Sarah-Jane Bedwell, SELF magazine
I admit it, I have total hair envy of the Victoria's Secret Angels because they have such full, shiny locks--and their strands seem to only gleam brighter and bounce more while strutting their stuff. (Looking incredible in just lingerie, too.) And while I've spent my fair share of cash on hair products trying to get that star-like hair (Yes, I own travel-sized dry shampoo!), as a dietician, I believe that healthy, shiny hair starts from the inside out. The supermarket may just become your new beauty shop, because these five foods have the nutrients your mane needs.
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STEAK: Go ahead and enjoy that juicy steak--it's an an excellent source of both zinc and vitamin B5, both essential nutrients for healthy hair. Studies have shown that vitamin B5 may help to prevent hair from going gray, and if you don't have enough zinc in your diet, you may be more prone to hair loss.
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LOW-FAT GREEK YOGURT: Greek yogurt has more protein than regular yogurt and is a good source of calcium, as both help to promote hair growth, keeping hair looking full and fabulous.
SALMON: Yet another benefit of the omega-3 fatty acids in salmon, they help to keep hair follicles moist and supple, keeping hair shiny and preventing breakage.
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SWEET POTATOES: Sweet potatoes are packed with beta carotene and vitamin C, which both help the body to produce sebum, a substance that keeps the scalp from becoming dry. The sebum makes locks shiny and helps to prevent dandruff.
SWISS CHARD: This leafy green veggie is a great source of biotin, a nutrient important for cell growth that potentially may help hair grow stronger.