For so many of us, the start of a new year sees us embark on a new health, fitness and lifestyle regime. Yet have you ever stopped to think how this may affect your hair? Discover what the latest hair loss news of 2017 is with Simone Thomas:
Veganism contributing to hair loss
One of the latest trends promoted by high-profile stars such as Liam Hemsworth, Jennifer Lopez, Joaquin Phoenix, Beyonce and Jay-Z is to follow a vegan diet. But have you ever stopped to think that your body may be missing out on vital vitamins and nutrients? When it comes to your hair, your diet needs to contain the sufficient vitamins, minerals and protein to maintain shiny healthy hair. You need to make sure you consume foods that are high in vitamins A, B, C and E, and ensure your diet contains good sources of selenium, copper, iron, magnesium and zinc to ensure you can fuel hair growth. Low protein consumption and rapid weight loss in people following a vegan diet have resulted in people reporting hair loss. Celebrities that followed strict diets and rapid weight loss have reported hair loss, such as The Cheeky Girls. Do not rely on protein shakes to ensure adequate protein intake as some of the ingredients in protein shakes often contain growth hormones such as Creatine and DHEA. These are found to cause some hormonal imbalances in the bloodstream that can trigger hair thinning and even cause hair loss.
Whilst it is possible to get all the nutrients you need by eating a plant-only diet, it takes very careful planning. In some instances, a lack of proper nutrition can lead to excessive hair loss. It is completely normal to lose 100 to 200 hairs per day, but if you find you’re losing a lot more, consult a hair loss specialist to ensure you don’t have an underlying health problem.
Which vitamin deficiencies can cause hair loss?
Problems that people can experience because of a vegan diet include:
- Zinc deficiency, causing hair loss, dull and brittle hair
- Vitamin B-12 deficiency, leading to a scaly scalp and hair loss. Vitamin B-12 is only available in meats, fish, poultry and other foods that come from animals, as well as in fortified cereals and grains.
- Iron deficiency, causing cause hair loss, fatigue and weakness
- Hypothyroidism, causing excessive hair loss.
- Amino acid L-lysine deficiency, causing hair loss.
- Relying too much on soy products as a source of protein could be problematic for your hair. Soy can aggravate hypothyroidism in those predisposed to this condition or those with low iodine intake.
If you are suffering with any of these deficiencies and are experiencing hair loss, book a consultation with a hair loss clinic, such as the Simone Thomas hair loss clinic in London, Reading and Bournemouth. A consultation with a hair loss specialist at Simone Thomas can help you identify what could be contributing to your hair loss as we will analyse your medical history, your diet and any stress factors or work/life balance. To conclude, if your vegan diet doesn’t include a lot of vegetables, you may find yourself deficient and suffering with hair loss.
Sweaty gym hair can contribute to hair loss
With fitness trends, always on the rise after the New Year, many have signed up or the gym and are sweating more as a result! It is
incredibly important to ensure that you wash your hair thoroughly after a gym session with products that are free from SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate) and parabens. This is because going to bed with sweaty hair can clog your pores and restrict your natural hair growth. If you think you may be suffering from hair loss because of the gym or otherwise, visit us at the Simone Thomas hair loss clinic and book in for a scalp microdermabrasion. We can identify if you have a build-up of sebum and hair care products on the scalp, which blocks your hair follicles over time. They can examine your scalp under microscope and advise you further.
It’s important to remember that you don’t have to suffer in silence. By visiting a hair loss specialist such as Simone Thomas, causes of hair loss can be identified and a suitable hair loss treatment can be determined. For more information on the latest hair loss news or to book a consultation, get in touch with us today!