Stop Hair Loss During Weight Loss
By Taking Vitamins and Supplements vs Eating Diet Foods That Support Hair Growth vs Adding Regular Scalp and Hair Treatments ... and 1 more

Edited by Donna, Inukshuk, Eng, vc

One of the most challenging aspects of losing weight is facing the hair loss that is often the result of:

  • Eating a diet that is restricted in calories as this causes your body to stop sending nutrients to "unnecessary" bodily functions such as growing hair to ensure that other autonomic functions and systems keep working
  • Eating a diet that is restricted in fat, as this causes hair follicles to stop producing the sebum that nourishes strong, flexible hair that resists breakage
  • Eating a diet that has you eating the same foods every day, thus causing hair loss due to missing vitamins and nutrients
  • Eating a diet that restricts protein intake, such as a vegetarian weight loss regimen that forbids meat, as hair is made entirely of protein
  • Eating a diet with no dairy, which can affect magnesium and calcium levels needed to grow hair
  • Failing to eat foods that may be keeping your hormones in balance so that byproducts from normal biochemical actions in your body (such as the sex hormone DHT) do not build up and cause hair loss

There are steps that you can take to prevent hair loss while you are dieting.

No matter what type of diet you are on, there are some dietary and lifestyle measures that you can take to minimize the inevitable hair thinning, fallout and patchy balding that can be the result of dieting.

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Method 1: By Taking Vitamins and Supplements

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    Take a good full quality multivitamin and mineral supplement every day.
    The cause of hair thinning and hair loss in dieters is malnutrition. Make sure that the supplement includes all A, C, D, E and all the B vitamins as well as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese and zinc.
    Taking one high quality multi-vitamin plus minerals supplement a day can help prevent hair loss while you are on a diet.
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    Take 1 tablespoon oral silica gel three times a day.
    You can mix it in juice or water if you like. Silicon gel contains silicon, which helps growing hair absorb minerals that may be lacking in a low-calorie or no diary diet such as calcium, magnesium, selenium and magnesium.
    Silica gel helps the hair avoid minerals that can prevent hair loss during dieting.
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    Take a tablespoon of MSM in powder form twice a day in milk or juice.
    Methyl Sulfonyl Methane is a rich source of bio-active sulfur, which is an essential nutrient needed for hair follicles to construct keratin. Keratin plays an important role in helping hair maintain its strength.
    MSM helps build the hair protein keratin.
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    Take 10,000 mcg of biotin daily.
    Biotin is essential for hair growth and it helps the hair follicles absorb other vitamins, but especially the B vitamins that hair needs to grow.
    Biotin helps hair follicles absorb vitamins and minerals to facilitate healthy hair growth.
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    Take at least 1000 IU of vitamin D a day.
    Vitamin D is essential for dieters because the vitamin is needed for hair follicle cells to store vitamins and to produce healthy sebum.
    Vitamin D is essential during dieting to maintain hair growth.
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Method 2: By Eating Diet Foods That Support Hair Growth

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    Eat seaweed every day.
    Seaweeds such as kelp, wakame and nori contain very high amounts of calcium, magnesium and iodine and have almost 0 calories. These minerals support the endocrine and hormonal systems, which helps build strong healthy hair. They also help to reduce hair loss caused by high blood sugar levels. In addition they contain essential fatty acids that are needed to keep hair from breaking off at the root.
    Seaweed salad is full of minerals that can help prevent hair loss while you are dieting.
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    Eat lean grass-fed beef.
    Steak is a good source of iron, folate, all of the B vitamins and the protein that your hair needs to grow.
    Steak is a good source of dietary protein.
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    Eat two eggs three at least times a week.
    Egg yolks are not often allowed on calorie restricted diets but they are an essential, low calorie source of the biotin, sulphur and protein that your hair needs to grow. For an extra nutritional boost for hair growth, eat eggs that have been optimized with added omega-3 fatty acids.
    Eggs are a good source of biotin which helps grow hair.
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    Eat raw oysters as often as possible.
    Oysters are pure protein and an excellent low-calorie source of zinc, which helps clarify the scalp and make sure that your scalp resists inflammation.
    Oysters contain the mineral zinc, which helps prevent hair loss.
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    Eat as many watermelon slices as you like a day.
    Watermelon is a good source of minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium and selenium, all of which are essential for nourishing hair follicles. Watermelon is also a natural DHT blocker that prevents hair loss due to hormonal imbalances and insulin resistance.
    Watermelons help block DHT, which can cause hair thinning and hair loss.
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    Eat cooked Swiss chard as often as possible.
    Swiss chard is an excellent source of L-lycopene, which assists with hormonal-related hair loss. Chard is also a great source of folate, iron, magnesium and calcium.
    Cooked Swiss chard helps prevent hair thinning and hair loss while you are on a diet.
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    Eat dried fruits as a snack.
    Dried prunes, apricots, banana slices and apples are rich in sulfur and iron, which are essential for healthy blood circulation to the scalp.
    Dried fruit nourishes scalps with needed amounts of sulfur and iron.
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    Eat at least half of a cup of Greek yogurt a day.
    Greek yogurt is high in essential fatty acids, calcium, phosphorus and the protein needed to keep hair sprouting from hair follicles.
    Greek yogurt, pictured here with honey and strawberries, is nourishing for the hair and scalp.
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    Eat cooked sweet potatoes three times a week.
    Sweet potatoes are a nourishing source of Vitamin A, which helps the scalp produce enough sebum to grow a strong flexible strand of hair. Although sweet potatoes are a starch, they are less glycemic that white potatoes
    Sweet potatoes are a low glycemic source of healthy carbs that nourish the hair.
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    Eat strawberries every day.
    Strawberries are a delicious natural source of the mineral silica which helps keep your hair strong and healthy. The vitamin C in strawberries also helps your scalp resist infection.
    The vitamin C and zinc in strawberries help prevent scalp infecitons.
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    Eat black sesame seeds as a snack.
    Black sesame seeds contain a perfectly balanced combination of copper, zinc, iron, magnesium, calcium and essential fatty acids that can help prevent hair loss and regrow hair.
    Black seeds can be baked into healthy breads lke this healthy black sesame seed loaf.
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    Add garlic to every dish that you can.
    Garlic contains sulphur, Vitamin C and anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial agents that help fight hair loss in all circumstances. The active ingredient in garlic is allicin, which is dormant until the garlic clove is smashed or cut up, so eat it as raw as possible. Adding garlic to chopped up smoothies is a good idea.
    Eating chopped garlic is a great defense against hair loss when you are dieting.
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Method 3: By Adding Regular Scalp and Hair Treatments

