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I’m vegan and think I’m losing my hair

I’ve noticed that my hair seems to be getting weaker and finer and is even thinning in places. I switched to a vegan diet around a year ago – could this be the cause?

Any diet that restricts the essential nutrients we need for hair growth can cause the health of our hair to deteriorate –  but there is no reason that a balanced vegan diet should be lacking in these. Hair loss comes from within the gut, which is the ‘mothership’ when it comes to looking and feeling good – all diseases originate there, so if we aren’t looking after it, then our hair can be one of the first things to suffer. Make sure your diet is rich in vitamins and minerals, as well as protein which is essential for hair growth  – great sources for vegans include beans, lentils, nut butters, quinoa, and dark leafy green veg. Aim for fresh produce that you can prepare yourself, rather than pre-packaged or over-processed foods which are often lacking in nutrients.

There’s much more than diet that can contribute to hair loss and thinning though. When I work with clients, I work in six week cycles – we see changes from one appointment to the next and make adjustments as needed to the diet or lifestyle. If you are concerned that you are missing out on key nutrients, then consider taking a supplement. My Simone Thomas Wellness regime includes Everyday Wellbeing and Supergreens, which can be teamed with Ginkgo Biloba for all-round hair and gut health. I’ve had fantastic feedback from clients using the range and it’s an easy way to give your body what it needs, regardless of how busy your lifestyle is.

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