Forget expensive products and lengthy salon trips - the secret to great hair is in your next meal...
Do you long for naturally great hair? You know the kind of hair we mean – those lustrous, glossy tresses that just scream good health. Well, it turns out that the answer to your hair woes could lie in the kitchen! Supermodel Gisele Bundchen has just revealed she doesn’t own a hairbrush – and relies on foods for healthy hair. It’s easy to follow in Gisele’s footsteps and eat your way to long, luscious locks – starting at your next meal.
We’ve rounded up the best foods for healthy hair to help you achieve the tresses you’ve always wanted. There’s no need to invest in pricey supplements or hair care products – simply eat your way to healthy hair instead. Nothing is more ageing than limp and brittle locks, so make sure you stock up on these power foods on your next trip to the supermarket.
Hair is 97% protein, so it makes sense to eat a high protein diet (foods like fish, chicken, and lentils all fall into this category) to help replenish hair and prevent brittle, weak strands from forming. Zinc and iron are also necessary minerals that will strengthen hair from within, giving shine and radiance to your locks. Meanwhile, foods high in omega-3 fatty acids will also help to keep you hair and scalp healthy and hydrated.
Vitamins B, B5, C and D are so important to the scalp, hair follicle and growth ability of your tresses, so packing your diet full of foods rich in these vitamins is essential. But don’t worry, this doesn’t mean seven days of boring salads! Our top picks of the foods for healthy hair don’t just pack a nutritional punch – they’re also totally delicious.
Click through to discover fun and delicious ways to include all of these vital ingredients into your new, healthy hair diet…
Salmon is a real wonder food for our hair. As well as being rich in protein and vitamin D, both of which are important to hair health, it is full of omega 3. Fatty acids found in omega 3 are essential to hair growth, but our bodies are unable to produce them on their own, so we have to eat them if we want great hair. Try this delicious salmon and kale filo pie recipe, a hearty meal that's packed full of goodness.
Delicious sweet potatoes are packed full of the antioxidant beta carotene. Your body turns beta carotene into vitamin A, which is vital for good hair health. A lack of vitamin A can also help to protect your scalp against unsightly dandruff. Get your daily dose with this easy-to-make avocado, sweet potato and tomato salad recipe.
Don't fancy salmon tonight? You can also get the all-important fatty acids from walnuts. These nuts are also high in biotin and vitamin E, which is essential protection for your hair, especially in the summer months when our locks get no respite from the sun. Walnuts are also high in copper, which helps to keep your natural hair colour radiant. Give this quick and healthy stir-fried greens with goats' cheese and walnuts recipe a go.
Full of zinc, selenium, sulphur, and iron, eggs are essential for protection against hair loss. Iron carries oxygen to the hair follicles, promoting growth and resulting in thicker, longer hair. We love this Dukkah eggs with griddled asparagus and houmous dip recipe, a real weekend treat.
We all know how good spinach is for us, but did you also know that the iron, beta carotene, folate, and vitamin C found in this leafy green is also great for the health of your hair follicles and scalp? Get hair-health-conscious with this curried quinoa with apple & spinach recipe.
As well as being rich in protein - your hair is about 97% protein, so
without replenished supplies, your hair will become weak and brittle -
oysters are packed full of zinc. If you are lacking in zinc, you may
experience hair loss or a flaky scalp. Introduce oysters to your diet
with this beef, mushroom and smoked oyster pie recipe.
Lentils are another great way to pack your diet with protein, iron, zinc, and biotin. Fill up on this flavoursome lentil soup with bacon and orzo recipe.
It might not seem the most exciting option, but chicken is a great source of protein, zinc, iron, and B vitamins. Keep your hair thick, strong and long with this tender crunchy buttermilk chicken recipe.
Isn't it great to know we can be healthy, at the same time as treating ourselves to dessert? Greek yogurt is full of important proteins, vitamin D and vitamin B5, which you will discover in hair products under the name pantothenic acid. Whip up this Greek yogurt with mango and raspberries recipe to pack your hair with these healthy must-haves.
Vitamin C is critical to prevent hair breakage and for promoting scalp circulation. Top up with blueberries, a real super fruit when it comes to packing in the vitamin C. Treat yourself to this blueberry and almond tart recipe and know it's doing your hair the world of good.