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Foods that benefit hair: Let's make a list

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Forum Name: Food For Hair
Forum Description: Supporting Beautiful Hair w/Food & Nutrients
Printed Date: March 29 2023 at 1:31am

Topic: Foods that benefit hair: Let's make a list
Posted By: AnaisSatin
Subject: Foods that benefit hair: Let's make a list
Date Posted: June 02 2006 at 10:30pm
Hey everyone, let's keep updating this first post and make a list of foods that benefit hair quality.
cheddar cheese
cheese, cheese and more cheese
dairy in general
other green leafy vegetables
bananas (high in Biotin)
salmon or halibut burgers (these are so affordable at my local co-op, have tons of protein, and taste great!)
sunflower seeds
peanut butter
almond butter
black beans, any kind of bean

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Posted By: Katherine
Date Posted: June 27 2006 at 11:07am
Good list!
Another is wheat germ - a good source of folic acid.  Just add a couple of tablespoons of it to cereal or yogurt each day.

Posted By: passion
Date Posted: June 27 2006 at 4:49pm
i need some one to tell me what is good to make your hair grow it has been long time my hair does not grow.can anyone give me a advice.thanks


Posted By: SpecialKitty
Date Posted: July 01 2006 at 11:46am

Foods that benefit hair:

salmon and halibut burgers (these are so affordable at my local co-op, have tons of protein, and taste great!)

sunflower seeds

peanut butter, almond butter

black beans (or any kind of bean I guess, i just like black beans)


Posted By: passion
Date Posted: July 01 2006 at 2:12pm
thanks for the information.but tell me is there any shampoo or any vitamins i could ysed so my hair could grow.


Posted By: DaveDecker
Date Posted: July 02 2006 at 12:21pm
Hi passion, I don't know that shampoo can make hair grow any faster.  Vitamins help your body to use the food you eat, so they can definitely help your hair.

Posted By: SpecialKitty
Date Posted: October 15 2006 at 7:13pm
Oh, I wanted to add eggs to my list. Eggs are good - lots of protein.


Posted By: blueorca84
Date Posted: November 25 2006 at 10:46pm
i hear soy beans have tons of proteins

Posted By: dacrow
Date Posted: April 14 2007 at 2:21pm
Just out of curiosity, what's the big deal about yoghurt? (spelled wrong). I mean, it's basically milk and a ton of refined sugar- doesn't seem too good for your hair, skin etc. Yogurt has about 20 grams of sugar in it, which is probably half of what you should get in a day max.

For protein, soy protein is pretty good but don't overdo it. one serving of protein powder is 25 grams, and if you put it in oatmeal its really good.

oh and eat pineapples and bananas. they taste really good also.

Posted By: silknsilver
Date Posted: May 01 2007 at 9:28am
Try the yoghurt with no added sugar,,,

Posted By: Arthur10
Date Posted: December 17 2007 at 4:15am
Indian gooseberry is also good for our hair.It has vitamins which is useful
for growing hair.

Posted By: Arthur10
Date Posted: December 17 2007 at 4:21am
Indian gooseberry is also useful for growing hair.

Posted By: Ally<3
Date Posted: February 03 2008 at 8:11pm
Yougurt is good because it contains protein. Sugar free yougurt is the way to go, regardless.

And Milk! Great source of protein and yummy too.


Posted By: Dmahiyer7893
Date Posted: July 01 2008 at 11:28am

Sometimes it is hard to get all of thew foods that are good for your hair and when that happens you can take some supplements to replace those foods and keep your hair healthy. -
This company sells all natural vitamins and oils proven to keep your hair healthy, and i have ordered from here many times and i also work here.

Posted By: McShirley
Date Posted: October 15 2009 at 4:23pm
Dark green vegetables (spinach) are good for your hair.
Just ask Popeye.

Posted By: Purdy Bear
Date Posted: March 09 2010 at 11:18am
Eggs Eggs and more Eggs 
Green leafy vegetables
Bananas (high in Biotin)
Lots of water
Cheese, cheese and more cheese

Posted By: LucyMW
Date Posted: July 04 2010 at 8:14am

I was vegeterian for 2 years, but when I went back to eating white meat and oily fish such as makarel (I don't eat red meat which is conveniant as it's meant to be bad for your hair) my sister said she thought my hair had become thicker. I guess because of the protein. So white meats like chicken and things like oily fish is good food for your hair =)

Also like other people have mentioned, seeds (sunflower especially) and nuts are good foods for your hair (and health in general!)

Posted By: espy
Date Posted: January 07 2011 at 5:34am
flax seed
collagen /natural/


Posted By: luxardo
Date Posted: April 20 2011 at 8:21am
Amla….Coconut oil…fresh fish oil…

Posted By: Kirbie
Date Posted: May 25 2011 at 10:24pm
Wow, this topic is really interesting I will love to buy those food and eat it so that I will have pretty, shiny and bouncy hair.


Posted By: maddyrecipe
Date Posted: July 07 2011 at 11:32pm
Black chick peas
Sprouted moong
All types of lentils

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Posted By: kaluuu
Date Posted: July 10 2011 at 4:47am
In my opinion, there is no specific food that has benefiets for the hair. You must have a specific diet which to boost all vitamins and minerals levels in the body. Through these kind of diets the hair will start to grow healthy. Raw eating is the best diet, but its hard to keep and it must be made by a specialist.

