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Diet & Hair Loss in Men

can your diet affect your hair?

It’s no secret that our dietary habits have a substantial influence on our health. Loading up on lean proteins, fresh produce, and healthy fats invigorates the body and mind with vitality and physical stamina. Conversely, saturated fats, fried foods, and fast food cause bloating, fatigue, and lowered motivation. Even worse: what we eat dictates the quality of our hair.Crash dieting depletes the body’s energy stores, forcing it to operate on muscle tissue. How’s your diet? If you’ve recently implemented a new regimen, or struggle to get nutrients, your diet may be the source of your sudden hair loss. Even if you’re eating healthier than ever, a significant change in diet can result in rapid hair (and weight) loss.It might seem straightforward that hair and diet are linked, but there’s more to know about this remarkable relationship.

The Role Diet Plays  on Hair Health

Simply put: hair is dead. Well, the strands are but head closer to the scalp, and you’ll discover that the follicles are booming with life. Inside each follicle is an active world of biochemistry. Cells rapidly grow, but they live on nutrients supplied by the food you eat.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, the body cuts off energy to less needy functions and preserves it for essential functions like digestion and circulation. And what’s one of the first functions on the chopping block? The hair growth cycle.A restricted diet thrusts the body into preservation mode to protect vital life functions. The result? Hair cells prohibit hair follicles from producing hair strands. Furthermore, a poor diet diminishes stamina, lowers self-esteem, and, ultimately, your quality of life along with it. Sound familiar?

CAUSES OF DIET-RELATED HAIR LOSS

Poor Nutrition

If you’ve eaten unhealthy foods for a long time, poor nutrition is likely the root cause of your hair loss. Also, crash dieting, calorie restriction, eating disorders, and nutritional deficiencies can each cause shedding, thinning, and loss.

The resulting medical condition is called:

Chronic Telogen Effuvium
A hair loss condition caused by prolonged poor nutrition or dietary deficiency. The issue can last longer than six months and lead to thinning across the entire scalp. Unfortunately, hair may take longer to regrow due to prolonged damage.

Dieting

Some diets are safe and effective for sustainable weight loss. Of course, your weight loss journey depends on your starting weight, genetics, and medical history. As it turns out, these variables also impact your hair health. Whichever diet you choose, the main goal is to get an adequate intake of nutrients and vitamins, which is why you should consult with your doctor before switching your diet. Crash diets, extreme weight loss, or nutrition deficiency can cause:

Telogen Effuvium
A hair loss condition resulting in stress on the body caused by crash dieting. With this condition, hairs rapidly scatter from the growing phase and into the shedding phase, causing hair loss. Once you address and alter the dietary issue, hair starts regrowing within 3-6 months.

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF DIET-related hair loss in men

When there’s a nutritional deficiency, hair cells can’t produce new healthy strands. In turn, hair looks dull and sheds excessively. 

You may also notice the following symptoms:

• Hair dryness, brittleness, and breakage
• A dry, itchy scalp
• Dull, flat strands
• Lack of shine and volume

DIET-RELATED HAIR LOSS DIAGNOSIS

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. You may not outright know that your diet is the cause of hair loss. To identify the issue, think back on your nutritional choices over the last 2-3 months:

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 above questions and are experiencing noticeable hair loss, diet is likely the source. If you’re still unsure, consult with your medical doctor or a licensed nutritionist. Mineral analysis can determine whether or not there is a nutritional or dietary deficiency. Your doctor or nutritionist can work with you on a treatment plan tailored to your nutritional needs.

foods that help PREVENT men's HAIR LOSS

We all know that it’s essential to eat a balanced diet, but life gets in the way. It helps to have a no-fuss diet plan that you can quickly implement without devoting hours to meal prepping and cooking.At every meal, fill up half of your plate with vegetables. Change up your vegetables a few times a week to provide a bounty of nutrients to your body. Avoid trans-fat, empty carbs, or singular diets that only emphasize eating a couple of food groups. Instead, eat a healthy balance of lean protein, complex carbs, and adequate levels of vitamins and minerals. 

DIET-RELATED HAIR LOSS TREATMENT

Implement the following strategies to maintain your weight loss journey without losing hair:

• Consult with your doctor and test mineral and nutrient levels
• Avoid skipping meals
• Eat a balanced breakfast every day
• Meal prep your lunches over the weekend to ensure you're eating healthy, quick lunches
• Cook most meals instead of eating out
• 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
• Monitor your intake of iron and essential nutrients

Essential Nutrients For Healthy Hair Growth

The human body is a powerhouse, but biologically, it depends on certain nutrients to perform successfully. Essential nutrients must be eaten or incorporated with an oral or sublingual supplement.

Best Food For Men's Hair Growth

Protein

Anatomically, hair is made of a protein called Keratin. Low protein levels result in weak, brittle hair. Excellent protein sources are lean meat, poultry, dairy, eggs, fish, legumes, beans, quinoa, and soy.

Iron

Hair follicles live under the scalp and feed on your blood supply, so they crave blood rich in iron. Iron deficiency is a leading cause of hair loss. Load up on protein with dark leafy greens, chicken, fish, tofu, red meat, broccoli, egg, mussels, oysters, veal, or iron-fortified or enriched foods like cereal or brown rice.

Healthy Fats - Omega Fatty Acid

Microcirculation is the movement of blood through the tiniest vessels in the body — like hair follicles. Healthy fats promote microcirculation, minimize inflammation of the blood vessels, and stimulate healthy hair growth. Get healthy fats from 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 many functions, including healthy hair. Stock up on these vitamins by eating fruits, vegetables, and nuts. If you struggle to get your greens, take a daily multivitamin.

Calcium

Calcium supports strong, healthy bones and teeth, but it also secretes androgens, the hair growth hormone. Calcium deficiency causes hair breakage and excessive shedding. Consume calcium from milk, yogurt, almond milk, broccoli, sesame seeds, salmon, sardines, oranges, and apricots.Your hair can recover from diet-related hair loss, but in the meantime, you may want to grab an easy to use cosmetic solution to give your hair a powerful boost.

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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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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. 😊

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Kimberlee Bluhm
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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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Patty McKenna
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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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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