The Best Food for Hair Growth, According to Dermatologists and Stylists

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Nutrients for hair growth

Nutritionists say the same. “A body that is being nourished by an array of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fatty acids is going to have healthy hair, except possibly in the case of a condition that impacts hair health,” adds Serena Poon, nutritionist, celebrity chef, and founder of Just Add Water and Culinary Alchemy. “Eating a diet that is rich in colorful fruits, vegetables, plant-based fats and whole grains will transform your health in so many ways, including making your hair luscious.”

Leafy Greens

Poon also points to other leafy greens like kale and collard greens as a top foods for hair growth. “These are rich in a number of nutrients, including iron,” she explains. “Iron helps deliver oxygen to cells for health growth, so a deficiency of this important nutrient can negatively impact hair growth.”

Nuts and seeds

They’re also high in omega-3s, which help nourish the hair and support its growth and give luster. “You can find them in fatty fish like flaxseeds, chia seeds, and walnuts, and they also contribute to a healthy scalp,” says Dr. Henry. And, of course, they’re high in protein too: “Nuts and seeds are high in protein, your hair is made of protein, so it’s important that your diet is full of healthy sources,” adds Poon.

Citrus fruits

“Citrus fruits, like oranges, grapefruits and lemons, are rich in vitamin C, which supports collagen production,” says Poon. “Collagen is an important component of the proteins that make up healthy hair.”


Dr. Henry and Poon point to berries as a great source of Vitamin C too. “Açai berries and blueberries are high in antioxidants, which may help protect your hair from oxidative stress, keeping it looking young and radiant,” says Poon.

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This content is strictly the opinion of Chef Serena Poon and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice or treatment from a personal physician. All readers/viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither Serena nor the publisher of this content takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle program.

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