4 Foods That Can Cause Hair Loss

Man eating an unhealthy burger

Some foods are best to avoid or minimize if you’re trying to naturally re-grow your hair and reverse baldness. In some cases certain food groups could be triggering hair loss, and reducing the amount of them in your diet can have a significant impact on your hairline.

Other times, there’s no one food in particular, but combinations of these foods over long periods of time can have an effect. Here are the best foods for hair growth.

There are some general rules for foods that are conducive to hair loss, and some specific foods that should definitely be avoided. In this post I’m going to talk about both.

BONUS: Try the quiz at the bottom of this page that calculates if your type of hair loss is naturally reversible through diet changes and other natural methods.

Modern foods causing obesity and hair loss amongst other problems

Hopefully we don’t end up fat and bald.

The first general rule is to avoid foods that could be triggering delayed allergic reactions. These are similar to the instant allergic reactions, that things like peanuts and shellfish often induce, however they occur over the span of weeks or days, and are consequently more insidious, but no less damaging.

The primary reasons delayed allergic reactions can cause hair loss is because of increased immune response which can cause our own bodies to attack the hair follicle as well as cause inflammation in the scalp which constricts blood flow to the hair follicle. These two things combined often lead to hair loss.

The second general rule is that of alkaline and acidic foods. This is a large subject that is explained in other posts on this site, and fully explained in our course, along with the exact alkaline and acid values for all different kinds of foods, so you know exactly what to eat more of and what to eat less of to reverse hair loss.

The rule is to maximize alkaline foods and minimize acidic foods in your diet. Over time this will significantly slow down the rate of hair fall, and potentially lead to hair regrowth.

Ok, let’s have a look at which foods can cause hair loss and should therefore be avoided as much as possible.

Dairy

dairy-cause-hair-loss

Dairy can be a big problem. Not only is it highly acid forming in our bodies (remember the second rule) but it can also trigger delayed allergic reactions, so for both reasons it should be avoided. Commercially available dairy is almost always pasteurized.

The pasteurization process actually renders the naturally occurring enzyme in the milk useless. It’s this enzyme that allows us to digest the milk in the first place, and without it our bodies really struggle to digest the dairy making it bio-unavailable and nutritionally useless.

Instead it is digested by harmful bacteria that give of waste products that go into our body.

Dairy also blocks the pores resulting in pasty skin. It also means that epidermis plaque is more likely to build up on the scalp causing hair follicle miniaturization and thinning hair. Either only consume unpasteurized dairy or avoid it at all.

Carbonated drinks

Carbonated drinks are hugely acid forming. In fact they are the most acid forming food or beverage of them all. Not only this, but the sheer about of sugar in them causes blood sugar levels to spike and then crash.  Dr Mercola has researched the link between excess blood sugar and male pattern baldness and has this to say about it.

high-fructose-corn-syrup

“There is strong evidence that early male-pattern baldness could be a clinical marker of insulin resistance, a condition in which you lose your sensitivity to insulin, resulting in excess blood sugar.”

This provides us with another general rule that is: eat foods with low glycemic indices, so as not to spike blood sugar levels. Find out about the glycemic index of many foods and more about Dr. Mercolas research in our hair loss course.

This is a very important concept for reversing hair loss and thinning hair. We must understand that male pattern baldness is an unnatural phenomenon, it is a modern ‘ailment.’

Discover If Your Hair Loss Is Reversible
Click Here >

Concurrently processed (modern) foods all have very high glycemic indices and natural (unprocessed, unpasteurized) foods have substantially lower glycemic indices so it would seem viable that there is a link between processed foods and the ‘triggering’ of the male pattern baldness gene.

Although this link may seem tenuous to some there is more research that has come to a similar conclusion. Dr Mercola’s research included. To find out more, with tables of the glycemic indices of foods get hold of the course now. Alcohol can also cause hair loss.

Instead of carbonated drinks, stay hydrated with these instead:

Sugary Cereals

A bowl of sugary cereal and milk

Sugary cereals and dairy can cause blood sugar level spikes which has been correlated with early stage male pattern baldness.

These foods have such high glycemic indices that they inevitably cause blood-sugar spikes something which is conducive to early hair thinning as we have already discussed.

It’s no wonder the ever increasing number of men suffering from hair loss when you look at the typical Western breakfast of pasteurized milk and sugary cereals.

Processed cereals have a very high glycemic load because the natural fiber from the plant has been removed, which would cause it to digest and be absorbed into our bodies more slowly.

With the removal of this natural fiber the food sugars go straight into blood stream causing a huge spike in blood-sugar levels.

This fiber would also be beneficial because it sweeps clean the colon of impacted mucus and left over feces, stopping it being absorbed back into the body, (which would cause toxemia) The answer is to eat natural unprocessed foods that contain high amounts of fiber.

