What we consume on a daily basis reflects on the health of our hair. If we want our hair to grow, we have to eat healthy foods. Foods that are rich in minerals, vitamins, and nutrients our hair absolutely loves. Hence, fast foods won’t cut it. So, we have to consume healthy foods for our hair to grow.
Because your hair is primarily made up of protein, it should come as no surprise that protein is the most important nutrient for strong and healthy hair.
Some of the other nutrients your hair needs for strong and healthy growth include:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
Generally speaking, the best way to ensure healthy hair growth is to follow a balanced diet. But what exactly does a balanced diet look like for healthy hair growth?
So, what are the best foods for healthy hair growth? Here are our top 6 picks:
Our hair is made up of 90% protein. And protein is needed in our diet for healthy hair in order to keep our strands strong. In addition, it will repair any broken or damaged strands by loading protein into the hair strands for where it's missing. Luckily, they are a lot of nuts to choose from if you don't like a particular one. If you're allergic to nuts, this one is not for you. No worries though, there are many other foods you can consume to help grow your hair healthy without risking your health. Keep reading...
Eggs are another source of protein for our hair (particularly the yolks) are an excellent source of protein and biotin, two of the most important nutrients for hair growth. Also, it contains zinc and selenium. Biotin aids increasing vitamin B in our body that will increase our hair growth because our anagen phase is lengthened. In addition, zinc and selenium allow your hair strands to be strong and stay strengthened for a long time.
Fresh fruits are loaded with supporting vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. These are great for our hair because it will impart moisture, sheen, strength, improve curl definition and so much more. You can have watermelon, pines, papayas, apples, bananas, canteloupe, and guavas.
Colorful berries like blueberries and strawberries are loaded with antioxidant vitamins that protect the hair follicles against free-radical damage.
Fish is another source of protein for our hair. In addition to adding strength, it contains vitamin D and B vitamins. B-vitamins are also known as growth vitamins because they lengthen the growth phase in our natural hair regimen.
Next, is avocado. We used avocado in our DIY Deep Conditioner recipe because of its many health benefits. The avocado is rich in vitamins A through to D. These allow our hair to receive moisture that it's needed to moisturize, enhance our curls definition, and even strengthen our hair. Avocados should be a staple in your hair regimen and your diet.
Green Leafy Vegetables -
Leafy greens are rich in Iron, Vitamin A, C and E. They will not only provide moisture to our hair but aid in strengthening it. In addition, it will improve blood circulation beneath the scalp so that the scalp gets some of the love from the foods that we eat.
Like so many dark green leafy vegetables, spinach is full of amazing nutrients. It has tons of vitamin A, plus iron, beta carotene, folate, and vitamin C. These work together for a healthy scalp and mane. They keep your hair moisturized so it doesn't break.
Dark leafy greens like spinach, kale and collards are loaded with nutrients that promote hair growth such as iron, vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E.
Finally, is H2O. Do we need to let you know the benefits of drinking water? Water will keep your parched strands hydrated with water.
From skin to scalp, water offers us an easy and au natural way to up our beauty game, especially when it comes to growing hair, keeping the scalp healthy, and maintaining a luscious, touchable texture.
In fact, water accounts for almost 25% of the weight of a single strand of hair. Are you hydrating enough? Turns out, the secret to luscious, long locks is one (or two) glasses away.
Drinking enough water helps energize and support hair growth from root to tip. It also helps prevent split ends and brittle hair texture, as well as fosters a healthier scalp meaning you'll have fewer chances of developing problems like dryness, itchiness, or dandruff. Just as water hydrates and replenishes the skin, it does the same for the scalp and in turn, your lovely locks.
As part of a balanced diet, these foods will help your hair grow long and strong, maximizing your healthy hair growth and reducing breakage. Making an effort to include as many of these foods in your diet as possible is the best way to support healthy hair growth.
Luckily for you, all of these foods are easy to purchase at your local supermarket or market. And also, they do not cost an arm and leg. A lot of people think that changing your diet is expensive, but it really isn’t. It’s even more affordable than unhealthy food. You can incorporate any one of the foods for breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner!