by Hair Magazine

Your body might be the first thing you think about when the word ‘diet’ is mentioned, but it’s not just your body that benefits from good nutritional foods – your hair does too! The importance of your eating habits and how they affect your hair should not be underestimated! Following a well balanced diet that’s going to enhance your hair can still include all the tasty things you like to eat.

But is it really possible to eat your way to healthy hair? Yes, Although genetics have a lot to do with the condition of your hair, and teaming good quality products with regular trims will keep the appearance of your hair looking good, its your diet that plays the main role in maintaining healthy, well-nourished locks. But just as there’s no such thing as a quick fix weight loss diet, ditching the fry ups for fruit is not going to have an immediate effect on your hair. Remember that your hair only grows 1.5cm a month so you will have to be patient if you want to see results.

Protein is the building block of healthy hair and gives the shaft more strength, reducing the likelihood of damage through snapping and splitting. Breakfast staples like meat and eggs are ideal!

Once you’ve considered protein, you need to incorporate complex carbohydrates into your diet to help assemble the proteins for hair growth and to ensure you are getting enough calories.

With water making up for a quarter of the weight of a strand of hair, its important to get plenty of fluids so that your hair stays supple. Ideally, you should drink between eight and ten glasses of water a day. Although many of your body’s essential minerals will be provided through tap water, many of us are deficient in iron, so taking additional supplements or seeking it in iron rich foods such as leafy greens, vegetables, red meat and nuts is needed.

Without getting enough iron, your hair follicles will get starved of oxygen, meaning that the goodness in the root of your hair is less effective in reaching the length of each strand.

Taking daily vitamins may be handy, but you don’t necessarily have to bother when you can find all the nutrients you need from the right food sources. Choose vegetables, like carrots to get a healthy dose of Vitamin A, which will give you healthy skin, and a healthy scalp too. To ensure you have strong strands of hair that won’t split, you need Vitamin B and C. Get these vitamins from eating plenty of colourful fruit and veg along with carbohydrates.

As part of a healthy diet, healthy hair needs two essential fatty acids, omega-3 and omega-6, that are not produced naturally in the human body. These play a key role to ensuring healthy hair. A lack of these oils causes dull, lifeless hair along with parched skin. Omega-3 fats are found mostly in oily fish, dark green vegetables, and pumpkin seed oil, while omega-6 fats can be found in evening primrose oil sunflower seeds.

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