Jul 18 , 2021
01 Eat a Balanced Diet
Eat a balanced diet, with plenty of vegetables, lean meat, and seafood—all of these contain the essential nutrients for hair.
Look for foods packed with vitamins and healthy fats, like eggs or avocados.
Here are some of our other favorites:
- Spinach is full of iron, which helps carry red blood cells to your scalp to promote new hair growth.
- Food full of vitamin C, like oranges, tomatoes, and peppers, help produce collagen , which keeps hair follicles healthy.
- Seeds like flax or chia are full of omega-3 fatty acids, which help keep hair healthy and strong, while also promoting new growth.
02 Avoid Tight Hairstyles
Alas, if you're experiencing shedding, a tight ponytail is definitely not helping. "Avoid tight hair styles and harsh chemical treatments or heat near the scalp," Burg advises. "These can stress follicles and lead to increased hair fall."
The American Academy of Dermatology says that you can help prevent early hair loss by looking for signs you've got your hair pulled back too tight.1 Have breakage near your hairline or where you secure your hair back? Try wearing a looser style. Loosen your braids, don't pull your hair into super tight updos, and try to change up your hairstyle when you can. Alternating styles not only gives you a new look, but it also gives your hair some time to recover.
03 Get Enough Sleep
"Get at least seven to eight hours of sleep, as the body and mind need that amount to regenerate," Blaisure advises. The hormone that helps regulate your sleep cycle, melatonin, has also been proven to promote hair growth (both when applied topically and when you get enough of it from sleep).2
Not only is getting enough rest vital to helping your hair grow, it can also help keep your hair from getting super oily. When you lose out on sleep, your stress levels can rise, leading to not only decreased hair growth, but also increased oil production.
We know getting more sleep easier said than done, so here are our very best tips to help you actually log enough beauty rest.