The Hair Growth Diet

Hi guys, today’s post is a sad one for me. ‘The Hair Growth Diet’. Now, that might confuse anyone who has ever seen a photo of me. My hair is very long, bum level long, and it’s quite thick. I’ve always been blessed with good hair. But this post isn’t dedicated to the hair on my head, this is a tribute to my sadly departed lashes.  

My Lash Loss Story 

My eyelashes have been through it lately. A series of very unfortunate events have left my lashes thin and with a bald patch. So, here’s what happened, from the beginning. It’s worth noting at this point that my natural lashes are long and I’d say a normal density. They’re not super thick and luscious but they aren’t sparse either.  

Some of you may recall that back in October I lost a lot of lashes when I had an incredibly bad experience with the Wipeout makeup removal cloths. Two weeks later, I had that outbreak. Now, that was skin related, not hair, but the pills I took for that made my skin very itchy and dry. That included my eyes, having dry itchy eyes makes you more inclined to rub them, rubbing them when your skin is already dry makes them more likely to fall out. So, I was losing more lashes than usual while I was taking those and for a couple of weeks afterward when the pills were still in my system.  

magnitone wipeout

The final straw 

They say things come in threes. After the first two events, my lashes were looking a little worse for wear, but they were okay. It was disappointing to see them looking thinner than usual, but they weren’t really sparse and looking terrible.  

Then… 

Those of you who follow me on Twitter may have seen my mini meltdown a few weeks ago. I was helping my mum cut back a trellis in the garden, a large branch swung back and hit me directly in the eyeball. After a minute of seeing nothing but white, and a couple of hours of spotty vision, I saw it. There it was, directly above my pupil on my right eye. I now have a bald patch in the middle of my eyelashes. There were tears, anger, frustration. Then came the research, I was determined to get them looking healthy as soon as possible.  

How to make hair grow faster 

Firstly, there’s no magical cure. Eyelashes grow much like the hair on your head, they go through phases. The loss stage, the dormant stage where they’re not growing or falling, and the growth phases. Obviously, they will grow back. But my research tells me that the natural growth period is 3-6 months to get them back to ‘normal’. If you’ve lost a few, that doesn’t sound like forever. But that’s a very long time when you’ve got a bald patch.  

Nutrients required for hair growth 

  • Protein  
  • Iron  
  • Vitamin A 
  • Vitamin C 
  • Vitamin E 
  • B Vitamins 
  • Zinc  

What I’m doing for mine 

When I said I was ready to try anything, I meant anything. I haven’t worn any eye makeup in the last three weeks because I don’t want to rub my lashes at all and risk losing more. I can’t really wear mascara anyway because that makes the gap more obvious.  

And I’ve been on the ultimate lash diet. Now, if you already have normal to high levels of all of the above mentioned vitamins and minerals, changing your diet is unlikely to make anything happen any faster. I don’t have any known deficiencies of any of these things, but I’m eating extra just in case. 

Sources of hair growth vitamins and minerals  

Protein is an obvious one. Hair is almost entirely made up of protein. Lentils, beans, nuts, seeds. Getting enough protein shouldn’t be hard.  

Iron – vegan sources of iron include lentils, beans such as black beans and dark green leafy vegetables. To bulk up my iron and protein levels as much as possible, I’ve gone to the extreme of having lentil pasta for breakfast a few times a week*. I really want my lashes back, don’t judge me.  

Vitamin A is an easy one too. It’s basically found in all orange vegetables. Things like butternut squash, sweet potato and carrots have high levels of vitamin A. As those are winter vegetables anyway, it’s really easy to add in extra things like that to your diet. 

Vitamin C. I’m on a vegan diet with large amounts of fresh produce. Vitamin C has never been and never will be a concern. Thank u, next.  

One thing I will say though is that iron is better absorbed in the body when consumed with vitamin C so try to balance your plates accordingly.  

Vitamin E – Nuts, seeds, fortified milks and dairy alternatives usually contain good levels of vitamin E. 

B vitamins – there’s a lot of them and they’re found in a huge range of things. Biotin is well known for hair growth and is a part of the B vitamin family. Other B vitamins help circulate the blood. You need good circulation to your head for hair to grow. B vitamins are found in a range of whole grains and vegetables.  

Zinc – Zinc is a tricky one. It plays a major role in hair growth and tissue repair. Zinc also helps keep oil glands lubricated, a healthy scalp/ eye means hair is more likely to grow. But, too much zinc can also cause hair loss according to some studies so supplementing can do more harm than good. Pumpkin and chia seeds are both sources of zinc. 

Supplements 

Back to the whole ‘I’m willing to try anything’, thing. I bought hair supplements. Which, by the way, is a lot harder than it sounds because most of them have fish oils in.  

I got these ones from Holland & Barrett. Unfortunately, I’ve only been taking them for about two weeks now so I can’t really give you any updates as to whether they’re doing anything for me. They contain pretty much everything I mentioned in the list above, and a few extra minerals too. I’m hopeful.

