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Caring For Your Hair After A Diabetes Diagnosis


Our hair is by far one of the most important parts of our personal identities, according to Psychology Today. It is for this reason that countless women and even men will not leave the house when they are having a bad hair day. Unfortunately, hair loss often makes it increasingly difficult to maintain a beautiful and healthy-looking mane, despite our best efforts. Although hair loss is a natural part of the life cycle of our hair, medical conditions such as diabetes can worsen hair loss and hinder regrowth even further. Thankfully, there are a number of things you can do to ensure your hair is as lush as possible, even after a diabetes diagnosis.

Treat Your Hair With Care

If you want to make sure your hair looks and feels as good as possible while also stimulating hair growth, it is vital to make use of quality hair products. This includes only using shampoos, conditioners, and other hair care products that are paraben-free, sulfate-free, and silicon-free. A shampoo that contains pantothenic acid and Vitamin B5 is particularly adept at repairing split ends and restoring the hair shaft. For example, the award-winning Iles Formula Shampoo contains the most exclusive, high-performing antioxidant-rich ingredients to work for all ages and hair types. It immediately detangles + protects hair while providing manageability and a lusciously silky texture. Next, add a Vitamin E-rich conditioner to your hair care routine, and you will see a remarkable difference in your locks after just one treatment. The Iles Formula range of products ticks all these boxes and more, repairing and nurturing hair without leaving behind any residue.


Iles Formula Shampoo & Iles Formula Conditioner

Make Some Lifestyle Changes

Experiencing hair loss is no more something to be embarrassed about than living with neuropathic pain is. Both are side effects of a diabetes diagnosis and should be addressed with the relevant urgency and kindness. While wearing diabetic socks can help ease the pain brought on by peripheral neuropathy in the legs and feet, for example, making a few simple lifestyle changes can help boost hair growth. Eating a diet that is high in biotin may be able to help slow down hair loss. Biotin, which is a subtype of Vitamin B, can be found in foods such as avocados, whole eggs, sweet potato, cauliflower, and salmon.

Don’t Overdo it With the Styling

Frequently using heat or harsh chemicals on your hair is never a good idea. Hairdryers, straighteners, curling irons, perms, dyes, and chemical straighteners can all wreak havoc on your locks. When your hair growth is already compromised due to your diabetes diagnosis, the damage can be considerably worse. Where possible, allow your hair to dry naturally, and steer clear of harsh treatments. If you are going to make use of heated tools, give your hair the best possible protection against them by applying a protective finishing serum such as the Iles Formula Finishing Serum to your hair. This will not only limit the damage to your hair but also help your thinning hair look and feel a lot thicker. This paraben-free formula creates a screen against UV rays, humidity, and free radicals: strengthening hair + helping repair split ends + preventing color fade.


Iles Formula Finishing Serum

Seek Out Medical Advice

If you are particularly concerned about your hair loss and have not noticed any improvement after making lifestyle and hair care changes, it may be necessary to see a doctor. Your doctor may encourage the use of over-the-counter hair loss treatments such as minoxidil, which can be used by both men and women. There is also a range of effective prescription medications available that are known to treat hair loss adequately. When Alopecia Areata is diagnosed in a patient with Type 1 diabetes, a doctor may also prescribe steroid injections or tablets to prevent the body’s immune system from attacking the hair follicles.

Many individuals living with diabetes experience varying degrees of hair loss. Thankfully, caring for your hair well will reduce the extent of the damage considerably.


Article by Guest Writer: Isabella Lovett

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