“If your hair is done properly and you have on good shoes, you can get away with anything.” -Iris Apfel
A recent survey conducted by Avon reveals that 67% of women feel more confident on a good hair day. Men and women alike associate confidence with feeling in control of the situation. Your luscious locks are the easiest part of the body to alter.
Women and even men regularly change their colour, cut and highlights to feel better about themselves.
One can walk into a business meeting with complete confidence if their hair is styled to perfection.
An individual may have nice looking hair but that does not mean it is healthy. To impress the rest, many put a lot of strain on their hair; straightening it, dying it, curling it etc.
Did you know, however, that a healthy diet is a key to a shinier mane?
Just like skin, the condition of your hair is an outward sign of your internal health. Key nutrients are required to have strong and healthy hair.
Superprof highlights the importance of good nutrition for a healthier head of hair.
Long, strong and healthy hair is everyone’s dream. This is achieved through a healthy diet of key nutrients.
A delicious avocado toast or smoothie is rich in vitamin E which contributes to fast hair growth. (Source: Visual Hunt)
There are certain foods that can easily be implemented in your diet to have that head of hair you’ve always wanted. Here are some of the best foods for your hair:
If you incorporate these foods into your diet, you will not only feel healthier inside but your hair will shine and become the envy of those around you!
What’s great about these food choices is that they can all be bought at the local supermarket and eaten during breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Another added bonus about some of these healthful foods is that they can be easily made without spending too much time in the kitchen. For example, you can make a freshly squeezed citrus or carrot juice, avocado smoothie, spinach salad or scrambled eggs all in less than 5 minutes.
Toasting a whole grain piece of bread with almond butter is a great low-calorie snack that contributes to hair growth. Yummy!
Men go bald eventually. It is estimated that 50 to 60% of Caucasian men start to lose their hair by age 70.
However, those numbers seem to be getting worse by the minute. Many men in their early 20’s are now reporting a major loss of hair.
Premature hair loss can leave most men and even some women feeling very self-conscious about their looks. Some even question if anyone will ever love them if they eventually go completely bald!
That’s a bit extreme but it goes to show how important a full head of hair is to everyone.
The key to stronger hair? Eat the aforementioned food! Nutritional meals and snacks can create stronger hair follicles and prevent hair loss. A healthy diet is a healthy body and a healthy body means a radiant mane!
Just like we saw that there are many healthy foods to eat that cause hair growth, there are also many foods to avoid!
Nutritious, vitamin and protein filled food is what you are searching for. You do not want to consume processed foods that are high in saturated fats, sodium and unwanted sugars.
Here are the worst foods for your precious locks:
As delicious as fast food is, it is extremely detrimental to hair growth and strength. (Source: Visual Hunt)
Some of the aforementioned items are sometimes hard to resist but your hair deserves better than that! In the long run, a well balanced healthy diet beats out the momentary guilty pleasures.
“Let food by thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” -Hippocrates, 460 B.C
Hippocrates was on to something all that time ago. As we have so far learnt, certain food items can become like medicine to the body and especially the hair.
However, it is one thing to know what foods will contribute to a healthy diet and head of hair but it is a completely different thing to know how to cook them.
Have no fear, there are many simple recipes that include all the food groups and that will get you the luscious locks you’ve always wanted.
An overall balanced diet is required to stimulate hair growth and have a healthy scalp.
The possibilities for recipes using legumes such as black beans, chickpeas, kidney beans and lentils are endless. They are also great sources of protein, iron, zinc and biotin. Vegetarians can be happy too because there are many meat-free recipes available.
Here are some examples available on BBC Good Food Online:
Now for some other food items. Nuts are rich in zinc and selenium, both very good for the hair.
Recipes that include nuts are good for the hair and can be interesting to try for breakfast, lunch or dinner. (Source: Visual Hunt)
2 more easy to make recipes featuring different nuts:
Fish was mentioned various times throughout this article but that does not mean that poultry or beef do not contribute to a healthy diet! Meats are equally as beneficial. The internet is swarming with healthy beef and chicken recipes such as:
Let us not forget now the beautiful variety of orange and leafy green vegetables we can use. Here are 4 recipes to try out this week:
Now it’s time to see how you can boost your omega-3 levels. These fish recipes are just the trick:
As mentioned before, all of these fantastic recipes are available on BBC’s Good Food. They have a great article detailing the foods to cook and eat in order to have healthier hair.
Just as a reminder, I am not writing a blog about recipes and cooking. These tasty recipes are mentioned because they encourage healthy eating and include all the food items needed to promote healthier, stronger hair.
Hair masks and DIY treatments have increased in popularity during the last few years.
Many of the masks can be done using household items like coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, avocados, eggs, brown sugar, lemons, coconut milk and honey.
These hair treatments do not damage hair with chemicals instead they replenish the hair and give it its original glow They also repair split ends and prevent dry scalps.
A balanced healthy diet is crucial in order to have strong, healthy, shiny and unbreakable hair.
What is biotin?
A vitamin complex that can be found in an egg yolk, animal liver or yeast. Includes fatty acids and glucose and contributes to hair growth and strength.
What are omega-3 fatty acids?
An unsaturated fatty acid originally found in fish oils. Very healthy and beneficial. Can be taken in tablets as a dietary supplement.