At the end of the day we are what we eat. We’re not only concerned with what we put on our hair and bodies, but what we put IN them. Everything we put inside of our bodies comes out in a number of ways. One of those ways is through our scalp and into our hair. How our hair performs, looks, and feels is 40% what we put into our bodies, 30% how well we take care of our hair and be consistent with our routines, and 30% the products we use on our hair, topically.
The reality is that no matter what we put on top of our hair, if we’re eating bull-ish our hair will not grow, thrive, or turn heads, honey! With that said, we are breaking down our top 5 foods for healthy hair, in no particular order, so your hair will stunt from the inside out.
Salmon is a superfood, and superfoods are our friends. It’s no secret that salmon is super yummy, and lean enough to get your body snatched. Bonus -- our hair loves it too. Hair is made up of proteins, so the protein in salmon is monumental in keeping strands strong. The Omega 3 fatty acid is vital for hair growth. Our body can’t produce omega 3’s on its own, so making sure you have that in your diet regularly is KEY.
When shopping for salmon, it’s best to reach for the wild caught ocean dweller rather than the farm-raised. For those that are vegetarian, a worthy alternative is avocado. This creamy fruit is packed with omega 3 fatty acids AND protein. Put it on toast, put it on sandwiches, put it on everything, you can’t go wrong with avocado!
So many of us reach for hair vitamins hoping we can get fast results. Though I’m not fully in support of all hair vitamins, I do stand behind Biotin. Biotin is sooo good for our hair, skin, and nails. Associated with overall hair health, you can find this vitamin in a lot of hair vitamin formulas. Our hair needs it, and if you’re anything like me you may not be the best at taking supplements/pills. So, your best bet is RAW walnuts. Raw walnuts have omega 3’s, Biotin, and vitamin E. Vitamin E is great for your hair, skin, and nails as well, keeping them shiny and vibrant!
You may be familiar with oysters being aphrodisiacs, but did you know they’re wonderful for our hair? They’re full of zinc, so If you’re worried about thinning hair or hair loss this is what you need. Now, some of you may be thinking, “eww, no!” That’s ok, because beef and eggs contain zinc too!
4. Sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes are tasty, versatile, and full of goodness. Needless to say, they’re one of my favorite foods. The reason they have made it to this list is their high levels of Beta Carotene. Fun fact: when it’s consumed it turns into vitamin A. Vitamin A prevents dandruff and itchy scalp. When the flakes make their appearance bring out the yams!
Last, but certainly not least, Eggs. Eggs are so good for us. When it comes to our hair they are clutch. They’re high in protein, Iron, Zinc, Selenium, & Sulfur. Iron carries oxygen to the hair follicle. Oxygen is critical to hair health and growth. No oxygen = hair loss. Additionally, selenium is used for hair loss prevention, and sulfur is great for relieving dandruff.
What you eat is paramount to overall health from the roota to the toota. Don’t forget to get tons of water in as well. Keep your insides happy and your outside will shine too!