Best Foods for Healthy Hair

Now that you know why what you put in your body is so important for your hair, and you know what foods to avoid when growing beautiful hair, here’s a list of the BEST foods to eat to promote faster and stronger hair growth. If you incorporate these foods into your diet, I promise you’ll start to see the results in your new, luscious hair. 

 

Protein: This is essential for hair growth, as a lack of protein causes hair loss. Some protein-rich food are beans, nuts, and eggs. 

Omega 3 fatty acids: Reduce hair loss and promote hair density. Try eating more fatty fish like salmon, flax seeds, and chia seeds.

Vitamin B: The best known vitamin for hair growth! It can be found in abundance in sunflower seeds, almonds, and whole grains.

Vitamin C: Promotes the production of collagen, a protein that helps strengthen hair and prevent it from becoming brittle and breaking. Find Vitamin C in berries and spinach. 

Iron: Helps carry oxygen through the blood, which supports a healthy scalp and hair follicles. Eat a lot of leafy greens to boost your iron! 

Zinc: Promotes hair growth and repair cycle. Find zinc in oysters, shrimp, and beans.

 

Here’s a quick and easy recipe that’s chock-full of healthy-hair ingredients!

 

Quinua Bowl with Avacado and Egg

 

2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided 

1 teaspoon red wine vinegar 

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided 

1 cup hot cooked tricolor quinoa 

1 cup grape tomatoes, halved 

1/2 cup canned unsalted black beans, rinsed, drained, and warmed 

2 tablespoons chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish 

2 large omega-3 eggs 

1/2 ripe avocado, sliced

 

 

Whisk together 1 1/2 teaspoons oil, vinegar, and dash of salt.

Combine quinoa, tomatoes, beans, cilantro, and 1/8 teaspoon salt; toss gently to combine. Divide mixture evenly between 2 bowls.

 

Heat a medium nonstick skillet over medium. Add remaining 1/2 teaspoon oil; swirl to coat. Crack eggs, 1 at a time, into a pan. Cover; cook until whites are set and yolk is still runny, 2 to 3 minutes. Drizzle dressing evenly over quinoa mixture; top with eggs and avocado. Sprinkle it with the remaining dash of salt. Garnish with additional cilantro, if desired.