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iVillage.com: The Secret to Beautiful Hair? It's in Your Kitchen!

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By Laura Flynn McCarthy

Having more bad hair days than good? Take a look at your plate. Genetics aside, what you eat every day can contribute to a lustrous head of hair. Doctors have long known that some problems with your hair stem from problems with your diet. “Deficiencies of B vitamins can lead to brittle, listless hair,” says Neil Sadick, M.D., clinical professor of dermatology at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. “Vitamin C deficiency can lead to hair breakage. Lack of protein and essential fatty acids in the diet can lead to dry, lusterless hair.”

The key is variety: No one food is going to turn dull, lifeless hair into thick, bouncy, shiny Jessica Chastain locks. You need to put them all together. “The nutrients in different foods all work together synergistically,” says Joy Dubost, Ph.D., R.D., a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “By consuming lots of different foods, you allow all of the nutrients they contain to come together to do their job, and if your diet is lacking one nutrient that’s where you start to see the impact."

So, in addition to ditching harsh styling products or backing off the things that fry you hair (over processing, high heat) add a well-rounded diet to the mix to maintain healthy locks.

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