Thankful for Healthy Hair – and All the Foods You Need for Healthy Locks

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The holidays can be a busy time of year. Juggling family obligations, holiday shopping and the normal daily grind leaves little time to focus on your health. With everything going on, your stress levels can increase rapidly which is detrimental to your overall wellbeing and the health of your hair. 

If you’re kicking off the holiday season by hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, those stress levels are almost sure to skyrocket. To keep a sound mind, body and head of hair, try starting off the holidays the right way with this hair-healthy Thanksgiving Day feast.  

A four-course Thanksgiving feast loaded with hair-healthy dishes

Appetizers/snacks

If you’re looking for a tasty snack for your guests before your big Thanksgiving meal, trail mix is a healthy and delicious option. Try using the ingredients below to decrease stress and strengthen your hair as you snack:

Walnuts

Packed with shorter-chain omega-3 fatty acids, walnuts keep your locks hydrated by naturally moisturizing your hair follicles. By keeping the follicles hydrated, walnuts can help give your hair a sleek look and reduce scalp inflammation. 

Almonds 

To counteract the stress that comes with hosting Thanksgiving, add almonds to your trail mix. Almonds are high in magnesium – an element that helps relax your muscles, reduce blood pressure and alleviate hair-damaging stress levels. 

Seeds

To make your trail mix even healthier, you can add several types of seeds to load up on hair-healthy nutrients without consuming a lot of extra calories. 

  • Sunflower seeds – loaded with hair-healthy nutrients like vitamins E and B.
  • Chia seeds – brimming with omega-3 fatty acids that support hair health. 
  • Flaxseeds – deliver the same amount of omega-3 fatty acids in a 1-ounce serving as a half fillet of salmon. 

Salad 

What’s a proper sit-down meal without a dinner salad? If you want to provide your guests a hair-healthy salad before the main course, here are a few ingredients to add: 

Spinach 

Brimming with hair-healthy nutrients like vitamins A and C, beta-carotene and folate, spinach is a perfect addition to your salad. Spinach is also rich in iron which helps fuel your metabolism and support hair growth and repair. 

Kale

One cup of kale is enough to double your recommended daily total of vitamin A. This is important for your locks because vitamin A helps your body produce sebum which moisturizes the scalp and keeps hair looking healthy.  

Avocados

While they might be better known as a source of healthy fats, avocados are also bursting with vitamin E – a nutrient that promotes hair growth. Vitamin E also fights against scalp damage that can lead to fewer hair follicles.

Main course

Ah, the main course – the moment you wait for all Thanksgiving Day. Just because you’re going for hair-healthy options this year doesn’t mean you have to take traditional Thanksgiving fare off the table. The following Thanksgiving dinner staples are actually very hair-healthy: 

Turkey

Consuming lean protein like turkey and chicken doesn’t just promote muscle growth, it also helps hair growth. So go ahead and enjoy that second helping of turkey this Thanksgiving knowing it’ll help you obtain healthier, thicker hair. 

Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes are rich in beta-carotene – one of the most beneficial nutrients you can consume for healthier hair. After consuming beta-carotene, your body transforms it into vitamin A, and, as we mentioned above, vitamin A hydrates your scalp and protects your hair from drying out. 

Beans

Add a little extra protein to your Thanksgiving meal by loading up your plate with beans. A terrific plant-based source of protein, beans stimulate hair growth and promote overall hair health thanks to nutrients like iron, biotin and folate. 

Dessert

When it comes time for dessert, you can still chow down this Thanksgiving on plenty of hair-healthy food options like: 

Greek Yogurt

Not only is Greek yogurt high in protein, it also has vitamin B5 to stimulate blood flow to your scalp and promote hair growth. In fact, vitamin B5 (aka pantothenic acid) is an ingredient found in many hair care products. 

Berries

Add a little flavor to your Greek yogurt by loading it up with strawberries. Strawberries will not only make your dessert more delicious, but a single cup delivers 1.5 times your daily intake of vitamin C – a nutrient known to strengthen your locks and prevent hair from splitting. 

Warning: your new diet and healthier head of hair will probably mean more trips to your hair stylist. If you find yourself needing more haircuts than normal, just head to a nearby Fantastic Sams and we’ll have you looking fresh in no time. 

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