This is why I always recommend a juice fast detox if you’re serious about beating hair loss for the long-term.

Greasy Foods

Greasy foods clog the arteries and can also cause greasy skin on the scalp. This often leads to hair follicle miniaturization, restricted blood flow and clogging of the sweat pores. As the pores of the scalp get clogged, DHT and other harmful hormones can get trapped which can retrigger the hair loss mechanism.

A good shampoo can help by washing away the grease and leaving the scalp ready from new hairs, but changing our diets to avoid greasy foods is best. However healthy fats can be very beneficial for hair growth so don’t take natural oils out of your diet.

There’s no need to wait years for a baldness breakthrough. Remove these foods from your diet and kick start your journey to beating pattern baldness.

Is Your Hair Loss Reversible?

Question 1 (of 6)

How many years have you had hair loss for?
Select the number of years below

Leave a Comment:

54 comments
Ricky Rosay says March 20, 2017

Thanks for the article Will… extremely helpful.

I drink one commercial kombucha per day (GT`S brand) to help with my gut bacteria… They`re very low in sugar but they are carbonated, is the carbonation alone a cause for concern?

Reply
    Will Hartfield says March 21, 2017

    Hi Ricky, Kombucha is a great choice because helping with your gut bacteria can protect against hair loss. Read more here So, no, the carbonation is fine in this instance.

    Reply
Shivani says January 9, 2017

Wow I never knew that food and hair have such complex connection . Thanks for the informative article

Reply
Anzaf says January 3, 2017

Like about 10-15 hairs do fall a day and going through a itchy scalp with little dandruff? So please let me know whether it is normal or not and how to control it?

Reply
    Will Hartfield says January 6, 2017

    An itchy scalp can be a cause of hair loss. I would make sure you make your own shampoos and reduce the intake of food that can cause inflammation and allergic reactions

    Reply
      Jane says February 15, 2017

      Hi Will, how can I make my own shampoo at home? Also, what would be a good source of protein for hair ?

      Reply
        Will Hartfield says February 18, 2017

        Follow these instructions: https://www.hairlossrevolution.com/shampoo. A great source of dietary protein would be, for example, hemp and pea protein powders that you can add to your smoothie in the morning. If you mean protein directly for your hair then have a look at some of the research on coconut oil which shows how the coconut protects the protein in the hair from damage: coconut oil and keratin.

        Reply
prak says December 30, 2016

hey will I hav been suffering from male pattern baldness from 2 years .I stopped eating dairy and meat and all kinds of junk food and have been eating green vegetables and a mostly indian diet .But my hair is still falling .I use onion,ginger juice on scalp regularly and do scalp massages.help me out plzzz..?

Reply
    Will Hartfield says January 6, 2017

    Your body may still be in an acidic state, in which case you need to try a detox, and alkalising with vegetable juices. Diet isn’t the only cause and cure for hair loss. There are other reasons.

    Reply
James Chu says December 29, 2016

I have begun your hair equilibrium process and am truly pumped about the holistic benefits, not just for hair loss. I received a hair laser comb this holiday season and wanted to ask if there is any harm in using laser therapy along with your equilibrium process. Thanks for considering and for your work on this natural process for healthy mind and boy.

Reply
    Will Hartfield says January 6, 2017

    I’ve never used a laser comb, but i don’t think it will hurt using it along with the program.

    Reply
Shah says December 8, 2016

3 years back I moved to USA and ever since then I have started losing hair. After 1.5 year, hair fall got little less but then again we moved to a different state within USA and now again hair fall is too much.

I try consuming a lot of protein and other contents by eating beans,broccoli, yogurt, almonds , avocado, walnuts, pecans, fruits, edamame, milk and oats.

Also I almost drink 2-3 liters of water . Not sure what should I do more to solve this issue, can you please guide me?

Reply
Chandni says November 30, 2016

Hope I can revive the lost hair

Reply
Paul D says November 27, 2016

I add raw organic apple cider vinegar to drinks, I know this is acidic but it contains many vitamins. Should I discontinue drinking this?

Reply
    Will Hartfield says November 27, 2016

    I think ACV is fine. I sometimes take it too before a meal. Although its acidic, once digested and metabolised it may not be acidic for the body anymore. Lemon juice for example is acidic but once metabolised becomes highly alkalising.

    Reply
Mun says November 25, 2016

Hello Will. I am 30, and I have never known a day that I go to bed with a flat tummy. I went to doctor, got gastroscope and all he said was I have gastritis. But I knew that it was beyond. I have lost my hair, it is thin now. I had acne problem and I have had Roacutane treatment. It didn’t go away! And I have always had an acing scalp. Just a month ago I became vegan. And my body has changed! My skin is brighter and my belly is flat! Do you think my hair will go better too? Do you think it was dairy allergy?

