Hair is a major part of a woman’s identity. Whether we choose to straighten it, curl it, dye it or rock it au naturel, feeling good about our hair can take our confidence level from zero to 10 with a single brush stroke. It’s no wonder so many of us spend tons of money on shampoos, conditioners and other products to keep our hair game on fleek.

But it turns out, maintaining a flawless mane is less about what we’re putting on our heads and more about what we’re putting in our bodies. Just like our skin and nails, our hair is affected by the foods we eat. “Both are a barometer of how well (or how poorly) you’re feeding the body,” dermatologist Jessica Wu, M.D., author of Feed Your Face and skin and beauty expert for Daily Glow, told Huffington Post.

So if celebs like Jennifer Aniston, Priyanka Chopra or Tracee Ellis Ross are giving you major hair envy, fill your plate with these foods to get the thick, shiny, healthy hair you’ve always wanted.

Avocados

Delicious on anything from salads to tacos, avocados are chock full of nutrients that are essential for hair health. “Avocados are rich in healthy fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants that can improve your hair from the inside (root to tip),” Rochelle Graham, CEO of the natural hair product line, Alikay Naturals, told me an interview. “The nutrients in avocado, including vitamin E, can help stimulate hair growth as well as prevent hair loss.”

What’s more, avocados are source of monounsaturated fat, which is a healthy fat that can help lower bad cholesterol when consumed in moderation. Avocados also get bonus points for being vegan-friendly.

Coconuts

 

 

Coconut water lovers, rejoice. There’s a new reason to continue your love affair with this sweet, refreshing beverage. “Coconuts have vitamin B, vitamin C, and vitamin E,” says Graham. They also have a high amount of a fatty acid known as lauric acid, which Graham explains helps to promote hair growth.

Eating coconuts may also be beneficial to your waistline. According to Authority Nutrition, coconut oil may be effective in reducing hunger and revving up the metabolism, which can promote weight loss.

Fatty fish

I love me some ahi tuna, so I was excited when Alexandra Caspero, MA, RD, a nationally-recognized nutritionist and member of the HUM Nutrition team, explained that eating fatty fish on the regular could be good for my hair. “Salmon, sardines, and mackerel are packed with healthy omega-3 fatty acids, essential fats that we must get from food,” she told me. “Not only are they helpful for reducing risk of heart disease, they also keep hair shiny and full.”

Rima Kleiner, MS, RD of Dish on Fish, is also a fan of fatty fish, particularly salmon. “Salmon is an excellent source of nutrients that promotes healthy hair,” she said. “The omega-3s can help hydrate your hair follicles for growth, and the protein and biotin can help strengthen your strands and prevent breakage.”

Chia seeds

 

 

Read more: http://www.thelist.com/43304/food-better-hair/

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