food and hair

Let’s be honest, we all want great hair. When it’s working in our favor, it gives us star-level confidence. Sadly though, when it’s doesn’t it makes us not want to leave our beds. For all the attributes that we lust for—volume, shine, thickness and frizz free strands we strictly adhere to a regimen of proper cleansing, condition and styling, but let’s not forget that our nutrition can also make a big difference. Our hair is directly affected by what we eat. Think you’re getting all the right vitamins and nutrients for great hair? Click through to style notes to learn six essentials that should be on your plate. –– Michelle Rotbart

Biotin

Our bodies already make biotin, but it doesn’t hurt to take a supplement if you’re deficient. What is important is that you have a well balanced nutritional plan that includes biotin-rich foods like avocados, eggs, and almonds.

Folate and Iron

Folate and iron help to produce red blood cells which help promote a healthy scalp and hair growth. Make sure to always have lots of spinach on your plate, as it’s one of the highest food sources of foals and iron.

Protein

Hair gets it’s structure from proteins called keratin so if you’re suddenly deficient it can lead to slower hair growth and weak strands. Foods rich in protein are lean beef, fish, and chicken. Vegetarians should opt for soybeans, tofu, and lentils.

Vitamin A & C

Vitamin C helps to create collagen, which is essential for healthy hair growth, while Vitamin A is crucial to a healthy scalp. Get both of these by eating peppers, oranges, tomatoes, and carrots.

Zinc

Zinc promotes overall immunity in the body and the growth of hair tissue. Oysters, crabs, and calms are full of zinc and are high in lean protein.

 

Special Thanks to Michelle Rotbart for this post. Michelle is a professional trend forecaster for the NYC-based fashion and retail forecaster, Doneger Group

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