Reply
    Will Hartfield says November 27, 2016

    I expect your hair will become more healthy with your new diet. However sometimes the effect of new healthy foods takes longer to appear with your hair because the body can shed unhealthy has first which can temporarily mean thinner hair while the new healthy hair grows through. Stick with it and you will notice a small difference, however remember that a diet change is only one small part of having thick, healthy hair.

    Reply
Alyssa says November 4, 2016

What about reverse osmosis water? I’m still struggling with hair breakage and hair loss 2.5 years after giving birth to my second daughter. I’m at my wits end! 🙁

Reply
    Will Hartfield says November 4, 2016

    Are you talking about drinking reverse osmosis water rather than tap water? I would avoid tap water since it contains lots of chemicals that have been linked to hair loss. I would go for high quality bottled spring water.

    Reply
      Alyssa says November 4, 2016

      I have a reverse osmosis water filter. Is that okay?

      Reply
        Will Hartfield says November 6, 2016

        I’ve never tried one myself, but yes I heard they are good, and much better than tap water.

        Reply
alex says October 18, 2016

Does Atkins diet will be good in this stuation ?

Reply
    Will Hartfield says October 26, 2016

    An atkins diet may be better than the standard american diet, because it is low carb, however you can still eat the atkins diet and be incredibly unhealthy. It also depends on your metabolic type as to how much carbs are good for you. In Hair Equilibrium I have a questionnaire that shows you what your metabolic type is and you can adjust your diet accordingly to optimise for hair growth.

    Reply
Adam says October 17, 2016

Hi There

What is your take on cheese?

Also, what about mineral water since it is carbonated?

Thanks

Adam

Reply
    Will Hartfield says October 26, 2016

    I wouldn’t eat too much cheese since it is quite acidic once metabolised, and you want to alkalise your body as much as possible, but a little bit isn’t bad, especially soft cheese. Carbonated water is fine. High quality water is very important, don’t drink tap water.

    Reply
      shan shimbo says November 16, 2016

      i agree that you want to alkalize your body as much as possible. But body still needs protein and hair especially which is made completely out of protein, right? So are eggs ok? I eat about 3 eggs everyday and also i am eating a lot of farmer’s cheese daily. What else i can eat for protein?

      Reply
        Will Hartfield says November 16, 2016

        The eggs are generally fine if they come from well-looked after hens. There is a remarkable difference in the nutritional profile of an egg depending on if the chicken is being fed healthy food. You will need to make sure you add alkalising foods to your diet as well to balance out the acidity.

        Reply
Nick says October 10, 2016

I’ve been a big be liver in a proper diet and exercise. in the last 3 years I’ve cut out gluten, up’d my fruit and vegetable intake, everything I eat is organic, i stopped eating loads of peanut butter, I’ve worked out my whole life, I stopped drinking alcohol, I never smoked tobacco, I drink very good filtered water by the gallon, I take high end, very good quality supplements etc etc, and still my hair is falling out. it’s slowed a good amount from when it first started, but still falling out at an alarming rate. I’ve tried finastrade and minoxidil and every other potion when it first started (I’ve been off those poison medications for about 3 years now), but no matter what I do, I can’t stop this relentless hairfall. my hairline keeps getting higher, my crown gets thinner and it’s like an unstoppable force. I feel like it SO much easier to cure cancer than it is to stop my particular MPB. somethings gotta give! what else can I possibly do? I even go on 1-5 day water fasts every couple months along with enemas to boot! is there somthing I’m missing? does anyone REALLY know how the human body works??!?

Reply
    Will Hartfield says October 11, 2016

    Diet isn’t everything – there are other things you need to do – For example, the scalp exercises in the Hair Equilibrium Program that can make a BIG difference.

    Reply
    Musaib Shaikh says January 12, 2017

    Hey I’m 19 years old, I’m suffering from a great hair fall a lot of dandruff, if I apply oil onto my hairs my baldness is clearly visible, I’m afraid of getting bald in such small age 😑😰. Everyday almost 80-90 hairs falls. Plzzz help me what should I do?? Even though I’ve tried all home remedies and vitamins.
    Plz help me !!!

    Reply
Akabara says September 23, 2016

Thanks for the great info, Will. How about ultra-high temperature (UHT) processed milk?

Reply
    Will Hartfield says September 26, 2016

    Definitely not going to help – Ideally make your own almond milk instead, or at least use shop bought alone milk. This will be much, much better than processed milk

    Reply
Greg says September 13, 2016

When you say ‘greasy foods’, do you include fried/deep fried foods, processed foods high in transfats or natural foods high in natural fats i.e. pork belly?

