Eating for Healthy Hair | Lindsay Griffin Boston
Published on March 20, 2015
The professionals at Lindsay Griffin Boston Hairstylist + Co. know the condition of your hair is an outward sign of inside health. Just like skin, the cells making up each strand of hair require key nutrients to thrive!
To insure that your hair is strong and lustrous, we recommend including the following vitamins and minerals in your diet:
Iron is especially important for healthy hair and too little iron is a major cause of hair loss. Your hair follicles and roots are fed by a nutrient rich blood supply and when iron levels drop, the hair growth cycle is disrupted and may result in shedding. Foods rich in iron include fish, lentils, spinach and other leafy greens provide iron with a high bioavailability, meaning the iron is readily available to the body.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant which helps in the production of collagen that strengthens the capillaries that supply the hair shafts. The best sources are blueberries, broccoli, guava, kiwi fruites, strawberries, papaya and sweet potatoes.
Your body needs Vitamin A to make sebum, an oily substance created by our hairs’ sebaceous glands that provides a natural conditioner for a healthy scalp. Including orange/yellow coloured vegetables which are high in beta-carotene such as carrots, pumpkins and sweet potatoes, will keep you from experiencing an itchy scalp and dry hair.
Omega-3 fatty acids are important fats our body can’t produce itself and must be obtained through our diet. Omega-3s provide the oils that keep your scalp and hair hydrated. You can get your daily dose of Omega-3s from salmon, avocado, pumpkin seeds and walnuts.
Just like your skin, the sun can damage your hair. Eating nuts and other foods rich in vitamin E provides protection for your hair from sun damage!