Vitamin Malabsorption and Hair Loss

by Colleen Welsch on February 13th, 2020
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You eat a healthy diet, practice healthy hair care habits, and take hair growth supplements twice daily. But you’re still experiencing hair loss. What gives? Keep reading to learn if malabsorption could be causing your hair thinning.

What Is Malabsorption?

Could your hair loss be caused by malabsorption syndrome? First, let’s define malabsorption. You might recall from high school biology that the purpose of the small intestines is to absorb nutrients from the food we eat. However, sometimes your small intestines are unable to absorb enough nutrients, even if you’re eating a balanced diet. This is called malabsorption syndrome.

The symptoms of malabsorption syndrome can vary depending on which nutrients are not being properly absorbed by the small intestines. Basically, malabsorption symptoms mimic those of eating an unhealthy diet, such as weight loss, dry hair, bloating, gas, and hair loss (more on that later).

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How Malabsorption Affects Hair

So why does malabsorption cause hair loss? In short, your body considers hair as a non-vital organ that’s unnecessary to survival. Your body requires a certain amount of nutrients to run all the processes that keep you alive. So when you lack nutrients due to malabsorption, your body may reroute the nutrients that you do absorb towards internal organs and other vital processes, and away from your hair follicles.

Without adequate nutrients, your hair follicles may grow thinner, weaker hair, and your hair growth can slow or even stop. Over time, breakage, shedding, or growing thinner, brittler strands can lead to visible hair loss.

Malabsorption Causes

Malabsorption can be a symptom of another disorder. Some of the causes of malabsorption may include:

  • Damage to the small intestine
  • Extended use of antibiotics, which can affect the gut’s natural microbiome that helps it to absorb nutrients
  • Food sensitivities like celiac disease or lactose intolerance
  • Side effect of some medications
  • Other conditions like Crohn’s disease or gallbladder disorders

Bottom line: if you suspect you have malabsorption issues, ask your doctor for a diagnosis.

How to Improve Your Hair Now

The only way to find the right malabsorption treatment is to visit your doctor. Their treatment plan for you may vary based on the causes of your malabsorption and based on the particular nutrients you’re missing out on. But if your doctor does tell you that your hair loss is caused by malabsorption syndrome, there are a few things you can do to help regain your confidence while you wait for your hair to grow back.

Choose Cleansing Products That Thicken Hair

Hair affected by malabsorption is dry and brittle, and requires extra TLC. Unfortunately, many commercial shampoos and conditioners are too harsh for thin and fine hair.

That’s where the Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying collection comes in. Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo and Conditioner are formulated specifically to meet the specific needs of thin and fine hair.

Here’s how they work: Viviscal Shampoo gently cleanses your strands without stripping them of necessary moisture. Then, Viviscal Conditioner lightly moisturizes hair to leave it looking stronger and more hydrated, and not weighed down with excess moisture.

Our shampoo and conditioner both have a nourishing blend of biotin, zinc, keratin, and naturally derived Ana:Tel™ complex. When used together, the duo leaves your hair looking naturally thicker and fuller.
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Use a Body-Boosting Serum

In addition to choosing a shampoo and conditioner formulated for thinning hair, it’s also important to choose a body-boosting styling product.

Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Elixir is a lightweight leave-in treatment that gives hair a boost of volume for thicker-looking hair. Just apply to damp or dry clean hair and style as usual. For best results, blow-dry hair on low heat for extra volume.

Remember: if you suspect that you’re suffering from malabsorption and hair loss, talk to your doctor. Only a medical professional can diagnose your condition and design a treatment plan for you. However, simple hair care tricks like switching up your shampoo and using a body-boosting treatment can help your hair look thicker and fuller now.