Let’s say you adopted a ketogenic or low carb diet not long ago. And let’s say some or all of these have happened:
- You lost weight.
- Your acid reflux disappeared.
- You stopped having migraines.
- Your menstrual cycle normalized after years of living with PCOS.
- Your gout went away.
- Your blood pressure normalized.
- Your skin cleared up.
- Your lipid profile (cholesterol, triglycerides) and overall risk for cardiovascular disease improved.
- You reversed your type 2 diabetes. Maybe you were even able to stop your insulin injections (under a physician’s guidance, of course).
Basically, keto has been working AWESOMELY for you so far. You have more energy, your joint pain is gone, and you can go comfortably for several hours without food and not turn into a pile of white-hot, murderous, hypoglycemic human rage. (Not to mention, you get to eat insanely delicious food.)
Everything that’s happened to you since going keto has been great.
Except for just one thing.
You’re losing hair.
Like, alarming amounts of hair. Massive amounts. Hair coming out in clumps. You see a frightening amount of hair in your shower drain or hairbrush every day. It’s so bad that you’re worried if it keeps up, it won’t be long before you have no hair left at all.
What gives? Is it possible a way of eating that’s been so good for the entire rest of your body is doing damage to your hair?
If you’re worried about hair loss on keto, you’re not alone! This is a common issue—very common!
I wrote a detailed blog post about hair loss on keto for the KetoDietApp site. KetoDietApp is run by Martina Slajerova, who’s authored several keto cookbooks, all of which are pretty fabulous. (Check them out here.)
If you’re wondering what the deal is with losing hair on keto and you want an answer to the most important question of all—will it ever grow back?!—check out my article:
Disclaimer: Amy Berger, MS, CNS, NTP, is not a physician and Tuit Nutrition, LLC, is not a medical practice. The information contained on this site is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any medical condition and is not to be used as a substitute for the care and guidance of a physician. Links in this post and all others may direct you to amazon.com, where I will receive a small amount of the purchase price of any items you buy through my affiliate links.