3 foods to avoid if you want Blake Lively locks, according to a nutritionist

Now that you know tangerines can keep your tresses from going gray and that almonds are the ideal hair-boosting snack, what about foods that you should stay away from in the quest for gorgeous locks? We tapped nutritionist Frida Harju-Westman for some of the worst offenders. 


While it’s true that fish is loaded with healthy, anti-inflammatory fats, you want to be careful about having too much mercury in your diet, which can actually cause hair to fall out, says Harju-Westman. In general, the bigger the fish, the more mercury it contains (like shark, king mackerel and swordfish). It’s totally fine to eat mackerel in small portions, but avoid overeating it if hair loss is something you’re worried about. 


No surprises here, right? Sugar slows down your body’s absorption of protein, which—you guessed it—is essential for healthy hair. 


Sorry, but too many glasses of pinot can reduce the levels of zinc in your body, which keeps hair follicles strong. “Additionally, while dehydrating your body, it also follows that alcohol dehydrates the hair, making it more prone to breakage,” says Harju-Westman. Looks like we’re skipping happy hour tonight.

Whole Foods' 2019 beauty & wellness trends
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Whole Foods' 2019 beauty & wellness trends

Superfood Beauty

Superfoods like matcha, spirulina, avocado, green tea, functional mushrooms and more are making their way into beauty products.

According to Whole Foods, brands like Cocokind use functional mushroom powders in their bronze, rose and gold-hued shimmery highlighters, while body care brand Alaffia blends the mushrooms with coconut and vanilla into body creams.

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Beauty Supplements

More and more beauty supplements that promote beauty from within (literally, you ingest them) are hitting store shelves. These supplements are meant to promote healthier hair, skin and nails. 

Take collagen for example! You can find this product that promotes more supple skin in powders, shots and chews, or even at Whole Foods Market coffee bars. 

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Vegan Cosmetics

Whole Foods has sold only animal cruelty-free beauty products and personal care products for the past 30 years, but the trend is now gaining more traction across the beauty industry. This is in part due to the demand by consumers who seek transparency around their products, improved pigments and staying powder (which tend to be better than conventional makeup products). 

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Sleep Supporters

Establishing a nighttime routine is one way to help you wind down so you can get to sleep and stay there much easier. You can improve your routine with some holistic components like using essential oils, bath bombs, face masks, moon milk and sleep supplements.

"Our experts are also looking forward to the reimagining of classic nighttime beauty routines with new products like Acure’s Radically Rejuvenating Whipped Night Cream, Derma E Vitamin C Intense Night Cream and Evanhealy Blue Cactus Beauty Balm, all launching in June!" a Whole Foods Market press release reads. 

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Microbiome-friendly products

Prebiotics are making their way into skincare to leave "good" existing bacteria on the skin, the kind responsible for making skin look and feel soft. Find it in moisturizer, sunscreen, night creams and more.

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