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This is probably unrelated to my going from lacto ovo vegetarian to vegan 6 months ago but my hair is seriously thinning and Im only 25! I am getting bloodwork done at the Drs but Im curious if anyone knows of any vitamins or minerals that contribute to full thick hair.

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    Posted by cam54 at 11/25/14 08:50:35

    I am female by the way and noone in my family suffers from thinning hair

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    Posted by ahimsa32fa at 01/16/15 07:36:21

    There are many causes for hair loss. Diet is only one of them.

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    Posted by happycowgirl at 01/16/15 16:10:26

    Thinning hair can mean low Vit D. Ask your doctor to check your Vitamin D levels (it's done via a blood test). Most people are low in Vit D - whether they're vegetarian/vegan or not. If you're low in Vit D, your doctor will want to prescribe you a Vit D pill. Politely decline. The only form of Vit D available by a prescription is Vit D2, which is not as good as Vit D3. If you're interested I can post the medical journal articles for you, but suffice it to say I've researched this issue thoroughly. The best Vit D supplement is vegan Vitamin D3 (NOT D2!).

    Go to Amazon and search "vegan Vitamin D3" and many options will come up. Most are sourced from lichen (vegan). I take one sourced from organic mushrooms called Nature's Plus Source of Life Garden Vitamin D3. Most D3 is sorced from sheep's wool so be sure your vitamin is vegan!

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    Posted by nestpillmart at 01/15/15 21:12:05

    VIramin D is a best for growth of thick hair. you van eat vitamin D foods. Biotin, niacin and cobalamin are among the most prevalent B-complex vitamins that help restore sparkle and thickness to strands.

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    Posted by happycowgirl at 01/16/15 16:14:58

    Here is one of the most thorough articles about why D3 is superior to D2:

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    Posted by happycowgirl at 01/16/15 16:17:10

    You may also want to try Nature's Gate Shampoo Biotin Strengthening Shampoo for Weak, Fragile and Thinning Hair. It's available on Amazon.

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    Posted by EveryoneLovesArbonne at 03/06/15 12:57:27


    My aunt just purchased this shampoo for her thinning hair, and it's now slowly becoming more full, thick, and all around healthy! She purchased it through a company I work for, it's called Pure Vibrance, by my company, Arbonne!

    Arbonne is a botanically based, vegan certified company that makes a bunch of products for men, women, and babies as well!

    Check it out & let me know how you feel about it :),1338,244.aspx

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    Posted by DeborahDuncan at 03/15/15 17:01:53

    Massage your scalp and hair with olive, almond or coconut oil at least 2 to three times in a week and you'll see the positive results very quickly. This is perfectly natural and effective way to get rid of hair thinning problem

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    Posted by Adelcrow at 07/02/15 23:11:33

    I'd be seeing a doctor asap because it could be something simple or it could be something serious.
    Its best to get it checked properly rather than relying on online advice no matter how genuine it is.

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    Posted by iwanderafar at 07/08/15 06:08:11

    First, make sure you're getting enough protein in your diet. And have your doctor check you for anemia and check you vitamin D and B-12 levels. You may need iron supplements. You probably also need vitamins B-12 and D3 and I would also take Biotin supplements which help with hair and nails. I had the same problem when I was a young vegetarian. Just check your vitamins, because some are made with gelatin capsules. You can get all the above in vegan form. If you take iron supplements, take them with vitamin C and don't take them with calcium, vitamin E or tea -- all which reduce absorption of iron.

