Hair and Your Diet, Maintaining Healthy Hair

Author: Benjamin C. Stong, M.D.

A healthy diet helps maintain a healthy body: organs, blood, bones, skin, and even your hair! That last one might surprise you! After all, hair is essentially dead proteins, right? But in the follicle, your hair is actually very much alive and well – and each hair follicle needs the correct nutrition to be capable of growing luscious, healthy strands.

Hair products like conditioners and moisturizers may be able to keep your locks smooth and shiny, but remember that such outside treatments won’t make locks grow. Hair follicles need protein, iron, B, C, and E vitamins, and Omega-3 Fatty Acids, among other things, to thrive. So, one of the smartest ways to nourish your hair (and your body, of course!), is to eat nutrient-rich foods.


  • Choose protein sources like chicken, salmon, or lean red meats. In fact, red meat provides iron in addition to protein.
  • Remember that B vitamins can be found in a variety of foods, mainly plant based, like nuts, seeds, dark leafy greens, and cauliflower, but also in eggs, fish, and chicken.
  • Consider that whole citrus fruits are great for Vitamin C. Guava, however, contains even more vitamin C than oranges.
  • Remember that Vitamin E, is mostly found in plant foods. These include such delicious foods as avocados, almonds, broccoli, parsley, and papaya. These are just a few of the foods that are packed full of vitamin E!
  • Don’t forget that the Omega-3 Fatty Acids in fish such as salmon will help keep your hair hydrated. (In addition to silky hair, omega-3s may help relieve depression and are a proven heart-helper!)

So, remember, not only will your hair benefit from a healthy, balanced diet…but the rest of you will as well!

The other side of the equation is to avoid junky foods that can actually mess with your health in numerous ways – including contributing to hair loss. For example, diet soda includes artificial sweeteners, specifically, aspartame, that has been linked to hair loss. And try to avoid starchy whites if you want beautify locks: these include sugar, since white bread, cakes, pastries, white pasta, and other refined, over-processed starches are converted into sugar, which causes your hair to thin. Instead, stick with whole wheat whenever possible.

When Eating Better Doesn’t Help

You might find that no matter how healthy you eat, you experience thinning and lost hairs. If male or female pattern hair loss strikes, it cannot be reversed by diet alone. Kalos Hair Transplant can help you stop the receding hairline or the widening part. Ask Dr. Stong about FUT, FUE, and NeoGraft for restoration. Not only will you be able to get your thick, natural locks back, you’ll be able to keep them strong and healthy!

Posted on behalf of Kalos Hair Transplant  5670 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd NE, #910 Atlanta, GA 30342 (404) 963-0871

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— About Benjamin C. Stong, M.D.

Dr. Benjamin Stong is a world-class facial plastic surgeon with highly esteemed training, experience and recognition in his field. When it comes to the full range of facial plastic surgeries and skin rejuvenation procedures that Kalos offers, Dr. Stong understands the careful blend of art and science that it takes to create exceptional, natural-looking results.

Dr. Benjamin Stong is among an elite group of facial plastic surgeons in the country who is dual board certified and fellowship trained. Dr. Stong is dual board certified in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery by the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS). He completed his fellowship under one of the most nationally renowned plastic surgeons, Dr. Andrew Jacono in New York. Dr. Stong’s distinguished training and unique dual certification means that he is equipped with the highest level of specialization in both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures of the face and neck.

Not only does Dr. Stong carry the most elite credentials in his field, but he is also known for implementing this refined knowledge and skill using a compassionate, patient-centered approach. Tailoring his reputable facial plastic surgery skills to meet the unique needs of each patient is highly valued at Kalos Plastic Surgery, LLC.