We already published your guide to the ultimate Hair Growth Diet, but as you know a diet can be just as much about what you don’t eat. The good news is, the foods that hurt your hair growth goals are foods that your general health would benefit from cutting down on too.

“Any foods that would make you breakout, such as those filled with sugars and grease are going to cause a buildup on your scalp that’s going to affect the way your hair feels, looks and grows. Anything that irritates your skin (think ice cream”> will bother your scalp, which can damage your hair follicle. A damaged hair follicle will either grow weak hair or not grow hair at all” explains Carla Rivas, hairstylist and co-founder of the all-natural hair growth vitamin Hair La Vie.

So if you have been staring longingly at your hairspiration’s long curls, then you might want to leave these food groups off of your next grocery list.

1. Sweet Treats

Sugary foods like your favorite candies or cupcakes cause your insulin level to rise, which also causes anincrease in androgen (a male hormone”> in your body. This hormone is known for causing hair follicles to shrink or become irritated. This leads to hair thinning and hair loss.

2. Greasy Foods

The grease form fatty meats like fried chicken and french fries can cause more secretion on the scalp. Also, a lot of the time after eating greasy foods people touch their face and hair without washing their hands. This causes both acne and damage to the hair. You need a clean, debris free scalp or your hair will not grow healthy and your follicle could be damaged.

3. Salty Foods

Think potato chips and canned/frozen meals. Consuming a lot of salty meals and snacks will dry your hair out and leave it weak, lifeless and breaking.

4. Low Protein, Filler Foods

Starches like pasta and a lot of cereals which can be low in protein will leave your hair limp and unhealthy. That bounce and shine most ladies want is not possible without a healthy dose of protein.


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