It is not uncommon to come across salons and boutiques that have hair stylists and at least one nail technician in-house, as the demands for upkeep are high in our society. For many men and for a far greater number of women, having regularly styled hair and manicured nails are ritualistic on a sometimes week-to-week basis. Like skin, the condition of a person’s fingernails and hair is an outward sign of his or her state of health. This article will not look at the latest blowout styles or attractive colors of acrylic polish but rather the foods and nutrients needed to maintain healthy hair and nails.

Hair

While you can probably get your hair washed, dried, and cut in an hour, it can take up to six weeks following the start of changes in one’s diet to see the benefits of the dietary adjustments, says a hair expert in Florida. Here are some foods you may want to include in your eating habits for strong hairm prevent thinning or avoid dryness:

 

  • Whole grains – Along with yeast and soy flour, these all have high biotin which is a vitamin that works against hair loss.
  • Salmon – a high-quality source of protein which is an essential ingredient for hair growth
  • Dairy products – Yogurt and skim milk can stimulate growth from the calcium they provide.
  • Nuts – Cashews, almonds, and pecans are a decent way to get more zinc. Brazil nuts are an excellent source of the mineral selenium which is important for a healthy scalp.
  • Dark green veggies – Swiss chard, broccoli, and spinach are rich in A and C vitamins which aid in the production of sebum. Sebum is a natural hair conditioner the body creates.
  • Beans – Legumes provide zinc and iron which are key minerals for hair care.

 

Nails

Fingernails can give clues about a person’s overall health to a trained eye. If you are considering taking supplements for nail growth, you may want to first try some of the natural food remedies below instead:

 

  • Oatmeal (B vitamins, copper, zinc, and micronutrients for healthiness)
  • Wheat germ (vitamin E, protein, and zinc)
  • Paprika powder (more potent with nutrients for growth than vitamins)
  • Eggs (Has protein with a complete biological value of 100, meaning the body uses all of it.)
  • Peas (protein)