Tuesday Ten: Foods for Heavenly Hair

Tuesday Ten: Foods for Heavenly Hair

The “lather, rinse, repeat” process is a standard staple in most everyone’s daily routine. But sometimes this basic shampoo-conditioner combo isn’t enough to keep strands shiny and soft. In the same way your skin must be nourished to remain clear and glowy, your hair needs to be nurtured to look its best as well. After researching acne fighting foods a little while ago, I got to thinking about applying this idea to your tresses too. I came up with a healthy (and delicious) list of 10 foods that will help you achieve happy, healthy, heavenly hair. Incorporate these eats into your daily diet and get ready to say goodbye to dull, drab strands…

  1. Fruits and dark green veggies. It should be no surprise that this section of the food pyramid made the cut. Fruits and veggies are one of the best things you can incorporate into your diet for overall health. In terms of your hair, leafy green vegetables like spinach and broccoli are an excellent source of vitamins and they provide you with iron and calcium. Fruits high in vitamin C and A help your body to produce sebum. (Sebum is an oily substance in your hair follicles that acts as a natural conditioner.) Strawberries, oranges and grapefruits are the best vitamin booster fruits for hair.
  2. Foods with omega-3 fatty acids. If you’re having déjà vu, you may be remembering this category in my Tuesday Ten list for healthy skin. Omega-3 fatty acids are a powerhouse when it comes to giving you a good glow. Munch on flaxseeds and walnuts to add some serious shine to your hair, and choose fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines, and herring to amp up your omega intake as well.
  3. Foods that produce beta-carotene. Carrots, sweet potatoes, kale, asparagus and pumpkin are all foods that convert beta-carotene to vitamin A during digestion. (Amazing what the body can do, isn’t it?) Vitamin A not only nourishes your hair and skin, it also prevents dandruff. Carrots in particular are great for promoting a healthy scalp, which is essential for keeping your hair soft and supple. (I’ve been told that healthy hair starts at the scalp.)
  4. Beans. Legumes like kidney beans and lentils provide growth-boosting proteins that will increase the thickness and length of your hair. Beans also have iron, zinc, and biotin, which prevent hair breakage. Researching some healthy fall soups to cook up is a great way to incorporate beans into your diet.
  5. Foods rich in cysteine. This amino acid is known to give your body a healthy detox and promote hair growth by actually increasing the thickness of each individual strand. This miracle worker can be found in poultry, eggs, red peppers, garlic, onions, Brussels spouts, yogurt, oatmeal, and broccoli. Yum!
  6. Nuts. Brazil nuts, which are one of the best sources of selenium, have minerals that keep your scalp and hair healthy. Walnuts, cashews, pecans, and almonds fall under this healthy hair category as well. They all have zinc, which can help prevent hair shedding. Keep these snacks around for mid-day munchies…and watch your hair go nuts (in a good way).
  7. Whole grains. This category is another heavy hitter when it comes to providing your body with a daily dose of zinc and iron. Whole wheat bread and healthy, fortified cereals also give your body B vitamins, which promote happy strands by boosting your red blood cell count. Red blood cells will carry oxygen to the living portion of hair strands and therefore increase your hair’s growth rate. (Crazy what you can learn online these days. To see my sources, check the fine print at the bottom of this post.)
  8. Oysters. This shellfish regulates the production of androgens, a hormone that, when levels are low, is associated with hair loss…so eat up! Oysters also contain our friend zinc, a powerful antioxidant that supports the growth of strong, think hair. Indulge in a couple oysters with a little squeeze of lemon and a dollop of hot sauce for a delicious hors d’oeuvres snack that will give you sleek, shiny strands. How luxurious…
  9. Low fat dairy. Calcium is a very important mineral for hair growth and it can be found in low fat dairy products. Options like skim milk and yogurt not only contain this mineral, they also contain whey and casein, two major protein sources. Kick your calcium and vitamin C levels up a notch by mixing fresh cut strawberries into a cup of Greek yogurt.
  10. Foods that contain silica. Including foods rich in silica into your diet can help make your hair stronger and more durable. Some healthy options for this category include bananas, oats, and raisins–the perfect combination to top off your Overnight Oats with, if you ask me. :-)

You might notice that most of these healthy hair staples overlap with foods on my acne fighting foods list. That’s because they essentially have the same glow-enhancing properties that make both your skin and your hair happy campers. They’re also great go-to items to include on your grocery list. Plus they are easy to incorporate into delicious recipes. Healthy skin, healthy hair, and a healthy lifestyle are all huge priorities in my life. So for me, eating these heavenly hair foods is certainly a must.