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Posted By: Karen Shelton
Date Posted: July 11 2011 at 2:00pm
Thanks for all the great posts and opinions shared.  After years of experimenting I can tell you that my experience shows that very specific foods do have a direct impact on my hair - both positive and negative. 

That which doesn't kill you makes you stronger or drives you totally insane. :-)

Posted By: arikarora
Date Posted: August 05 2011 at 7:52pm
There are many foods which will help with hair growth including:

Amla or Gooseberry
Aloe Vera

Posted By: Nightingale
Date Posted: February 22 2012 at 7:25am
Eggs, salmon, fish helps for healthy and long hair growth. Fish contains omega oil which is essential for hair growth.

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Posted By: barbara12
Date Posted: September 26 2012 at 6:03am
I was looking for some healthy foods for my hair and i must say that members have shared some of the very useful information plus knowledge regarding these topic.
Would like to thank you all for sharing your information.

Posted By: fetamy
Date Posted: February 20 2013 at 12:45am
I want to add sweet potatoes in this given list. The main benefit of sweet potatoes is that these are packed with Vitamin A. Vitamin A protects against dull hair and dry skin which are leading causes of dandruff. Other smart choices to get glowing hair and skin include carrots, kale, butternut squash, asparagus, and pumpkin.


Posted By: amandagreen
Date Posted: May 13 2013 at 10:47pm
This is not what I thought it would be! I honestly thought that this would be a discussion on which food to apply directly to hair. I already have a list and wanted to get some more ideas..

Mayonnaise is the top of my list. It sounds pretty disgusting, but there are a few people out there that recommend this.

Beer is a well known remedy for weak hair and so are egg yolks.

I have tried every treatment I have advocated and it seems to make sense to coat dry hair with oil, but the problem with oil is that if you soak your hair in it, it is way too much oil and takes far too many washes to actually comes out (washes that I am sure are NOT good for your hair!)

But then do you spread ENOUGH oil? If you should be using oil at all..

Posted By: Karen Shelton
Date Posted: July 31 2013 at 6:33am
Hi Amanda,

Thanks for your feedback.  This has always been one of my favorite topics.

When I lost a large percentage of my hair many years ago due to extreme dieting...I grew it back with the following mixture I call Karen's Hair Regrowth Oil Treatment:

1.  Basil essential oil (not synthetic)
2.  Mixed in a base of 100% organic jojoba oil. 
Basil applied directly to the scalp w/out a base oil is considered potentially toxic.  You always must mix it. 

I would mix 2-4 drops of basil into 1/16th of a cup of jojoba oil.  I would first detangle my hair from the ends to the roots and then separate it into 2-3" sections.  I applied the mix of jojoba/basil with the pads of my fingertips directly to the scalp at the roots.

Note:  Over time you can experiment with how many drop of Basil to mix into the jojoba which I prefer over other oils because it is so light.  Be care to never use to much Basil.  It will burn if not diluted properly.

Also, it's very important to be careful NOT to use fingernails since they can leave tiny scratches or cuts and this can cause the scalp to become irritated and shed even more hair.

Once I had applied the basil and jojoba mix to my hair in each individual section, I would wrap my hair in Saran Wrap and let it sit for 1-2 hours.

I would then apply just a few drop of shampoo to the scalp area where the oil was and NOT rub it in.  Just pat it on. 

Then I would stand in a lukewarm shower and dose my head with very clean gallon jugs of lukewarm water I had already pre-filled for the shower. 

By patting the shampoo onto the roots where the oil is but NOT rubbing it in, when the water hits the mix, it forms enough of a very light suds to softly remove the oil mix without being aggressive to the scalp or the roots.

I would let the suds flow down the length of my hair being careful to pat and not rub.  Yes, the desire to rub is there but it only encourages more fall out. 

Once I felt all the oil had been gently rinsed out...I would apply my favorite hydrating rinse out hair conditioner to the hair from the top of the ears down to the ends (leaving the roots untouched by conditioner which makes them flat).

I would leave the rinse-out conditioner on for a few minutes, rinse well and then finish with a cool/water rinse.

I would towel blot my hair, apply a detangler/leave-in conditioner and let my hair air dry in braids.

This Basil oil/jojoba treat worked great for me.  I am not sure it would work for everyone but it really helped my hair and roots become stronger and move vibrant.

Did it help my hair grow back?  I think so.  I was also taking the hair vitamins a chemist created for me which eventually became the HairTopia vitamins we still have at

However, even without the vitamins, I could feel the Basil oil mixture on my roots.  They would tingle after I applied the mixture.

It really is important NOT to apply to many drops of Basil oil or apply it without a carrier base because it will burn the scalp and cause damage.

When done correctly, a great carrier oil base with an essential oil mix can work wonders to help the scalp and roots of the hair.

As far as food.......

My favorite hair foods are a variety of banana mixtures for the hair.  I also like avocado but find it harder to deal with. 

I've tried just about every imaginable food on my hair over the past 20 years and those two...bananas and avocado...remain my favorite.

That which doesn't kill you makes you stronger or drives you totally insane. :-)

Posted By: JenniferHebert
Date Posted: August 23 2014 at 3:55am
Yeah, food makes an effect on hair. The best food for hair are:
# Salmon.
# Walnuts.
# Oysters.
# Sweet Potatoes.
# Eggs.
# Spinach.
# Greek yogurt.
# Blueberries.


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