best, it’s essential to pay attention to the foods you eat on a daily basis.

I know, because I’ve been there. I have always had a love-hate relationship with my hair. Some of you may know, I struggled with hair loss issues…

Through the creation of Complete Collagen+, and paying attention to my diet, I was able to give my hair the extra boost it so desperately needed.

I finally have the hair I have ALWAYS wanted! In this blog, I want to give you pointers specifically on how you can tailor your diet for strong, beautiful, and healthy hair.

5 Best Foods For Healthy Hair

Fish & Other Omega 3 Rich Foods

Salmon, trout, sardines and mackerel are all JAM PACKED with healthy Omega-3 fatty acids that our body needs and loves – internally and externally! Our body cannot create these fats themselves, so we have to rely on getting them through our diet.

Aside from fish, omega-3s can also be found in other foods such as avocado, pumpkin seeds and walnuts.

Omega-3s can help protect you from disease, but your body also needs them to grow hair and keep it shiny and full. They are found in the cells that line our scalp and also provide the oils that keep our scalps and hair hydrated. 

Vitamin C Enriched Fruits

Vitamin C is something we need for so many reasons for our body to function as it’s best, but it is also something important for our hair too. Vitamin C helps with the production of collagen in our body which in turn helps strengthen our capillaries that supply the hair shafts.

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect against the oxidative stress caused by free radicals. In addition, Vitamin C helps your body absorb iron, a mineral necessary for hair growth.

Some great fruit sources of Vitamin C include:

  • Blueberries
  • Citrus fruits such as oranges
  • Mango
  • Kiwi
  • Strawberries
  • Guava

Spinach & Other Dark Green Leafy Veggies

Spinach, kale and other dark green leafy vegetables come with so many amazing nutritional values. They have a plethora of vitamin A, iron, beta-carotene, folate AND vitamin C All which work together synergistically to help maintain a healthy scalp and help keep our hair moisturized to prevent breakage.

Spinach also contains Vitamin E, which is widely known to assist with hair health. Vitamin E is known to help support a healthy scalp and hair due to its antioxidant effects. The vitamin’s antioxidant properties help reduce the amount of oxidative stress and free radicals that cause hair follicle cells in our scalp to break down. 

Eggs

Eggs are delicious and so versatile! There are so many ways to eat them… deviled eggs, over easy eggs, an omelet, or even just some good old scrambled eggs. Not to mention, the benefits of eggs are endless!

Eggs are rich in a specific B Vitamin called Biotin, which is essential for helping your hair grow. In fact, a vitamin deficiency of biotin can actually result in hair loss! Eggs also contain Vitamin E and A, which are great for hair growth as well as overall healthy hair.

So we know EATING eggs is beneficial for hair, but did you know…

… APPLYING egg yolk to your hair can also do wonders?

Egg yolk is widely known to actually help your hair grow faster by applying the yolk right to your scalp! By doing so, you are infusing the root of your hair with the vitamins in the yolk. Which means that new hair can grow out stronger, be less prone to breakage, and can even prevent shedding. When your hair doesn’t shed or fall out as much, it becomes fuller!

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a delicious and seriously underrated food. They taste great baked with just a bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper – and they also come with a ton of nutritional value! They are a rich source of vitamins A, C and E as well as iron, copper, potassium, magnesium and the powerful antioxidant – beta-carotene.

Beta-carotene is known to assist in cell growth, can prevent hair thinning, and can even reduce dullness in hair by bringing back that shine. Beta-carotene can also be found in other orange veggies, like carrots and pumpkin.

Our body naturally turns beta-carotene into vitamin A, which helps protect against dull and dried out hair. It also promotes the glands in our scalp to make a fluid called “sebum,” which keeps our hair from drying out. 

There you have it!

5 DELICIOUS foods that can bring back life to your hair! 

So next time you hit the farmer’s market or supermarket, be sure to grab some of these foods and give your hair some nutrition too!

Citations

  1. Becker, Tonya McKay. “Does Vitamin C Really Make Your Hair Grow?” NaturallyCurly.com, 29 Nov. 2018, https://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/ingredients/the-best-vitamin-for-hair-growth. 
  2. Guo, Emily L, and Rajani Katta. “Diet and hair loss: effects of nutrient deficiency and supplement use.” Dermatology practical & conceptual vol. 7,1 1-10. 31 Jan. 2017, doi:10.5826/dpc.0701a01
  3. “Office of Dietary Supplements – Vitamin E.” NIH Office of Dietary Supplements, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminE-HealthProfessional/\. 
  4. Catlett, Tess. “Biotin for Hair Growth.” Healthline, Healthline Media, 5 Apr. 2021, https://www.healthline.com/health/biotin-hair-growth#research. 

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