They say you are what you eat. We’d like to get more specific and say your hair is what you eat — literally. Hair is made of a protein called keratin, which your body makes from amino acids supplied by your diet. We don’t need to be experts to know that eating nothing but brownies and candy isn’t going to benefit our hair. (Or skin or brains for that matter.) Longer, stronger, shinier hair begins with what we’re eating not hair products.
“Just like skin, the condition of your hair is an outward sign of overall health,” says Christinah Nicolaisen, co-founder of Eleni & Chris. “The most important thing for hair health is a well-balanced diet of protein, vitamins and minerals that will supply hair with what it needs to remain shiny, lustrous and strong.”
There are certain things you can add to your diet to achieve your #hairgoals. A good general rule is to eat whole foods as opposed to processed foods with vitamins and minerals added back into them per Michelle Blaisure, a certified trichologist and product and technical specialist for Bosley Professional Strength.
Another thing to keep in mind is that eating nourishing food for healthy hair doesn’t give anyone a pass. Scorching your hair with hot tools is still a no-no. We still need to show locks some love and make sensible decisions. Nourishing manes from the inside out is one of the first steps in a healthy hair regimen.
Click through the gallery to see expert-approved food for healthy hair. Remember this list the next time you’re grocery shopping.