5 Foods For Great Shiny Hair

April 27, 2017 |

Nope, it’s a myth that only exotic foods have the magical power to transform your hair. Every country has its own set of elixirs that are meant to rejuvenate the inhabitants of that region based on climate and weather conditions.

Indians have a certain hair texture that needs nourishment as per the weather and available foods here. Your hair is meant to endure the hot weather conditions, which prevail in most of India as well as the humidity in some parts. The moisture in your hair would definitely vary based on where you live in India but there are some foods which make a definite impact in making our hair shine.

These foods are easily available and have other health benefits which make them most eligible for our complete list. Check them out.

  1. Milk and eggs v/s diary-free options
    Remember that your hair is made of proteins. And the biggest and most easily available source of proteins is the milk. Most Tier-II cities have easy availability of pure buffalo milk delivered on the doorsteps by the milkman. But even in Tier-I, it’s possible to get pure milk on demand. If you don’t get milk easily, surely you may get access to eggs containing abundant protein. Eggs and milk also contain iron which helps promote hair growth and shine. But if you are a vegan or want some dairy-free options, you may go for legumes like sprouts, lentils, chickpeas etc.
  1. Sweet potato and carrots
    In order that your hair looks shiny, they regularly need a compound called Beta-carotene. This keeps the hair cells healthy as it gets converted into Vitamin A in the body leading to the secretion of essential oils or sebum that prevents dryness in hair. This compound is abundantly found in sweet potatoes, broccoli, tomatoes, lettuce, spinach and carrots. Foods that are rich in Beta-carotene also reduce dryness on the scalp and retain moisture of the hair naturally.
  1. Beer and red wine
    Now jump with joy because it’s good for your hair. But how exactly? Beer contains silicon, a natural trace mineral that increases circulation to your hair scalp. Just by an intake of 10 milligram per day, this mineral reduces brittleness in your hair. Red wine of course is known to be healthy for heart as it contains antioxidants but it is also good for hair due to the presence of silicon.
  1. Nuts and dried fruits
    If you are tea-totaller who cannot opt for beer or wine, you have other nutty options such as dried fruits, nuts, whole wheat or root vegetables, spinach, barley, oats, seafood and organ meats. All of these foods are also great sources of silicon that helps restore the moisture in your scalp and boosts blood circulation.
  1. Fatty fish or Soybeans
    If you are a sea foodie, you can always opt for fatty fish such as salmon and tuna which are now available frozen in most grocery or departmental stores. These contain Omega 3 fatty acids that help prevent breakage of your hair and split ends. Remember that only healthy hair can shine and if you nourish them with Omega 3 fatty acids, they would retain their natural brightness. For vegetarians, the options are walnuts, flaxseeds, tofu or soybeans that contain enough Vitamin E to help nourish your hair. Vitamin E is also known to repair hair follicles.

Include these great foods for strong, healthy and shiny hair in your every day diet. Experiment and make it fun. For instance, beer and fish on the weekend, oats for breakfast, carrots for snack so you get to consume most of these foods in a way that suits your daily lifestyle.