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Top 5 Superfoods for Healthy Hair

Because we usually focus on which products to use, we often forget that you can improve your hair growth, texture, shine, and overall health by what you eat. We've  chosen the top five superfoods for healthy hair... and they're all surprisingly easy to squeeze in your diet. Many of them are already there!

salmon for healthy hair1. Salmon - This fish is a miracle food for your hair. It is full of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, iron, and vitamin B-12. This means salmon will add shine, prevent dry scalp, and improve hair growth! Of all the foods listed, salmon packs the most punch when it comes to your locks.

2. Nuts - Almonds, pecans, cashews, and walnuts all contain zinc, which minimizes hair shedding. Walnuts also going a high level of omega-3 fatty acid, which boots hair fullness and shine.

3. Low-fat Dairy - Calcium plays a major role in hair growth. Diary products like low-fat yogurt and 2% or skim milk contain casein and whey, both high in protein, which prevents dry scalp.

eating kale for healthy hair

4. Dark Green Veggies - Oh, great. Just want you need. Another reason you need to eat those dang veggies. {insert veggie things} If you aren't going to eat veggies for your health, at least do it for your hair! Veggies like spinach, kale, and broccoli are major sources of vitamins A and C. These vitamins help produce sebum, a scalp oil that acts as a natural hair conditioner.

5. Bright Colored Fruit - Mango, strawberries, kiwi, pineapple, and peaches are all rich with vitamin C, an essential for making collagen that gives structure to hair. There's another excuse to order that smoothie!

All five of these foods are fairly easy to work into your diet if they aren't there already. Other foods that will boost hair health are eggs and avocados. Keep that in mind next time you spot a cobb salad on the menu!

In the meantime, give your locks some love with this smoothie recipe that includes most of the items on our list! add these ingredients to your blender and mix until smooth. Who knew having pretty hair could be so delicious?

smoothie for healthy hair

Healthy Hair Smoothie 

4-5 large strawberries

1 peach

1 banana

Small handfull of spinach

Small handfull of kale

1 cup almond milk

1 small container of low fat Greek yogurt

Don't be afraid to add extra fruit! Pineapple and mango taste great, too. Enjoy!

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