Ask FS: What Should I Eat To Help My Hair Be Healthy?

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Whatever look you’re trying to achieve, from bangs to pixies, to ombre to bleached blonde locks, the one staple you must begin with is healthy hair. As many products that are available to keep hair looking shiny and healthy, the only way to truly get your tresses in the best shape possible is to take care of them before they even burst from the root.

Lacking certain nutrients can lead to hair loss; therefore, a healthy diet is the very first but most important step.

An egg a day keeps the bad hair days away

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The baseline of a healthy head of hair is protein. The body draws from protein to rebuild and regenerate and eggs are a primary source, no matter how they’re prepared. But in addition to that, they’re a great source of biotin which aids in strengthening nails as well as hair growth. Eggs are also a source of Vitamin D which has been shown to help create new follicles.

Eat a colorful diet

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Oxidative stress has been known to create health issues and hair loss. Berries are rich in vitamin C, with blueberries often noted as the healthiest berry. Vitamin C has high antioxidant properties and helps the body produce collagen, which helps keep hair strong and prevent breakage. Vitamin C also helps the body absorb iron to prevent anemia, a common hair loss culprit.

Get your greens

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Popeye ate spinach to get muscles, but it can also be a great source of strength for your hair. This healthy green is rich with folate, iron and vitamins A and C, all elements that help promote hair growth.

The vitamin A in spinach helps produce sebum, an oily substance that helps keeps the scalp healthy.

Fatty fish is your hair’s best friend

Salmon, mackerel and herring are high in not only protein, but  selenium, vitamins D3 and B: all nutrients that can help promote strong and healthy hair. Salmon is also rich in Omega-3s, which have anti-inflammatory properties to keep the scalp and hair from getting dry.

Keep in mind, while salmon and other fatty fish are great for your hair, swordfish is high in mercury and can lead to hair loss so be careful what you choose to put on your plate.

Foods to avoid

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Sugar is your hair’s worst enemy and can be found in countless, sometimes surprising foods. It hinders the absorption of protein, which is essential to hair growth and maintenance. Any starched or refined grains can also have the same effect, so steer clear of them when you can.

Overall health leads to good hair health

How you look on the outside always depends on what you consume. A balanced diet is beneficial to not only look good but to feel good. Take care of yourself as well – if not better – than you take care of your style.

 

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