healthy-hairIf your hair has been in a bad condition, restoring your locks may be as easy as a trip to the grocery store. Incorporating new foods into your diet can have a dramatic effect on the look and feel of your hair. If you start treating your body from within, you will notice more shine and elasticity in your hair, skin and nails. So lets take a look at what you need to eat to grow healthier hair.

Dry Hair

Dry hair can be due in part to a lack of vitamin A. It is essential to the production of the genes that control and process called Keratinization. It is a part of the cycle of how hair grows. To correct it, load up on foods rich in essential fatty acids and healthy fats. Foods that are high in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids will provide proper hydration to the hair.

Foods to Eat: flaxseed, walnuts, avocados, eggs, lentils, barley, tuna, salmon and trout.

Brittle Hair

Brittle hair is more prone to breakage and split ends than healthy hair. To correct it, load up on selenium, sulphur, fatty acids, vitamin A. A deficiency can lead to dry, dull, lifeless hair, and dry skin, which can flake off into dandruff. To repair health of your hair you will need to include vitamin E and essential oils in your diet in order to oxygenate the hair.

Foods to Eat: nuts, grains, green and leafy vegetables like kale, turnip greens, collard greens, spinach and red cabbage.

Dull Hair

If your hair is dull, it is because the cuticle is wide open and hair is unable to properly reflect light. When the hair is healthy the cuticle is closed the light bounces off the hair, making it super shiny. Exception to the rule includes anyone born with kinky or very curly- coarse hair. This type of hair naturally has rough open cuticle and hair does not reflect light until you blow dry it straight. For everyone else, if you are not getting enough protein in your diet, the cuticle will open and lift. To repair this, stock up on protein-rich foods, which allow the cuticle to lie flat.

Foods to Eat: meats like poultry and salmon, wheat-grass, pumpkin seeds, almonds, and algae.