How Is Your Gluten-Free Diet Affecting Your Hair?

by BRENDA L. / MAR 28, 2023

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    You are what you eat isn’t just a mantra to promote healthy food habits, but a real manifesto about how our diet and eating routine can have a huge impact on how we feel and how we look. This, of course, includes the health and beauty of our hair too!

    Specific conditions such as lactose intolerance, food allergies and celiac disease can create a difficult relationship with food, as people that suffer from any of these medical conditions are often required to cut off one or more elements from their diet for health reasons. Sometimes, like in the case of celiac disease, an intake of gluten prior to being diagnosed can even cause hair loss. If you are following a gluten-free diet, you may be asking yourself if this will bring any benefits to your hair and beauty: let’s find out together!

    Can A Gluten Free Diet Cause Hair Loss?

    When switching to a gluten free diet it’s important to make up for the nutrients that you’ll be giving up when cutting out bread, pasta and cereals from your regimen. In a lot of cases, especially when talking about cereals, the products we consume are enriched and fortified with added vitamins and nutrients. Lack of vitamins, such as a B12 deficiency, can have a negative impact on your scalp and hair’s health, and ultimately lead to hair loss and dandruff. Instead of relying on gluten-free options such as GF pasta and GF bread, make sure you make up for these cuts with an abundance of healthy options such as fruits and veggies.

    Find out which superfoods you can implement in your diet to restore glory and shine in your mane by reading our dedicated post: #Healthyhair Foods To Eat For Healthy Hair.

    How To Stop Hair Loss From Celiac Disease

    If you’ve been suffering from hair loss related to untreated celiac disease, there is good news for you: it is in fact possible to reverse the process if caught on time.
    Switching to a gluten-free diet will help you repair the damage that gluten has done to your organism, and help with restoring your mane too.

    Following up with a healthier diet rich in zinc, vitamin B, vitamin C, proteins, and healthy fatty acids such as precious Omega 3. Severe hair loss caused by an unbalanced diet and the damage of gluten can unfortunately end up becoming permanent. If your hair has been thinning, you can always resort to human hair extensions to get volume and thickness back in your mane.

    Hair Extensions For Thinning Hair

    Using hair extensions isn’t just a vanity thing, but a popular choice for people whose natural hair has been affected by different health conditions. Hair loss related to celiac disease and other dietary requirements can be masked by using the right type of extensions.

    Seamless Hair Extensions

    This type of clip in hair extensions is made of pure 100% Remy human hair, and it’s the perfect tool to hide in fine hair without having to commit to a permanent solution. Seamless hair extensions are double drawn, meaning that each strand is hand-selected to obtain wefts that are even, luscious and thick from root to tip. They belong to a premium range called Remy Royale, with superior shine, softness and manageability.

    Nano Ring Hair Extensions

    Nano ring or nano bond hair extensions are a long-term solution to restore volume, body and thickness to your tresses. They are a top-notch choice that needs a salon expert to be applied, and regular top-ups as your natural hair grows. Nano ring hair extensions move and perform just like natural hair, and can be applied even on haircuts as short as a pixie cut. Just like seamless hair extensions, they belong to our Remy Royale range of double drawn premium hair extensions.

    Do Coeliacs Need Gluten-Free Shampoo?

    People affected by celiac disease need to be careful not only with what they ingest, but also with any medication that is administered intravenously and ultimately even their shampoo and conditioner. As strange as it may sound to a non-expert, gluten is a very common ingredient in most shampoos and conditioners available on the market. Although not every person affected by celiac disease has had a negative experience with gluten contained in their hair products (as it doesn’t get absorbed by your skin or hair), some have found it irritating on their scalp. 

    If you’re product label savvy, these are the ingredients to look out for:

    • Triticum vulgare (wheat)
    • Hordeum vulgare (barley)
    • Secale cereale (rye)
    • Avena sativa (oats)
    • Wheat germ oil
    • Hydrolyzed wheat protein
    • Stearyl dimonium hydroxypropyl (hydrolyzed wheat protein)
    • Laurdimonium hydroxypropyl (hydrolyzed wheat protein)
    • Colloidal oatmeal
    • Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (may contain wheat)
    • Dextrin palmitate (possibly gluten-based starch)
    • Vitamin E (often derived from wheat germ oil)
    • Malt extract (usually from barley)
    • Beta-glucan (often obtained from wheat)
    • Vegetable protein (may contain wheat, barley, rye, and/or oats)

    If you want to know more about hair product ingredients and how to find the right recipe for your mane’s health, read on our dedicated blog: How To Read Hair Labels Like A True Pro.

    Now let’s find out a list of gluten-free shampoos to incorporate in your new routine for healthy, gorgeous tresses!

    Acure Mega Moisture Shampoo

    This Argan-infused, super hydrating formula is a miracle potion for dry and damaged tresses, including curly hair – which notoriously struggles in retaining moisture and nourishment due to its natural shape. With added organic pumpkin seed, Acure Mega Moisture Shampoo is designed to boost shine and eliminate frizz for gorgeous, silky hair.

    Its formula is vegan and certified cruelty-free, and without parabens, silicones, and sulphates – making it a great shampoo for hair extensions too.

    Shop Now: Acure mega moisture shampoo

    Shea Moisture Fragrance Gluten Free Baby Wash

    If you’re taking care of the health and beauty of your little ones, this product is a must. Shea Moisture Baby Wash is fragrance-free and gluten free as advertised on the label, and it’s been created to become a rich, healing and nourishing product for sensitive skin. With added vitamins and essential fatty acids, this product will help soothe minor scalp irritation and will help your baby’s delicate skin to retain its natural hydration.

    Shop Now: Shea Moisture Fragrance Gluten Free Baby Wash

    Gluten-Free Savonnerie Shampoo

    This is one of the best options for people with gluten sensitivity, celiac disease, and other allergies. Their ingredient list is transparent and without any hidden elements, all of this whilst offering salon-quality results. Savonnerie’s website advertises it as a premium alternative for people affected by celiac disease, scalp sensitivity and other allergies.

    Perfect for colour-treated hair.

    Shop Now: Gluten-Free Savonnerie Shampoo


    Changing your diet can have a serious impact on the way your hair looks and feels, and finding the right balance can sometimes be hard. Cutting off on some of our old dietary habits can seem challenging, but with the right food allies and the right hair care you will soon enough get that jazzy, energised and confident feeling back where it belongs!

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