Going Forward 

I think it’s important to have goals but not set the bar too high. The trellis incident happened November 24th and although I’d love to have lashes for Christmas, I know that’s not realistic. Might have to buy some individuals for Christmas day… 

With the 3-6 months in mind, I have a holiday booked for March, so that’s my current goal for having them back. Ideally, I’d like them to be back before then and for March to be my ‘back looking as they were’ goal. But we’ll see. I’ll continue with my lash diet and hope for the best. Of course there’ll be an update post when they grow back. That goes without saying.  

 

Do any of you guys have any suggestions for good lash growth or hair health? As you can tell, I’m really trying. Would anyone be interested in a ‘what I eat in a day: hair growth edition’ kind of post to document this further? I’ll keep you updated as they (hopefully) grow! 

Until next time, 

Sophie 

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33 Comments

  1. 16th December 2018 / 9:05 am

    Oh no! I hope they grow back soon and back to normal in time for your holiday. My hair grows ridiculously quick…but I literally have no idea why!

    Hayley hayleyxmartin

  2. 16th December 2018 / 9:16 am

    I love how you took a crazy experience and turned it into a great opportunity to learn and teach.

  3. 16th December 2018 / 9:19 am

    Oh bless you, it sounds like you’ve been through the wars recently. I’d definitely recommend some individual lashes, but stay away from professional extensions (at a salon) as I’ve heard they’re not good for growing your natural ones! (I’ve never had them before, but it’s what I’ve heard – i may be wrong!). Big hugs xx

    https://www.chloexlizabeth.com/

  4. 16th December 2018 / 9:23 am

    Wow, what a great read! I don’t have naturally long eyelashes which is something I’ve always been slightly self conscious of this. I’ve always wondered if it were possible to speed up lash growth. I would definitely be interested in a ‘what I eat in a day – hair growth edition’. I’m so intrigued by all of this after reading your post!

  5. Joy Corkery
    16th December 2018 / 9:32 am

    Good luck with the diet. You seem to really know your stuff so I’m sure it will work

  6. 16th December 2018 / 10:20 am

    Wow you’ve had some bad luck recently This is such an interesting post, I’ve never thought about lash growth before. I’d love to hear about what your daily meals look like. Thanks for sharing x

  7. 16th December 2018 / 10:28 am

    Omg rip your eyelashes! I remember you tweeting about the garden incident and I was heartbroken for you. I got sent some lash serum by a brand NYK1 and over the past month I’ve seen improvement in the length and thickness, might be worth giving that a go if it isn’t too expensive!

  8. 16th December 2018 / 10:52 am

    Sophie I hadn’t heard about any of this! I’m so sorry this all happened, it honestly sounds so frustrating. I hope that the diet and the supplements work! And I can’t believe that that makeup removing wipe broke you out so badly? Isn’t it just a cloth?

    Jas xx | http://thoughtsfromjasmine.co.uk

  9. 16th December 2018 / 1:56 pm

    This was such an interesting read. I love reading anything to do with nutrition. Your struggle with your lashes sounds really annoying and the incident with the branch must have been so painful! I hope your lash diet works and you get them back to normal in time for your holiday!

    Nicola
    http://nicshealthylife.co.uk

  10. 16th December 2018 / 7:35 pm

    I can’t believe that that cloth did that to your eyelashes! It seems that you’ve really done your research in terms of hair regrowth, especially in terms of your diet. I hope that it all works for you. and sooner rather than later!

    http://www.missblogsabit.com

  11. 16th December 2018 / 8:08 pm

    I know my sister used to use Castor oil on her lashes to help them grow and I have heard so many great things about castor oil and hair growth have you? But, my other sister put too much on her lashes and got like a build up and had to have it scooped out. So sorry about what happened to your lashes. This post has been helpful for me because I am not a very healthy person haha so I now know what i can eat for Vitamin E and B which will be beneficial for my health. I think I am going to get lash extensions soon too and I think it might ruin my eyelashes so if that happens, I will be giving this post a re visit! I would be interested in a post about what you eat in a day xx

  12. 16th December 2018 / 8:30 pm

    Oh gosh I’m so sorry to hear this has happened to you, it must be so frustrating with one thin happening after another. I hope the new diet elements and supplements make a difference for you, I will keep my finger crossed they start to make a difference.

    Although my eyelashes are okay, my eyebrows follow a similar story and I honestly feel your pain with the loss of hairs and struggling to grow them back.

    I look forward to reading your next update on how its all gone X

  13. Michael Akpowowo
    16th December 2018 / 9:14 pm

    All the best for the recovery of your eyelashes! So sorry that this happened to you.

  14. 16th December 2018 / 11:46 pm

    I’m sorry that the event left your lashes with a bald spot. It’s good that you’re putting in the effort by boosting your vitamin levels to help with the hair growth. I like that there are so many different ways to naturally give yourself the supplements. Hope the journey will work out.

