Does Poor Nutrition Effect Hair Loss?

Hollie Shirley / Hair & Skincare Editor

Can your diet really cause your hair to fall out? Read on to find out how important your diet is to your hair health and what you can do to boost it

Hair loss may occur for reasons other than a predisposition to genetics, aging, or even medications. Sometimes, a simple meal consumed over time may be the reason why your hair strands are bidding you goodbye and farewell.

Before you throw out the entire contents of your fridge, remember It’s normal to shed about 50-100 hairs every day, but when that number suddenly increases, then it becomes critical to look into what could be causing it.

We are what we eat- that includes our hair. If we are malnourished, we’ll have our hairs singing the story via loss of glow/sheen and uncontrollable falling-out episodes.


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So how does poor nutrition even cause that much of a hair disaster?

Your body is designed to rely on the nutrients gotten from foods and other dietary sources for its repair, growth and other metabolic activities. Adequate provision of nutrients ensures that your body has enough to go round for every body part. Sadly, things don’t work that way if there’s ever a case of undernourishment. So, what happens?

We create situations where our bodies have to intelligently ration available nutrients to their different parts whenever we consume diets that are lacking in the right or even adequate amounts of nutrients.


That’s not exactly a problem for vital organs such as the brain and heart; the body prioritizes them as it shares resources. Your hair, however, is not considered as a member that is crucial to life sustenance and so, whatever ration of nutrients it gets will probably not even be enough to maintain your hair’s health.

This reason is why you have to ensure that your body is well nourished at all times to ensure that our meal choices don’t disrupt the normal cycle of hair growth, destroy our follicles or even influence scar tissues to replace them.

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Eat foods rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins, and other nutrients

Eat balanced diets. Start with foods such as eggs, avocadoes, spinach, berries, beans, meat, fatty fish, oysters, shrimp, seeds, nuts, sweet peppers, sweet potatoes, soybeans. Then proceed from there, looking out for other foods that promote hair growth.

Speak with your doctor if you on any medication, to cut any chances of developing an allergy


Embrace dietary proteins and multivitamins

Sometimes, our food loses some of their nutrients from the cooking we put them through. Dietary supplementation helps to ensure that you get adequate quantities of the nutrients for hair and general body growth and maintenance

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Think protein sprays

Protein sprays act as quick fixes, providing your hair with proteins necessary for repair and glow


Manage stress

Stress and poor sleep can interfere with your body’s ability to absorb nutrients. Manage stress, get adequate sleep and watch out for stress triggers


Remember! Your hair is a good indicator of your overall health. If something is wrong with your hair, you’ll soon find out that there’s something bigger lurking in the dark.



Hollie Shirley
Hair & Skincare Editor

Hollie Shirley is SILKUP’s hair and skincare editor. She’s obsessed with all things hair care and results-driven skincare, that is kind to the environment and your wallet. She has a weakness for limited edition eyeshadows and is always testing out the newest and greatest deep conditioners. Hollie has a passion for hair and is studying Trichology, working towards becoming a Member of the Association of Registered Trichologists.