View Full Version : Need help hair loss!!!????
11-15-2005, 12:32 AM
Hi everyone :) , I losing a lot of my hair :( :( .
i raw vegan for five month and i need help, i very happy with my raw lifestyle.
This is normal or i missing something????
i eat very good so what is the problem????
i eat fruits,vegetables and nuts.
Thank you very much!!!!
11-15-2005, 01:12 AM
Well, it could be so many things,
did you used to shampoo alot? condition alot? hairspray? curl? bleach? dye? it.
did you have a lot of heavy metal toxicity? You really need to know if your hair is falling out, breaking off or just not growing,
each thing is different, if it is falling out, it could be hormonal, or nutrition,
if it is breaking off, it could be a vitamin or nutruition thing,or hormonal.
If it is just not growing it is probably nutrition.
Pretty much every thing will be based on nutrition, but there can be some outside reasons, such as shampoos, bleaches, dyes etc.
Anyway, there can also be some hormonal things, or if you are taking mediction, or stopping medication, there could also be weather changes, etc.
So, you really need to look at all instances.
When I went raw, this year, my hair started breaking off, so badly, that it was shoulder length, I haven't cut my hair since the 70's so it should be longer.
Well, I've been raw since Jan, and just this last month,in October my hair finally started looking like it's growing again.
Well, I used to shampoo every day, and condition my hair, and use hot oil treatments, and I bleached it a couple of times, and frosted it, in the 70's and I dyed it a few times, not a lot, but a few, so although I usually pretty much took great care of my hair, no blow dryers, no perms, no curlers, not much bleach etc.
It still fell out like crazy, so I think it was detox.
11-15-2005, 01:19 AM
Beautifully said RP, thank you!
Also, here are a couple of threads to check out where other members here experienced hairloss ONLY to have reported that after a while, the hair began to not only come in, but come in thicker!
As RawPriestess mentioned, I suggest no longer using commercial-brand shampoos if you're still using them. RP often has suggested using honey and rinsing well instead of shampoo and many here have done it with excellent results...try it...couldn't hurt!
Obviously, there are a whole HOST of possibilities, many of which will have been covered in previous threads on this forum. However, just for starters, do ensure an adequate intake of vitamin D and of essential fatty acids (EFAs).
11-15-2005, 08:05 AM
Mine is still falling out after a few months, albeit more slowly. I know I'm to blame with not watching my fat intake (I need more of it). Not sure what you're eating but as Arky said it could be not enough EFAs.
11-15-2005, 08:15 AM
My hair falls out regularly, it is normal so are you just noticing it more or are you thinning is the question.
I have a thick full head of hair...and my hair dresser thins it every 3-4 times I have it cut. When I blow dry I always see hair on floor and on pillow in the morning.
11-15-2005, 12:32 PM
Thank you for helping me :) , i would try the honey but i don't know how to do it, can anyone tell me?
What shampoo is good?, i use Dr. Bronner's 18-1 Hemp Tea tree,mmmm it is o.k.?
And again Thank you very much Rawpriestess,Rawkinlocs,Arky,Secret heart and Twinnee1. :)
11-15-2005, 12:47 PM
i was losing a lot of hair when i went raw as well. i got some good advice from the board and many said it might be because i was detoxing. my hair started to come out less after a few weeks. recently i cut my hair short and it stopped coming out as much. my hair was down my back before. when i went to the salon they said it was not uncommon for women with long and thick hair to lose hair from the weight of the hair pulling down...
11-15-2005, 03:22 PM
I went through a lot of hair loss when I was about 6 months raw. After 3 weeks, that stopped. Since then, my hair has been only improving. It is now curly, as it used to be when I was a toddler. I stopped shampooing it so often, and I use only a minimum amount of some gentle body wash to wash it, or plain water. My guess is that my initial hair loss was due to detox. I do not believe that it was caused by not enough fat, as these days I eat far less fat (I eat fruit all day and salads with some fat (avo, tahini) in the evening) than in my first year (I ate lots of nuts then), and I do not experience dramatic hair loss anymore.
