For gorgeous strands, put down the blow-dryer and pick up a fork. "Healthy foods can feed hair the same way they nourish your body," says Elizabeth Cunnane Phillips, a trichologist at Philip Kingsley Trichological Clinic in New York City. But there's a but: Organs like your heart and lungs get first dibs on the good stuff, so hair is left limping by on scraps if your diet is deficient in key nutrients.
Eat blackberries, blueberries, cherries, pomegranate
Free radicals from the sun, air pollution and even your blow-dryer attack hair, drying it out. Your best defense against the assault are antioxidants—particularly the potent type called polyphenols found in deeply colored fruit, says Whitney Bowe, M.D., a dermatologist in NYC. There's no set dietary mandate for maximum radical-fighting power, so mix our picks generously into your five daily servings of fruit and veggies to keep hair silky.
The Vitamin A in sweet potatoes and carrots can help soften, too.
Eat red pepper, strawberries, oranges, grapefruit
Hair grows slooowly. We're talking about a centimeter per month. And if your vitamin C levels are below the RDA of 75 milligrams, it could take even more time. "The body uses vitamin C to build collagen, which is essential for producing new hair cells," Dr. Bowe says. Hitting that 75 mark is simple with these: 1/2 cup red bell pepper (95 mg), 1 cup strawberries (89 mg), a medium orange (70 mg) or 1/2 grapefruit (39 mg).
You could see results in about three months. ❤️