You have finally found that perfect shampoo and conditioner that you just KNOW will make your hair as shiny and brilliant as you want it to be. However, you may still be left wanting more after finding what you thought would be the perfect match for your tresses just well, isn’t. Instead of tracking down the perfect shampoo, conditioner and product combination of the two, the answer may actually be what you eat.
Not only do foods affect your waistline and skin, but how you eat can also be reflected in your hair. Here are some of the best (and somewhat surprising) foods and nutrients to make your locks lovely.
Spinach, broccoli – dark, green veggies
Fruits and vegetables are good for you, period. They are full of nutrients and vitamins that are great for your overall health. Dark, leafy green vegetables like spinach, broccoli and kale also give you calcium and iron – all of which contribute to great hair health. Vitamins C and A help your body produce sebum, the oily substance in your hair follicles that works as a natural conditioner, giving you undeniably luscious hair.
Anyone who has been paying at least a little attention to the latest good-for-you crazes has likely heard the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids. Well, you can now add these to another list – they can give that shiny mane you have always wanted. Foods full of omega-3s like flaxseeds, walnuts, salmon, mackerel and sardines can surely pump up your omega consumption – and your hair will thank you for it!
Beta-carotene for your scalp, cysteine for hair growth
Beta-carotene can be found in carrots, sweet potatoes and pumpkins, among many other good-for-you veggies. Besides being involved in some delicious veggies, this compound gives off a great deal of vitamin A. This leads to a healthy scalp while preventing dandruff.
If you feel as though your hair is at a standstill – it just won’t grow- you might want to stock up on cysteine, an amino acid that is known to promote hair growth and strengthen hair. You can find this nutrient in eggs, red peppers, garlic, onions or yogurt – all of which are foods rich in cysteine.
Oysters – who knew!?
As you pick up that delicious oyster and spritz on some lemon and hot sauce, your taste buds will not be the only happy ones. This shellfish helps to regulate a hormone called androgens. When levels of this hormone are low, this can be associated with hair loss. So, enjoy those yummy oysters!