Foods Great for Hair

Foods That Transform Hair

The correct balance of vitamins and minerals from certain foods prove great for hair. If you want to transform your hair from dull to shiny, limp to full, weak to strong, then better know what you should be eating to attain that magical transformation.

Since hair is more protein than anything, be sure you have enough of protein in your diet. Dry, weak and brittle hair is terribly lacking in this mineral. The best sources for protein are found in chicken, turkey, fish, dairy products and eggs. Vegetarian sources for protein, on the other hand, are legumes and nuts.

Now if you are suffering from hair loss, your hair might not be getting enough iron. Too little of iron is a major cause of loss of hair. When iron levels fall below a certain point, you may experience anaemia, which in turn deprives the hair follicle of this nutrient supply. A diet lacking in iron affects the hair growth cycle, resulting in shedding. Red meat, chicken and fish are sources of iron, while vegetarian sources are lentils, spinach and other leafy green vegetables such as broccoli, kale and salad greens.

To help iron’s absorption in the body, you must accompany it with vitamin C which helps in the production of collagen that strengthens the capillaries that supply the hair shafts. Blackcurrants, blueberries, broccoli, guava, kiwi fruits, oranges, papaya, strawberries and sweet potatoes are great vitamin C sources.

Did you know that omega-3 fatty acids are found in the cells that line the scalp and provide the oils that keep your scalp and hair hydrated? So to keep away from dry and brittle hair and go for oily fish such as salmon, herring, sardines, trout and mackerel and plant sources like avocado, pumpkin seeds and walnuts.

Sebum, an oily substance created by our hairs sebaceous glands, provides a natural conditioner for a healthy scalp. Without sebum, scalp can become itchy and hair dry. It is vitamin A that is needed to make sebum. In turn, beta-carotene, found in animal products and orange/yellow coloured vegetables such as carrots, pumpkins and sweet potatoes, makes vitamin A.

Fortified cereals, wholegrains, oysters, beef and eggs are your sources for zinc. The lack of it can lead to hair loss and dry, flaky scalp. Vitamin E provides hair protection from sun damage and nuts provide lots of vitamin E, including zinc and selenium. On the other hand, biotin-rich foods such as wholegrains, liver, egg yolk, soy flour and yeast are helpful to prevent brittle hair and hair loss.

Geena Moon Bellevue Hair Salon

Your hair salon in Bellevue believes that healthy hair doesn’t just happen. Nourished with the right foods, hair can truly be one’s crowning glory – healthy, lustrous, and strong.