How to Stop Hair Loss From Celiac Disease? Gluten-Free Hair Care Strategies

WrittenbyLuat Duong
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Celiac disease often causes hair loss and thinning due to resulting nutritional deficiencies. But following a strict gluten-free diet and optimizing your intake of key nutrients can help halt shedding and promote regrowth.

How to Stop Hair Loss from Celiac Disease

Strategies to reduce hair loss from celiac disease include eliminating gluten completely, getting regular blood tests, consuming more protein, taking iron, zinc, biotin and vitamin D supplements, trying scalp massages, and using medicated shampoos with ingredients like salicylic acid or ketoconazole.

Follow a Strict Gluten-Free Diet

Avoiding all traces of gluten allows your small intestine to heal and improves absorption of nutrients needed for healthy hair.

Check Nutrient Levels Frequently

Get blood tests for iron, ferritin, zinc, vitamin D and B12 every 3-6 months and supplement any deficiencies.

Eat More Protein

Consume 0.7-1 gram of protein per pound of body weight daily to provide hair-building amino acids.

Take Targeted Supplements

Specific supplements shown to help celiac hair regrowth include iron, zinc, biotin, vitamin D and fish oil.

Do Scalp Massages

Massaging the scalp boosts blood flow to follicles to stimulate growth.

Use Medicated Shampoos

Look for shampoos with ketoconazole or salicylic acid which reduce inflammation and follicular buildup.

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Why Does Celiac Disease Cause Hair Loss?

Celiac-related hair loss is due to:

  • Malabsorption of nutrients
  • Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
  • Inflammation in the small intestine
  • Reactive immune response
This impairs the hair follicle growth cycles.

Common Nutrient Deficiencies

Nutritional deficiencies commonly seen with celiac disease that impact hair:

  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • Biotin
  • Vitamin D
  • Protein
  • Vitamin B12
Getting bloodwork done helps identify which nutrients you may be lacking.

Will My Hair Grow Back?

Yes, strict adherence to a gluten-free diet allows gastrointestinal healing and improved nutrient absorption necessary for hair regrowth. But it takes time.

See Your Doctor for Ongoing Loss

Consult your gastroenterologist if hair loss continues despite a gluten-free diet. Further testing may be needed to check for additional gastrointestinal disorders inhibiting nutrient absorption.

Coping Tips for Hair Loss

Until your hair regrows:
  • Try semi-permanent keratin treatments
  • Use volumizing sprays, powders and hair products
  • Style hair to hide thinning areas

The Bottom Line

Eliminating gluten, getting bloodwork done, supplements, scalp massages and medicated shampoos helps halt hair shedding from celiac disease. But 3-6 months gluten-free is needed to see improvement.

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Luat Duong

Luat Duong is a Copenhagen-based writer and content strategist specializing in hair loss and health. His work has been featured in MyHealthGuide, The Right Hairstyles, and Woman's Era. He is a graduate of Vaasa University. You can connect with him on LinkedIn.