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Foods That Are Making Your Hair Fall Flat


Want lovely locks? Don’t eat these foods

If your hair has been looking a little flat and lifeless lately, it could be more than just winter hat head. The culprit behind your dull locks might just lie in your refrigerator.

Foods to Fight Bad Hair Days

If your hair has been looking a little flat and lifeless lately, it could be more than just winter hat head. The culprit behind your dull locks might just lie in your refrigerator.

Bacon

Greasy meats like fatty bacon can actually lead to more oil production in the body, especially on the scalp, says Carla Rivera, hairstylist and co-founder of Hair La Vie. It’s best to blot your bacon or, better yet, skip it for leaner protein.

Candy

Too much sugar could be leading to more than just trouble with your waistline. According to registered dietician and recipe columnist Michelle Dudash, “Foods with a high glycemic load may be associated with increased sebum production, which can lead to oily skin, and, therefore, oily hair.” Since most candy has a super high glycemic index, your intake could be taking its toll on your hair.

Carrots

If you’re cutting down on calories by gorging on carrots, you might not be doing your hair any favors, says Michelle Dudash. Carrots are one of the best sources around for Vitamin A, but some studies have shown that too much Vitamin A can actually lead to thinning hair.

Cereal

Cereal is often considered a meal in the United States. Unfortunately, replacing protein with a starchy substitute might leave you feeling full, but it won’t do your hair any favors. Foods, like cereal, that are quickly broken down into sugar can increase the body’s androgen levels, which often leads to hair loss, especially in women.

French Fries

Not only can fatty foods lead to increased oil production, they often end up all over your face and hair, damaging your strands, according to Carla Rivera. “Anything that irritates your skin will bother your scalp, which can damage your hair follicle,” says Rivera.

Frozen Dinners

Frozen dinners are often preserved with salt, and too much salt means dried out, lifeless hair. “Consuming a lot of salty meals and snacks will dry your hair out and leave it weak, lifeless, and broken,” Rivera says.

Jasmine Rice

If you’re eating a ton of white jasmine rice, you may be taking in more sugar than you realize, according to Dudash. Jasmine rice has a higher glycemic index than most other starches, and consuming it in bulk could lead to more oil on the face and scalp, resulting in limp, oily hair.

Negative Calorie Foods

Sure, celery, cantaloupe, and other foods that require more calories to chew and digest than they contain might help your waistline, but heavy dieting isn’t doing your hair any favors. “By eating a diet that leaves you sickly, your body won't put the calories towards maintaining your glossy and healthy hair,” says registered dietician Carlene Thomas.

Pasta

Pasta and other starchy foods may be an easy way to get full fast but eating too much starch at the expense of protein could keep your body from producing the proteins it needs for shiny, healthy locks. “Your hair is actually made of a protein called keratin,” Rivera says. “Diets low in protein will leave hair limp and unhealthy. That bounce and shine most ladies want is not possible without a healthy dose of protein.”

Potato Chips

Chips are really more salt than potato, and an excess of salt can lead to dehydration. But dehydration means more than just feeling thirsty; it can dry out skin and leave hair brittle.

Swordfish

While mercury poisoning is actually pretty rare, even the trace amounts found in fish like swordfish could lead to thinning hair. To avoid mercury, the FDA recommends canned tuna and salmon instead.