Diet & Food for Hair Loss

WHAT IS DIET-RELATED HAIR LOSS?

What we eat largely influences our quality of life. From our energy levels to our self-esteem and confidence: food matters. In many ways, the importance of a healthy diet is obvious: We want to live long, abundant lives, and the vessel that carries us on that journey depends on what we feed it.

What about the other, less obvious ways diet influences our lives? For example, loading up on omega fatty acids, healthy fats, and protein produces shiny, bouncy, and healthy locks, creating the best diet for hair growth. What happens when we crash diet, skimp on vital minerals, or eat too many empty carbohydrates?

Not only do we feel sluggish, but a poor diet may be the source of your sudden hair loss. Conversely, you may be eating better than ever and, as a result, losing weight rapidly. Instead of being rewarded for your accomplishment, you are shedding hair along with pounds. While this can come as an understandable disappointment, it’s one of the most straightforward causes of women’s hair loss to treat.

If you’re experiencing excessive shedding or hair loss on your weight loss journey, here’s what you need to know about diet for hair growth and diet to prevent hair loss.

DOES YOUR DIET AFFECT YOUR HAIR?

The answer to that question prompts a brief investigation into our biochemistry and anatomy. Hair strands are indeed lifeless. Yet the cells living within hair follicles are some of the fastest-growing cells in the human body, second to intestinal cells. And what do these hair cells depend on for optimal growth? If you guessed nourishment for foods to prevent hair loss, you are right. Yet any old form of nourishment won’t do. See, hair isn’t a living organism, which means it won’t demand nourishment the way that vital organs and tissues do. When there’s a nutritional deficit or poor diet, the body’s cellular response is to go into self-preservation mode. Instead of seeking out nutrients, it cuts off energy to specific functions to preserve energy for more essential functions like digestion and circulation. And what’s one of the first functions on the chopping block? Hair growth.

Simply put: a restricted diet thrusts your body into preservation mode to protect vital life functions and as a result, prohibits cells within the hair follicles from growing.

CAUSES OF DIET-RELATED HAIR LOSS

Poor Nutrition

The most straightforward cause of hair loss related to diet is poor nutrition. Yet it’s not a simple matter of “eating an apple a day...” Longstanding malnutrition, calorie restriction, eating disorders, and nutritional deficiencies cause excessive hair shedding, hair thinning, and extreme hair loss. The result?

Chronic Telogen Effuvium
A hair loss condition lasting longer than six months that is caused by prolonged poor nutrition. Thinning occurs across the entire scalp, and it may take longer for hair to regrow due to prolonged damage.

Dieting

Some diets are safe and effective for sustainable weight loss. Yet many variables shape and impact your body during the dieting process. Your starting weight, genetics, and medical history all play a role in weight loss. As it turns out, they also impact your hair health. Meaning your approach to a well-balanced diet will determine whether or not you also shed hair. If you can maintain a healthy diet that still incorporates vital nutrients, you shouldn’t experience excessive shedding. However, crash diets, extreme weight loss, or nutrition deficit can cause:

Telogen Effuvium
A diet-related hair loss condition resulting from crash dieting and stress on the body. Hair’s will rapidly transfer out of the growing phase and into the shedding phase. Once you address and alter the dietary issue, your hair will regrow within 3-6 months.

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF DIET-related hair loss

The most evident signs of hair loss from deficiency occur as hair dryness, brittleness, breakage, lack of shine, dry scalp, and overall lackluster hair. When there’s a nutritional deficiency, hair cells are unable to produce new healthy strands. Worse—existing strands that may have been healthy before will start to break, split and ultimately, fall out.

DIET-RELATED HAIR LOSS DIAGNOSIS

To avoid a deficiency, it’s essential to eat a variety of nutrient-rich foods. At every meal, try to fill up half of your plate with a rainbow of vegetables. Also, try to avoid trans-fat, empty carbs, or singular diets that only emphasize eating a couple of food groups. Focus on eating a healthy balance of lean protein, complex carbs, and adequate levels of vitamins and minerals.

As always, we recommended consulting with your doctor before making any significant changes to your diet.

