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.