Top 3 Non-Food related questions I get are:
- What eyeliner do you use?
- Do you deliver? (Ok I guess that’s food related but not)
- How can I get my hair to grow?!
It’s funny, the hair thing. hair is a very emotional topic for many people, especially those with autoimmune disease who lose hair where they want it and grow it in places they’d rather not. We spend money on laser hair removal, waxing, shaving and any other number of cosmetic treatments and we beg the hair gods to let us have a nice full head of hair. So let’s talk about My Lovely Lady Locks (Collagen). As a Hashimoto’s patient, I’ve had several “Oh Sh*t” moments where my hair came out in clumps (including post partum) and times where I’ve clogged the bathtub drain with my hair loss. It’s a scary feeling and it’s also quite depressing. I’ve been lucky enough to figure out a combination of desiccated thyroid replacement and food changes to help me but those weren’t necessarily enough to give me the head of hair I REALLY wanted. Now I’ll admit I am a long hair fan. I’ve always liked having a long ponytail even if I wear my hair up and other than that bad breakup when I chopped it all off into a pixie cut, I have typically worn my hair long. Funny enough though, even in my early 20s before ill health hit, my hair would hit a certain point and stop growing. It was long, sure, but it still lacked “potential”. After I started eating more paleo I did notice my hair health changed and became improved but I wanted more. I had read about gelatin and bone broth and wanted to run an experiment of my own. I started implementing GRASS FED COLLAGEN POWDER and to my surprise my hair thickened and became even longer. It started above my bra line and now reaches my lower back. Additionally, it’s thicker and healthier and my skin and nails improved too. I won’t lie, I started taking collagen for the vanity aspects but truthfully after reading all of the internal benefits to our organs and tissues, the external benefits are big ones and instrumental in good overall health. Since ultimately that’s where it’s at, I feel good about doing the right things for my body and the bonus benefits are the healthy hair, skin, and nails. There are two brands I trust:
Honestly I think they’re both great. The Vital Farms runs slightly higher (not by much if you measure per ounce) but their packaging is better about sealing out moisture. As for the quality of the products themselves, both are good and I will use either for my personal use. Remember that the gelatin is a different product in that it will congeal – which is great for making gummies but less fun if you are trying to dissolve it more easily in liquids to drink. Since I hear from so many of you about this topic, I figured a post could help you, especially if you are desperate and upset about hair loss which so many are. I will emphasize that the combination of collagen and diet has made the biggest difference so ingesting collagen is not a replacement for all around good eating habits. But in my experience it’s made such a big difference, it’s worth sharing and I know from a lot of you after following my recommendation that it’s helped you too! Here’s to hair (and then some)! I’d love to hear your experiences too!