All the best,
11-16-2005, 03:19 PM
My issue was a too-low fat diet. Flax seeds and other E.F.A.-rich foods have improved my hair markedly. (Lots of greens in the form of smoothies)
My hair is growing great now. I recently added Borage oil and that has contributed quite a bit to my hair growth and quality.
I have long hair and, now, when I pull it back into a ponytail, I have layer of hair surrounding my face that sticks straight out about 3 inches -- not exactly attractive right now, but it is testimony to brand-new hair growth.
Make sure your getting your E.F.A.s. and enough of them.
11-16-2005, 04:38 PM
jaurequi, I have the same issue with my hair. I had several months of hair thinning which I believe was caused by too little fat. I have lots of new hair growth which is wonderful, but boy do I have the frizzies!!
11-16-2005, 06:04 PM
I read once that increasing your intake of probiotics can help reverse hair loss. Maybe worth a try?
11-16-2005, 11:03 PM
I am having this problem now too, although Ive been high raw for quite awhile now. I also get plenty of fats. It may be hormonal for me, as im also experiencing a cyst right now.
Its scary, i have to say. I wonder if its lowered protein amounts?
I'll look into that probiotic thing.
11-17-2005, 09:25 AM
Try to add more sulphur to your diet by eating more sulphur rich foods and also by taking msm supplements.
11-17-2005, 09:40 AM
I don't think it's a protein issue. When I was on the Atkins diet I lost LOTS of hair when I was losing weight and it was a popular topic on the Atkins boards and they sure aren't lacking protein. :rolleyes:
11-17-2005, 11:09 AM
thats interesting rawmommie, were they people who had lost weight on the atkins diet that were losing hair? If so, that may be more evidence that this a metabolic process.
I also was told by an endroconolgist that hair reacts quite awhile after what it is reacting to; its slow.
11-17-2005, 02:03 PM
:D yep, VeggieMel, "frizzies" is right! I have them growing underneath at the back of my neck. It's a good thing though; makes me happy to see hair coming in I haven't seen in years. (By the way, I've always loved your avatar!)
I also recommend the MSM -- works wonders all around!
11-17-2005, 02:17 PM
jaurequi, thanks. I love the painting. I see it as showing how I'm "going green," uniting with nature by going raw, and somehow her face reminds me of my own.
I have a good bottle of MSM which I've been neglecting for awhile, so I'll go back to using it.
11-17-2005, 08:26 PM
Green it is! High MINERAL foods will help tremendously. (Think - KALE and SEAWEEDS, PARSLEY, etc.) Green it up!
11-17-2005, 08:29 PM
Plucked- Yes, they were people who were losing weight. The common answer that was given to them was that hairloss is normal when you are losing weight. I have found it to be true myself that when I start losing (which is rare) :rolleyes: , I will lose more hair in the shower. *shrug*
11-19-2005, 04:01 PM
I also experienced hair loss, actually when I first started to eat cooked vegan. My hair used to be very thick, and when I changed my diet to vegan, my hair began falling out at am alarming rate! I went to the doctor, and he ran lots of tests, but found nothing "wrong". He said it probably was due to the amount of weight I had lost so quickly.
I have been high-raw vegan for several years now, and while my hair isn't as thick as it once was, it doesn't fall out as much anymore. It is thinner than it used to be, but I think that perhaps this could be due to "getting older". Maybe a hormonal thing? Anyway, my hair is shinier than it's ever been, and it is such a nice, bright color now. I was beginning to get lots of gray hairs in my 30's, but I am now 42, and have very few gray strands anymore, just a few around my temples, and a few stragglers on top, near the part.
I have noticed, also, that I tend to lose more hair in the summertime. Come autumn and winter, and the loss rate slows down quite a bit.
BTW, my diet is very low in overt fats and protein, so for me I don't think it is a fat/protein issue. If it was, I surely would be losing big clumps of hair all year long! This has just been my experience, though, so anymore experiencing hair loss should experiment and observe themselves to find a solution to this problem.
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