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Eat your way to healthier hair

Posted on: April 23, 2009

Photo by snukraina

Photo by snukraina

If you want healthy hair, it starts with your diet.  I spoke with renowned hairstylist, Penny at Hollywood And Mane, and asked her for solutions to the most-common hair concerns.  Here’s what she had to say…

“Everything you put into your body comes out through your hair, so like your skin and body, it craves healthy food,” explains Penny.  “Hair is mostly protein and a well-balanced diet will give you strong, shiny locks.” 


Dry hair
If your hair is dry and breaks easily, it is probably a lack of essential fatty acids.

SOLUTION:  Oily fish (tuna, sardines, trout, salmon, herrings and mackerel), seeds, nuts, olives and avocados.  Another nutrient important for hair strength and growth is trace mineral silica, found in rice, oats, lettuce, parsnips, asparagus, onion, strawberry, cabbage, cucumber, leek, sunflower seeds, celery, rhubarb, cauliflower and green, leafy vegetables.

Greasy hair
A lack of vitamin B in ones diet can lead to oily, greasy hair.

SOLUTION:  Whole grains, nuts, seeds, dairy products, eggs, wheatgerm, legumes and green, leafy vegetables. Also steer clear of oily foods where possible.

Greying hair
There hasn’t been a link between premature greying and diet, but evidence suggests that amino acid tyrosine may help.

SOLUTION:  Fish, chicken, pork, whole grains, wheat, oats, milk, cheese, yogurt, avocados, bananas, beans, almond, sesame seeds and pumpkin seeds.

Thinning hair
Thinning hair or hair loss may be a sign of iron deficiency.

SOLUTION: Red meat, eggs, legumes, wholegrain cereals, dried fruits and green, leafy vegetables.  Since hair is composed mostly of protein, your hair will most likely respond well to the addition of high protein foods such as meats, eggs, cheese, seeds and nuts.

Penny adds, “Whatever your hair type, drink water!  Keeping your hair hydrated is a must, especially with the summers heat.”

If you have questions for Penny at Hollywood And Mane, email


4 Responses to "Eat your way to healthier hair"

I never thought about food and hair like this before. Thanks for the great advice!

good article..
hope you can get the better article.. =D

makes sense because some nutrients on these food are also for the hair and most of them are nutrients for certain parts of the body where the hair is also dependent.

although some food also causes shredding.

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