You might be wondering if there’s anything you can do to improve your strands if they’ve seen better days—split ends, little volume, and possibly uneven patches. For thickness, perhaps vitamins or topical oils and serums?
Hair grows at a rate of around a half-inch per month, or six inches per year, according to Dr. William Li, a board-certified physician and author of Eat to Beat Disease: The New Science of How Your Body Can Heal Itself.
Each of your 100,000 hair follicles has its own blood supply, according to Li, and better circulation to certain areas can help hair grow faster. He claims that delivering stem cells to your scalp can accelerate growth and that numerous foods can naturally increase the number of stem cells in your body.
So, what should you eat in order to prevent hair loss? In a nutshell, yes and no. There is no secret ingredient for regrowth if your loss is caused to heredity or illness; instead, seek expert advice from your doctor. This list of more than a dozen meals can help you reach your goal of longer, thicker, and brighter hair. (There are lots of vegetarian and vegan options as well!)