With summer approaching fast, it’s crunch-time to get your bod back in shape before hitting the lake. But while counting calories may help you lose a little off your middle, it may be doing more than that: hair loss, while usually genetic, can also be caused by poor diet. If your body isn’t getting the nutrients it needs, it will begin to weaken—and that includes your hair.
What Weak Hair Does
While the Barnum & Baileys and Ringling Bros. stunt didn’t fail due to weak hair, it does demonstrate how important strong locks are. Weak hair can be evident through split ends, frequent hair loss, and hair that breaks easily through brushing or styling. While certain regimens—like towel-drying and heat-styling—are damaging, what you’re eating may have an even bigger impact.
Diets that are low in protein or iron may negatively impact your hair’s strength and growth. Low-protein diets, loss of blood or problems with nutrient absorption can point to a larger problem that you’ll want to discuss with your doctor; if a strict weight-loss diet is the culprit, however, it can be easily fixed. Your diet may take 2 to 3 months to fully impact your hair, so if you aren’t sure about your current dieting regimen, you may talk with your doctor to ensure your body—and hair—is getting what it needs.
If your diet isn’t the culprit behind your weak and damaged hair, you may want to chat with your doctor about other potential causes: stress, medications, and surgeries are all possibilities. Once you get your locks in order, you’ll want to treat them with care. Here’s a basic list of hair do’s and don’ts:
While you can’t always prevent your hair from becoming weak and falling out, you can start off with a strong foundation. Even after you’ve gone through hair transplantation, you’ll want to keep your locks strong and beautiful—and these tips can help. For more information, feel free to contact us! We’d love to hear from you!