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The Only New Year's Diet Your Clients Need: Nourishing Foods for Healthy Hair
Come January 1, a sense of renewal is in the air. Clients may start talking to you about their goals or chatting about changes they want to make in this new year. It’s an exciting time, but unfortunately, a lot of us don’t set ourselves up for success with new year's resolutions.
That doesn’t mean all resolutions are a waste of time; experts agree that breaking down big goals into small, achievable ones is the way to go. That includes restoring hair health, a process that requires time and patience. Taking baby steps, like adding a few nourishing, hair-friendly foods into your recipe rotation, is an easy and tasty way to make progress.
Here are some foods that science says may help hair recovery.
Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, flax seeds, walnuts, and avocados have been shown to restore hair loss and strengthen hair strands. As a bonus, omega-3s have other benefits, including improving heart health and brain function. That’s a good enough reason to load up on avocado toast, eh?
Sources of healthy fats:
Flax and chia seeds (try adding them to smoothies, granolas, your morning oatmeal, and as toppers on salads and soups)
Oily fish, like salmon or mackerel
Avocados (don’t pass on the guac)
Canola oil (use as a base for homemade salad dressings)
Lean sources of protein from plants (soy, hemp, oats) and animals (poultry, fish, eggs, dairy) help build stronger hair strands. Hair is mostly made up of keratin, a type of protein, so a diet low in healthy proteins can lead to brittle, dry hair.
Sources of lean protein:
Hemp hearts or hemp tofu
Dairy (milk, yogurt, cheese)
Sources of folate:
Dark leafy greens (spinach, kale, turnip greens)
Legumes (beans, lentils, peas)
Sources of biotin:
Iron helps your body create hemoglobin, a type of protein that carries red blood cells. Red blood cells deliver oxygen and other nutrients to all the other cells, including hair follicles. People who are iron deficient will often have brittle dry hair and hair loss because their strands are not getting a timely nutrient delivery.
Don’t skimp on these iron-rich foods:
Lean red meats
Style and substance
Cuts and colors are only a part of a hair stylist's job. Helping clients understand the connection between nutritious foods on this list and shiny, Instagram-worthy hair will have them coming back month after month for more of your expertise.
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