Improve your diet to improve your hair

The food you eat can affect the health of your hair, according to an expert.

Jessica Wu, a dermatologist and author writing in the Daily Mail, says your hair can be "hugely affected" by your diet and lifestyle.

“If you’re not eating a balanced diet — and not supplying the follicles with the nutrients they need — your hair will pay the price,” she says.

“It will become finer and lighter in colour, and the cuticle (the outermost layer of each hair) will fray more easily, so the hair becomes rough in texture and more prone to split ends.”

So as well as using organic, natural hair care products, you should think about eating organic food, according to Wu.

“Try to choose organic fruit and vegetables (particularly those you don’t peel — apples, grapes, peaches, lettuce and tomatoes), as pesticides used on normal varieties may remain on the fruit’s skin and can limit the goodness you are putting into your hair,” she says.

“It is also worth paying extra for organic meat and dairy to avoid the hormones and antibiotics used in large-scale farming which your body can absorb.”

To strengthen your hair, eat more foods that are high in cysteine, she says, which is found in pork, poultry, eggs, red peppers, garlic, onions, sprouts, dairy products, oats and broccoli.

Wholegrains, green beans, spinach, lentils and bitter beer can also help, while iron and zinc can make your hair thicker.

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