It’s no mystery that a girl’s hair is her most prized possession. More than clothes, shoes or jewelry, her hair is her crown and glory. Long, healthy and luscious hair not only increases an individual’s attractiveness, but speaks directly to their potential as a good mate. This fact holds true across several species, including humans.
While most would like to believe that the secret to glorious locks lies within high-end salon visits, expensive shampoo, or simply sticking to a “No Heat, No Dye” mantra, the truth is that the relative benefits of these nourishments don’t outlive the benefits attained by the right diet. You could provide your hair with the best of the best treatments, but ultimately it’s your diet that shapes the look of your hair.
Maintaining the right diet to feed your body is important to staying fit, but doing so to feed your hair? That provides benefits for the kind of mane a girl can only dream of! To heal and grow your hair this New Year’s, watch that your diet includes a handful of the following growth boosters.
- Oysters. Rich in zinc, this seafood not only decreases hair loss, but prevents a dry, flaky scalp.
- Horsetail. Heavy with silica, horsetail provides the needed strength to prevent hair thinning or breaking.
- Spinach. Loaded with beta carotene, iron, folate,and vitamin C, this dark leafy veggie aids in the circulation of scalp oils for healthy hair follicles.
- Walnuts.Walnuts are infamous for keeping your natural hair color lustrous and rich with copper, and preventing DNA damage to your hair cells with biotin, vitamin E, and omega-3 fatty acids.
- Basil. Full of magnesium, this herb can improve hair follicle circulation to stimulate growth. When applied as an herbal rinse, it’ll also protect your hair from breaking.
- Ginger. Ginger has incredible medicinal advantages for your body, but ginger root for your hair and scalp, proves to be a great moisturizer and anti-septic. This not only clears up dandruff, but and other skin ailments preventing hair growth as well.
- Sweet Potatoes. Sweet potatoes are great at both producing and protecting, the necessary oils for your scalp. Rich in antioxidant beta carotene, they aid your body in producing vitamin A for your hair.
- Saw Palmetto. Previously used many times for hair loss, enough amounts of saw palmetto will stimulate great hair growth as well.
- Yellow Peppers. These yellow veggies contain about five and a half times more vitamin C than oranges! That’s an ample supply of the specific antioxidants required for strong hair follicles and hair shafts, to prevent breakage.
- Eggs. High in minerals like zinc, iron, selenium and sulfur, eggs help cells carry oxygen to the hair follicles to promote circulation.
- Sunflower Seeds. A handful of these are enough to provide ample amounts of vitamin E, to promote faster hair growth, and increase blood flow in your scalp.
- Avocados. Avocados are capable of stimulating elastin and collagen production, for supple, soft hair.
- Poultry. Poultry is a protein rich ingredient for growing thick and strong hair. Loaded with zinc, iron, and vitamin B, it provides the basic building blocks for hair cells.
- Greek Yogurt. A popular snack item, Greek yogurt is full of hair-friendly proteins like vitamin D and vitamin B5, which promote good scalp health.
- Beans. Legumes like kidney beans or soybeans provide plentiful amounts of iron, zinc, and biotin. This not only promotes hair growth, but battles brittle hair.
- Blueberries. This super food is filled with ample amounts of vitamin C, needed to prevent hair breakage.
- Carrots. A great source of vitamin A, carrots are essential for a shiny and conditioned-looking healthy scalp.
- Lentils. Although small, lentils are fully stocked with zinc, protein, biotin, and iron. Think of them as magic pills for long locks.
- Halibut. Rich in magnesium, this fish is great for boosting rapid growth in your hair cells.
- Bok Choy. Treating hair loss and promoting growth requires examining your ferritin levels. Bok Choy makes sure that your diet is iron-rich, and ferritin levels are exceedingly high.
- Salmon. Containing plentiful amounts of vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids, this seafood is adept in helping your hair and scalp stay hydrated.
- Rosemary. Rosemary has been effective in treating hair loss for centuries, but this delicious herb also helps reduce hair thinning and balding by working with the circulation in your scalp.