Can What I Eat Make My Hair Grow Quicker?

by Mary Gray ; Updated July 18, 2017

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Your daily diet inevitably influences the overall health of your tresses. Loading up on certain power foods packed with nutrients will help you maintain a strong, shiny mane. Try a three-pronged attack with iron-rich proteins, vitamins and minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids. These will all make your locks less prone to breakage and split ends, allowing them to grow at a healthy rate.

The Healthy Hair Diet

Load up on lentil soup to build full-bodied hair, particularly if you're a vegetarian or have an iron deficiency -- lentils are rich in protein and iron. To add some color to your plate, chop up bell peppers and toss them in a salad. Bell peppers of all varieties pack a punch with vitamin C, which increases collagen production. Even a small vitamin-C deficiency can result in dry, damaged hair and split ends, inevitably impeding hair growth. Kale, spinach, strawberries and butternut squash are also rich in vitamin C. Foods with omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, sardines and walnuts, help reduce inflammation throughout the body, including the scalp; if your diet's lacking, your hair will be more prone to dullness. To avoid hair loss and excessive shedding that can only slow down the speed of hair growth, eat foods brimming with zinc: cashews, pecans, almonds and oysters are all ideal options.

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About the Author

A pop culture junkie, Italophile and chronic sufferer of the travel bug, Mary Gray is an arts, entertainment and travel writer. Based in Florence, Italy, she is the Tuscany news editor of "The Florentine" English newspaper, co-manages social media for an international tour operator, and has been published in Italian daily "La Repubblica."