Top 10 Foods that Encourage Hair Growth and 5 that Prevent It

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Put down that expensive “hair growing” shampoo and conditioner. If you truly want long, luscious, shiny hair, it actually starts from the inside out. It’s true, a healthy diet is important for those 150,000 or so hair follicles on your head, just as important as it is for your body. When you think beautiful hair, think beans, fish, lentils, and bananas.

Protein is the main building block for beautiful hair. When you neglect your protein intake, your locks will grow slowly and the strands will be much weaker. Healthy hair is easy but it does take about 6 months to actually see improvement, depending on how fast your hair grows.

So first, let’s take a look at the top 10 foods that not only encourage your hair to grow, but make it strong, shiny, and beautifully soft.


1. Bananas and Raisins

These two great tasting fruits contain the mineral silica, which improves the thickness of the hair. Try eating more organic foods that contain this mineral and make you hair more durable and stronger. Oats are also a good source of silica.


2. Sweet Potatoes

These beauties contain tons of beta-carotene, which your body will change into vitamin A, a very nourishing agent for your skin and hair. Eating foods rich in vitamin A makes your hair shiny and protects you from having dry skin. It also helps keep your scalp from developing dandruff. Other vitamin A rich foods would be kale, butternut squash, carrots, and asparagus. Always choose organic foods for your best health, and for the best looking hair.


3. Citrus Fruits

It’s time to say yea to vitamin C! When you don’t get enough vitamin C, it can make your hair dry and weak. Vitamin C also helps your body absorb iron. So stock up on organic lemons, oranges, strawberries, and apples.


4. Olive Oil

If your diet is too low in fat your hair could become brittle, dry, and lackluster. You don’t need much; just a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil in your daily diet will keep your hair shiny and soft.


5. Beans

All beans and lentils are super rich sources of iron and protein, both things you hair needs in order to grow longer. Lentils, especially, are super good for hair support, growth, and maintenance. Add lentils to your soups and salads and watch those locks grow! Find out why black beans and lentils are the healthiest.


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  • Hannah Thomas

    My hair has always been my pride and joy. I figured since it is pretty damn healthy, it could deal with some bleach damage. And I figured the master stylist who did all the color-corrections would know how much would be too much. I was wrong, and now I want to burst into tears every time I look at my hair or touch it. I just don’t know what to do. my hair has also NEVER been shorter than this and it breaks and falls out. What should i do to regrow hair?