- Hair grows everywhere on the human body except the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, eyelids and lips
- Hair grows more quickly in summer than winter
- Hair grows more slowly at night than during the day
- Believe it or not, your hair is HUNGRY! That’s right, it’s hungry for food to help it shine and grow. Spruce up your locks with super foods to promote super hair! Adding these super foods to your diet will help hair growth, texture, shine and overall hair health.
SALMON – this is definitely a top pick! Salmon packs the most punch when it comes to your terrific tresses. It is full of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, iron and vitamin B-12. This means salmon will add shine, prevent dry scalp and improve hair growth! Additionally, eating a diet rich in protein promotes melanin production that helps maintain vibrant color. Salmon – a true miracle food for your hair.
EGGS – rich in biotin (a B vitamin) that is essential for scalp health and hair growth. Eggs are also rich in iron that carries oxygen to the hair follicles. Eggs are easy to add to your diet…. enjoy them for breakfast, on a salad or in a quiche or frittata.
NUTS – a small package with a big punch! Nuts, particularly walnuts, pecans, cashews and almonds contain zinc that helps to minimize hair loss. Walnuts are also high in omega-3 fatty acids, particularly alpha-linolenic acid that helps boost shine and fullness. Vitamin E, one of the most important vitamins for scalp and root health, promotes maximum growth. Almonds and pine nuts are especially rich in vitamin E.
DAIRY – aside from the great vitamins D and B-5 in dairy products, the high calcium content is great for hair growth. All that calcium plays a major role in hair growth. Low-fat dairy products like cheese, yogurt and 2% or skim milk contain casein and whey, both high in protein, which prevents dry scalp.
VITAMIN C-RICH FRUIT – eating fruits rich in vitamin C help keep your hair strong. Vitamin C helps support healthy collagen production, so foods rich in this nutrient help keep your hair in good condition and prevents breakage. Reach for strawberries, oranges and grapefruits as particularly good sources of vitamin C.
SWEET POTATOES/CARROTS/PUMPKIN SEEDS – beta-carotene, an antioxidant-rich vitamin, is converted to vitamin A when consumed. Vitamin A is essential for cell growth, including the cells in your hair! A diet deficient in vitamin A often leads to dull, dry skin, which then flakes off in the form of dandruff on your scalp. Sprinkle pumpkin seeds on your salad, crunch on carrots as a snack and swap out your regular baked potato for a more flavorful sweet potato instead…it’s an easy addition to any diet!
DARK GREEN VEGGIES – spinach, kale, Swiss chard and broccoli are all major sources of vitamins A and C and we’ve already told you how important those two vitamins are to healthy hair, never mind the rest of the health benefits they provide! Vitamins A and C also help produce sebum, an oily substance in your hair follicles that acts as a natural hair conditioner.
BEANS – “beans, beans, they’re good for your heart”, so the rhyme goes, but they’re good for your hair too! Legumes, like lentils, kidney beans and chickpeas, provide lots of protein as well as iron, zinc and biotin. Protein helps strengthen the hard strands and promotes hair growth while biotin has been shown to prevent brittle hair. Add beans to your salad, soup or casseroles for added nutrients!
While digesting these nutrients via whole foods is the best way to add them to your diet, it’s not always easy to eat all the right foods for your hair. If you aren’t able to consume them in your food, you can always get them from oral supplements. We offer a full range of high-quality vitamin supplements at our Beach Plum Spa from Nature’s Sunshine. Check our selection here.
Our Moroccanoil Treatment and Nourishing Mask are excellent hair treatments to boost shine, improve texture and rehydrate hair. Our Global Keratin Treatment is formulated with a special blend of proteins and peptides to leave your hair smooth, shiny and healthy. We offer a full menu of hair services at our Cape Codder Beach Plum Spa location.