Imagine this: You’ve pushed through a major lifestyle change to focus on being healthier ... and out of nowhere your hair begins to fall out. For many individuals, female hair loss after weight loss or bariatric surgery is eye-opening.
After a diet change or surgery, the body can go into a mode of “storing” the nutritional elements your hair needs to stay healthy, and diverting those key ingredients to other areas — like vital organs.
Understanding why hair loss occurs after weight loss
To understand why this happens, it’s important to understand how female hair loss works, in general. To starts, did you know that human hair grows in a three-phase cycle?
Each phase of hair growth is very different from the other.
- The growth phase (called anagen) is when hair is actively growing. Professionals state that this phase lasts an average of three to five years for most individuals.
- The second phase (called catagen) is considered the resting phase, and lasts only for a little over a week. In this cycle, the hair is in transition and is no longer growing.
- The last phase (called telogen) is the shedding phase, also known as hair loss.
A healthy human may shed 50 to 100 hairs a day, which is considered very normal. Most of the time, you won’t notice the loss of your hair. But when your hair growth phases are interrupted, by weight loss or weight loss surgery, for instance, it may shock your system into the telogen phase — where you may notice more hair falling out than usual.
Most healthcare professionals and organizations agree that while hair loss can continue for up to six months, if it lasts longer, the cause should be investigated. After major weight loss, as your body adjusts to its new normal, there are a few things that can help retain the nutrition in your hair and follicles, as well as your skin and nails.
Since your entire body is connected as a whole, the Mayo Clinic recommends starting with a quality multivitamin, to ensure that your body is getting all the vitamins and minerals it needs. You can also follow these recommendations to grow healthy hair following natural weight loss and weight loss surgery:
- It’s important to incorporate healthy fats including canola and olive oils as well as omega 3’s.
- Proteins also support hair growth. Some healthy protein options to incorporate in your diet include salmon, lean red meat, chicken, shrimp, turkey and chicken.
- As with any lifestyle change, make sure you’re communicating with your doctor or medical team to ensure that they are aware of any other steps you are taking to minimize hair loss and maximize your health.
- Remember that your body not only needs the right nutrition, it also needs a low-stress lifestyle with plenty of sleep. Sometimes the old advice is the best — eat better, rest well, and relieve stress with daily exercise whenever possible.
Treatment for female hair loss.
A health care professional can help you determine the cause behind your hair loss, and is also a great resource to discuss your treatment options when hair is not growing back. NeoGraft is one option to consider for female hair loss.
Schedule a consultation with a doctor in your area today to learn more about NeoGraft and how it can help you when you are experiencing female hair loss.