True, Goldie Locks was able to maintain her luscious mane of golden hair by sampling oatmeal that didn’t belong to her, but what can the average nonfictional woman do to maintain her hair health?
The secret is in your diet.
Turns out, Goldie Locks was on to something, but lucky for you, your pursuit of healthy hair won’t include a run-in with a family of angry bears.
Eat right for hair health
It may come as no surprise that WebMD recommends a number of foods known for their overall health benefits. While the top food contenders are known to ward off diseases, increase energy levels and boost your overall mood, they are also known for keeping hair shiny and strong.
So what are some of these super foods that support hair health?
WebMD notes that nuts are the secret to scalp health, adding salon-quality shine to your layers. This is largely attributed to omega-3 fatty acids found in nuts like the walnut. The omega-3 nutrients help give your hair its luminous look.
Dark green veggies
Dark green vegetables like Swiss chard and spinach are seeped with vitamins A and C, the vitamins that create sebum. Don’t fret if you’ve never heard of sebum! Just think of it as the body’s personal conditioner, a naturally-occurring oil that helps hydrate and protect your hair from the inside-out.
It can’t hurt to toss in some eggs with your spinach. Both biotin and vitamin B-12 are found in eggs, and these two ingredients are proven to help support a healthy head.
Taking regular trips to the drug store buying numerous hair products isn’t always the answer for salon-quality hair. WebMD recommends the best way to obtain your luxurious locks is an, “overall balance of lean protein, fruits, and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, fatty fish like salmon and low-dairy."
It wouldn’t be a bad idea to eat a piping hot bowl of porridge either—your own bowl of course.
Want a shortcut to high-shine hair? Try beer!
Yes, really! The proteins, vitamin B, malt and hops in beer appear to help boost your hair's body, while the sugars (maltose and sucrose) help tighten the hair shaft to increase shine. If you're wary of pouring a bottle of beer on your head in fear of smelling like you just left a keg party, try shampoos with beer in them like LUSH's Cynthia Sylvia Stout shampoo or Dogfish Head's DFH Beer Shampoo Bar.
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