Photo: Getty Images
You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘you are what you eat’, and we can confirm that when it comes to your hair, what you put in your body affects your mane more than you would expect. We have little control over genetics and age, but what we can be in charge of, is what we’re eating. We’ve compiled a list of food items that you can incorporate into your diet, to get that natural shine and fullness.
An unexpected candidate, however because your body is unable to create healthy fatty acids, the omega-3 in fish is perfect to grow and strengthen your hair. Fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines are high in omega-3 fatty acids.
Berries are a favourite in the world of fruit but it’s good to know they are in fact packed full of antioxidants and vitamin C. Antioxidants help to protect hair follicles from damage and prevent breakage as well as boosting your immune system, which in turn keeps your locks looking healthy. An intake of vitamin C from berries, helps the body to absorb iron from the body, feeding hair follicles and increasing blood circulation to the scalp which in turn stimulates the growth of hair.
Packed to the brim with protein, yoghurt is the perfect ingredient for encouraging blood flow to the scalp and therefore promoting hair growth. This is caused by Vitamin B5, which is also known as pantothenic acid. Not only is yoghurt great for consumption, but also it can be used as the base of a nourishing hair mask.
Hair follicles are mostly made up of protein (keratin) and studies have shown that a lack of protein can lead to hair loss. As a natural source of protein and biotin, adding eggs to your diet can be beneficial for your health as well as for the upkeep of your hair. Similar to yoghurt, using raw eggs as a hair mask can instantly create lasting shine.
Although nuts are high in calories, when eaten sparingly, they are extremely beneficial for overall health in addition to promoting strong hair. Nuts that you can consider adding to your diet include walnuts, which are full of biotin and omega 3 fatty acids and brazil nuts as they are high in zinc and selenium which not only prevent hair loss, but also encourages a healthy scalp.
Credit: Western Washington Medical Group
Can you keep a secret?
Sabah is a Politics and History undergraduate at LSE based in London. Sabah is passionate about politics, social justice and advocacy. When she's not busy reading, she enjoys writing and travelling in her spare time.