Healthy Foods for Healthy Hair

December 30 2019

The holidays are often celebrated with friends, family, and lots of food. One staple during this time is often sugary treats, from Thanksgiving pumpkin pie and candied yams to Christmas cookies and candy canes. With so much access to these foods, it can be hard to resist, especially for kids who tend to overindulge during the holidays. 

Along with the many hair care services offered, our continued goal at Just 4 Girls Salon is to spread education on developing healthy hair habits from a young age! As we near the end of the holiday season, explore how a balanced, nutrient-rich diet strengthens hair and increases hair growth.

Protein
Keratin makes up the majority of our hair and needs protein to maintain strength and growth. The great thing about protein is it can be found in many types of foods, ensuring even the pickiest of eaters can get the recommended amount of protein. Great sources of protein include:

Dairy. Dairy is an incredibly versatile protein source for kids! For example, milk contains around 8g of protein per 1 cup, yogurt approximately 13g, and cottage cheese approximately 14g.

Eggs. The possibilities for eggs are nearly endless and each large egg contains around 6g of protein! Eggs are great for younger children as well because they are easy to chew.

Lean Meats. Only 2oz of chicken breast contains 18g of protein and the same amount of lean beef contains 14g. Lean meats also contain zinc which also aids in hair strength!

Micronutrients
Varied and nutrient-rich diets reduce hair breakage and loss while encouraging growth! Micronutrients can also be used to maintain a healthy scalp, which is also important for healthy hair growth. Vitamins A, C, E, and B6, biotin, folate, and zinc are some of the nutrients found in a balanced diet that help our hair. Here are some places to find these naturally-occurring micronutrients:

Vitamin A, C, E, and B6. Chicken, fish, oranges, dark leafy greens, and beans.

Biotin. Nuts, cauliflower, bananas, avocados, and cereal grains.

Folate. Beans, asparagus, spinach, broccoli, sweet corn, oranges, and whole wheat bread.

Zinc. Seafood, poultry, eggs, and dairy.

Is your daughter ready for health-centered hair care services? Call or visit one of our three convenient locations today at 568 Fayetteville Rd SE in Atlanta (678) 927-0554; 5245 Langford Park Dr. STE C in Norcross (470) 433-0090; or 1295 W Spring St STE 101 (inside Smyrna Market Village) (678) 391-4622 or book for any location online!