Dream of having locks you can swish about as if you were in an advert? Those models always have lustrous, thick hair and it can be frustrating when your own breaks at the sight of hair straighteners.
Our hair has constant battles with the elements and heated styling devices, which means our strands can soon look dull, tired and dry but don’t worry – there are things you can do to improve its overall condition without spending hours with deep treatment masks.
Hair is a good marker for overall health, so specifically target your diet to include these key foods and you’ll soon be turning heads:
As hair is made of keratin – a protein, it needs a good supply of the stuff to keep it growing strong and healthy. Protein is packed into foods like fish, beef and chicken.
If you are a vegetarian, you will need to supplement your protein intake by eating things like eggs, Quorn, pulses and nuts. If you don’t get enough protein in your diet, your hair could become brittle and break easily as a result.
If you can’t face a plate full of protein-rich food, simply add extra types of this food into the meals you already have. Have a side portion of pulses with your steak, or add beans into your chilli.
Omega 3 fatty acids
These fats, often found in fish like salmon or mackerel, are particularly good for your hair. They have anti-inflammatory properties which allow the hair follicles to open, which promotes hair growth.
They make up just over 2% of the hair itself and as your body can’t create these fats, you need to get them into your diet. A lack of these fats could mean your hair is dull and you may suffer with a dry scalp and poor overall hair condition.
Again, you can add Omega 3-rich foods into your regular meal plan by adding grilled or fried salmon to your pasta, or with a simple salad for a lighter lunch.
Foods rich in iron include leafy vegetables, pork, liver and dried fruit. In fact, hair loss can be attributed to iron deficiency. Vitamin C improves the body’s ability to absorb iron, so it is useful to eat iron-rich foods and foods rich in vitamin C at the same meal.
For a quick boost for your diet, add spinach to a salad instead of lettuce.
A vitamin B which is important for a healthy scalp and hair growth. Foods rich in this mineral include eggs, almonds, walnuts, and low-fat cheese. While it is an essential mineral for hair health, you shouldn’t need a supplement as the intestines make it and it is also common in many foods.
Get a quick fix by adding chopped avocado to a salad… It’s tasty and good for you; what more could you want?
This mineral is good for tissue growth and repair as zinc allows the oil glands around your hair follicles to work properly. A lack of it can cause slow growth and dandruff. Oysters, beef, chicken, lamb, yoghurt, lentils and peanut butter are also excellent sources of zinc.
Simply add some mushrooms and spinach to pasta for a zinc-rich meal, or opt for a yoghurt-based breakfast instead of the milk.
As you can see, there are several foods that can improve the condition of your hair – and they don’t have to taste awful, either! Whether you want to grow your hair faster or simply improve the appearance of it, we’re sure that these tips will help.