I suffered hair loss after I started the raw diet in January 2006. It was really devastating!! The three most-probable reasons that this happened to me were 1) my calorie intake was very low at first because I have a hard time eating enough calories when I eat all-raw. A very low calorie diet can cause hair loss. The low caloric intake caused me to lose 25 lbs my first month. 2) My protein intake was very low, and low protein is another factor in hair loss (gastric bypass patients are warned to make sure they get enough protein to avoid hair loss). 3) My diet drastically changed overnight- that’s a shock to the system!
It’s been a year since I stopped eating raw. The hair loss stopped. I am now easing my way back to a high-raw diet, but making sure I get enough protein and calories. My hair looks better but it may never recover to what it used to be. I wore a wig for about a year and only in the past month have I given it up. :-( Nobody warned me about hair loss when I first got into raw, so I have a little resentment about that, but you live and learn.
The good thing about eating raw was that my obsession with high sugar and high salt foods disappeared, and my complexion completely cleared up. I felt generally healthier, so I know there are wonderful benefits to a raw diet. I’m just “doing it smarter” this time around!
I'm so happy I found this thread. I lost about half of the thickness of my hair two months after I turned to a vegetarian diet. I had a very hard time (most probably from my lack of research) providing my body with adequate calories, proteins, and vitamins.
I'm restarting my raw diet I fell off of a few months ago. With all these new tips, I'm hoping to do this the healthiest way possible! I've now realized how important it is to ensure adequate good fats, vitamins and protein intake. :)
I see this was posted a while ago, but I do have some advice for others who might have a problem with dry skin. Try a water filter in the shower. I use the sprite water filter. You can buy them at Home Depot.
Also pay attention to what kind of water you drink. Distilled water is best according to the Bragg Health Lifestyle books.
This will be my first time ever attempting to go 100% raw. I will get some iodine if my hair starts thinning. I am still taking all of my vitamins so hopefully I will be ok.
6 months ago, which was the last time I was a vegan, my nails got thicker and I did not have any hair thinning. But even then I continued to take all of my vitamins. My favorite brands are solgar and country life.