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5 Foods For Healthy Hair

Luxury haircare products like the Neal & Wolf range of shampoos and conditioners can bring an extra dimension to your hair and leave your locks feeling fresh, glossy and full of life.

However scientific research also shows that aside from good hair products the other aspect that affects hair health is our diets. Just as a poor diet can contribute to skin problems such as acne, the nutrients or lack of them in our bodies can also have a direct impact on the condition of the scalp and hair.

With hair the effect of our diet takes longer to show up than say on the skin, and it can take 2 -3 months for a nutritional deficiency to be noticeable.

According to The Food Doctor, the hair, skin and nails reflect many biochemical imbalances in the body but the good news is the nutrients you eat today can help strengthen the hair follicles and promote a healthy and strong hair bond and give you a overall healthy apperance.

So what are these super-foods needed to give our hair a little TLC?

1. Spinach

Spinach is a hair hero rich in iron, vitamin C and folate. Include spinach in your diet to maintain follicle and scalp health.

2. Salmon & other oily fish

Salmon is a key source of unsaturated fats that the human body can't make by itself. Salmon is one of the richest sources of omega-3 fatty acids which play a key role in maintaining healthy hair. Around 3 percent of our hair is made up from omega-3, and it is also found in the natural oils that prevent hair from drying out. If you can't stomach fish then Avocados are another great source of unsaturated fats.

3. Chicken

Chicken is a lean protein rich in B vitamins, zinc and iron. It is essential to include foods such as chicken and beef in the diet because the majority of all hair is made up from proteins.

4. Greek yogurt

This dairy product includes protein and vitamin D.  You'll also find vitamin B5, which is an ingredient often listed in hair care products.

5. Blueberries

A great tasting fruit that delivers a large ammount of vitamin C – important for boosting the circulation and supply of nutrients to hair follicles.

To try out some recipies that include ingredients benneficial to hair health take a look at this dedicated page on BBC Good Food.

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