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Food for thought... and healthy hair

The products and brands we love are so often at the heart of all of our hair health convos. But how do some of our day to day habits, like what we eat - impact our hair? Let’s dive into a few key foods to be cooking that are easy to suggest to clients.

Written by
Cody Ukrich
Published on
17 Jan 2023

First of all, eating yummy food to keep our locks lovely, is pretty dang easy. Chances are we all have some of these ingredients around. If not, they’re quick adds to the grocery list. Since talking about food is such a natural topic, you can easily add these ideas to your client consultations during a service.

Ideas to share in the chair:

1. Salmon: The Shine Enhancer

This fatty fish is a true powerhouse when it comes to promoting hair health. Packed with omega-3 fatty acids, salmon contributes to a well-hydrated scalp, reducing dryness and enhancing the natural shine of your locks. The omega-3s also play a role in preventing hair thinning, making salmon a delicious solution for fuller, more voluminous hair. (Not a fish person? There’s omega-3 supplements just for you

2. Spinach: The Iron Booster

Iron deficiency can lead to hair loss, and that's where spinach comes to the rescue. Rich in iron, this leafy green vegetable supports the circulation of oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicles, promoting healthy hair growth. Incorporate spinach into your diet for not just strong muscles but strong, beautiful hair as well. (We add spinach to every smoothie!)

3. Avocado: The Moisture Miracle

When it comes to moisturizing your hair from the inside out, avocados are a go-to option. Packed with healthy fats, vitamins, and antioxidants, avocados provide the essential nourishment your hair needs for optimal hydration. The result? Silky, manageable strands that radiate health. (We like ours on toast. we know - so original 😅)

4. Eggs: The Protein Powerhouse

Protein is the building block of hair, and eggs are a convenient and versatile source of this essential nutrient. The protein in eggs helps strengthen hair strands, preventing breakage and promoting overall hair resilience. Whether scrambled, boiled, or in a tasty omelet, make eggs a regular feature on your menu for luscious locks. (Scrambled eggs are the best quick breakfast in the morning, if you ask us).

5. Sweet Potatoes: The Vitamin A Ally

Vitamin A is vital for promoting a healthy scalp, and sweet potatoes are a delicious source of this essential nutrient. A well-nourished scalp supports the growth of healthy hair, and the beta-carotene in sweet potatoes converts into vitamin A, contributing to the maintenance of your scalp's health and vibrancy. Scalp health is all the rage right now and it can start with this versatile food. (We love that sweet potatoes can satisfy sweet tooths and savory…tooths?)

6. Greek Yogurt: The Probiotic Protector

Nope, we aren’t done with scalp health and Greek yogurt is also here to rescue. Packed with probiotics, Greek yogurt promotes a balanced and healthy scalp (and gut too!) environment. A happy scalp translates to stronger hair follicles and less hair fall, making Greek yogurt a tasty addition to your hair care routine. (Did you know Greek yogurt is an amazing substitution for sour cream on tacos? Trust us, give it a try).

So here’s your pitch to clients: In addition to your curated product routine, including these hair-boosting foods into your daily meals is a delicious and nutritious way to keep those locks vibrant. Let’s all head to the kitchen, shall we?

We asked our colleagues and friends at SalonInteractive what recipes are their favorite for hair health. Here’s just a few we wanted to share:

Salmon with spinach

Simple Greek quinoa dinner omelets 

Avocado and sweet potato tacos

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