Eat for thicker, healthier hair


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If your hair is thin, dry, and dull it may be time to reconsider at your diet.


“Taking vitamins is a great way to help make your hair fuller and grow faster,” explains Carla Rivas, hairstylist and co-founder of the all-natural hair-growth vitamin brand Hair La Vie. “But while you’re patiently waiting, a change in your diet can make a huge difference and even help expedite the process.    Photo: Gracey Hitchocok: Healthy Hair Healthy Diet


“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.”


Here is Carla’s list of what to eat and what avoid for thicker, fuller hair.


Top Food don’ts:


Sweet Treats

Sugary foods like your favorite candies or cupcakes cause your insulin level to rise, which also causes an increase 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.


Greasy Foods

The grease form fatty meats, such as 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 follicles could be damaged.


Salty Foods

Think 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.


Low Protein, Filler Foods

Starches, including pasta and many 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.


Top Food Dos

People should eat nutrient- and antioxidant-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables. These help hydrate your scalp and strengthen your hair.



Eggs contain the protein, zinc, and iron that your hair and body needs. The benefits of zinc for hair include promotion of cell reproduction, tissue growth, and repair of broken tissues. Zinc also maintains the oil-secreting glands that are attached to your hair follicles, thus decreasing their chances of falling out.



Tomatoes have antioxidants that aid in scalp circulation. A healthy scalp leads to happy hair. Add to a salad or mix into your favorite dish for a pop of color and tons of fresh flavor.


Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is an amazing source of protein and Vitamins B5 and D. Pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5) is great for keeping the scalp clean and free from film and debris. This keeps the follicles from becoming irritated and promotes healthy, strong hair growth. Add fruit, nuts and granola for an energizing midday snack.


Lean Protein

Opt for healthy lean protein sources such as grilled chicken or baked salmon. Your hair is made of protein so it only makes sense that you’re going to want to enjoy nice lean proteins. If your diet lacks protein your body will begin rationing the protein left, which will lead to hair loss. Protein also has the iron you need for healthier, beautiful hair.