Are You Starving Your Hair?
By Brittany Burhop Fallon, Beauty Director |
We all know the saying “you are what you eat” and how it applies to your body image. But does the same apply to your hair? We took a closer look at four key hair concerns among women and the foods you should eat more of (as well as those you should avoid) to prevent starving your hair.
You probably need to amp up the amount of protein and vegetables you’re eating. A lack of protein can result in slower hair growth and weaker strands.
Foods to Include in Your Diet: Dark green veggies; orange veggies and fruits; and protein-rich foods like soy, poultry and lean meat
Foods to Avoid: Salty and high-fat foods
Stock up on protein-rich foods, which help the hair’s cuticle grow and lie properly, therefore increasing shine and reducing a lackluster look.
Foods to Include in Your Diet: Lean meats like poultry and salmon; algae; and wheatgrass
Foods to Avoid: Complex carbs and junk food
Dry, Brittle Hair
Look to incorporate essential fatty acid–rich foods (omega-3 and -6 fatty acids like linoleic acid) that will hydrate your hair. Also try to drink at least one to two liters of water per day, which will help keep hair healthy from the inside out.
Foods to Include in Your Diet: Fish like tuna, salmon and trout; flaxseed; walnuts; and fresh fruits and veggies
Foods to Avoid: Processed foods
Counteract the negative effects of foods with saturated oils and focus on eating more raw foods that have healthy oils in them.
Foods to Include in Your Diet: Complex carbs; olive oil; sushi; fresh fruits and veggies
Foods to Avoid: Fried foods; and preservative- and sugar-heavy meals
Inside Tip: When modifying your diet, you may want to consider cutting back on coffee, alcohol, black tea and sugar, which can prevent the absorption of good-for-your-hair B vitamins, iron and zinc.