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    Posted by anahidscv at 07/08/15 13:04:16

    I am faced with the same problem, although I am 48 years old. I saw two dermatologists as they claimed it to be hereditary. I had my MD do series of blood work which everything came out to be wonderful, great numbers. Also my scalp was irritated most of the time. Right now I am seeing a little difference as I am growing some hair back and my scalp does not hurt at all. I am from Southern California, really hot temperatures here. Not only that I am using sunscreen on my face, but wearing a hat under the sun. Not sure what was the trick or if I will grow the lost hair back but I am doing a few things: Using a hat in the sun, taking a multi vitamin called Garden of Life, My kind (vegan) B12 vitamins, if I remember, and using a shampoo called, "Andalou for thining hair" which is cruelty free and vegan. Their products are amazing. This shampoo is excellent for the scalp as it calmed my irritation as soon as I started using it. I am observing less hair coming out and new growth. Hoping, the hair loss stops and even if I don't re grow hair, I don't want to lose anymore. The sun also does a lot for your scalp, especially for those of us that are older. My skin has been feeling paper thin. Oh and also I am going to try hyarulonic acid which is essential collagen that the body needs for scalp, nails, skin, eyes, bones and joints. For me I have arthritis, so I hear it does wonders and as well for the scalp, which is the major cause of hairloss. Make sure you get the vegan kind....not all are vegan.

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    Posted by Boldy at 07/09/15 08:43:07

    When you converted to vegan, did you start to include more soy products? My wife had this issue and the culprit was soy. Don't over do it, and avoid soy isolates of any kind. She was using a soy protein drink loaded with the stuff and this all started. Eliminated that, and she got her hair back. Hope this helps.

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    Posted by ellie4animals4ever at 07/09/15 14:37:08

    I have never had any hair thinning because of my diet and I've never heard of anyone who has either. Have you considered it may be because of something else? There are lots of good shampoos for hair thinning but I do recommend seeing a doctor just to make sure it isn't due to medical reasons.

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    Posted by sylviayoung at 08/21/15 01:41:53

    I didn't have this problem.I usually read post in that I read it as Viviscal hair growth supplements are clinically proven to nourish hair.In today's world all are facing issues of hair loss and yes Biotin can help in many ways to it.As Biotin is found in several foods such as carrots, liver, yeast, bananas etc.The facts that its deficiency causes hair loss and that its supplementation improves hair health can try these out it will help you too except biotin.

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    Posted by RJS at 08/21/15 22:47:21

    I noticed the same thing about 3months in. But that's much too quick for it to be the actual hair thinning so I assumed it was oil. Started eating more seeds/ taking flax seed oil and it helped.

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    Posted by kimartist at 11/05/15 11:56:53

    Do a search for "iodine deficiency" and "thinning hair."

    There is a very simple way to determine if you have a deficiency that can be done at home using topical (tincture of) iodine - do a search for "3 hour" or "6 hour" iodine patch test.

    There are many causes for thinning hair, but considering your young age and the fact that food manufacturers are no longer required to "fortify" their products with iodine, it's worth looking into, if for no other reason than to rule it out.

    There used to be an awesome website called, but I can't find it now. Perhaps the pages are still avaliable in the Wayback Machine?

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    Posted by stream26 at 09/09/16 12:19:16

    I'm totally agree with iwanderafar
    Want to add Try olaplex if your hair head treatment after dye. Cut off as much as you can bear to part with, followed by re-hydrating/moisturising . For color use henna, it makes hair thicker and stronger.Best haircut tor thin hair classic bob or choppy bob
    This blunt, chic, chin-length cut is a foolproof disguise for hair that has all-over thinning and/or skimpy areas at the crown or back or the head. You can add full side-swept bangs to camouflage a skimpy hairline.
    Or add irregular length layers and pieces for a fuller look. The tousled, shaggy look can give the effect of more hair and texture.

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    Posted by RitaM.Finney at 10/18/16 03:59:28

    I think that a lack of protein in your diet! Good luck and And mind you keep well!

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    Posted by GustavoWoltmann at 12/10/16 00:57:22

    I'm Gustavo Woltmann and I read from some health blog publishers that you can have a natural way to make you hair thick. A have a friend in Florida, Panama who experience the same problem. He said he eats, Egg, Olive Oil, Avocado, Fenugreek Seeds, Indian Gooseberry and Castor Oil. Right now, I've noticed a great changes on his hair. You should try it too.

