We drink water to moisturize our skin from the inside out, take various supplements for heart health, and still more to boost brainpower. But what about our hair? Surely our tresses also deserve a bit of love when it comes to the nutrition stakes?
The answer is a resounding yes! Without the necessary fuel to grow, hair becomes unhealthy, and lack of necessary nutrition can even lead to hair loss. Vitamins and minerals provide the building blocks of healthy hair. So if you want your crowning glory to be—well, your crowning glory—ensuring you feed your hair from the inside out is essential for the growth of beautiful strong locks.
So if you’re worried that your tresses aren’t quite as gorgeous as they should be, it’s time to look at your diet. The following vitamins are what’s needed to ensure new hair growth is the healthy glory it deserves to be.
Vitamin A: Found in eggs, milk, and yogurt, as well as green veg, orange fruits, and sweet potatoes, not only is the vitamin a powerful antioxidant, but it also plays a key role in the production of sebum. This is an oily substance produced by glands in the skin, and has a moisturizing effect on the scalp and hair, promoting healthy growth.
All those B vitamins: These all play a crucial role in the production of red blood cells that transport vital nutrients and oxygen around the body. Vitamin B7, biotin, is often used as a hair loss treatment for those who’re deficient, although there’s no evidence for taking such a supplement if you have healthy levels.
Foods such as legumes, whole grains, dark leafy veg, and fruit are good sources. Plus red meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy products for the carnivores out there…
Vitamin C: Vital for the production of collagen, which is part of the structure of hair, it’s also a powerful antioxidant. Peppers, tomatoes, leafy greens, citrus fruits, and strawberries are all great foods to include in your diet to ensure your daily requirement.
Vitamin D: A vitamin that many are deficient in, it’s thought to play a pivotal role in the creation of hair follicles and the growth of healthy hair. While you can get vitamin D from sources such as cod liver oil, fatty fish, and fortified foods, by far the most effective way is through exposure to sunlight. Don’t worry, you don’t need to bask in the sun, just a few minutes a day will suffice (around half the time it would take you to burn, according to the Vitamin D Council).
Vitamin E: Another powerful antioxidant, it plays a role in protecting the hair against the stresses of the environment. Good sources are seeds, nuts, and vegetable oils.
In addition, drinking enough water is essential for healthy hair. Dehydration is one of the biggest causes of a lack of hair growth, as well as lackluster, dry, or brittle hair.
When trying to promote the best hair growth, the use of intense treatments, such as a Moroccan hair mask, is good practice, as it the use of everyday gentle products that support all that hard work your body’s putting into growing hair from within.
Combine quality nutrition with the wonder that is Moroccan oil, and you’ve got a true recipe for success when it comes to growing beautiful hair. High-quality Moroccan hair products (such as those from the Moroccan Gold Series) add an extra dimension to hair nutrition thanks to drenching the hair shaft with other vital ingredients for healthy, shiny growth.