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    Hello,
    Hair loss seems rather pandemic among low carbers. Over the years, I've heard of lots of people who claim to have had severe hair loss on low carb, even more so than they did when they were on calorie-restricting starvation diets. One lady I talked to claimed her hair never returned to its previous thickness, even years after her weight loss/diet.

    Now, I know that paleo dieters are generally more lenient with carbohydrate intake. So I was curious if any paleo dieters here have had problems with hair loss since going on the paleo diet?

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    My hair loss occurred before I went primal, even long before I thought about any diets or lifestyle changes. I've been shaving my noggin since I was 22 years old some 20 odd years ago. What I have noticed however is that my beard is denser now than before I went primal.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Sungrazer View Post
      What I have noticed however is that my beard is denser now than before I went primal.
      Hmm, your testosterone dollars at work?

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      • #4
        Maybe the primal blueprint promotes sexual markers in both men and women? Such as wide shoulders, narrow hips, strong legs, powerful jawline and brows in men. Hair on the jaw and brows would make these appear larger and more masculine. Where as on women the same markers would be hourglass figure, small chin, dense hair, ample breasts and a big butt?

        Just some thoughts.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seconda...characteristic
        Last edited by Sungrazer; 04-17-2010, 05:04 AM. Reason: Added link about Secondary Sex Characteristics
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        • #5
          i lost a lot of hair since going primal, but it could be because i got a Brazilian hair treatment which was too harsh for my already not-so-thick hair like a month before going primal; my hair has stopped falling out and LOTS of little hairs are growing; also i have much more hair around my hairline than pre-primal and overall my hair is very shiny and no split ends! (ii used to have alot of split ends)...hope it grows back to its original thickness though

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          • #6
            My hair fell out by handfuls when I was low fatting. So badly that, at 119 lbs, I got it cut short.

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            • #7
              Yes, I wonder if this isn't more of a problem among those who try to do low-carb AND low-fat. I've nothing to back that up, just thinking out loud...
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              • #8
                zinc is crucial... start putting coconut oil in your hair/scalp pre-wash- it thickened mine up
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                • #9
                  As for me, I had a bit of a bald spot coming in before I went primal. Maybe it's because I've grown my hair out so much, but that spot is no longer noticeable. My sideburns are thicker than ever before in life. Is it the higher testosterone or other hormones? Is it the improved micronutrient intake and high fat diet? Is it the cold showers and lack of shampoo? Dunno, but hair loss is no longer a concern.

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                  • #10
                    Any significant weight loss (along with a range of other potential physical stressors) often causes hair loss. It's not about primal/low-carb specifically. The phenomenon is known as "telogen effluvium" and is normal and *temporary*. You can Google it and learn a lot, very reassuring.
                    Last edited by PrairieProf; 04-17-2010, 08:48 AM.

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                    • #11
                      This is a serious topic. Is there any truth to this kind of diet causing hair loss? I don't want that to happen.

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                      • #12
                        I haven't heard of people losing hair on primal/paleo. Here's my experience:

                        I'm 27. When I was 55 lbs heavier, my hair was coming out at alarming rates in the shower. My hairline was noticeably receding. However, balding is not a very big problem in my family. When I started dropping the weight, it definitely waned and I have a feeling that the closer I got to paleo eating, the more the hair loss slowed. Nowadays, I could probably count the number of strands that come out in the shower on my two hands.

                        So it could be any number of things: getting closer to a healthy weight, cutting processed foods, eating more fruits and vegetables. I also quit smoking at the same time I went paleo, so that could be it, too. Who knows? Not even me, but I strongly believe it's a result of dietary changes.

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                        • #13
                          my hair has been dropping out alot lately, in a scary way. i have a ton of hair tho and my hair is long it goes down nearly all the way down my back, and im noticing shorter hairs near the top so i think its mainly just breakage from putting it up in a ponytail. also lately has been very stressful on bills and what not so i think stress is a major factor too.
                          im gonna get it cut shorter so i dont have to wear it in a pony all the time to keep it out of my face while im working. right now its so long even behind my ears it drops down into my line of sight when im bending or kneeling over something. quite annoying!
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by john_e_turner_ii View Post
                            This is a serious topic. Is there any truth to this kind of diet causing hair loss? I don't want that to happen.
                            NO. See PrairieProf's post right before yours.

                            If anything - a primal diet should provide the optimal nutrition for healthy hair.

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                            • #15
                              When I was doing a long-term Paleo diet years ago, my very thick hair began falling out. So much that it freaked my hair dresser out. She thought I was going to go bald. However I suspect that my 60+ pound weight loss is what triggered the hair to fall out. Years later my hair is still extremely thick, with no bald spots. Fear not!

                              I will say that one should be very careful to make sure you are getting complete nutrition through your paleo diet and supplementation. Not getting enough nutrition can cause hair loss. Be sure to use a tracker like Fitday.

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