We all get split ends sometimes, even when we schedule hair trims every 6 to 10 weeks and avoid brushing our hair when wet. Our strands deal with plenty of regular wear and tear that causes breakage once in a while.
If you are split end prone, however, you should look into a few essential vitamins and minerals that can restore strength and durability to your strands. And even if you aren't suffering from splits, these nutrients can turn an average head of hair into something to show off.
ZINC. So many of us are deficient in zinc! A lack of this mineral can lead to an itchy scalp, hair loss (even eyelash loss!) and create the conditions for splits to readily form. It's best to get zinc from your diet, not from a pill, so try eating more oysters, whole grains, eggs, nuts and yogurt.
OMEGA-3s. Just as you might imagine, Omega-3s keep your strands elastic and shiny. Take fish oil supplements or get your Omega-3s from walnuts, salmon, flax, sardines and pumpkin seeds.
IRON. This mineral makes it possible for red blood cells to transport oxygen to your hair follicles. If you're low in iron, you might notice your hair thinning, as well as splitting. Red meat, eggs and seafood are good sources of iron for meat eaters; if you're vegan or vegetarian, go for lentils, bran, spinach, tomatoes or raisins- and make sure you pair your iron-rich foods with vitamin C for optimal absorption.
VITAMIN E. This fat-soluble vitamin seals in the scalp's natural oils and supports the lipid membranes, which keep your hair from drying and snapping. Sunflower seeds, almonds and avocados are all delicious sources of vitamin E!