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    Posted by AlmaDeputy at 01/07/17 09:36:16

    Hi there.. Hair is very important for everyone. Beauty has now become great necessity for all. Have you taken Biotin (Vitamin B7) or Niacin (Vitamin B3) for improving your hair. I am sure that this solution will help you. You can also check about the Hair beauty supply online products at . Also try to wash your hair twice a week to keep them healthy and black.

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    Posted by mahazza at 01/11/17 00:27:14

    If everything else is right, It could also be stress (or even some medications), perhaps from a stressful event recently in your life? Mindfulness meditation and exercise might help you if you can't remove the stress. Poor nutrition will lead to your hair breaking off whereas if it is stress the hair will finish it's life and fall out with the little bulbs attached - so have a look!

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    Posted by Carisa at 01/13/17 16:49:11

    Eat avocado on toast. coconut oil is good on hair then rinse out thoroughly with strengthening shampoo. Pat hair don't rub with towel. My hair broke when I rubbed too hard with a towel lol. Hair can get naturally strong. Drink water don't get stressed try your best:)

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    Posted by Chizoba at 10/13/17 07:45:53

    Have you ever tried using CBD oil? I heard alot of people are using it for hair loss problems. I've been searching this CBD oil and came across this article here in .. Hope this helps you :)

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    Posted by ForestNymph at 10/29/17 22:44:14

    That's strange because I have super long hair and get compliments on naturally shiny it is, my roommate asked me when we moved in what shampoo I was using.

    Are you male or female? If you're male it might be genetic.

    Eat more vegan protein (legumes, soy, nuts, seeds, quinoa, whole grains, seitan) and fats (avocado, nuts, seeds, oils) because you may simply be starving. Hair loss is a symptom of anorexia.

    If that doesn't work you might want to then explore other avenues. I've heard black strap molasses is good for your hair, like when you eat it, that it even slows graying in older people.

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    Posted by JackGraeme at 10/31/17 12:39:42

    Hair thinning issues are very much common. WRong diet and unhealthy lifestyle leads to hair thinning and baldness. You may correct your diet and include protein, and vitamin c in your diet. You may also use generic propecia 1mg ( detailed source ).

    As you said you are overloaded with stress, go for a vacation and be stress free. Stress may also lead to other life problem like cardio, hypertension.

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    Posted by betterMonica at 11/17/17 22:59:09

    This is totally about you going to be even more vegetarian! You need to understand what vitamins you are not getting when you are refusing some food. Please add more vitamins to your diet

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    Posted by RashidMalik at 01/09/18 11:47:42

    I am also facing the same issue. Few days ago I consulted with my dermatologist.
    So he told me this is going to cure by improving your diet.
    He suggested me to eat lot of green vegetables in a huge quantity.
    He also told me after improving your diet, result will not come fast so you have to keep patience for that.
    Still to make sure everything I think you should contact your dermatologist.

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    Posted by justkel at 03/03/18 22:48:38

    Try looking into foods that block DHT. I think some quick examples are like pumpkin seeds, almonds, spinach, tomatoes etc. Other than that, consider downloading cronometer, pay close attention to the nutrient content of foods you’re eating on average... try and estimate what you might be lacking, whether it be Biotin, Iron, other B vitamins, etc. It could also be hormone related, so you may want to visit an endocrinologist to get some blood work done? Check your thyroid, serum ferritin, androgens etc. There are so many variables that could be linked to thinning hair. Stress being another potential factor. It’s all about process of elimination. I’d definitely start with the cronometer idea, then request some bloods too. Thinning hair is definitely a cause for concern and a sign that something’s not right. Good luck!

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    Posted by Addy2032 at 04/04/18 02:11:49

    I had this prodlem I have naturally thick hair and about a year ago my hair started thinning I was very confused I was also pretty thin to thin for me. At the time I was eating a hclf diet I was eating to little fat and calories(that’s why my hair got thinner) I started eating more fat and my hair stopped falling out so much and I gained weight 15 pounds over the course of couple of months (at the time I was not unhealthy skinny I am just a naturally curvy person. So yeah just make sure your getting enough fat.

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