Which healthy hair food is your favorite? Personally, I’m excited to try my newfound silica-rich oatmeal recipe. If you have a healthy hair recipe, share it in the comments below.

XO Lauren

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Photo Credit: Lunch Box Bunch, swarthmorecoop.wordpress.com, Daily Perricone, photo-dictionary.com, Glamour, strawberriesweb.com, Fat Burning Furnace, Fine Cooking

Sources: Huffington Post, US News, Web MD, eHow, Livestrong

Categories: Dine, Lauren Conrad, Primp, Tuesday Ten
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  • Melissa Panici

    I love all of these foods but I have really enjoyed almonds lately! They are so good and they fill you up:) I really needed this post today! Thanks:)

  • Chic-lette

    Thank you so much Lauren! I have been wondering about which foods are hair healthy. This is a really helpful post.

  • Amy Breckenridge

    i love all of these foods except the shellfish and seafood! i’m a vegetarian :)

    xoamy
    http://www.cupcakesncouture.com/2012/08/smoking-slippers-under-200.html

  • Rebecca Wildbore

    Yay! Sweet potato from NZ :D

  • Deanne Castro

    Great tips!

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  • k2spitfire

    johnson’s baby shampoo and no conditioner

  • Ana Castilho
  • Jordan Weaver

    yum! nothing beats fruits and veggies! here’s a great, delish recipe the incorporates lots of colorful veggies. http://nourishandbenourished.com/2011/06/23/its-greek-to-me/

  • Meghan Conard

    Great tips! I wash my hair in cool water which keeps my hair extra shiny!

    Check out my DIY post http://mc2squared.blogspot.com

    xx-MC

  • Samantha K

    love all these foods!

    check out my bueaty/fashion blog http://lifeofbeingsammy.blogspot.ca/

  • Kim Barron

    Love this! I’ve been trying to find ways to keep my hair healthy since winter is coming up! Any tips for getting thicker, stronger hair?!?

  • Micaela Luis

    Fruits, veggies & eggs! All of these are a must in my daily diet :-)

  • HistoryBeauty

    These may be good for your hair but they are also good for the rest of your body in many different ways too!

    http://www.youtube.com/HistoryBeauty

  • Rosie Waldherr

    Great, I love salmon!!! =D And fruits and veggies are in my daily diet as well =D

    xoRosie

    http://teacupsanddresses.blogspot.com/

  • Larissa Wilhelm

    majority of these foods i eat all the time!

    http://fitnessmisc.blogspot.com/

  • Rachael Yanta

    Luckily I already eat all of these awesome foods! Good to know they’re so good for my hair. Thanks for the info :)

    http://www.rachaelkhawkins.blogspot.com

  • Dannii Hungry Healthy Happy

    Good job all of these are a big part of my diet then :)

    For the recipes, diet tips and exercises that helped me lose 98lbs and keep it off, check out http://www.hungryhealthyhappy.com and the Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/hungryhealthyhappy

  • Nicole Klein

    The Overnight Oats are DELICIOUS and so filling…ever since you posted your recipe, I’ve had it almost every morning for breakfast. It’s so nice to already have breakfast ready to go when I wake up…the only decision I have to make is which fruit I want to use as toppers!

