At the beginning of August, we wrote a blog about our belief in a holistic approach to achieving healthy, shiny hair. We talked about good scalp health to give your hair a healthy foundation, the need to hydrate inside and out and the importance of choosing the right foods for healthy hair. Today we are focusing on B vitamins and their role in helping you achieve lustrous locks!
B Vitamins Convert Food to Energy to Support Healthy Hair an Skin
You’ve probably heard about the benefits of vitamin B12 for hair. B12 is found in dairy products, meat and fish and it’s a supplement that is often recommended for hair loss. But there are some lesser known B vitamins that are definitely worth a nod when it comes to taking care of your hair. There are eight B vitamins in total that help convert food into energy that in turn supports healthy skin and hair. Vitamin B6, for example, increases the flow of oxygenated blood to the hair follicle and scalp. Increasing blood flow helps with healthy hair growth. Vitamin B1 and Vitamin B2 also known as riboflavin help with hair growth.
Choosing Foods for Healthy Hair
If the idea of getting all these vitamins into your diet sounds dull. Fear not! It’s easier than you might think. Vitamin B6, for example, is found in many vegetables. We made this tasty pea and leek risotto with a side of beetroot and fennel salad and managed to get a dose of B6 (fennel, leeks and peas) B2 and B1 (peas again!) and B12 (parmesan cheese). Who knew that peas are such a powerhouse of B vitamins?! Our advice? Not that different to your Mum’s – eat your greens!
For good hair health, we recommend a balanced diet with a mixture of fruit, vegetables, whole grains and proteins.
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