5 Superfoods For Healthy Hair
Written by: Emilyn Gil
A lot of work goes into a good hair day.
You have to wash with a quality shampoo, smooth in some conditioner, towel dry, gently comb and untangle, blow dry, round brush and we’re not even through the half of it! Then comes the carefully distributed mousse, texturizer, exfoliater, nourishing butter, pomade, styling oils, anti-frizz cream and the finishing touches with a straightener and some hairspray.
And after all that time and care, sometimes your hair just isn’t where you’d like it to be.
Want to know the real secret to stronger, thicker, healthier hair? I’ll give you a hint. It’s not in front of a mirror!
Dieting Secrets For A Good Hair Day
The secret to growing healthy hair is actually in your diet. Just like any other part of your body, your hair needs certain nutrients and vitamins that hair products just can’t provide. Try out these 5 superfoods and help your hair grow better than ever!
1. No Pain, No Gain, Whole Grains
It’s no secret that your waistline doesn’t like extra and unhealthy carbs and your hair is no different! Whole grain pastas, breads and even brown rice and oats can give your hair the silica and zinc it needs to help prevent hair breakage and hair loss. Opt for the whole grain options at restaurants and grocery stores and help your hair grow right!
2. From Protein To Pretty
Protein is essential for hair growth and one of the best sources of protein that your hair will love is eggs. Along with protein, eggs contain biotin, which can help grow healthier and stronger hair. Eat two servings of eggs per week on toast (whole grain!) or boiled and tossed in your salad for great results. Eggs are also a great option for external hair care! Beat the egg and apply to your hair for 10 minutes before rinsing with cold water.
3. Let’s Go Avocado
All that hype about avocados isn’t for nothing! This little green guy is packed with fatty acids, monunsaturated fats and vitamin E, which can help nourish and moisturize your hair. Avocados are another great superfood for external treatment. Just mash an avocado, apply to your hair, cover with a shower cap for 20 minutes and then rinse with a little shampoo.
4. Play It Cool With Calcium
Your hair wants and needs calcium just as much as your teeth and bones do! Some good sources of calcium are leafy greens and nuts. Make sure you also get some vitamin D along with it so your body can absorb the calcium correctly. Yogurt is a great source of calcium and vitamin D and perfect for a quick breakfast or on-the-go snack!
5. Think Zinc
Zinc is a vital mineral for hair growth and can also help prevent hair loss. If you’re a seafood lover, then this is your territory! Salmon, oysters, mackerel and other oily fish are rich in zinc and also contain omega-3 fatty acids that can hydrate your hair and give it a gorgeous shine. Nuts such as walnuts, cashews and almonds are also great sources of zinc that your hair will thank you for.
5 superfoods are just what your Hair needs to Perform
Curly or straight, short or long, brown or purple, these 5 superfoods are just what your hair needs to perform exactly the way you want it to. Save time in front of the bathroom mirror by choosing just the right kind of vitamins and minerals to add to your diet.
What’s your daily hair routine? Any special hair treatments or nutritious recipes? Share your secrets in the comments below and spread the joy from your good hair day to ours!
Emilyn Gil is a 22 year old English Major at UVU. She started writing at age 6, and since then has won several awards including the Scholastic Art and Writing Gold Key and was featured in the Kolob Canyon Review in Cedar City. Aside from the written word, her other passions include performing in the occasional musical theater production, and playing piano, guitar, and ukulele. Some of her favorite pastimes are baking, napping, and spending time with family. She likes monkeys, homemade rolls, and the color yellow. She has traveled to Ecuador, Argentina, Mexico, and Canada, and currently resides in Orem, Utah with her husband Jorge. You can find more of her work online at emilyaddn.blogspot.com or on Instagram at @emilyncan.
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