Posted on January 10 2018
They say that you are what you eat, and when it comes to haircare, it’s actually true. Despite what commercials and pyramid schemers want you to believe, the key to perfect, shiny hair does not come in the form of a pill. Rather, everything you need to have picture-perfect hair can be found on the shelves of your local grocery store. Gone are the days of needing a million different products to tame your various salon-perfected hairstyles; thanks to a healthy diet, natural hairstyles are making a comeback.
It should really be no surprise that healthy foods = healthy hair. In fact, if you’re looking to improve the quality of, well, anything, the easiest solution is to eat better. Cutting out processed foods and excess salt and fat will do wonders for your appearance (seriously, did you ever think we’d be embracing our natural hairstyles?!) -- whether it’s your nails, your skin, or your hair you’re worried about. A healthy, balanced diet will do wonders for how you look and how you feel. Two birds, one stone. Praise be.
Stock up on tangerines and oranges, as citrus fruits can do wonderful things for your locks. For starters, your body will be able to absorb iron thanks to the Vitamin C content. Plus, Vitamin B12 (found in fruits like tangerines) slows down the greying process, encourages hair growth, and reduces hair loss. Basically, tangerines are magical fruits. They say that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but it sounds like a tangerine a day keeps the Rogaine at bay. With such thick, luscious locks, you’ll be rocking hairstyles like the French Braid and top knot with serious confidence. #blessed
Time to get your Popeye on! For many women, the reason behind hair loss can be a mineral deficiency. The most common? Iron. Whether you’re blending spinach into smoothies, incorporating it into omelettes, or going the old fashioned route by eating salads, just be sure that this superfood is a strong presence in your diet. Thanks to spinach, you'll look great and feel even better.
Cinnamon is kind of magical in that it brings oxygen and nutrients to your follicles, thanks to the fact that it improves circulation. Say it with me now: French Toast creates healthy hair. How amazing.
Want longer hair (and stronger nails!)? Better get to scrambling. Eggs (and also almonds, salmon, and avocados) contain biotin which promotes hair growth. Just imagine the hairstyles you’ll be able to rock with long, luscious locks. Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair!
Not just an aphrodisiac! Oysters (along with beef, lobster, and crab) contain zinc. If your body doesn’t have enough zinc… bad things -- like hair loss -- can happen. So, best get to shucking.
Another superfood! Cashews have biotin, which encourages hair growth. Pistachios are known to help with male pattern baldness. And walnuts contain elastin, which help prevent your hair from breaking. So, next time you’re in need of a snack, you better think twice before grabbing for the chips.
When it comes down to it, most natural foods will have some sort of positive influence on your appearance. Skip the McDonalds and instead opt for a spinach salad with salmon. Your hair (and everything else) will thank you.
What are your best healthy hair tips?