They say you are what you eat. We want to get more specific and say that your hair is what you eat – in the truest sense of the word. Hair is made up of a protein called keratin, which your body makes from amino acids supplied by your diet. We don’t have to be experts to know that eating nothing but brownies and candy won’t benefit our hair. (Or skin or brain.) Longer, thicker, shinier hair starts with what we eat, not hair products.
“Just like your skin, the condition of your hair is an outward sign of general health,” says Christinah Nicolaisen, co-founder of Eleni & Chris. “The most important thing for hair health is a balanced diet of proteins, vitamins and minerals that provide hair with what it needs to stay shiny, shiny and strong.”
There are certain things that you can add to your diet to help achieve your goals. A good general rule is to eat whole foods as opposed to processed foods that have vitamins and minerals added, according to Michelle Blaisure, certified trichologist and product and technical specialist for Bosley Professional Strength.
Another thing to keep in mind is that eating nutritious foods for healthy hair doesn’t give anyone an ID. Burning your hair with hot tools is still a no-no. We still need to show the locks some love and make sensible choices. Grooming your mane inside out is one of the first steps in a healthy hair regimen.
Click through the gallery to see expert-approved foods for healthy hair. Keep this list in mind the next time you shop.
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