Hair loss can happen for a huge range of reasons and can feel like the end of the world. Changing your diet can help prevent hair loss as well as actively encourage hair growth.
I’ve found some great additions to your diet that will help give your hair and scalp the boost they need…
A lack of iron in your diet may be the cause of hair loss! Luckily, leafy greens such as spinach are packed with the stuff. Spinach also contains a chemical called sebum which nourishes the scalp and helps keep hair healthy.
Add spinach or kale to curries, salads and morning smoothies for a boost in iron.
Nuts, such as walnuts and hazelnuts, contain lots of Vitamin E, which nourishes hair and encourages growth. By adding more nuts to your diet, your hair should improve in condition. These also help prevent hair fall as they strengthen existing hair.
Make a trail mix with nuts, seeds and dried fruit for a healthy and hair-friendly snack.
Dairy products contain lots of protein, which is needed to ensure healthy hair. Add in more milk, eggs, and cheese and your hair will quickly become stronger. The protein allows your hair to strengthen and makes it less likely to snap or fall.
‘Proteins are the building blocks of life’ – anyone else having a college flashback?
Eggs are really easy to add to most breakfast choices, and keep you feeling full for a long time.
Tofu and Quorn
Don’t worry, vegan friends – I’ve got your back! You can get your protein from meals containing tofu, Quorn or tempeh. Soya contains heaps of protein without the added calories of most dairy products. Again, this will help keep your hair healthy and less likely to fall out.
Tofu curries and Quorn mince are great places to start if you fancy a dairy-free protein boost.
Again, it’s all about protein when it comes to healthy hair. Chicken is full of protein and it’s pretty easy to add to your meal, too. The protein will help your hair become nice and strong, making it less likely to break or fall.
Make yourself a whole plate of goodness and go for chicken, leafy greens, and boiled eggs. Easy!
Another vegan and veggie-friendly option here. Pulses such as chickpeas, lentils, and quinoa are not only great for your general health, but will help your hair and scalp, too.
I love these options as they help to pad out meals as well. If you’re worried about being hungry after a big bowl of kale and chickpeas, don’t, as pulses are really filling!
Quinoa makes a great addition to salads; or try dahl or chickpea curry to get those pulses in your meals…
A slightly more exciting option for you now… Fresh fruit is always going to be good for you, and this one is great for maintaining, or getting, a healthy head of hair.
The Vitamin C that strawberries are full of will help nourish your hair. The better condition your hair is in, the less likely it is to break or fall.
Delicious fresh, in smoothies or alongside dessert, strawberries boost your hair health. And taste delicious!
… and lemons, limes, and any other citrusy fruit! While we’re on the note of Vitamin C, I couldn’t exactly miss these out.
Not only do citrus fruits help to boost your immune system, they’re really helpful in keeping your hair and scalp healthy. This vitamin works to strengthen hair, making it less likely to break and fall.
Again, great to eat on their own, oranges also taste delicious when freshly-squeezed.
Guavas actually contain more Vitamin C than oranges – around four times more, in fact! Guavas are a delicious tropical fruit that can be found in most stores at the right time of year
While a little pricier than oranges, I’d suggest incorporating these into your diet every so often for an extra, very tasty, boost.
Enjoy guavas fresh, or blend into smoothies or juices.
Salmon is packed full of Omega-3s, which are really important to our body and its ability to function. Sadly, our bodies don’t produce this naturally, so we have to make sure we’re getting plenty of it through our diet.
Not only do they act as an anti-inflammatory (which can help with the root cause of some hair loss), they keep hair shiny and healthy.
Salmon is a great source of Omega-3s and the good kind of fat, so treat yourself once in a while.
Spices are great for our bodies in general, as they boost our metabolism and improve blood circulation.
The more blood flow to our scalps, the better condition our hair will be in. A higher metabolism is really good for our general health and can help aid healthy weight-loss.
Sprinkle cinnamon on your oatmeal or add some extra chilli to your curry and enjoy the benefits.
It can sometimes go over our heads that the food we eat doesn’t just affect our bodies but our hair, too.
We tend to get taught about food in terms of calories and fat content, and it’s nearly always in relation to our weight. What we eat actually has a huge impact on our skin, hair, and nails, too.
Luckily, there are lots of foods we can eat that are really, really good for our body – every single inch of it!
Hi, I’m Lucy and I’m currently traveling around South-East Asia with my trusty yoga mat. I love finding healthy, eco-friendly ways to improve my well-being, even more of a challenge whilst on the road. When I’m not on the move, I’m writing for SleepHealthEnergy.com (https://www.sleephealthenergy.com/), your one-stop shop for everything related to getting a great night’s sleep, enjoying optimum health and having buckets of energy. Follow along on Twitter (https://twitter.com/sleephealthnrg).