The Key to Hair Health Could Be in Your Fridge

Summer is no time to be fussing over your hair. Between beach trips and hot, outdoor workouts, there’s little point in spending any effort on styling. Instead, summer is a time to let your hair’s health shine. That’s a style all its own.

Luckily it’s not too hard to get healthy, soft hair. Skip expensive and time-consuming treatments this summer and instead open up your fridge. In there, you’ll find solutions to pretty much all of your hair woes.

Getting essential vitamins and nutrients is the key to hair health. Here’s what to reach for, depending on what’s plaguing your strands.

Brittle hair

If you have weak, brittle hair, grab a handful of almonds and snack away.

Biotin, a B complex vitamin, is essential in maintaining healthy and strong hair. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, biotin helps metabolize carbohydrates, fats and amino acids, which form the start of proteins—what hair is made of.

Almonds and other nuts like pecans are chock-full of biotin, meaning these healthy snacks can definitely benefit your locks. Other biotin-rich foods include cooked eggs and legumes, which means huevos rancheros is basically the breakfast of champions for your hair.

Stunted hair growth

If you’ve been trying to grow out your short winter ‘do since January but nothing’s working, you might want to up your protein intake. Hair is comprised of about 91% protein, and made of the specific protein called keratin.

If you’re not getting enough of it, your body can shut down hair growth according to the American Academy of Dermatology. This tends to happen about two to three months after an individual is lacking protein in their diet.

In the summer, though, we have all kinds of fresh and tasty proteins available to us to get our hair growing. If you’re typically a chicken or beef person, try treating yourself with oysters or salmon, both protein-rich foods according to the USDA. Protein doesn’t have to be just meat or seafood, though. There are plenty of plant or dairy options to mix things up. Try sneaking protein into your morning smoothie with a splash of chia seeds or pack in the protein with a make-ahead quiche. Other, plant-based, sources of protein include oatmeal, peanut butter, and all kinds of beans.

Thinning hair

If it seems like your hair isn’t as robust as it used to be, it could be because you’re missing omega-3 in your diet.

According to a study in the journal Dermatologic Clinics, lack of omega-3 can lead to hair loss. These fatty acids are great for a lot in your body, including your skin and your heart.

While fish oil supplements are an easy way to get omega-3, they’re not the tastiest way. Fresh grilled salmon or tuna, which the Mayo Clinic says contain tons of omega-3, are definitely a healthy and delicious way to eat your way to full hair.

Bald Patches

If you suddenly start noticing small bald patches on your head, you could have alopecia. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, alopecia occurs in otherwise healthy people causing small, round bald spots, or in more intense cases total hair loss. You might even notice that you had a bald patch, but the hair grew back, which is totally a normal symptom.

Luckily, though, zinc can help prevent hair loss, according to the National Institutes of Health, a great excuse to reach for some seafood this summer. Oysters, Alaska king crab, beef and lobster are all good sources of zinc. For vegetarians, you can get zinc from almonds, kidney beans, chickpeas, Swiss cheese and oatmeal.

Dry hair

Have you been skipping your morning juice? If so, you might notice that your hair isn’t as soft and lustrous as usual. It could be because your body is missing that shot of vitamin C that came with your orange or berry juice.

Taking too little vitamin C can cause dry and splitting hair. Vitamin C is also tapped as a great way to encourage hair growth, and it definitely doesn’t hurt that it’s great for your skin. According to the National Institutes of Health, vitamin C is essential for growth and tissue repair, making it all around great for you.

Because it’s found in so many fruits and vegetables, it’s easy to get vitamin C at any meal. Your best sources of vitamin C are citrus fruits like oranges or grapefruit, red or green peppers, broccoli, cantaloupe and spinach.

With a few dietary tweaks, you’ll be on your way to easy, healthy hair in no time. Who knew hair health could be so tasty?

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