Healthy, shiny hair is an attainable goal for many people. Some go the route of purchasing cosmetics to try to brighten dull locks, this isn't necessary. What you eat can bring luster and strength back to your tresses. A balanced diet filled with so-called superfoods like certain fruits and oils treat your hair from the inside out.
The omega-3 fatty acids in eggs, walnuts, and fatty fish like salmon help make hair shiny. These oils can also be obtained through some vegetable oils or flaxseed -- or flaxseed oil, but are found in higher amounts in oily fish and eggs. The protein in these foods also helps hair grow strong and healthy. Also found in eggs are B12 and biotin, both of which are essential for healthy skin, nails, and hair.
Avocados contain high amounts of vitamin E. Only 2 oz. of a medium-size avocado contains 8 percent of your daily recommended intake of vitamin E. If you don’t like to actually eat avocado, you can make an avocado mask to put on your hair. Mash one ripe avocado with 2 tbsp. yogurt, one raw egg, half tsp. of rosemary oil and 1 tsp.jojoba oil. Work it into your scalp and hair and leave on for 20 minutes before washing it out with shampoo. Vitamin E helps to keep your hair color vibrant and prevents split ends.
The medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil are used differently by your body than other saturated fats. An added benefit of coconut oil is its ability to make your hair shiny and healthy. Use coconut oil to cook your chicken or seafood, add it to your smoothies, or put it directly on your hair as a mask. Rub it into your scalp and let it sit for up to 30 minutes before you wash it out. Coconut oil’s anti-fungal agents also
help protect against and treat dandruff and other scalp problems.
Vitamin C Fruits
Fruits high in vitamin C, such as oranges, peaches, pineapples, strawberries, and kiwi – help maintain healthy hair. Diets deficient in vitamin C can lead to dry or brittle hair. The antioxidants in these fruits also fight against free-radical damage from the environment to protect your hair against pollutants. Make sure to eat lots of fruits high in vitamin C. You can also apply the juices of these fruits directly to your hair by mixing it into your shampoo. Use the juice peaches, strawberries, or kiwis – or a mix
of all three – and add it to your shampoo and use as normal. Only do this in small amounts to make sure the contents are fresh at all times.