10 Super Food for Healthy Hair

I have tried almost all kinds of hairstyles with my natural hair I could ever think of, curly, straight, natural wave, and so on. One year I can have short hair till shoulder, the very next year,  long hair till my waist,  the year after till butt…In short, my hair grows wild crazy! The reason could be my eating habit or it could be genes, but why not bring your hair back to beautiful condition? Make the most of your hair with these simple tips below.

Below, you can see the slide show of my hair with different cut and length. My most favorite hair cut is layered cut regardless of hair length. And I love long hair but I cut my hair every 2 years to give myself a break from all the work that I have to do to maintain my long, thick hair.

1. Kidney Beans and Garbanzo Beans 
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Kidney beans are an excellent source of essential hair care nutrients. Along with protein, kidney beans are a rich source of iron, zinc and biotin. Protein helps strengthen the hair strands and promotes hair growth. Biotin is also essential for optimum hair health and its deficiency can cause brittle hair.
Even the American Dietetic Association recommends three or more cups of kidney beans each week to enjoy stronger, shinier and thicker hair.
Kidney beans can be added to salads, casseroles and side dishes. You can also puree them into dips and spreads.

Garbanzo beans (also known as chickpeas) are a wonderfully versatile food with a rich nut-like flavor and an appealing, buttery consistency. They are a staple in the Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines and a key ingredient in dishes like falafels and hummus. They are also a great food to add to your food repertoire if you suffer from hair loss as they are loaded with hair loss preventing nutrients such as B vitamins, zinc, and vitamin C. They are also an excellent source of protein, particularly for vegetarians and vegans who avoid animal sources of protein.

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2. Quinoa & Oatmeal
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These type of whole grains are extremely good for your hair. Loaded with protein, quinoa aids in strengthening hair strands. In fact, the protein extracted from this grain is used in high-quality hair products.
Plus, the vitamin E present in quinoa balances the production of natural oil so the scalp and hair stay properly moisturized and free of dandruff. Quinoa also has biotin, niacin, and vitamins B6 and B12 that are all vital for hair growth.
Quinoa has a nutty, earthy flavor and is great in stews and curries. It is also perfect for

Eating a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast is a great way to start a day off right. Oats are highly nutritious and an excellent source of B vitamins, zinc and copper, some of the most important micronutrients for preventing hair loss. They are also a great vegetarian source of dietary protein. Before eating oats, soak them for several hours. Untreated oats, like other grains, contain phytic acid which can block the absorption of calcium, magnesium, copper, iron, and zinc in the intestines. Soaking allows enzymes to break down and neutralize phytic acid and thus improve the nutritional value of oats.

3. Broccoli & Spinach
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Broccoli is a rich source of vitamins A and C, which help produce sebum. Sebum is the oily substance secreted by hair follicles and works like a natural hair conditioner. Plus, broccoli is rich in iron, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids that are required for healthy hair growth.
To take full advantage of the nutrients present in broccoli, eat raw broccoli heads as a snack or in salad three or four times a week.
Spinach is one of the best dietary sources of beta-carotene and a great source of folate. It also contains iron which helps carry oxygen to the hair. To maximize the absorption of iron from spinach, add vitamin C rich foods to your meal as it enhances the absorption of non-heme iron (the type of iron contained in spinach). Spinach also contains vitamin E and vitamin B6.

4. Almonds And other Nuts
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Nuts like almonds, pecans, cashews and walnuts are good for your hair. But almonds are considered the best for preventing hair loss and promoting hair growth.
Almonds are loaded with zinc that plays a key role in maintaining healthy circulation in the scalp, which in turn provides shiny, healthier, well-moisturized hair.
Almonds also contain a high level of omega-3 fatty acids that add shine and volume to your hair. Being rich in vitamin E, almonds also help prevent split ends and promote growth of healthy hair.

Keep a small bag of dry roasted almonds with you and eat them as snacks whenever you feel hungry. You can also soak two or three almonds in one-half cup of water overnight. In the morning, peel the skin and eat them.

