As we all know, keeping a radiant, full, healthy head of hair is a lot of work. With all the coloring and product we put in our hair, over time it becomes damaged and weak. It isn’t just enough to wash your hair and use products—there are also natural ways to increase the likelihood of having healthy hair. Many of you may not be aware, but eating specific foods can help you to grow that healthy hair you’ve always wanted!
Spinach is filled with vitamin A and C, beta carotene, iron, and folate which work together to keep your hair from getting too brittle. This is consistent with many other green leafy vegetables that we consume daily. If you’ve noticed your hair breaking easily, try to add more spinach to your diet.
Tangerines actually work well in conjunction with spinach. Tangerines contain vitamin C, which makes it easier for your body to take in the iron that spinach has. Tangerines also contain B12, which promotes hair growth in your body.
Salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids, which help to battle inflammation. Your body isn’t able to create these omega-3 fatty acids on its own, which means you have to get them from another source. Sometimes poor hair growth can be caused by inflammation, which makes salmon a great choice to add to your diet to promote healthy hair.
The polyunsaturated fatty acids in oatmeal stimulate thick hair growth—though we do recommend avoiding the pre-packaged oatmeal, as those are filled with sugar. Try to make real oatmeal at home. There are plenty of healthy oatmeal recipes out there.
One of the foods that is likely already in your diet is eggs. We eat these for breakfast all the time and use it in other foods. Eggs contain biotin, a B vitamin which helps promote healthy hair growth.
If you’re not already eating oysters, you’re missing out! Oysters are packed full of zinc, which prevents hair loss. Your cells in your body rely on zinc to help grow your hair. Add this delicious food to your diet even if you’re not worried about growing healthy hair!
Liver isn’t the most appealing food for most, but it’s a great addition to your diet for healthy hair because it’s absolutely full of iron. Having an iron deficiency can lead to hair loss. Make sure you’re getting all the iron you can.
Not only are cashews delicious, they help promote healthy hair growth. Similar to eggs, cashews contain biotin, which helps to grow hair.
9. Sweet Potatoes
Oh how we love sweet potatoes! They’re the delicious alternative to regular potatoes, and much healthier for you. Sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene, which prevents your scalp from becoming too dry.
Guava contains significantly more vitamin C compared to other fruits. The vitamin C in guava will help your body to prevent brittle hair. If you were thinking about having an orange for your vitamin C, go ahead and grab guava instead. It offers four times your daily required intake of vitamin C.
Healthy Hair: Conclusion
These are just a few of the foods out there that help to promote healthy hair growth. It isn’t necessary to add all of them (though all of these are healthy foods for you), but if you’re a picky eater, try to get a handful of these into your diet. Sometimes we take our healthy hair for granted and damage it through the sun or products. Just as we try and use natural items for healthy skin, we should always do the same for our hair.