‘Lather, rinse, repeat’ sounds like the ideal hair care advice any hair expert would give you.
But for the healthiest mane possible, you will have to step out of the shower and enter the kitchen. Yes, you read that right – for that ‘wow’ factor in your hair, eating the right diet plays a major role. Here is our list of top foods that promote hair health.
Eggs. If you are somebody who, for whatever reason, cannot lay your hands on animal protein, they try eating eggs. One of the best sources of protein, vitamin B-12 they are one of the most important beauty ingredients that can be easily found in your kitchen.
One large egg, 84 calories
Whole grains. Whole grains have more nutrients per unit as compared to their refined counterparts. They also have more fibre and thus are a lot better for our digestive systems. Whole grains are easily digestible, contain more antioxidants and help prevent many chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, obesity and constipation. Excellent for your hair growth, they are good-to-go energy foods.
Brown rice. Brown rice keeps you full for longer, making it an ideal source of vitamins and fiber. An moderate source of protein, brown rice should be your choice for a diet that makes your hair shine brighter.
Recommended serving size: 1/4 cup dry rice, 179 calories
Bacon. Bacon is something you should avoid if you are trying to lose weight, but eating regular sized bacon for that luscious, gorgeous hair will do you no harm. Rich in Vitamin B, protein and zinc, it is super for your hair.
Vitamin C. Try eating more of green leafy iron-rich vegetables which help in providing necessary fiber to the hair. Good sources of vitamin C include oranges, pineapple, strawberries, lemons, peppers, oranges, brussel sprouts and guava. Vitamin C is full of collagen which helps in maintaining hair follicles, blood vessels and scalp.
Salmon. Loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids, salmon is rich in protein and Vitamin B-12 along with iron which is much needed for good scalp health. However, if you are vegetarian, fret not. Try including one or two tablespoon of ground flaxseed in your diet in order to substitute salmon consumption.
Recommended serving size: Fresh salmon fillet, 3.5 ounces, 180 calories Smoked salmon, 2 ounces, 71 calories
Dal. Legumes offer protein, and they tend to be good sources of several minerals like potassium and magnesium. The amount of protein in dal is generally 4-9 grams per ½ cup serving. However, no dietician will let dal or even sprouts be your only source of proteins for those gorgeous hair.
Calcium-rich diet. In order to replenish the calcium in our bodies, that is used up by daily wear and tear, one has to take care of adequate calcium intake. Look for calcium inputs from dairy and other grain sources. Not only does calcium promote bone health, it also ensures that your hair will be healthy and gleaming at all times.