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We talk a lot about the products we use on our hair, but what about what we eat?

It’s no surprise that a poor diet will affect your hair health.Diets, high in fat, processed foods, sugary drinks and snacks can cause hair to be dry, stringy and dull. In some cases it can result in hair loss.

But the solution is simple beautiful hair starts with a balanced diet.

Foods high in vitamins C, B12 and E, biotin, zinc, iron, found in eggs, lean meat, oily fish, berries, green leafy vegetables, legumes, seeds and nuts help keep your scalp healthy, encourage hair growth, and help keep it strong and shiny.

The team at Orenda share some of their favourite recipes for dishes that contain the foods you need for amazing hair.

Broccoli & Baby Spinach Salad

This salad is packed with vitamins A & C which help in sebum production, the natural oils produced on the scalp.Spinach and broccoli is loaded with folate, iron, which are important for hair growth.


  • 1 bag baby spinach

  • 1 cup blanched chopped broccoli

  • 1/2 a ripe avocado

  • 1/4 cup blueberries

  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

  • 1/2 cup cranberries

  • 4 tbspn sunflower seeds

  • black pepper to taste


Toss the broccoli, spinach, avocado & berries.

Mix the yoghurt, mustard, honey, lemon juice and salt & pepper to make a dressing and pour over salad. Sprinkle with the seeds and feta.

Super Smoothie

The spinach gives you folate and iron for the healthy growth of your hair, The berries in this smoothie provide a healthy dose of vitamin C and oxidants, which helps promote collagen production to keep hair strong


1 cup baby spinach

1 cup frozen mixed berries

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1/2 banana, cut up

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/2 tspn vanilla

3-5 ice cubes


put all the ingredients into the blender

and blend until smooth and frothy

Orange and Carrot Soup

The vitamin A from the carrots and sweet potato helps with the production of sebum (hairs natural oils ) for protection, shine and flexibility to it. The vitamin E found in the orange increases the hair’s growth.


  • 500 g of sliced carrots

  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and sliced

  • 500 ml of chicken or vegeatable stock

  • 250 ml of orange juice

  • 1 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger

  • 1 teaspoon of red curry paste


Mix all the ingredients. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer until the vegetables are soft. Puree. Serve the soup topped with some yogurt and coriander

Edamame Salad

This tasty asian inspired salad is packed with protein, anti oxidants,& vitamin C & A to help strengthen hair follicles and promote hair growth. The cucumber helps with hydration.


  • 1 bag Edamame beans

  • 1 cup diced cucumbers

  • 1 diced red capsicum

  • 2 spring onions

  • 1/4 cup chopped coriander

  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds


  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

  • 1 teaspoon tamari or soy sauce

  • 2 teaspoons honey

  • 1/2 teaspoon Sriracha

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger


In a large bowl combine all of the salad ingredients.

whisk or shake all of the dressing ingredients together in a small jar until combined.

Pour the dressing over the salad and toss everything together.

Maple-Glazed Salmon with Spinach and Broccolini

This tasty dish is Full of Omega 3 to promote shine and prevent hair loss and B vitamins for growth.


  • 1 tbs maple syrup

  • 1 tbs wholegrain mustard

  • 1 tbs tamari or soy sauce

  • 2 salmon filets

  • ½ tsp each black & white sesame seeds,

  • 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed

  • 1 bunch broccolini, trimmed,

  • 2 tbs avocado oil (or extra virgin olive oil)

  • Juice of ½ lemon, remaining cut into wedges, to serve

  • 1½ cups coriander & mint leaves

  • Mixed salad leaves


Combine maple syrup, half the mustard and half the tamari sauce and marinate salmon for 15 -30 mins

on a lightly oiled baking tray toss the asparagus & broccolini tray in 1/2 tsp oil and the 1/2 the sesame seeds. Put the salmon on the tray and sprinkle with the remaining sesame seeds, grill for 6-10 mins, turning vegetables once, until fish is lightly glazed and medium rare and vegetables are just tender.

Set aside to rest for 5 minutes, then roughly flake salmon.

To make a dressing, shake remaining mustard, tamari and oil with the lemon juice in a small screw-top jar and season.

Place the coriander, mint, salad leaves, broccolini, asparagus and herbs on a serving platter, top with salmon and drizzle with dressing.

Garlic Chicken and Green Veggies

Protein, green vegetables ,and citrus in this recipe will help promote strong hair growth and healthy follicules


  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 6 small skin-on chicken thighs

  • 150ml chicken stock

  • 6 spring onions

  • 100g broccoli

  • 100g sugar snaps

  • green beans

  • 3-4 cloves of garlic (minsed)

  • 1 lemon, quartered

  • small handful oregano


Pr-heat your oven to 180ºC

brown the chicken on the stove top in an oven proof pan, ( 4-5 minutes) until golden and crisp.

Remove from the stove add garlic,1/2 the oregano and the stock and place in the oven for 15 minutes. after 15 mins add the vegetables and lemon quarters making sure everything is coated in the stock. Return to the oven for 10 -15 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are just tender. Once removed from the oven scatter with oregano

Sweet Potato Korean Fritter

Sweet potatoes are high in zinc for healthy growth and Vitamin A ,which helps with the production of sebum to moisturise the scalp for healthy hair growth and shiny hair. These spicy fritters make a great party food or lunch box fillers


2 large sweet potatoes, peeled

2 eggs

3/4 cup drained finely chopped kimchi

1/2 cup flour

salt and pepper to taste

Vegetable oil for frying

1/2 cup Greek yogurt

1 tspn Gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste) or hot chilli sauce


Grate sweet potatoes on the large holes of box grater. Transfer to a clean kitchen towel or several layers of paper towels to wring out as much liquid as possible; discard liquid. Place sweet potatoes, eggs, kimchi, flour, season with salt and pepper. Mix batter with a fork to combine. heat oil in a large fry pan Pour oil into a large cast-iron or nonstick fry pan to come 1cm up sides; heat over medium-high until shimmering.

Drop heaping tablespoonfuls of batter into pan, dont over crowd the pan. Using a spatula, gently flatten fritters. Cook until undersides are browned and crisp, about 2 minutes. Turn over and cook until browned and crisp on the other side, about 2 minutes.

Transfer fritters to a baking pan lined with several layers of paper towels and let drain. Repeat with more oil and remaining batter. for the dipping sauce Mix yogurt and Gochujang or chilli sauce in a small bowl; season with salt.

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