  • Leanne

    Guess I’m eating all the right things :)

    Love from South Africa

    http://arumlilea.blogspot.com

  • Emilie

    lucky I love all these foods :)

    xo Emilie @ http://www.hungrydelights.com/“”>Hungry Delights

  • Kylie Miller

    Thanks for this little tip! It was really helpful. Check out my blog: http://thechicstreetblog.blogspot.com/

  • Gillian Lynch

    Yay! Those are yummy food! :)

  • Kayley Potter

    I love this. This is just motivation to continue to eat all the right things.

  • Shellz

    love fruits and veggies the most!!! Join my GiveAway:

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  • My Style Diary

    Yay! I like almost everything :)

    http://mstyleblogspot.blogspot.com/

  • Reeann Hansen

    Although I have read/been told about the nutritious value of most of these food items, it’s always a nice to be reminded from time to time cause we all have our moments when we stray from our healthy diets and think “”what’s the worst that could happen if I enjoy a few fries?”” Reading this post made me remember why I love eating healthy in the first place!

  • Kasia Rymar

    This was so informative, thanks! http://kasiamaria.blogspot.com/

  • Giselle Escamilla

    I think I should be eating more nuts because my hair is always shedding:(

    At least I eat everything else especially the veggies:)

  • Diamenrose

    Many of these hair straples overlaps with my allday diet :-) That’s really good to know that eating all these proteins wasn’t in vain :)

  • claire livia

    One of my favourite quick weekday dinners is this recipe for spiced root veggies with a poached egg on top- add in some almonds and you’ve got 3 of the above in one meal! http://liviasweets.com/post/20069601376/poached-eggs-with-moroccan-spiced-root-veggies

  • Balanced Peanut
  • Lena Ameri

    I LOVE THIS ARTICLE! Def going to be adding these foods to my diet. My hair needs it with all the heat styling I do. Just like your hair, your skin can also be affected by your diet. Check out this article:

    Beautiful Skin From the Inside Out: http://www.liveitmag.com/healing-acne-from-the-inside-out-2/

  • Libby

    THANKYOU FOR THIS ARTICLE LAUREN!!!!
    im going to add these foods to my diet straight away :D

  • saffy bt

    I love food thats why my hair are pretty and long.its easy to grow.And ofcourse these are havenly delicious food.
    Thanks for sharing.keep up d good work lauren.

  • kalamityray

    Great post! Don’t overlook avocados as one of the best foods you can eat for healthier hair and overall health. These guys are packed with healthy fats and oils that you need to have soft, supple hair, and I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t love the tasty of guacomole! What’s more, if you have any that eventually get over-ripe, you can use them in DIY hair masks. http://makeyourhairgrowfaster.net/

  • Raven Locks

    Eggs are SOO good for you! I don’t know why people are so scared to drink a little bit of milk with fat in it. Fat isn’t really bad for you. Just buy organic milk (or if you can…raw organic milk) and you’re good to go :)

    xo Azu

    http://www.raven-locks.blogspot.com

  • http://batman-news.com Alexis Snyder

    I think that full fat milk is actually a much better option! it is less processed. just make sure you keep it GRASS fed and organic to avoid the hormones that grain fed cows are injected with!

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  • aisha

    Alot of hair oils help hair especially people suffering from dry scalp. Argon oil is brilliant and nutrtitious for the hair. Alot of Asians also use coconut oil or mustard oil to enhance hair growth and give it that shine :)

  • Tia

    I’d like to know how to manage naturally curly hair. My hair always gets so big and frizzy and makes me look like a I have a bell for a head.

  • http://www.defensesoap.com/ [email protected]

    Thanks for providing these nutrion ideas for getting heavenly hair. For more information about nutrition needed for healthy hair and skin follow link.. http://www.defensesoap.com/learning-center/nutrition-skin-diseases.html

  • Diana

    Very useful article! In my own experience, nutrition is the most important thing to make your hair healthy in a long term. I was against all artificial vitamins, but found the product which satisfies my demands. This is HairGain formula, manufactured by American company Military Grade. They use natural and herbal compounds. After 4 months of taking this supplement I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of newly grown hair on my head. Also my hair loss has become less severe. Besides, I never forget to use castor oil from time to time. Natural remedies do help, if you use them right!

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