It’s no secret that hair can be a major reflection of personal style and self-expression. Whether it’s through your cut, your color, or your hairdo of the day – there is always a statement to be made with hair. Of course, if your hair is less than healthy, sometimes that message isn’t always the one you want to be sending. While caring for your hair can be done topically with the use of proper shampoos, conditioners, and other products, hair can also be an external sign of internal health, and as such, it’s important to focus on what you are putting in your body as a part of your overall hair care regimen, as well.

 

Read on to see some of the foods which contain essential nutrients that contribute to long, strong, and beautiful locks.

 

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Carrots

The most common advice we hear about the importance of eating carrots refers to their contribution to eye health, but as it turns out, these veggies are super important when it comes to hair health, too. Carrots are packed with Vitamin A, which is important because it helps promote shinier, healthier looking hair. Vitamin A is also crucial to strengthening the scalp, which in turn contributes to lower risks of suffering from scalp conditions like dandruff.

 

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Eggs

Eggs are rich in biotin, an essential nutrient popularly thought of as a sort of “hair food” because of its importance in making hair stronger as well as promoting hair growth. Eggs are also an excellent source of protein, which contributes to stronger and thicker hair. After all, hair is composed mostly of protein, so it only makes sense that it would need protein to contribute to its continued growth, strength, and structure.

 

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Lentils

You might not be eating lentils on a regular basis, but if your goal is stronger, longer hair, you might want to increase your consumption. Like eggs, lentils are a strong source of protein which is important to the growth of hair cells. Without strong sources of protein like this in your diet, the result could be much slower hair growth than usual, and the hair growth that does occur will produce much weaker hair than that which grows out of a protein-rich diet.

 

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Bell Peppers

These veggies are good for more than just adding a tasty pop of color to your meals. Bell peppers are a source of Vitamin C, which is actually one of the most effective nutrients when it comes to healthy hair because of its importance in promoting the health of hair follicles. For starters, Vitamin C helps form collagen, which is a structural protein that helps hair follicles stay healthy. Vitamin C is also important in protecting the body’s cells, including these follicles, against damage.

 

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Raisins

Raisins may be small, but their impact on hair health is anything but. There are several reasons why raisins contribute healthier hair, the first being their calcium content. Calcium contributes to the production of keratin, which is a structural protein that keeps hair healthy, shiny, and strong. Raisins are also a source of iron and Vitamin B-6, both of which are important when it comes to a healthy circulatory system. This in turn plays into hair health because healthy circulation in the blood ensures that hair follicles are getting the proper dose of oxygen they need to stimulate hair growth.

 

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Cabbage

Cabbage is high in sulfur, which as we saw in the case of the Vitamin C in raisins, can help in the production of keratin. Cabbage is also a good source of Vitamin E which softens hair and contributes to shinier tresses, as well.

 

 

 

 

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