Foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids are great for the skin and hair. Options for omega-3 fatty acid rich foods include nuts, such as walnuts and pumpkin seeds, and fish, such as salmon, sardines, mackerel, trout and herring. Salmon is the best fish in terms of nutrients because it is high in vitamin D and protein, as well as omega-3’s. Avocado is also packed with fatty acids and beneficial fats. The reason omega-3’s are great for hair is that it helps moisturize the hair and scalp.
Walnuts are the best kind of nut when it comes to omega-3 intake. They also have nutrients such as biotin and vitamins like vitamin E. Our hair is often exposed to the sun and biotin, along with vitamin E, help prevent hair damage and add to hair shine. You can also use walnut oil in your diet instead of consuming whole walnuts. Nuts tend to be rich in vitamin E and also have selenium and zinc and should therefore be consumed regularly for healthy hair.
Vitamin A rich foods like sweet potatoes, pumpkins and carrots help promote sebum production. Sebum acts as a conditioner to our scalp and lack of sebum is what often causes scalp problems such as itchiness and hair that is too dry. These vegetables are also rich in vitamin A, which is produced through their beta-carotene antioxidant. Other vitamin A rich foods include apricots, cantaloupes and mangoes.
Zinc is necessary to keep the hair healthy and can be found in eggs, beef, nuts and oysters. Eggs are great for the hair since they have lots of protein and essential minerals such as iron and sulfur as well. Other sources of iron include spinach, fish, chicken, beef and pork. Dark leafed vegetables are beneficial to hair follicles.
There are plenty of options for treating hair conditions with herbs. Rosemary is known for promoting hair growth and helps maintain luster. Aloe Vera also helps hair grow well and even conditions the scalp. Burdock is used to add shine to the hair and stimulate growth, as well as keep dandruff at bay. Chamomile is a soothing, natural conditioner and is sometimes used as a natural highlighter. Other herbs that keep hair strong and healthy include parsley and marigold.