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Will Vegetarian Diets Cause Hair Loss?

Will Vegetarian Diets Cause Hair Loss? Does following a vegetarian diet cause hair loss? Increasingly, men and women are paying more attention to the foods they put into their bodies. Some are motivated by ethical reasons, while others simply report feeling better after eliminating beef, poultry, and fish from their diet.

Moreover, there’s a growing interest in becoming a weekday vegetarian. Those who ascribe to this new way of minimal meat claim to enjoy all the positives of a vegetarian diet, while reserving the right to indulge in a burger or a filet on the weekends.

But how do vegetarian diets affect your hair? After all, protein is a vital building block for naturally thick hair. And when it comes to foods that naturally support healthy hair growth, red meat and salmon often top the list.

Vegetarian Diets and Hair Loss

Writing for Veganhealth.org, Jack Norris RD explains, “Occassionally, women who become vegetarian or vegan report experiencing hair loss.” This could be due to a variety of reasons, one of which is increased soy.

If you are just starting a vegetarian diet, you will likely begin to consume more soy than prior to making the change. According to new research, increasing the amount of soy in your daily diet may adversely affect thyroid health. As a result, the thyroid may become overactive or underactive. Hair loss is often a side effect of both.

Another common problem with new vegetarians is an over reliance on heavily processed foods. This tends to cause a shortage in daily protein, since most Americans are used to filling that need from animal sources. However, cutting animal protein is not necessarily a bad thing.

“Think of the strongest animals on Earth,” says Michelle Carlson, NASM Elite Trainer. “The gorilla, the hippo, and the rhino…all vegetarians. A vegetarian diet can be fortified with plant based protein powders such as hemp and brown rice, and some vegetarians add eggs and milk to their diets a few times per week.”

Cut Meat. Keep Your Hair.

Are you taking up a vegetarian diet? Stay mindful of thyroid health while keeping a well balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and plant based protein. Follow these hair loss prevention tips, and contact a professional immediately upon noticing signs of excessive hair thinning or shedding.

Contact us online to schedule a complimentary hair loss evaluation, or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

What Should You Do When You Notice Hair on Your Pillow?

Everyday hair loss is completely normal. In fact, the American Academy of Dermatology says the average person loses anywhere between 50 and 100 strands each day. That may seem like a significant amount, but given the average human head has about 100,000 hair follicles, and each follicle is capable of growing about 20 hairs in a lifetime, 100 strands seems minimal in comparison.

But what about when you wake up in the morning and you see more hair than the average amount? And then you notice a general, overall thinning around your part while styling or even patches of missing hair? Don’t immediately panic, but ask yourself the following questions to determine if you’re a good candidate for hair growth therapy or hair restoration.

Have You Been Stressed Recently?

Telogen effluvium, or stress-related hair loss, usually occurs after a trauma that shocks hair follicles to stop producing new hairs. This type of hair loss is named after the final phase of hair growth, the telogen phase, where the hair follicle remains inactive until the regrowth process begins and pushes out the existing hair. Unfortunately for those suffering from stress-related hair loss, the follicle remains inactive because it never cycles back to the first stage (anagen phase) to spark growth.

Potential triggers of telogen effluvium include the following:

  • Physical injury
  • Emotional stress, including a death or lay-off
  • Severe illness
  • Rapid weight loss or change in diet
  • Childbirth and menopause
  • Hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism
  • Some medications
  • Surgery

Is Your Part Visibly Wider?

Women with long hair who part down the side or center might start to notice a wider part as they age. If you can see more scalp than usual while styling your hair, it’s likely you’re experiencing telogen effluvium hair loss.

Because women aren’t always candidates for hair transplant surgery, non-surgical hair restoration with the is an option. The Capillus272 revitalizes hair follicles to create a thicker head of hair without invasive surgery. Since it’s a mobile cap, the device can be used at home or while running errands without anyone noticing.

Do You Notice Pattern Baldness?

Male pattern baldness affects more than two-thirds of men and is caused by hormonal changes. Luckily, however, not all of the hair falls out. Most often times, a strip of hair around the nape of the neck remains – and can be optimized for transplant procedures.

Men may be hesitant to undergo a hair transplant for fear of a fake, “pluggy” look. At our clinic, lead surgeons Drs. Nusbaum and Rose recognize that follicular patterns vary depending on the individual, in a pattern with varying percentages and distances between hair follicles. By implementing the Mosaic® Hair Restoration technique, our surgeons are able to analyze the pattern of growth in the existing hair to design the most natural looking strategy for the transplant site.

