Today I wanted to share with you one of the not so positive side effects that I had when I first started my keto way of living 4 years ago. One morning when I was blow drying my hair I noticed that my hair was really thinning out. I noticed it about 3 or 4 months after I started eating healthier. It was a bit scary when I saw more hair in my brush and on the sink almost daily. I also noticed the hair I had was breaking off and very frizzy. I was quite worried.
Has this happened to you as well?
FEAR NOT! Hair loss during keto is only temparary.
So why the hair loss while on keto?
It turns out that in a time of great stress we can lose our hair. personally, I don’t feel like I was under any stress when I first started my low carb way of living. Actually, the opposite was true. I was excited and happy to take control of my health. I loved the way I felt and I enjoyed seeing my healthy new body change for the better.
So I was a bit stunned and worried when I saw that my hair was falling out more than normal. So I did some research and learned that even though keto is a much healthier lifestyle, it can be a bit of a shock to someone (like me who didn’t eat exactly healthy in the past. I mean it must have been a total shock to my system when I quit sugar and switched over to fat. I literally was going from one extreme to the other.
The bad news for some of us is that hair loss is a part of low carb high fat. However, the good news is that it is only temporary. Thank Goodness! I started to see my new hair growth within a few months and now 4 years later my hair is shiny healthy and strong.
For those of you who are just starting keto, you can make hair loss less likely by doing a few things.
Start using a good multivitamin if you aren’t already. A good multivitamin like Ketolabs Keto Core Daily Multivitamin with Minerals & Probiotics can help give you the extra minerals and vitamins that you need on a low carb diet. This also includes probiotics.
Biotin helps to make your hair thicker and stronger and less likely to break off. I have noticed a huge difference in my hair and as a bonus, my nails are much healthier too. I love this product.
I also only use really good hair products that are free of chemicals that may damage my hair. I stay far away from products that contain sulfates as they really dry out my hair and make it frizzy.
I like to also use shampoos and conditioners that contain collagen like ILuseta Biotin & Collagen Shampoo & Conditioner. Collagen helps to make your hair strong. And it is good for your skin as well.
It helps to make your skin tighter and healthier. It also helps with the elasticity we lose in our skin as we age. Other benefits include joint support. Collagen help with joint pain.
Another way of adding collagen to your low carb diet is to make your own bone broth.
Anyway, I hope I was able to reassure you a bit. If you are seeing a little bit of hair loss on keto it will soon get back to normal. But by taking vitamins you can help to prevent it from happening in the first place.