There’s no debating that your genes play quite a role when it comes your hair. Even so, there are other contributing factors such as what you eat and how well you take care of your hair.

For instance, for healthy hair, you need certain vitamins and nutrients. In fact, a deficiency in some of these nutrients often leads to hair breakage, hair loss and thinning.

For healthy hair, you need these essential vitamins and nutrients:

1. B-vitamins

B-vitamins (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics)
B-vitamins (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics)

B- vitamins carry Oxygen and other nutrients to the scalp hence enhancing hair growth. A deficiency in B-vitamins leads to hair loss. Even so, this is usually rare since B-vitamins are present in most of the foods we eat. Biotin or Vitamin B7 is one of the most essential vitamins for hair growth. Whole grains, dark leafy vegetables, fish, and, almonds are some of the sources of Biotin.

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2. Vitamin C

Vitamin C foods(MedAlertHelp)
Vitamin C foods(MedAlertHelp)

Vitamin C is one of the most important vitamins for the overall health of your body. It’s a powerful anti-oxidant that helps to counter the oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Free radicals could delay healthy hair growth.

Also, vitamin C helps the body to absorb iron, an important mineral for hair growth. It also helps the body to create collagen, an important protein for healthy hair.

3. Vitamin A

Vitamin A foods(Reader's Digest)
Vitamin A foods(Reader's Digest)

Your nails and eyes are not the only organs that need this essential vitamin. A diet deficient in Vitamin A leads to hair loss. It’s also important to note that too much vitamin A is not good for the body as it may also cause hair loss.

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Vitamin A promotes healthy hair growth and it helps the skin to make sebum, a substance that keeps your scalp and hair moisturized.

Pumpkins, carrots, sweet potatoes and spinach are some of your best sources of vitamin A.

4. Vitamin E

Vitamin E (istockphoto)
Vitamin E (istockphoto)

This vitamin is essential for both healthy hair and skin. You might have already noticed that some hair oils already contain vitamin E. Like vitamin C, vitamin E is also an antioxidant.

You can get vitamin E from avocados, spinach, almonds, and sunflower.

Other essential nutrients that your hair needs include; iron, omega 3 fatty acids, zinc, protein