Achieving Healthier Hair through Diet




Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. This is a statement that gets said a lot, but what does it really mean? How beauty is perceived is based on a set of standards and opinions formed on an individual basis. That means that how one person views beauty is different from how someone else would view it. Hair is a part of the body in which beauty is usually measured by. The style, colour, length and fullness of a head of hair can greatly affect how someone is perceived (although it shouldn’t, but this is the reality we live in).


Achieving the perfect head of hair has been an elusive thing for many people. There are those who are lucky enough to be born with great hair genes, and those who may need a little help in that area, but whether your hair is naturally full and thick, or you are experiencing some hair loss or thinning, visiting your Ottawa hair salon on a regular basis is always the smartest first step. Your hairstylist will be able to provide you with an assessment of your hair’s current state, and provide you with the best styling techniques to maintain the hair you have and stimulate new hair growth.


The next step is awareness of what you’re putting into your body. Our personal diets not only affect our bodies as a whole, but the health of our hair is affected as well. Unfortunately many of us do not get the full requirement of vitamins and nutrients needed for our bodies to work at an optimal level. Keratin (the key structural component that makes up hair and nails) is made up largely of the single amino acid cysteine. The best way to improve the keratin proteins of your hair is to have a diet rich in foods that contain cysteine such as: broccoli, oats, egg yolks and red peppers. There are many other foods that can help provide the necessary vitamins needed to stimulate more hair growth such as: pumpkin seeds, green beans and spinach.


Eating a properly balanced diet is a very important part of hair growth, but it definitely isn’t the only thing that is necessary to promote long and lustrous locks. Make sure you consult with your Ottawa hairstylist about the best ways they can help you achieve the most beautiful and healthy hair possible.