Most men and women care a great deal about their hair. That’s why it’s so devastating when one gets a misguided cut and finds themselves desperate to grow their hair back at a rapid pace.
Poor hair growth is usually a sign of deficiency of vital nutrients.
When certain vitamins and minerals essential for maintaining the healthy hair growth cycle are missing from your diet, hair growth becomes sluggish. The hair that reaches the end of the hair growth cycle falls off from the scalp, but when it is not replaced by new hair, your hair starts thinning. While it is difficult to take into account the appropriate amount of different vitamins and minerals your body needs daily to promote hair growth, you can easily get the essential nutrients by including certain foods to your daily diet that are rich sources of these nutrients.
Salmon is loaded with vitamins and nutrients that help promote the growth of hair, starting with vitamin D (which can also help fend off seasonal depression) and protein (which can help you stave off cravings for unhealthy food items).
Salmon also contains omega-3 fatty acids, which have been linked to better heart health and brain functionality. Not only that, but omega-3 fatty acids can promote hair growth through keeping your scalp looking and feeling healthy.
2. Yellow Peppers
What do you reach for when a cold starts to set in? Like most people, you probably seek out vitamin C, which means you might reach for an orange. But yellow peppers actually contain far more vitamin C than oranges.
And vitamin C isn’t just for fighting colds, it’s also helpful in strengthening the hair shaft and hair follicles. That means a diet high in C vitamins will prevent breakage and hair loss. It can also keep your hair looking full and healthy.
Everyone knows avocados are the greatest beauty secret. They have a high concentration of essential fatty acids naturally found in skin cells (which keeps your skin smooth and supple). When topically applied to the hair and scalp, avow can also stimulate collagen and elastin production. Mix a little avo in with sour cream (which contains lactic acid to help exfoliate dead skin cells and clean up any product build-up) and apply to your hair and scalp for about ten minutes before rinsing out.
4. Greek yogurt
Greek yoghurt is packed with protein, which makes up the building block of your hair. Greek yogurt also stimulates blood flow to the scalp, encouraging hair growth. It contains vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) and may even help against thinning and hair loss. You may recognise pantothenic acid as an ingredient commonly found on hair and skin care product labels.
Did you know spinach helps strengthen your strand?
Like so many dark green leafy vegetables, it’s packed with amazing nutrients like vitamin A, iron, beta carotene, folate, and vitamin C. Combined, these nutrients work in harmony to promote a healthy scalp and mane, keeping your hair sufficiently moisturised to avoid breakage.
Guavas is known to help fight hair breakage, due to vitamin C. One cup of guava has just 377mg of vitamin C. That’s more than four times the minimum daily recommended amount. What a win!
7. Lean poultry
To add some body to your tresses, add lean poultry to your diet. A lack of protein equates to hair that stops growing, hair fall and hair loss. Chose lean meat options like chicken or turkey, which contain less saturated fat than beef and pork.
8. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes have become increasingly popular in recent years, and for good reason. Not only are they delicious, but they’re absolutely loaded with healthy vitamins and nutrients. Take, for example, the abundance of beta carotene and vitamin A in sweet potatoes.
This combination can help keep your scalp healthy and promote hair growth. There are many ways to prepare sweet potatoes, from baking them to whipping them and even cutting them up into fries. Just make sure to take it easy on the salt.