Our diet is just as important as shampoo and conditioner when it comes to maintaining healthy happy hair, and just like our skin, the condition of our hair is a sign of inside health. The cells that make up each strand of hair require a regular supply of key nutrients, especially during cooler months.
Winter is around the corner and this time of year can wreak havoc on our hair and skin. The drop in temperature and humidity can dry out our hair leaving it dull, damaged and prone to breakage. The lack of hydration can cause a dry scalp resulting in hair loss or a flaky scalp.
Here are some awesome in-season whole foods to add to your grocery list this winter for healthy, thick, bouncy hair.
Protein – berries, avocado, eggs, tofu
Your hair is made up of protein filaments aka Keratin. The building block for great hair, giving it shape and strength. Boost your hair’s protein with:
Vitamin A – pumpkin, carrot, kumara, lettuce
Vitamin A helps the body produce sebum, which is great for keeping the scalp healthy.
Iron – spinach, kale, broccoli
Iron can help prevent hair loss by promoting growth and repair of cells in your body
Vitamin C – kiwifruit, capsicum, cauliflower
Vitamin C helps our bodies build collagen which helps keep hair supple and soft. Vitamin C also helps our body absorb iron, keeping hair strong and healthy.
Vitamin E – spinach, broccoli, sunflower seeds
Vitamin E is a natural antioxidant that supports scalp health, providing your hair a strong base to grow from.
Omega-3 – active yoghurt, salmon, chia seeds
Omega-3 has anti-inflammatory properties which prevents hair follicle inflammation directly linked to hair loss, instead, it promotes circulation in the scalp which can trigger hair growth.