4 Foods for Faster-Growing Hair

Change your meals, and you can change your hair. The following foods are some of the best sources of specific nutrients that can refresh your hair and leave you with thicker, healthier locks.

Mango

Taste the tropics and feed your hair at the same time. This colorful tropical fruit is rich in silicon, a major component of connective tissue throughout your body, including your hair. In other words, it can help to promote hair growth and can also improve the strength of your hair.

Additional hair-friendly nutrients in mango include folate, vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin B6.

Incorporate more mango into your day by having a slice of the fruit for a snack, or as dessert after a long day.

Soy Beans

Soy isoflavones have been shown to help inhibit the production of a hormone known as dihydrotestosterone (DHT). According to medical experts, this hormone is strongly linked with male pattern baldness and has also been linked to hair loss in women.

By reducing the production of DHT, soy-based foods may help to prevent the loss of hair. Aim to eat at least one 2.5 ounce serving of soy beans a week. Other great sources of soy isoflavones include miso, tempeh, and tofu.

Eggs

Your body needs lots of protein to boost collagen production. If you’re older, thinning hair may be linked to decreased collagen levels, which are what keeps your hair strands strong.

Eggs are one of the most easily digestible forms of protein, giving your body a full dose of collagen-boosting protein for thicker, more luscious locks. Other hair-friendly nutrients in eggs include vitamin D and lutein.

Kelp

This sea vegetable is high in hair growth-enhancing nutrients like l-lysine, a hair-friendly amino acid, and iron. Iron deficiencies have been linked with hair loss, and the l-lysine amino acid can enhance iron absorption. Try taking a kelp supplement once a day, or enjoy dried kelp in soups and salads.