Just like the rest of your body, your hair needs the right nutrients to stay strong and look good. You can eat your way to healthy hair.
A recent UK study proved women put a lot of time and effort into their hair. It determined that the average woman will spend 10 full days per year “doing her hair”.
No matter how much product and styling you put through your hair, being nutrient deficient will ensure your hair looks lacklustre.
1. Silica for strength
The silica mineral helps to create strong connective tissue and is also good for skin and nails – what more could you want!
Silica levels decrease with age so hair loses it’s shine and bounce. Silica can be found in whole grains such as oats and brown rice, dark leafy greens and supplements, as well as in water, so drink up.
2. Fatty acids for shine
Fatty acids lubricate and protect each hair strand. If your diet lacks fatty acids your hair will end up looking dry and dull. Try adding a handful of unsalted almonds to your diet each day or switch to almond milk.
3. Thick hair needs an iron rich diet
Anemia (an iron deficiency) mostly causes fatigue and can result in hair loss and thinning. Iron sources can be found in Dark leafy green veggies, lentils and red meat. There are numerous other options out there including supplements, but ensuring your diet includes enough iron rich foods can ensure your hair will remain thick and healthy.
4. Volumous hair calls for lauric acid
For dry and damaged hair, coconut oil massaged into your hair and scalp will build hair protein as it will penetrate the hair shaft leaving you with volumous and refreshed hair. Another handy hint is to add coconut oil into your meals as a salad dressing or cook fish, chicken or vegetables in it.
By BB intern Brooke Davie.
What do you do to ensure your hair is healthy?