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28 May, 2014

Feed Your Hair

Whether you keep your hair long and beachy or short and cool for the Summer months, keep it nice and healthy. Nourish from the inside out. No hair mask will beat a healthy diet when it comes to getting luscious locks. We've done our research for some top foods to get your hair-y head around.

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Whether you keep your hair long and beachy or short and cool for the Summer months, keep it nice and healthy. Nourish from the inside out. No hair mask will beat a healthy diet when it comes to getting luscious locks. We've done our research for some top foods to get your hair-y head around.

A well balanced, holistic and wholesome approach to eating will benefit your whole body not only your locks, but here are a few foods to know about which are particularly good.

Sweet potatoes are rich in Vitamin A which is needed by the body to make sebum. Sebum is an oily substance produced which acts as a natural conditioner for our hair, and keeps our scalps healthy. Carrots, pumpkins, yellow and red peppers are also a great source of beta-carotene.

Spinach is rich in iron which is so important for our hair. A lack of iron leads to anaemia and a sympton of this is hair loss. The NHS advise that the daily intake for women should be 14.8mg and for men 8.7mg. Dark leafy greens such as spinach and kale are iron-rich as well as lentils and dried apricots.

Blueberries are packed with Vitamin C which allows us to absorb iron. (Anaemics are advised to eat vitamin C rich foods in conjunction with iron rich foods, not just the latter alone). Vitamin C boosts the production of collagen and collagen strengthens the capillaries which produce our hair shafts. Strawberries, kiwis, broccoli and oranges are also very good sources of vitamin C.

Avocado is super high in omega-3 fatty acids. They are found in the cells which line the scalp and are crucial for the nourishment of hair follicles. Omega 3’s cannot be made by our bodies which is why it is so important to make sure you get them through your diet. Oily fish such as salmon, and pumpkin seeds and walnuts are good sources. too.

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