Long, healthy hair calls for a lifelong commitment, says Mona Punjabi. And one key ingredient of that commitment is a good, nutritious diet!
Think of beautiful hair and images of strong, well—nourished locks instantly come to mind. Not everyone is blessed with great hair. But with a tad bit of discipline and some watchful eating, you can definitely breathe a new lease of life into your beloved tresses.
All set to experience ‘Blissfully happy’ hair days? Then, read on to learn about five superfoods that promise to up your hair game a notch higher.
Indian Gooseberry: Vitamin C
Think hair care and the Indian Gooseberry (popularly known as Amla) comes to our mind. With enormous health benefits, the Indian Gooseberry is a powerhouse of vitamin C. Vitamin C enhances the production of collagen which strengthens hair roots and also boosts oxygen supply to the roots. While many refrain from consuming this fruit in the raw state because of its bitter, sour taste, it can also be eaten as pickle. Otherwise, you can make Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser Shampoo with Amla Oil Extract and Phytokeratin an integral part of your hair care regime, which is enriched with the goodness of the Indian Gooseberry.
Other foods rich in Vitamin C include: Guava, Oranges, Strawberries
Carrots: Vitamin A
If hair growth is at the top of your hair care list then carrot is the quintessential food that should be an important part of your diet. Vitamin A, which is found in abundance in carrots, helps in keeping the scalp moisturised which implies healthy hair. Carrots are also rich in beta-carotene, an antioxidant that boosts hair growth. So, have them either raw or lightly sautéed with a pinch of salt and pepper and brighten up those dull locks, the most natural way! Alternatively, you can also pamper your hair with the Yes to Carrots Pampering Hair Conditioner.
Other foods rich in Vitamin A include: Sweet potatoes, Broccoli, Apricots
Our hair is primarily made up of a protein called keratin. Thus, hair specialists always recommend a protein-rich meal which helps the hair grow stronger, thicker, and more voluminous. Dry, lifeless, and brittle hair is an indication that you should probably increase your protein intake but of course under the guidance of a specialist. Eggs, lentils, almonds, quinoa, and dairy products such as milk, yoghurt, and cheese are excellent sources of protein. Simultaneously, you can also befriend BBLUNT’s Born Again Shampoo that will revitalise and bring life back into your tresses.
Other foods rich in Protein include: Beans (blacks beans, chickpeas), Oats, Brussels Sprouts
Spinach: Vitamin E
The incredible properties of vitamin E play the role of a protector and safeguards the hair from environmental damage. It also helps improve blood circulation to the scalp and prevents it from becoming dry and flakey. BBLUNT’s Intense Moisture Shampoo is packed with the goodness of vitamin E and comes with a unique colour protect formula too. If you are looking to consume the vitamin in a natural form—help yourself with some green leafy spinach and olives.
Other foods rich in Vitamin E include: Almonds, Kiwi, Tomatoes
Biotin or vitamin B7 is a water-soluble vitamin that gives the hair its thickness. The good news is that it is almost impossible to fall deficient on this vitamin’s front because Biotin can easily be replenished from a variety of sources that are readily available like avocados. Alternatively, using a Biotin enriched shampoo can also help in strengthening fragile tresses making them soft, healthy, and full of life. L’Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Inforcer Shampoo and Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Smoothing Shampoo with Avocado Oil can be used for the topical infusion of Biotin to your hair.
Other foods rich in Protein include: Mushrooms, Peanuts, Walnuts