• Have you started a new diet?
• Have you lost or gained weight?
• Have you cut out, or implemented any major food groups?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above and are experiencing noticeable excessive hair shedding, thinning, or loss, diet may be the primary source. If you are unsure if nutrition is affecting your hair health, you should seek guidance from a medical doctor or licensed nutritionist. Mineral analysis can determine whether or not there is a nutritional or dietary deficiency.

DIET TO PREVENT HAIR LOSS

To avoid a deficiency, it’s essential to eat a variety of nutrient-rich foods. At every meal, try to fill up half of your plate with a rainbow of vegetables. Also, try to avoid trans-fat, empty carbs, or singular diets that only emphasize eating a couple of food groups. Focus on eating a healthy balance of lean protein, complex carbs, and adequate levels of vitamins and minerals. As always, we recommend consulting with your doctor before making any significant changes to your diet.

DIET-RELATED HAIR LOSS TREATMENT

The quickest and most effective way to treat nutritional-related hair loss is to take a candid survey of your diet. Are you getting enough protein, vitamins, minerals, and essential nutrients? It might seem difficult to part with a specific diet, especially if you are generating positive results on your weight-loss journey. Sustainable, long-term health hinges on healthy and abundant nutrition.

Remember that some hair loss from dieting is healthy. If you’ve lost more than 20 pounds, you may experience sudden shedding. Typically, once your body adjusts, hair will return to its normal growth cycle.

Your body is incredibly resilient. In the meantime, here’s what you can do to stay on track on your dietary journey without compromising hair health:

• Consult with your doctor and test mineral and nutrient levels.
• Take care not to skip meals.
• Eat a hearty, healthy, and balanced breakfast every day.
• Eat a palm-sized portion of protein at every meal (lean meats, fish, nuts, legumes, eggs, tofu, seitan, quinoa.
• Stay hydrated with 64oz. of water each day, no excuse.  Dehydrated hair follicles result in breakage, shedding, and hair loss.
• Minitor your intake of iron and essential nutrients.

Essential Nutrients For Healthy Hair Growth

When we talk about essential nutrients for hair growth, we’re not merely emphasizing certain ingredients because they are healthy. Instead, “essential” means that biologically, your body depends on these nutrients to enact its normal functions. Essential nutrients must be eaten or incorporated with an oral or sublingual supplement to create the best diet for hair growth.

Foods Good for Hair Growth

Protein

If we look at hair anatomy, we learn that hair is made of a protein called Keratin. As such, restriction of protein results in weak, brittle, and thin hair that sheds. The good news is that there are excellent sources of protein for every diet, including meat, poultry, fish, dairy, eggs, legumes, beans, quinoa, and soy.

Iron

Hair follicles live under the scalp and feed on your blood supply. As such, they crave blood rich in iron. One of the leading causes of excessive shedding is an iron deficiency. If you’re iron deficient, increase your intake of dark leafy greens, red meat, chicken, fish, tofu, broccoli, egg, mussels, oysters, veal, or iron-fortified or enriched foods like cereal or brown rice.

Healthy Fats - Omega Fatty Acid

We know that circulation is vital to cardiovascular health, but where else in the body is regulated blood flow necessary? Microcirculation is the circulation of blood through the tiniest vessels in the body. And where’s one place small blood vessels live? In our hair follicles. Healthy fats promote microcirculation, minimize inflammation of the blood vessels, and stimulate healthy hair growth. Some of the best food for hair loss that include healthy fats are salmon, avocado, and coconut oil.

Biotin

Biotin is also crucial for producing Keratin, the protein building block of hair strands. Get biotin from eggs, almonds, mushrooms, cauliflower, and cheese, or take a supplement.

Vitamin B12, C, E & D

These are all essential nutrients that support a myriad of functions in the body, including healthy hair. Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and nuts will provide abundant nutrients. If you aren’t privy to greens at every meal, you can also take daily supplements.

Calcium

Calcium supports strong, healthy bones and teeth. It also promotes the secretion of androgens, the hormone responsible for stimulating hair growth. Considering this fact, calcium deficiency can lead to hair breakage and excessive shedding. Milk, yogurt, almond milk, broccoli, sesame seeds, salmon, sardines, oranges, and apricots are all excellent sources of natural calcium.

While your hair recovers from dietary deficiency, you may also want cosmetic or alternative support to enhance hair health and improve confidence. 

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Jennifer Rose
Love my Follea Rene - and the amazing customer service!

