If your diet is lacking balance, in most cases your hair will tell on you. What you put inside your body is important when it comes to giving nourishment to your hair.
Hair follicles rely on nourishment from the bloodstream, as they compete with the rest of your body to receive the necessary nutrients. A healthy breakfast won’t beat a bad hair day nor can you eat your way out of chemically damaged hair. But there are ways to make sure you eat a well-balanced diet rich in fruit and vegetables to insure your hair gets a fair share of proper nutrition. We’ll explain a few common hair conditions which may be linked to your diet:
Oily Hair: Having oily hair in many cases are simply pure genetics and nothing you eat can change your genes. But if your hair has suddenly turned oily – you may want to check your spice intake. Foods that cause the skin to sweat like curries or chilies may increase oil levels.
Dull Hair: When your hair lacks shine, this means that your hair is not reflecting the light properly. Not to get scientific, but when healthy hair is formed with a flat cuticle and light rays hit this, they bounce back. That’s what creates hair shine. So, when your hair cuticle lifts, the reflection won’t happen and the hair will look dull. This is common for a chemical process like hair bleaching. Lack of protein can also contribute to poor hair shine. By eating one third of a gram of protein (lean meat, poultry, fish, dairy, nuts, seeds, etc.) you can actively contribute to having beautiful luxurious hair shine.
Dry Hair: Most of us don’t have enough omega 3’s within our body, which is coined as having essential fatty acid (EFA) deficiency. You can boost EFA’s by eating nuts, seeds and oily fish like mackerel. These foods are great to help your hair retain its natural moisture and avoid drying out.
Thinning Hair: Thinning hair more often than not may be linked to iron deficiency. Try eating lean red meat and plenty of dark vegetables to increase hair follicle strength.
Eat your way to better hair by challenging yourself to maintain a balanced diet to give your body and hair its fair share of nutrients.