Reply
    Will Hartfield says September 23, 2016

    Yes, all of those processed foods – Pork belly is okay, but the meat is acidic and pigs tend to eat anything, so the meat isn’t ‘clean.’ It’s not an ideal source of protein. It also depends on your metabolic type and whether your body can metabolise animal proteins well. There is a 39 part questionnaire inside the Hair Equilibrium Program where you can find out more about your metabolic type. Instead of pork belly, try pea or hemp protein as your protein source of choice. It’s natural and plant based, and also alkalises the body.

    Reply
Naveen says September 11, 2016

Hey Will,
I’ m 23 Yrs male,have been using minoxidil for the past two years.Even though I have results,my problem is that my scalp it itchy.While asleep I scratch head due to itchiness which makes all the hair grown back to shed.Do using salicylic acid along with minoxidil help me in any way?

Reply
    Will Hartfield says September 19, 2016

    The problem is your itchy scalp – which is most likely due to your diet and/or the shampoo you use. You will want to optimise your diet to reduce inflammatory foods that could cause allergic reactions. Add anti-inflammatory foods to your diet. Also, test yourself for allergies to different food groups such as gluten, nightshades, dairy, eggs etc. Then, make your own shampoos from all-natural ingredients to stop the irrigation and itching. That would be the first few things I recommend.

    Reply
Enozia Vakil says August 6, 2016

Dairy products? Oh! That’s one big surprise considering how we’ve lived lives thinking that milk is so good for our bodies.

Reply
    Will Hartfield says August 8, 2016

    Yes it was surprising for me too, but if you want beautiful hair (and skin) get rid of all pasteurised dairy products asap.

    Reply
      N.Lawson says September 5, 2016

      If you do not drink pasteurized milk will that make your hair thick again?

      Reply
        Will Hartfield says September 6, 2016

        Not drinking pasteurised dairy is only one small part of making your hair grow back. There are lots of other factors involved. It is a good place to start though. I suggest you try a plant based ‘milk’ such as almond milk instead.

        Reply
          shan shimbo says November 16, 2016

          What about farmer’s cheese made from pasteurized milk? I eat this all the time. I am a vegetarian and i eat only eggs. What other raw source of protein i can use besides eggs and cheese?

          Reply
          Will Hartfield says November 16, 2016

          It does depend on the quality of the dairy to some extent. I wouldn’t say it’s the best source of protein, since it is quite acidifying and hard to digest since it has been pasteurised. have you tried plant based protein powders such as hemp protein and pea protein isolate. These mix in great in a smoothie.

          Reply
          shan shimbo says November 16, 2016

          will, thanks for the reply. You suggested protein powders but i was looking for whole food sources of protein for vegetarians. I mean all protein are acidfying, i would say meat are more acidfying than dairy but i agree that dairy can be hard to digest depending on an individual.

          Reply
          Will Hartfield says November 16, 2016

          Plant based proteins like hemp and pea are fine – Also beans, legumes, nuts and seeds. Start vegetable juicing regularly to balance out the excess acidity.

          Reply
Hair Care says July 6, 2016

Thank you for the helpful information and tips. I’ve been drinking natural ginger for over a year and it helped me in my hair problem, I’ve notice there are less hair fall and my hair became thicker and stronger.

Reply
    Will Hartfield says July 6, 2016

    Yeah I love ginger and put it in all my juices. Great for improving circulation in the scalp 🙂

    Reply
Endek says June 24, 2016

Hi Will,
yogurt, being dairy, would you recommend against eating it? Thanks

Reply
    Will Hartfield says June 24, 2016

    Hello Endek,
    I think yogurt which is live, (a good probiotic) and doesn’t have added sugar is fine. I often add it to my morning smoothie 🙂

    Reply
kovalski says June 23, 2016

Hi, i am curious abot your book, but i am alsko sceptical so do you have any proof that it works. Thanks for your time 🙂

Reply
    Will Hartfield says June 24, 2016

    Hello Kovalski,
    We’re preparing some more case studies with before and afters so those should be available on the site soon. In the mean time I have a few before and after photos and case studies for those on my email newsletter.

    Reply
Milly says April 28, 2016

I just started drinking alkaline water for the 3 days….day 3 hairloss has stopped

Reply
    Will Hartfield MEng says May 4, 2016

    Okay good. Keep it up in the long term, and add alkalising vegetable juices to your diet as well. 5 alpha reductase is inhibited in alkaline conditions so you’re heading in the right direction

    Reply
Belinda says January 16, 2016

Where have you been half my life? I’ve been looking for good, honest information such as this without having to go completely broke. Thank you very much. Reading has been a joy and I can’t wait to share this info. with my husband.

Reply
Add Your Reply

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This