Rapid weight loss, lack of nutrients, stress, hormonal changes, thyroid issues… these are only a few factors that may have a negative effect on hair quality. I love when my hair sun-streaks itself during a summer, but unfortunately, the rays can be damaging. I struggle with very dry hair because of heat and salt water. However, I love to be in water almost every day! So, how do we get healthy shiny hair? Like almost always, diet is the key. Let’s have a look at which nutrients we should consume to get thick lustrous and strong hair.
Omega 3-fatty acids
have anti-inflammatory properties and support hair growth. They are really good for your hair and help to keep it shiny.
Sources: salmon, sardines, mackerel, walnuts, sunflower seeds, almonds and flaxseed oil.
is the building block of your locks and helps with blood flow to your scalp and hair growth. It’s also good for your hair thickness.
Sources: Lean beef, poultry, Greek yogurt, lentil, chick peas, nuts and soy beans.
also called pantothenic acid; it may prevent hair thinning and loss.
Sources: Shiitake mushroom, avocado, sweet potatoes, lentils, peas, chicken, turkey.
helps to protect your hair from breaking.
Sources: Guava, broccoli, oranges, lemon, grapefruit, tomato and papaya.
lack of iron can lead to hair loss.
Sources: Lentil, chick peas, soybeans, dark green leafy vegetables and beef liver.
is essential for dry hair. Your body turns beta carotene into Vitamin A and protects you against dry, dull hair. It encourages the glands in your scalp to make an oily fluid called sebun.
Sources: carrots, spinach, sweet potatoes, lettuce, tomatoes, broccoli and pumpkin.
called biotin, helps hair growth.
Sources: fish, poultry, eggs and dairy products.
lack of zinc can lead to hair loss.
Sources: oysters, crab, lobster, turkey, almonds and Brazil nuts.
My tip: Eat your greens!
Dark green leafy vegetables are packed with essential nutrients such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C, beta carotene, iron and folate, which are good for healthy mane and scalp. They moisturize hair and prevent its breaking. So, go for it and enjoy plenty of spinach, kale, collard green, silver beet etc. daily.
My favorite home remedies:
Dry hair? No worries, I got you covered. The solution is simple. Massage unrefined organic coconut oil through your hair. Apply coconut oil starting from the ends, then up. Don’t rub too much oil into scalp or too close to your hairline. Then, wash your hair with warm water. Wrap your hair in a towel and keep it like that for half an hour. Next, rinse your hair and shampoo as usual and let the hair air dry.
Avocado & extra virgin olive oil mask
Would you like to have smooth and shiny hair? Use avocado and extra virgin olive oil! It’s so good for dry or damaged hair! Mix one mashed ripe avocado with two tablespoons of olive oil. Apply the mixture on your hair from the roots to the ends. Cover with a plastic cap and towel for 30 minutes. Then, wash your hair as usual and let it air dry.