6 Home Remedies for Low Carb & Keto Induced Hair Loss 💇🏿
Because We’ve Been There
Let’s start off by saying that we’ve got personal experience with keto induced hair loss (Paola here! 🙋🏿). You see, a couple years back I suffered from a bout of excessive hair loss (i.e. losing roughly 1k hairs per day… yup, I counted!). And then guess what? A bad hair dye job finished it all off, and I lost two-thirds of my hair. Not fun to say the least.
But guess what? After a couple months of trying everything and anything related to hair loss, I finally found a regime which worked. And within just two weeks, my hair stopped falling in chunks. It literally went form 1k to just 30-50 (at least those that I could count!). A year later, and my mane was back in full swing.
And most importantly, do not despair! As you probably know already (and I know, it probably doesn’t help me saying it again!): stress also causes hair loss. So if there ever was a vicious cycle, this is it.
An important note is that excessive hair loss can be caused by a thyroid malfunction, so it’s worth getting a quick workup to check that that’s not the underlying issue.
Otherwise you’ve got options. So here are 6 home remedies you can try for keto induced hair loss. With an MSM supplement most definitely at the top of our list.
1. MSM 🏆
If there’s one treatment for hair loss you really (and absolutely!) must try it’is a simple intake of MSM (methylsulfonylmethane). And forget the scary name, it’s simply a sulfur-bearing compound naturally found (in very small amounts) in several fruits, veggies, animal products, and algae.
You see, MSM helps to create several of the chemical links that you need in order to form several types of structural tissues in your body. Including connective tissues such as articular cartilage, skin… and for the creation of keratin, which is responsible for hair (and nails!).
As a supplement, MSM is mainly used for supporting healthy cartilage and connective tissue in general. But do a quick google run, and you’ll see raving reviews when it comes to hair loss.
And that’s because for a great amount of peeps it truly works. This was the last thing I tried, but within two weeks excessive hair loss completely ceased.
In terms of brands, we use NOW MSM 1000 mg.
And how much to take? We suggest starting with the lowest recommended dose (1000 mg/daily). But you can go up to 4000 mg if need be.
Also, it appears that absorption may be increased when MSM is ingested with vitamin C. So we pop an MSM pill in the a.m. with a small glass of lemon water. Also note to take it in the mornings, as one of its side effects is increased energy (ideal!).
2. Bone Broth 🍖
You’ve probably heard this countless times already, but if you’re on a keto diet, you really need to be getting your bone broth in. And talking hair loss, this incredibly collagen-rich infusion is ideal. Also packed with essential amino acids, it’s ideal for boosting new hair growth.
Particularly when paired with MSM, which helps to bind keratin and collagen together.
The one caveat? Bone broth is truly ideal when brewed at home with grass-fed bones. As most store-bought varieties (and there are exceptions of course) have been shown to not contain the same nutritional profile as homemade. So we highly suggest you whip up your own bone broth (recipe here!).
Biotin, or vitamin B7, is a crucial component of skin cells and is also perhaps the most popular hair loss supplement out there. And, along with an overall vitamin B complex, it’s a very popular component of most hair loss pills out there.
It’s worth keeping in mind that Biotin can lead to breakouts (from mild to severe) in certain peeps. I, personally, couldn’t do take it for longer than a couple weeks as my skin wasn’t doing so great. But I did see a marked improvement in my hair. So most definitely worth a try.
Another great way to get your vitamin Bs (without the associated workouts, in our experience) is to incorporate nutritional yeast into your diet.
4. Zinc 🎃
Zinc is an essential mineral for healthy hair, and studies have also shown that a zinc deficiency can lead to hypothyroidism and alopecia (i.e. extreme hair loss).
And while you can very well go ahead and take a supplement, it’s our belief that if it’s possible to get it from a natural source all the better. And with zinc you totally can: just pick up some pumpkin seeds, one of the foods with the highest zinc content out there.
5. Coconut Oil 🌴
A healthy scalp is paramount to a healthy set of hair, and few things to a better job at hydrating it than a simple rub of coconut oil. So melt it up and do a scalp massage before jumping in the shower.
In our experience, leaving it overnight makes for a greasy mane (even post shower). So play around to see what feels best.
6. Onion Juice
Weird, we know. But it’s also one of the most effective scalp treatments due to it’s high sulfur content, which is ace at improving blood circulation to your hair follicles.
So if you’re down, go ahead and grate some onion, squeeze out the juice and apply as a tonic for a couple hours (but preferably overnight).