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

  15. 17th December 2018 / 1:44 am

    I have so many friends who have suffered from the loss of eyelashes and also a general loss of hair through various beauty regimes! Thank you for the post, I will share this with them 🙂

  16. 17th December 2018 / 6:09 am

    “All you want for Christmas are your two front lashes…” Definitely more than two lol, but I do wish you all the luck with this! I’ve been around to witness all of your lash trials & tribulations, and I’ll be here when they finally come back. This post was incredibly helpful though–I’ve lost lashes before and had some bad gaps (entirely my fault, I had a bad habit of picking my mascara out when I was bored & hadn’t removed it yet SMH :/), and all I’ve ever done is use coconut/castor oil to bring them back. Again, good luck!

  17. 17th December 2018 / 8:30 am

    Good for you for research if and being determined to make a change the natural way. The more I read, the more I realise so many people have struggle with their hair in some way shape or form. I’d also go to the doctors and see if they can do a blood test to identify and vitamin deficiencies – in case you need to change your diet accordingly.
    Would love to hear how you find he vitamins you got.

    Holly x
    http://www.ldnmuse.com

  18. 17th December 2018 / 9:51 am

    Wow you’ve really been through it lately! Good luck with growing your lashes back. I’m trying to grow my hair as I’m a bridesmaid next May but its slow going, I started with a bob and now I have it to almost shoulder length. I’ll definitely try some of these tips!

    Hayley x

  19. 17th December 2018 / 1:03 pm

    I’d love to read a what I eat in a day post for this! I’m so sorry to hear you’ve been through the wars with this! Hopefully it starts to improve and getting hit in the eye with a branch sounds SO painful!

  20. heather
    17th December 2018 / 3:30 pm

    I think people always reach for products to help rather than having a healthy diet – I find that eating a vegan diet helps me so much x

    http://www.ofbeautyandnothingness.co.uk

  21. 17th December 2018 / 5:11 pm

    Oh no Sophie, it sounds like your eyelashes haven’t had the best time this year! I remember reading about the makeup wipes experience and the trellis incident tweet and I felt so sorry for you! It sounds like you have done your research and know the kinda foods you need to eat. This is really interesting to read, thanks for sharing your knowledge on vitamins, minerals and hair growth. Fingers crossed they will be fully grown back for your holiday in March! <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  22. 17th December 2018 / 5:13 pm

    This is such a fascinating post, and I’m so sorry you’ve had to deal with this. My hair falls out an awful lot, and I think a lot of it is diet-related – I’m going to take on board a lot of the tips you’ve mentioned in here. I hope it all goes well for you
    hels xxx

  23. 17th December 2018 / 5:16 pm

    Oh god just reading what your eyelashes have been through was stressful! I think it’s terrible that the cloth started all of this, but that injury sounds like actual agony – I hope you’re alright! This was a really interesting read, you know so much about vitamins and minerals that I’ve really learned a lot! Also as always, your photos look delicious. I have my fingers crossed for you that the pills will help and you’ll have a few lashes back by Christmas!
    Beth x Adventure & Anxiety

  24. 17th December 2018 / 5:24 pm

    I remember seeing your tweets about what happened to your eye and I’m so sorry it did – but it also sounds like you’re doing all you can to get them healthy and back to normal so that’s encouraging! I hope you do notice a real difference soon and meet your goal for March. Have you tried any natural or holistic medicines for hair growth?

    Thanks for sharing ( I have my fingers crossed everything gets sorted for you soon!) xx

  25. 17th December 2018 / 5:28 pm

    Sounds like you have had a run of bad luck recently! Good luck, sounds like you have everything you need to be successful at growing those eye lashes back. Can’t wait for the update.

  26. 17th December 2018 / 5:29 pm

    God i can’t believe about your eyelashes girl!!

  27. 17th December 2018 / 7:11 pm

    I’ve always struggled with my iron, but luckily my lashes aren’t bad. I hope yours get better soon!

  28. 17th December 2018 / 9:02 pm

    Sorry to hear about the trouble you’ve been having with your eye lashes, I can imagine how frustrating it is! I hope your supplements you’ve bought help! I haven’t looked into this sort of thing before, so I can’t help much. But yeah good idea to not wear mascara!

    Chloe xx

  29. 17th December 2018 / 9:13 pm

    I’ve never tried hair supplements before but I know a lot of people who swear by them! Really interesting post can’t wait to hear how it all goes x
    Morgan // http://www.justmorgs.com

  30. 19th December 2018 / 7:43 pm

    Your poor lashes! That must have also been really painful getting hit in the face. I’m sure your lashes will grow back and with the suppliers they may even grow back thicker! Hope to hear an update xx

  31. 19th December 2018 / 8:24 pm

    I remember reading what happened on Twitter and I couldn’t believe it! It sounded terrible to be hit in the eye by a branch, and must have been such a shock to see your eyelashes have gone!! I hope your eyelashes grow back quickly, it will be interesting to see how well the hair supplements do and to find out if they really are helping.

    Amy,
    https://creativenails.uk

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