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Six foods for stronger hair

Hair By Esther Muchene
(Image: Shutterstock)

Long or short, there is no denying the fact that we all want healthy and strong hair. Were it not true, we wouldn’t spend millions on hair care products, or spend time trying to get it right.

We look for the best shampoos, suitable hairstyles and other helpful tips that will enhance how our hair looks.

One key area in hair care is watching what we consume. What we eat and drink directly affects how our hair looks as well as the strength of each strand. When we don’t pay attention to our diet, our hair can start thinning, looking dull and falling out.

With the right foods, all these issues can be improved. Here are some powerful foods to eat for strong hair.

  1. Salmon

Fish are known to have many benefits for the body. When it comes to hair, salmon is specifically acknowledged for having very essential benefits for hair. It contains vitamin B and D, proteins and omega-3, just to name a few. All these fortify the hair follicles, thus promoting hair growth, reducing shedding and increasing hair volume.

  1. Eggs

Eggs have many essential vitamins and minerals that promote hair growth. These amazing properties help to regenerate collagen in hair since collagen production slows down as we grow older. Some of these essentials found in eggs are proteins, zinc, vitamin B12 and biotin. One of the most effective ways of getting these vitamins is by eating boiled eggs a few times a week.

Avocados rose to fame and even became one of the many 'Insta' trends up until today (Image: Shutterstock)
  1. Avocados

This superfruit has become one of the most popular fruits in recent years. Avocados rose to fame and even became one of the many Insta trends up until today. As we continue to consume this ‘trendy’ fruit, it’s important to also understand the benefits it has when it comes to hair. Avocados contain vitamin C, folic acid and other fatty acids. These are all essential for follicle repair which reduces hair loss.

  1. Oatmeal

Oatmeal is one of the most healthy and most simple meals to make. It has many benefits for the body and more specifically, for the hair. Oatmeal contains fatty acids and vitamins that improve hair elasticity and reduce breakage. Furthermore, it can also be used directly in the hair as a mask or even as a treatment. This dual-purpose has made it one of the popular hair boosters for soft and strong hair.

When we don’t pay attention to our diet, our hair can start thinning, looking dull and falling out? (Image: Shutterstock)
  1. Citrus fruits

The family of citrus fruits includes lemons, grapes, tangerines, oranges and limes. They are rich in vitamin C which is essential for strong hair. Furthermore, vitamin C helps to fight off harmful oxygen bonds in the hair which are known to cause hair breakage. Ensure that you add citrus fruits to your diet by eating them directly or even juicing them. This is a great way to fight hair loss too.

  1. Legumes

Legumes are also another great ingredient for strong hair. Examples of legumes are green peas and black beans, which are good for reducing hair breakage and brittle strands. They are rich in proteins, iron, zinc and different types of vitamins that your hair definitely needs. Consider eating protein-rich legumes in plenty to reduce shedding.

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