Are you longing for long, silky, bouncy and beautifully voluminous long hair to fling over your shoulder, straighten like silk, or pile into the latest updo? While some might be a natural for maintaining a long mane, for many it’s a constant struggle to grow their hair longer. We find those customers skipping the women’s haircut in favor of checking into our Irvine hair salon to add hair extensions. If you’re wanting to grow a beautiful head of hair of your own, consider changing up your diet. Just like your body needs nourishment to maintain optimum health, your hair has its own set of cells that are hungry for nutrients. Our hair stylists at MK Hairdressing suggest you feed your hair with these foods and you’ll find it growing long, shiny, and gorgeous in no time!
Our Top 8 Food Picks For Hair Growth
1. Feed Your Hair Seafood
Your hair loves some Omega-3 fatty acids and you can get your fill by eating oily fishes like salmon, herring and mackerel. Omega-3 fatty acids nourish the hair and support thickening as well as slow down hair loss, according to several studies. These fish as well as shrimp are also great source of protein, B vitamins (especially B12), zinc, iron and vitamin D – all nutrients that promote healthy hair (and skin.) Iron is stored in your hair follicles and used for many essential body processes including making hemoglobin and supporting the immune system. Studies have linked a lack of iron and vitamin D3 to hair loss.
2. Feed Your Hair Eggs
A single strand of hair is made up of protein fiber which means that it requires enough protein in your diet in order to grow. Eggs are one of the richest foods for protein. They are also a great source of zinc, selenium and other hair-healthy nutrients. And if your body is low on protein, it will start capturing the protein in your body anywhere it can find it, including your hair follicles, leaving your hair dull and brittle.
4. Feed Your Hair Nuts & Seeds
Nuts and seed are all-around healthy snacks that improve your hair and your overall health by delivering a host of vitamins and minerals your body craves. Almonds provide almost 40% of your daily vitamin E needs in only one ounce. They also give you B vitamins and those essential fatty acids we discussed earlier. Walnuts are full of selenium which is a valuable mineral that improves your scalp health, decreasing the likelihood that you’ll have dryness and flakes. Seeds are not only low-calorie, they also bring your body vitamin E, zinc and selenium. Some varieties of seeds such as flaxseeds and chia seeds also provide omega-3 fatty acids, though they are not as effective as the fatty fish mentioned earlier. Besides helping grow your hair long and healthy, nuts and seeds can reduce inflammation and lower your risk of heart disease making them an excellent choice for inclusion in any diet.
5. Feed Your Hair Spinach & Broccoli
While all leafy greens contain amazing amounts of vitamins and minerals, spinach and broccoli hold a special place in the world of hair-friendly foods as they bring on the folate, and iron, and the vitamins A and C – all of which keep your hair and scalp healthy and may promote hair growth.
6. Feed Your Hair Beans
Adding these inexpensive vegetables to your diet for healthier and longer hair is a no-brainer. Many types of beans, including soybeans, are a great plant-based source of protein, zinc, biotin and folate. They are super versatile, so you can eat them with a variety of main courses and prepare them in a variety of ways. Soybeans also contain a high amount of spermidine which studies show may promote hair growth.
7. Feed Your Hair Avocados
If you haven’t enjoyed enough fatty foods from the suggestions above, your Irvine hair stylists highly recommend avocados. Besides the heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, avocados are also a great source of vitamin E, an antioxidant that increases your blood circulation and helps the follicles work more efficiently to promote hair growth. It also maintains the oil and PH levels balance in your hair keeping clogged hair follicles from stopping hair growth. Avocados are great with eggs for breakfast, in a salad, or blended into a smoothie.
8. Feed Your Hair Whole Grains
Whole grains, from bread to cereals, are rich in biotin along with iron, zinc and B vitamins. Brown rice is amazing for providing sustained energy and also packs a B-vitamin punch, which are essential for strong hair. Biotin is required for cell proliferation and plays an important part in producing amino acids (protein) which are required for your hair to grow. Protein needs complex carbohydrates to help provide energy to build strong hair. Zinc is key to hair health, as it’s used to regulate the hormones that have a direct impact on the thickness and growth of your hair.
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Natural changes occur in our hair as we age over time that can impact its health and growth potential. While this isn’t a complete list of great hair-healthy foods, it can definitely positively impact the health of your hair. Even if you are growing your hair out, the hair stylists at MK Hairdressing recommend stopping in our upscale Irvine salon for one of our women’s haircuts every six to eight weeks. We can also add hair extensions to give you the long-hair look while you are growing your hair out naturally. While trimming your hair won’t make it grow faster, it does remove the split ends which can keep the damage from spreading up the shaft and it makes your hair look thicker and more shiny. Make an appointment at a hair salon near you located in the Woodbury Town Center today by calling (949) 559-6001. We look forward to helping you create your favorite look!