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Want Voluminous Hair? Avoid Fatty, Sugary Foods

by Angela Santoriello

If you don’t want flat hair, then don’t eat certain fare.

Some proteins, carbohydrates, sugars and salt keep hair down, not letting it shine to the occasion, according to The Daily Meal. Co-founder of hair growth vitamin, Hair La Vie, Carla Rivera said “greasy meats like fatty bacon can actually lead to more oil production in the body, especially on the scalp,” suggesting skipping the signature breakfast meat is the best bet, but if you choose to indulge, at least blot off any excess grease.

“Not only can fatty foods lead to increased oil production, they often end up all over your face and hair, damaging your strands,” she informed.

Holding oil and salt, potato chips are high in sodium which leads directly to dehydration, a detrimental factor in fine hair.

“But dehydration means more than just feeling thirsty; it can dry out skin and leave hair brittle,” reports The Daily Meal.

The report continues, claiming how “cereal is often considered a meal” in America; however, it is not balanced to keep bouncing curls.

“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,” according to the article.

Of course, most cereal is packed with sugar, which should also be avoided to keep hair full, informs registered dietitian 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,” said Dudash, who is also a recipe columnist.

As with cereal, candy is all sugar, inevitably affecting the volume of short or long locks. Dudash details how even rice, jasmine specifically, can have a higher glycemic index that produces more oil, leading to flat hair. Pasta and other starchy foods are also linked directly less-alive hair, since they are not high-protein foods.

“Your hair is actually made of a protein called keratin,” Rivera said. “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.”

But don’t let what appears hair healthy to fool you, directs Dudash. Carrots are one of the best sources around for Vitamin A, but too much of a good thing is bad, with studies claiming too much of the nutrient causes hair to thin.

“By eating a diet that leaves you sickly, your body won't put the calories towards maintaining your glossy and healthy hair,” says registered dietitian Carlene Thomas.

Another deceivingly balanced food as fresh can lead to thinning hair due to trace amounts of mercury. According to the Food and Drug Administration, consuming canned tuna and salmon is safer than eating fresh fish. So if you’re planning on a having a full head of hair for that big date, watch your diet a few days before to make sure the volume stays in for sure.

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