Want Healthy Hair? Eat Healthy Food!

eat right to get healthy hair

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Happy New Year from all of us here at Studio 86 hair salon Toronto! We trust you all looked fabulous at your various festivities, or maybe you took some time to reflect on the year and relax at home with those closest to you. However you chose to ring in the New Year, changes are you’re taking this month as an opportunity to make improvements in your life and set new goals, and there’s no reason your hair health can’t be part of that. We’ve got a few suggestions on how you can improve the way you treat your tresses this year so you can look forward to your best hair year yet!

We’ve already touched on the fact that there is no miracle product or solution for making your hair grow faster. That being said, if you’re not getting enough essential nutrients and vitamins, your hair will suffer and be less likely to grow at a healthy rate. In fact, the condition of your hair can be a good indicator of your overall health. If you’ve noticed that your hair isn’t as strong, shiny or growing as fast as it should be, or your scalp isn’t in the best condition, try getting more of these into your diet:

What To Eat: Protein

Protein is essential for healthy hair growth. When you’re not getting enough protein in your diet, your hair can become dry, brittle and prone to breakage. If your protein intake is very low, you could even suffer from hair loss. Where To Get It: Dairy products, eggs, fish, turkey, chicken, nuts, legumes.

What To Eat: Omega-3s

Getting adequate omega-3s in your diet is important if you want healthy locks because they provide essential hydration for your hair and scalp. It’s important to eat foods containing omega-3s because your body doesn’t produce them naturally. Where To Get It: Salmon, sardines, avocado, walnuts.

What To Eat: Beta Carotene/Vitamin A

Beta carotene is an antioxidant that your body converts into vitamin A, which helps produce the oils that naturally condition your hair and scalp and keep them healthy. If you’re not getting enough vitamin A in your diet, your scalp can become dry, flaky and itchy. Where To Get It: Sweet potatoes, carrots.

What To Eat: Iron

Iron deficiency in your diet can be really bad for your hair health. If you’re not getting enough iron, you could start shedding more hair than normal and even suffer from severe hair loss. Where To Get It: Red meat, chicken, fish, leafy greens, lentils.

Bonus Tip: Drink Water!

Water is essential for human life and when we don’t get enough of it, we become dehydrated. Dehydration can lead to dry skin and hair, among other more serious conditions.

With adequate water intake and a healthy, balanced diet, you’re giving your hair and scalp the best chances for success. Forget good hair days… follow these tips as part of your haircare regimen and you can look forward to a great hair year!

p.s. – Stay tuned to the Studio 86 blog as we share even more healthy hair resolutions you can try this year.


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