Many of us are obsessed with our hair. Whether we wear it in blond waves, black curls, dreadlocks or a polished, buzzed scalp, hair is a form of self-expression like no other. And while it's tempting to think that finding the right grooming product will make our hair look good, what we eat is just as important. In fact, a nutritious diet not only makes hair healthier, shinier and more lustrous, it can also prevent hair loss. Essential fatty acids like Omega-3 can improve hair quality and keep it thick. Good sources of Omega-3 fatty acids include salmon, mackerel, flaxseed, almonds or walnuts. Other hair-repair nutrients include vitamins B-6 (bananas, spinach and potatoes), B-12 (meat, poultry, fish and dairy), and folic acid (citric fruits, tomatoes, whole grains, beans and lentils), which keep hair (and nails) moisturized. And don't forget protein, which is critical to healthy hair, but most people don't get enough of the healthy kind.
Lean meat like fish, chicken, eggs and soy products are good sources of protein that can give you a beautiful mane, so eat at least one serving of protein (about 4 ounces) daily.