food to treat hair fall: Eat right to lower the summertime hair fall

Jennifer E. Engen
Summers are getting hotter every year and it is not just your skin that you need to worry about, your hair is feeling the brunt of the heat. Hair fall in summers can be brutal. Sun exposure robs the hair of its moisture, makes it dull and brittle and dry. Another culprit in summers is the refreshing dip in the swimming pool. The chlorinated water harms the scalp and makes the hair distressed and lifeless.

Food items that might help you

While scarves, hats, serums, conditioners, and sunscreen are mandatory protection for hair, you also need to eat right and stay hydrated to keep the hair lustrous and shiny even in this harsh heat. As shared by Dr Rinky Kapoor, cosmetic dermatologist and dermato-surgeon, here is a simple list of food items that you must include in your summer diet for your hair.

Fruits and vegetables that have a high water content
These help prevent dehydration which is hair’s worst enemy. These include cucumbers, tomatoes, watermelon, muskmelons and so on.

Nuts bring in the shine

Nuts such as walnuts, almonds, and flax seeds are full of the essential vitamins, Omega 3s, fibre, and manganese and minerals that fortify the follicles and strands to prevent breakage.


These are rich in zinc and the essential proteins for the hair that aids in hair growth, keep the hair oil glands working properly and prevent damage to the hair. Also, lentils are what you need in your diet as they are rich in folic acid and improve the blood flow i.e., oxygen to the scalp.


Everybody loves the king of fruits. But did you also know that mangoes are great for your hair? It has Vitamin A, C, E, calcium, pectin, and folate that help the hair retain its growth, and also keep the strands moisturised.


This juicy and tangy fruit is a rich source of vitamin C that helps prevent hair fall and even protects your hair from antioxidants and sun damage. Make sure you include a few in your diet.


This type of cruciferous veggie has a high quantity of Vitamin A, biotin and sulphur content that provides nourishment to the hair and also gives them an added shine. You can also apply cabbage juice to your scalp to prevent hair loss and improve hair growth.

Curd or yoghurt

This refreshing summer food is full of building blocks for hair growth. It has proteins and vitamin B5 that improve the blood flow to the scalp.

Rajma or black beans

A plate of simple rajma chawal meal adds fibre, protein, and folate to your body and it helps in hair growth and hair thickening. Don’t like rajma chawal, try it the Mexican way or have chimichangas.


No need to give up on eggs in summers. They are the richest source of protein and biotin. Eat them in whatever way you like but make sure that you include eggs in your summer diet.


They are one of the trendiest breakfast options and are very rich in fibre, iron, zinc, and omega 3 fatty acids that help in hair growth and keep the hair fall in check.

The key is to plan a well-balanced meal for every day and consume all the hair food in moderate quantities. Plan a versatile diet and avoid hair fall causing food such as alcohol, sugar, carbonated beverages etc. Consult your dermatologist if the hair fall is too much and if you want to take supplements.

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