Protein For Stronger Hair

(c) 2016
(c) 2016

You probably already know that protein gives your body strength and energy, especially if you are athletic or go to the gym often. Protein is essential for the body to function as it is a great source of energy. But some may forget or now know that hair needs protein too. Although hair does not give you energy, hair needs protein so it can stay strong.

Hair is structured with proteins, specifically keratin. If hair is not getting enough of what it is made of, then the hair will become weak. According to Vanessa Newman from Livestrong, if there is a lack of protein intake, then “hair loss can occur or hair can become dull and brittle.” The texture of the hair will change because the hair is not receiving its necessities to maintain its health. Similar to the body, the body needs protein so it has energy to move throughout the day. When hair is receiving plenty of protein, then the hair cells will in turn receive energy and use it to build more strength from the roots to the end of the hair strands.


Daisy Whitbread, certified nutritionist, and Paul House, a health analyst, list the top 10 foods with the highest protein per calorie:

  1. Fish
  2. Cheese
  3. Lean turkey and chicken
  4. Lean beef and veal
  5. Pork loin (chops)
  6. Tofu
  7. Beans
  8. Yogurt, milk, and soymilk
  9. Eggs
  10. Nuts and seeds