Diet, stress, environmental factors can all wreak havoc on our hair and nails, which is why it is so important to ensure we are feeding our hair and nails with enough nutrients and vitamins. To guarantee a nourished, strong and healthy mane of hair and set of nails eat our top five foods.

We all know bananas are packed full of potassium and great for our energy levels but did you know they are also brilliant for hair health? Bananas are loaded with mineral silica which is thought to improve hair thickness and zinc which will strengthen hair. This fruit also contains B6 a well know vitamin which supports healthy nails and hair. It is also though that regular application of a freshly made banana mask to the hair by mashing 2-3 will help control dandruff and moisturize!

Noni Juice
Noni juice has recently becoming more widely known for its health benefits, one of them is that it is thought it can assist with stronger and faster growing hair and nails. Noni juice comes from the fruit of a noni plant originating from the Pacific Islands of Tahiti and Polynesia. The juice is a great source of protein and rich source of vitamin C. Miranda Kerr has been drinking this potent juice for years and her hair is rather fabulous!

Sweet Potatoes
I bet you didn’t think sweet potatoes would be a top food to feed your nails and hair did you? These little wonders are packed full of the antioxidant beta carotene which is turned in to vitamin A. Vitamin A is essential for sell growth which supports the health of the hair follicle root and bulb. A lack of this vitamin can cause dry and brittle nails also.

These sweet little treats are packed full of iron! A deficiency in iron can cause nail weakness and slow hair growth. Dates are a rich source of protein and the essential vitamin for hair strength B5. Circulation of the blood is key for good nail and hair health and this healthy snack is pack full of it. Throw some dates in to the next smoothie you make to sweeten it up and reap the health rewards!

Eating tomatoes is key to strong and glossy hair! They are packed with the antioxidant lycopene which helps destroy free radicals that could damage your hair. They are also full of vitamin A and have an even more vitamin C than oranges! Eat tomatoes raw if you can as cooking them can destroy the vitamin C. Not only will tomatoes ensure you have strong hair and nails but an added bonus is they are great for skin health too!

words by Stephanie Matysiak