Just because you wear weave, doesn’t mean you aren’t striving for a healthy head of hair underneath. If you’ve had recent hair breakage, damage or just no growth; what you put in your body is just as important as what you put on your hair.
You’ll want to focus on your hair and your diet for healthy hair. A lack of zinc can cause hair breakage and loss. If you’re low on vitamin A, it can cause you to have dandruff. Your body can’t replace the hairs you shed naturally without enough protein; a lack of protein can cause dry, brittle and weak hair.
Following is a list of 11 foods for healthy hair growth you’ll want to incorporate into your diet. These foods are rich in vitamins and nutrients that promote thicker, shinier and faster hair growth.
- Cabbage -packed full of healthy nutrients (others sources: brussel sprouts, broccoli and kale)
- Salmon – rich in protein, vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids which your body can’t make on it’s own. (cod liver oil, herring, sardines, trout and mackerel as well as avocado, pumpkin seeds and walnuts)
- Walnuts – omega-3 fatty acids, biotin and vitamin E (use walnut oil in your salad dressing or stir-fry
- Oysters – zinc, which a lack of can cause hair loss and dry, flaky scalp (nuts, beef and eggs)
- Sweet Potatoes – antioxidant beta carotene; your body turns into vitamin A ( carrots, cantaloupe, mangoes, pumpkin and apricots)
- Eggs – protein, zinc, selenium, sulfur and iron (chicken, fish, pork and beef)
- Spinach – iron, beta carotene, folate and vitamin C (broccoli, kale and Swiss chard)
- Lentils – protein, iron, zinc and biotin (soy beans, edamame and kidney beans)
- Greek yogurt – probiotics, protein, vitamin B5 and vitamin D (cottage cheese, low-fat cheese and skim milk)
- Blueberries – vitamin C (yellow peppers, kiwis, sweet potatoes, tomatoes and strawberries)
- Poultry – protein, zinc, iron and B vitamins (lean cuts of beef)
Eat a healthy diet and enjoy the benefits of a healthy body and a healthy head of hair.