Q my brush. I’m seeing more hair than usual on loss? Can a diet switch help slow down the
A‘Absolutely!’ says Anabel Kingsley, consultant trichologist at the Philip Kingsley clinic in London. ‘Diet is key in the growth of healthy hair, and hair is the first to suffer when we’re lacking the right amount of nutrients.’
EGGS They pack all the essential amino acids – the building blocks of protein. Hair is primarily protein, so it’s essential for strong strands. Amino acids in egg whites are easily absorbed because they are easily digested and yolks contain biotin.
POTATOES Now there’s a surprise, but Anabel is keen. ‘These are complex carbs with a slow release of energy,’ she explains. ‘Hair cells are fast growing so they need a steady energy supply.’ Eat with skin on for extra fibre and nutrients.
QUINOA It’s one of the only plant-based forms of protein that contains all the essential amino acids. The body can’t synthesise them so they must be eaten daily. Good for vegans!
STEAK A great source of iron, plus it helps to maintain healthy levels. Iron deficiency is the most common cause of hair loss that Anabel sees in the clinic.
SALMON Contains omega 3, which can have anti-inflammatory effects and help support a healthy scalp. It’s also a good source of protein, vitamin D and B12, which help to keep red blood cells healthy.
WHAT TO AVOID
l AUBERGINES & RED PEPPERS Can aggravate the scalp of dandruff sufferers. l BLACK TEA The tannin binds to iron, depletes stores and causes hair shedding. Always add milk.
l FULL-FAT CHEESE AND WHITE WINE These can irritate flaky scalps, which could lead to hair loss.
l EXCESS ALCOHOL Affects nutrient absorption, creating a knock-on effect.