5 Foods You Need to Eat for Super-Shiny, Healthy Hair

Want healthy hair? Add these treats to your diet.

June 9, 2016
woman with beautiful hair

Whether your hair is curly or straight, black or strawberry blonde, we all aspire for strong, healthy hair—with shiny being a huge bonus.

How to get it? Great products help, but gorgeous hair is a byproduct of having hair follicles that are well-nourished. In other words, you can build beautiful hair from the inside out with your diet. You don't have to just rely on great products: There are strategic foods you can eat to create your beautiful hair.

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Which foods get your tresses in top shape? Read on for five powerful ways to eat your way to shiny, healthy hair.

green salad

My love for greens was made famous by my beloved Glowing Green Smoothie (GGS). Growing great hair requires minerals and protein, since your hair is largely made up of protein. Greens supply high-quality and easily assimilated amino acids that build the macronutrient in your body and digest cleanly. They also supply a wide variety of minerals, along with beauty-building vitamins A, C, E, and K. Try making the GGS, or just load up on greens by tossing them into your wraps, soups, or any dish you happen to be eating. Rotate spinach, chard, kale, arugula—whatever is in season and looks good.

chia seeds smoothie bowl
Chia Seeds

Healthy fats are an absolute must to nourish vibrant hair. Chia seeds not only supply great whole-beauty fat, but also omega-3 fatty acids that promote circulation, ensuring that maximum nutrition gets to your hair follicle. Plus, they provide antioxidants that help protect your hair from environmental damage. Soak chia seeds in almond milk in a 1-to-9 ratio, with a touch of coconut nectar or coconut sugar and cacao powder for a delicious dessert that helps your hair look awesome. Now that is multitasking. 

To find out which other foods can help give you gorgeous, healthy hair, head on over to Well+Good

Originally written by Kimberly Snyder for Well+Good.

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