You’d probably be surprised to know that Hollywood hair is well-within reach. You don’t have to pay the big bucks or have the world’s best hairstylist (although, that would definitely help) to have great hair.
As with all things health, your hair is what you eat. Here’s what you need to eat (and why) for thicker, shinier, happier, hair.

Vitamin A  healthy food: baked sweet potato stuffed with feta cheese and parsley close-up on the table. Horizontal

For a healthy scalp and hair that isn’t dry and brittle, you need a substance known as sebum. Creation of sebum in the body through the sebaceous glands is regulated by Vitamin A, so it’s good to make sure you’re getting enough.
Eat: Sweet potato, eggs, carrots, kale.

Vitamin C Guava puff pastry with the fruit and some jam, over old wooden board

Experiencing a stagnancy in your hair growth? You could be in need of some vitamin C. Vitamin C helps create collagen in the body, which is crucial for renewing cells in the body. Without collagen, we wouldn’t get a fresh new skin to replace dead skin, and our hair and nails wouldn’t grow. Vitamin C also helps the body to be more absorbing of iron which is necessary for healthy hair.
Eat: Cruciferous veg, guava, red and green peppers, dark leafy greens.

Iron Thick Moroccan Harira soup in a bowl close-up on the table. Horizontal view from above

Iron stops your hair from falling out. The nutrients in your blood are what feed your hair follicles, and when there is a serious deficiency of iron in your body, you the delivery of nutrients to the hair follicles is disrupted, so that the hair growth cycle is negatively affected, which can lead to your hair shedding.
Eat: Lentils and beans, whole grains, nuts and seeds, and shellfish.

Protein Mango black bean arugula pumpkin seed quinoa salad. toning. selective focus

Hair is made of protein. Weird to think about right? Minor deficiencies in protein can lead to dry, weak hair that is susceptible to a lot of breakages. In servers cases, your hair could either stop growing or start falling out!
Eat: Quinoa, soy products, Greek yogurt, eggs, fish, nuts, chicken, and chia seeds.

Vitamin E 

You put sunscreen on your skin, what do you put on your hair? Protect your hair from sun damage with vitamin E.
Eat: Sunflower seeds, sunflower oil, spinach, pine nuts, avocados, and mango.

Omega 3 delicious roasted dorado or sea bream fish with lemon and orange slices, spices, fresh parsley and spinach on white platter on old dark wooden table view from above

Like vitamin A, Omega-3 fatty acids are the key to a hydrated scalp and hydrated hair.
Eat: Lots of healthy fish! (just watch out for mercury)

Water Shot of a unrecognizable person pouring water into a glass outside around a table

Staying watered ensures your body runs efficiently. Being dehydrated does the opposite, inhibiting hair growth and reducing hair health. Drink up!

Femi A-Williams is a health and fitness convert trying to reconcile a healthy lifestyle and a happy food life. She is 80% whole grain and 20% donut.

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