Juice Cleanses and Your Hair: How you may end up losing more than you bargained for.
A-list celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston, Salma Hayek and Sarah Jessica Parker all seem to be on the juicing wagon these days. However, as the Daily Mail explained in its article ’Juicing Can Wreck Your Looks‘, it has ‘some ugly side-effects’. What’s promoted as a healthy detox plan, can in fact wreak havoc on your body.
Apart from drying out your skin and rotting your teeth, a mere 2 weeks of being on this restrictive diet can also make your hair fall out 2-3 months later. This is because it doesn’t include all of the nutrients needed to sustain hair growth, or bodily wellbeing for that matter. Philip Kingsley is quoted as saying ‘I’ve seen it many, many times. Women come to see me with what appears to be unexplained hair loss, and then, when you trace it back, it turns out that they were on some extreme juice fast a few months before. It’s quite simple, if your body isn’t getting the nutrition it needs, it powers down the processes that it considers as being not essential to life, and one of those is hair production’.
Similarly, in the Harper’s Bazaar piece , ‘The Hunger Games‘ trichologist Elizabeth Cunnane Phillips of Philip Kingsley Clinic, New York commented ‘If I told you the number of people who came in over the last couple of months as a result of these juice cleanses, you wouldn’t believe it. They see dramatic shedding from the juice cleanses three months later. You can mark your calendar.’
Your hair needs a diet of complex carbohydrates, proteins, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals in order to grow and be at its best. By all means drink vegetable juices, but just include them as part of a well-balanced diet.