Many people want strong and healthy hair, especially as they grow older. your hair grows around 0.5 inches (1.25 cm) per month, and 6 inches (15 cm) per year. There are some major factors that influence your hair—genetics, age, hormones, nutrient deficiencies, and more—but what you eat is one of the few things you can do to control your hair’s behaviour.
However, until the problem begins, there is little thought put into nourishing hair other than the lather and rinse routine.
By eating nutrient-rich foods that are scientifically proven to help your hair—and avoiding those that only do harm—you can influence your hair’s thickness, its growth or shedding, how shiny it is, and even its likelihood of greying.
- Eggs are a great source of protein and biotin, two nutrients that may promote hair growth.
- Almond butter contains a wide variety of nutrients—including protein, healthy fats, and certain vitamins, especially Vitamin E—that have all been linked to hair health
- Vitamin A-rich carrots provide excellent nourishment for the scalp which ensures shiny, well-conditioned hair that is strengthened and moisturised.
- Spinach is iron rich and it contains sebum, which acts as a natural conditioner for hair. It also provides omega-3 acids, magnesium, potassium, calcium, and iron that help keep hair lustrous, shiny and prevent hair fall
- Berries are loaded with beneficial compounds and vitamins like vitamin C, which has strong antioxidant properties and may promote hair growth
- Prunes are known to be great sources of iron and prevent your hair from dryness, thinning, stiffness, discolouration or hair fall
- Sunflower seeds and Greek Yoghurt are rich in vitamin B5 which helps with blood flow to your scalp and hair growth.
- Cinnamon improves circulation, which brings oxygen and nutrients to your hair follicles.