Men undergoing hair transplant surgery that want a boost, or who have recently undergone transplant surgery and want to keep their hair healthy and full might consider the Capillus272 as an additional treatment.

While hair loss at night can be alarming, you aren’t out of options. In fact, our world class team of surgeons will work with you to determine the best procedure to help you regain your confidence. For more information, contact Dr. Bernard Nusbaum and Dr. Paul Rose at 305.448.9100.

Birth Control Pills and Hair Loss

Birth Control Pills and Hair LossDoes ‘the pill’ cause hair loss? The topic of birth control and hair loss is as old as the medication itself, dating back to the 1960s when oral contraceptives were first introduced to American women. Unfortunately, women are often surprised to learn that common side effects of birth control may include hair loss. Those who consider taking birth control must also realize that contraceptives may cause a variety of additional side effects, and they do not protect against sexually transmitted diseases.

Learn More. To learn more about birth control and specific side effects, please consult your physician. Always seek the guidance of a licensed medical professional before making any changes to diet, exercise, or prescription medication regimens. The following article is meant to provide a basic overview on oral contraceptives, hormones, and hair loss. It is not a substitute for the expert opinion of a licensed professional.

Which Birth Control Pills Are Most Likely to Cause Hair Loss?

To understand which birth control pills are most likely to cause hair loss, it is first helpful to learn the make-up and basic function of each option. Birth control prevents pregnancy by using different combinations of hormones to suppress ovulation and/or prevent conception. Generally, an oral contraceptive can be characterized by the number of hormones it contains. Combination birth control, for example, contains both estrogen and progestin. The Minipill, by contrast, contains only progestin.

Combination Birth Control vs. Minipill: Which Is Best?

In general, hair loss caused by ‘the pill’ is most often a side effect of hormonal fluctuations. In most cases, birth control causes a relative increase in androgen levels. This may cause a corresponding increase in DHT production, which researchers believe shrinks the hair follicle and causes hair miniaturization. Once this happens, the hair becomes thinner and finer over time. Eventually, it may cease to grow altogether.

Since combination birth control pills contain both progestin and estrogen, they may help to keep androgen levels in check. For this reason, physicians may recommend combination birth control medications to women whose genetics or family history makes them predisposed to hormonally induced hair loss. The minipill, on the other hand, contains no estrogen and may cause a greater relative rise in androgen. With greater fluctuation comes increased sensitivity to hormones (like androgen), which may ultimately contribute to hair loss both during and after birth control use.      

The Androgen Index: Identifying Which Pills Are Least Likely to Cause Hair Loss

The Androgen Index is a way of describing the impact a birth control medication may have on relative androgen levels. By choosing a medication with a low Androgen Index, you may limit your chance of experiencing hair loss (i).

According to the American Hair Loss Association, the following list orders birth control from lowest Androgen Index (1) to highest (20):

  1. Desogen
  2. Ortho-Cept
  3. Ortho-Cyclen
  4. Ortho Tri-Cyclen
  5. Micronor
  6. Nor-Q D
  7. Ovcon-35
  8. Brevicon/Modicon
  9. Ortho Norvum 7/7/7
  10. Ortho Novum 10-11
  11. Tri-Norinyl
  12. Norinyl and Ortho 1/35
  13. Demulen 1/35
  14. Triphasil/Tri-Levien
  15. Nordette
  16. Lo/Ovral
  17. Ovrette
  18. Ovral
  19. Loestrin1/20
  20. Loestrin 1.5/30

High Risk Contraceptives. According to the American Hair Loss Association, the following contraceptives have significant potential for “causing or exacerbating hair loss” (ii):

  1. Progestin Implants, like Norplant.
  2. Hormone Injections, like Depo-Provera.
  3. Skin Patch, like Ortho Evra.
  4. Vaginal Ring, like NuvaRing.

Hair Loss Evaluation, Diagnosis, and Treatment

If you are suffering with hair loss, you are not alone. Nearly 2/3rds of all males experience symptoms of balding, and an estimated 20 million American women experience symptoms of thinning by adulthood.

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we hold our patients’ desire for a full and natural head of hair in the highest regard. We are home of South Florida’s most talented transplant surgeons, microscopists, nurses, and staff. Our team works diligently to ensure each patient feels comfortable and confident during each visit, from evaluation to procedure and post-procedure follow-up.

Early diagnosis is key to full, effective, and natural hair restoration. We invite you to learn more about hair loss evaluations at our Institute, or contact our friendly front desk at 305.925.0222.

Sources:

(i) Birth Control and Hair Loss. American Hair Loss Association. Accessed 25 February 2013.

(ii) Oral Contraceptives. American Hair Loss Association. Accessed 25 February 2013.

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