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    Give your hair and scalp a warm oil massage treatment at least once a week.
    When you diet, your hair and scalp tends to be drier. Warm a couple of tablespoons of either coconut oil, olive oil, amla oil or argan oil and apply to your hair and scalp. Massage vigorously and then use a mild shampoo like Johnson's Baby Shampoo to rinse it out. Let your hair dry as usual.
    An olive oil hair hot oil hair treatment can help nourish hair while you are on a weight loss program.
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    Rinse your hair with raw apple cider vinegar at least once a week.
    When you diet, you might start detoxifying as excess hormones, oil and toxins often end up on the scalp. Add two tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar to an eight to ten ounce bottle of room temperature water. Squirt this homemade apple cider rinse all over your hair after you shampoo and condition it. Rub it into your scalp and leave it on a couple of minutes.
    An apple cider vinegar rinse can be added to a spray bottle to make it easier to apply to the hair.
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Method 4: By Adopting Lifestyle Changes To Prevent Hair Loss

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    Stay away from stressful people and situations.
    If you must be on a low-calorie or other type of restricted diet is very important that you do not weaken your already fragile hair roots further by engaging into too much drama or conflict. This is because negative excitement produces cortisol, which in turn causes the production of DHT, a hormone that causes baldness. Instead carve out time for yourself alone by engaging in a hobby you like, meditation or even going shopping.
    Reduce stress when on a weight loss program to avoid hair loss.
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    Walk or ride a bike for at least an hour every day.
    This stimulates circulation and oxygen intake, which in turn helps nutrients to reach the hair follicles on the scalp and the scalp to dispose of toxins.
    A walk in the park is good for the circulation and hair growth.
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    Read labels carefully to avoid using shampoos and conditioners that contain additives and chemicals.
    During dieting your hair is more vulnerable to hair loss if you use products that contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Parabens, Polyethylene Glycol and Fragrance. Read the ingredients on all products that you buy.
    Read the labels on hair products before buying to make sure you are not provoking hair loss by using shampoos and containers that contain chemicals.
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    Don't dye or process your hair while you are dieting.
    Your hair and scalp are not in optimum condition to heal any damage from the chemicals in dye, perms or hair straighteners.
    Dying hair can damage it, especially if you are dieting.
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    Avoid wearing hairstyles that stress your hair and follicles.
    Braids, buns and ponytails are all hairstyles that can help pull hair out by root or cause it to break at the root. Instead, wear a very loose ponytail to avoid hair loss due to traction damage.
    Hair styles that are too tight can cause hair loss, especially in scalps weakened by a constant dieting.
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    Get plenty of rest at night and take naps during the day.
    Dieting is fatiguing as your body tries to compensate for the lack of calorie intake, so do your best to ensure a good night's rest by sleeping at least 8 hours a night, sleeping in a cool room and sleeping without stimulations such as your laptop or cell phone in the bed.
    Getting plenty of rest is crucial for dieters who want to keep their hair.
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    Sleep on satin or polyester silk pillowcases.
    Sleep on pillows that have a slippery fabric so that when you turn your head at night your hair is not pulled in any way. This helps prevent hair that is weakened by diet from falling out.
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Tips and Tricks

Fad diets like the cabbage soup diet where you eat nothing but the same soup and the occassional banana for days can cause hair loss.

  • Avoid fad diets that have you eating the same foods day after day, such as The Cabbage Soup Diet or the Grapefruit diet; you will simply not get all of the nutrients you need a day to grow a healthy head of hair.
  • Hair that is weakened because of malnutrition from a low calorie diet may not fall out for another three to seven months after the diet.
  • If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.
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