- Fruits and dark green veggies. Leafy green vegetables like spinach and broccoli are an excellent source of vitamins and they provide you with iron and calcium. Fruits high in vitamin C and A help your body to produce sebum. (Sebum is an oily substance in your hair follicles that acts as a natural conditioner.)
- Foods with omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are a powerhouse when it comes to giving you a good glow. Munch on flaxseeds and walnuts to add some serious shine to your hair.
- Foods that produce beta-carotene. Carrots, sweet potatoes, kale, asparagus and pumpkin are all foods that convert beta-carotene to vitamin A during digestion. Vitamin A not only nourishes your hair and skin, it also prevents dandruff. Carrots in particular are great for promoting a healthy scalp.
- Beans. Legumes like kidney beans and lentils
provide growth-boosting proteins that will increase the thickness and
length of your hair. Beans also have iron, zinc, and biotin, which
prevent hair breakage.
- Foods rich in cysteine. This amino acid is known to give your body a healthy detox and promote hair growth by actually increasing the thickness of each individual strand.
- Nuts. Brazil nuts, which are one of the best sources of selenium, have minerals that keep your scalp and hair healthy. Walnuts, cashews, pecans, and almonds fall under this healthy hair category as well. They all have zinc, which can help prevent hair shedding.
- Whole grains. Whole wheat bread and healthy, fortified cereals also give your body B vitamins, which promote happy strands by boosting your red blood cell count. Red blood cells will carry oxygen to the living portion of hair strands and therefore increase your hair’s growth rate.
- Oysters. This shellfish regulates the production of androgens, a hormone that, when levels are low, is associated with hair loss…so eat up! Oysters also contain our friend zinc, a powerful antioxidant that supports the growth of strong, think hair.
- Low fat dairy. Calcium is a very important mineral for hair growth and it can be found in low fat dairy products
- Foods that contain silica. Including foods rich in silica into your diet can help make your hair stronger and more durable. Some healthy options for this category include bananas, oats, and raisins.