I decided to write this post on female hair loss because a) I get e-mails about this occasionally from vegan readers (and it’s important to point out that if you’re eating a well-balanced diet, veganism is not to blame) and b) I had a hair loss-y sitch a couple years ago (after having been vegan for 7 years) and was able to pull through after doing a bit of research.
First off, the cause of hair loss in ladies can be due to: genetics, stress, hormones, seasonal changes (we “shed” more hair in the spring and summer), or underlying medical conditions.
Secondly, most people lose anywhere from 50 to 100 strands of hair each day—totally normal (our hair grows in cycles, ya know).
Tips for keepin’ your hairsies lush and plentiful
- Take prenatal vitamins like the ones from Trader Joe’s (they’re vegan—YAY!) – You don’t need to be preggers to take these; they just have extra iron, folic acid, and B Vitamins which work wonders for your hair and nails.
- Wash your hair less frequently (every other day or a couple times a week is fine).
- Go easy on the styling and hair products (duh, right?)
- Make sure you’re getting your essential fatty acids (found in foods like walnuts, canola oil, flax seeds, soy, etc.)
- Chill out on your alcohol intake, de-stress, and try to avoid junk food (←I know, big womp). Also, up your water intake, fools!
- Opt for a wide toothed comb over a gnarly brush.
- Massage your scalp to increase blood flow to your hair follicles (this will also helps you de-stress and relax).
Do you have any other tips? If so, please share!
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