Healthy hair is not always easy to achieve, but there are several things we can do to ensure that we maintain soft, luxurious hair including eating specific foods. First, we need to understand the anatomy of hair. Our hair is a fibre that is made up of three layers. The innermost layer is the most sensitive of the three layers and is the most prone to damage. It is essential we protect our hair by eating the right foods that encourage development and health.

The cycle of your hair growth can be anywhere from two to six years and the thickness of your hair depends on the size of the hair follicles. Each of these are dependent on how healthy your hair is.

Although genetics, hormones, nutrient deficiencies and chemical imbalances can also play a role in how healthy your hair is, there are several foods that you can eat to help remedy any insufficiencies and boost healthy hair growth. 5 of the best foods for healthy hair are outlined below.

1. Salmon

Salmon has an amazing amount of omega-3 fatty acids and protein which promote hair growth and leave your hair nice and shiny. There is a difference in the type of salmon available, it is better to eat wild salmon as opposed to farmed salmon. Farmed salmon are typically fattened up, while wild salmon have a greater amount of natural living food sources. Therefore, wild salmon is better for you because it will have the omega-3, protein, calcium and biotin type nutrients you need to enhance your hair growth and maintain the health you need. The proper quantity of omega-3 in your diet prevents dry, itchy, flaky scalp and is beneficial in reversing hair loss. Another way to consume omega-3 is through DHA supplements, that could also help to maintain healthy hair. The best DHA supplements are tested and reviewed in Monica’s Health Magazine website, Best DHA Supplements Tested and Compared.

2. Greek Yogurt

Greek yoghurt has a plentiful amount of protein, vitamin B5 and vitamin D which increases the blood flow to the scalp. This generates hair growth by influencing the follicle cycle and helping to rebuild scalp skin cells. Not only can you eat greek yoghurt for the benefit of healthy hair, but you can also use it at as a conditioner and apply it directly to the roots of your hair. It is a wonderful moisturiser that can be used regularly for 30 minutes at a time.

3. Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes have great antioxidants called beta carotene (that are converted to Vitamin A) which protects your hair, encourages cell growth and provides nourishment in the form of natural oils. This will help keep your hair from drying out and causing dandruff. Sweet potatoes also have omega-3 fatty acids which are great for promoting hair growth. You can eat your sweet potatoes in any form your like from boiled, baked, to raw.

4. Eggs

Eggs are rich with protein that encourages hair growth and strength. Eggs are also an excellent source of biotin which promotes scalp health as well as hair growth. Many people take biotin in pill form when they are trying to grow their hair out, but you can easily get the biotin levels you need by simply eating one egg for breakfast every other day. This is a fantastic way to get the other necessary nutrients into your body as well. Different nutrients needed from the egg are in the egg white and the yolk, so make sure you eat both. You can have an omelette, scrambled eggs, boiled, or even a fried egg and get the same amount of nutrients for healthy hair.

5. Oysters

Zinc deficiencies are known to cause hair loss and scalp dandruff. Oysters are helpful in this regard because of the amount of zinc they carry. In fact, 3 ounces of oysters contain about 500 percent of our daily value of zinc; therefore, it is only recommended that you eat oysters about 2 times a month. It is also a good idea to limit the amount you consume due to the high amount of cholesterol. However, oysters will also help keep the oils around the hair follicles healthy and working thereby promoting hair growth. If raw oysters are not something you are comfortable with, similar levels of zinc can be found in beef, crab and lobster.

Consider adding these 5 food items to your diet to ensure you maintain healthy hair. Each one adds a different element to the development of your hair and they each have specific nutrients that aid in the overall health and growth.

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