5. Sunflower Seeds & Sesame Seeds
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Sunflower seeds contain plenty of hair loss preventing nutrients including protein, zinc, selenium, biotin, potassium, copper, iron, B vitamins, vitamin E, magnesium and calcium. They are also high in omega-6 fatty acids.
You can eat a handful of raw sunflower seeds to encourage healthy hair growth. You can also sprinkle some sunflower seeds on salads and steamed vegetables, or mix them into baked dishes. Avoid eating them in excess, though because of their high calorie and fat content.
Although our bodies require only a small amount of copper, it is crucial for the proper functioning of the body, including healthy hair growth. Sufficient levels of copper can prevent hair loss and contribute to hair thickness. Copper is also thought to intensify hair color and prevent premature graying of hair. Another trace mineral that is important to hair health is zinc. It plays a role in the production of new cells (including hair cells) and the maintenance of the oil-secreting glands of the scalp that make hair shiny. Zinc and copper should be consumed together as the balance between the two is crucial: too much zinc interferes with copper absorption, and higher amounts of copper can be toxic. Black sesame seeds, which are used as a remedy for hair loss in China, are an excellent source of both copper and zinc.

6. Sweet Potatoes and Carrots
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Turbocharge your anti-hair loss diet by regularly consuming sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are also one of the most nutritious vegetables and packed with nutrients that help prevent hair loss. The pink, orange, and yellow varieties are one of the most concentrated dietary sources of beta-carotene (the more intense the color, the more beta-carotene), but sweet potatoes also contain plenty of vitamin C, copper, and iron. In addition, sweet potatoes contain come unique root proteins which, according to some preliminary studies, have significant antioxidant properties.
You probably already know that carrots are good for eye sight, but did you know that they are also great at controlling hair loss. Carrots are one of the best natural sources of beta-carotene, an important nutrient that promotes healthy hair due to its antioxidant properties as well as its role as a precursor to vitamin A. A deficiency of vitamin A has been linked to hair loss and thinning hair. In order to obtain the most beta-carotene, choose carrots with a deep orange color as they typically contain the highest levels of beta-carotene. Further, steaming carrots slightly can improve the availability of beta-carotene contained in carrots. Also eating carrots in tandem with a little bit of fat (for example olive oil) helps the body utilize beta-carotene more effectively.

7. Green Tea
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Green tea is well known for its role in supporting weight loss, but few people are aware that green tea may help prevent baldness and hair loss. A specific polyphenol found in green tea (the so-called (-)epigallocatechin-3-gallate) has been shown to modulate the production and actions of androgens and other hormones. Consequently, it has been hypothesized it could be useful for the treatment of hormone-related baldness.

8. Wheat Germs
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Struggling with hair loss? Then be sure to include wheat germ in your diet! Wheat germ is packed with nutrients that are thought to promote hair growth. It is one of the best dietary sources of vitamin E and an excellent source of dietary zinc. It also delivers a decent amount of vitamin B6 which is promotes the absorption of zinc from the intestines. Moreover, wheat germ is a fairly good source of copper. Try adding wheat germ to breads, cereals, muesli, milk shakes, or pancakes — it makes a highly nutritious, yet undetectable addition! When storing wheat germ, keep in mind that it goes rancid fast because of its unsaturated fat content. To optimize the shelf life of this great anti-baldness food, store it in a sealed container in a cool, dry place away from exposure to the sun.

9. Eggs
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Eggs are an excellent source of protein which is a primary constituent of hair. Further, the protein contained in eggs is readily digested and used by the body, which is also why bodybuilders consider eggs the “gold standard” for protein quality. Protein quality is typically measured by two values: Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS), which measures the completeness of a protein, and biological value, which reflects the amount of protein retained from the absorbed protein. Along with soy protein isolates and whey protein, egg whites have the highest possible PDCAAS of all foods. They also score 100 on the biological value, which means that all protein indigested from eggs is used by the body. In addition to providing an excellent source of protein, eggs pack a slew of nutrients known to promote hair health, including iron, sulphur, vitamin B2, vitamin B12, and folate. With all that and the fact that they taste great too — whether boiled, poached, or scrambled — it is definitely a good idea to add eggs to your diet.

10. Paprika
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The slew of vitamins and minerals in paprika powder is so comprehensive that a few spoonfuls a day will provide you with more hair health promoting nutrients than many vitamin pills. Paprika is packed with beta-carotene and vitamin E. It is also one of most vitamin C rich spices. Further, it is one of the most concentrated sources of B vitamins, particularly of vitamin B2, vitamin B9, and vitamin B6 (a mere tablespoon of paprika powder provides 14% of the recommended daily intake for vitamin B6). In addition to preventing hair loss, vitamin B6 helps the body produce melanin which gives the hair its color. On top of all that, paprika contains a substantial amount of iron which ensures that the hair gets enough oxygen.

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Below you can see my different hair cut & length.
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