I considered purchasing a wig for years as my hair became increasingly thin. I finally decided the time was right and I’m so thankful to have found Follea. I purchased the Rene 12 inch in Caramel Latte and I absolutely love it – both the color and style are perfect. Stylist consultant, Tracy Romo, was so incredibly supportive and knowledgeable -- she walked me through every step of the process. She assisted with measurements and answered all of my questions via video calls. I can’t say enough about the amazing customer service I experienced from beginning to end. Tracy guided me in the right direction every step of the way, even sending me helpful videos and styling tips. I honestly couldn’t be happier with my experience.

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M. Terese Weir
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My Follea Style (6-11) is in all honesty the most comfortable wig I've ever worn - and I hate anything on my head! This wig just... goes where it's supposed to, no pulling it this way or that, no realizing your doggone wig is crooked.. AFTER you walk in to work. This success is in no small part to the Fit Kit I was sent to make sure of my size. 😊

Also, to say the hair is beautiful gives beauty a bad name. The hair is stunning. (I wear color Latte.) My consultant, Ashley, virtually took my hand to guide me through the process of buying my wig. Her help was and still is invaluable.

My hairdresser is very comfortable styling wigs. She created just the right "style" for my Style. That said, even straight from the box, Follea rocks!

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Kimberlee Bluhm
Wig #6

The ready to wear wig I received from Daniel Alain is beautiful. The packaging was so respectful of the wig. So impressed. I called with questions before purchasing and the staff was very kind and respectful as Loosing my hair was so unexpected and stressful. Thank you for wonderful customer service and a beautiful wig. So many compliments on how it makes me look. Thank you.

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I can’t say enough about Tracy and the VIP service I got from her. She was always there on the other side of the phone , no matter what day or time and help me every step of the way!
I have never had such great customer service in any of the other leading wig companies I bought wigs from. Hands down the best!
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Amazing Personalized treatment

What a wonderful experience I had. Tracy was so sweet and kind and found me the perfect wig. Her patience and understanding when I couldn't decide exactly what I wanted , and finding me the perfect wig and answering all my crazy questions. I left with such a beautiful wig. Thank you again Tracy ♥️♥️

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Kim sissons
Tracy Romo is a life changer!

When you first go through your personal hair loss journey, you go through so many emotions and sometimes you get desperate. People like to take advantage of those searching for an answer. After making a very costly mistake, Tracy was a game changer for me! She was amazing, very knowledgeable and helped me understand what to look for, how to ensure I got the right size, face timed me to measure and ensure it was correct. I cannot say enough amazing things about Tracy, and my amazing Follea wig.

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Mercedes
Style 10 Inch Color 5005 Macchiato (comes with a soft rooting)

This is my first wig but not my first attempt with alternative hair. Its been a journey and one I knew I wanted to take with Follea. I was not wrong. The hair is silky soft and beautifully shiny. The staff is great and wonderful to work with. Their online consultation process is just what I needed. I received sample caps to try on to determine which size is the right size for me. I received color swatches as well to make the color selection process was a breeze. It does make a difference to see to the colors in person, dont be afraid to ask for color swatches. To see them against the light or while your home is worth it. All this happened after the online consultation, which was simple and fun. The rep provided samples of everything, explained the differences with each one. This helped me make a decision on what was right for me. Getting the samples of the wig caps and color swatches was a fun part of the experience but it also made me feel good about my decisions. I often worry about getting the wrong size and color. Once I was set ( and yes I changed my mind a bit) we went forward with the order. After I received my wig and cut the lace, the team was still there to help me with any questions I had.

Overall a great online purchasing experience. Once I received my Follea, I instantly knew this was it for me. I loved it and I was confident to wear it out.

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There are no words to fully express how grateful I am for finding Follea and meeting Janet. Her kindness combined with a professional, yet so gentle, advice helped me to find my beautiful natural looking European hair. Janet patiently showed me different styles and sizes (my head is so small!). She has never pushed me to anything. Only offered support and help on the way to my decision, and eventually ordered (incredibly urgently) the right size. I wish all patients to meet someone like Janet on their way! Before I found Follea, I faced a few horrible pushy people who wanted to make money of my sensitive, fragile situation of suddenly losing hair.
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Great customer services! Received in a timely manner. Very happy with my topper, especially after I trimmed bangs and length to fix my own hair.

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