When it comes to the health of your hair, many factors come into play. Your diet, hormones, genetics, and more all influence the behavior and overall health of your hair. If you are potentially predisposed to have fine hair, you wouldn’t want to worsen your hair health by eating the wrong foods, would you? On the other side of the equation, you wouldn’t want to ruin your thick, healthy hair that could be in a shampoo commercial, right?
There’s no better day to feed your hair the best nutrients possible than National Hair Day, which lands on October 1st. Certain foods have been scientifically proven to positively influence your hair, and we are going to share some of our favorite ones below.
While it can be used to help promote weight loss, cinnamon is also beneficial for your hair. Cinnamon helps to increase circulation and oxygenate your hair follicles. You can brew some cinnamon tea, sprinkle the spice in smoothies, or use it as an oatmeal topping.
Guavas are filled to the brim with vitamin C, which works to prevent your hair from becoming brittle. A study, which was published in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, found that vitamin C supplementation helped promote hair growth in women with thinning hair. Just for your knowledge, one little guava has four or five times more vitamin C than an orange.
Amla berries, also known as Indian gooseberry, are sour fruits native to India. They contain powerful phytonutrients that increase scalp circulation and promote healthy hair growth. They also contain vitamin C, which helps promote collagen production. This means that dead cells of hair follicles are replaced with new ones.
Rich in protein, healthy fats, and essential minerals, almonds have been known to keep your locks thick and commercial worthy. A tablespoon of almonds contains close to 70% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin E, which is a fat-soluble vitamin that has been known to increase hair growth.
If you want to avoid a dry scalp and flaky hair, you need beta-carotene, which you can obtain from sweet potatoes. You don’t have to solely eat sweet potatoes to get your fill of beta-carotene, though. Orange-colored foods like pumpkins, butternut squash, cantaloupe, mangoes, and carrots are all rich in beta-carotene.