My hair has decided to become curly. Could my diet have contributed to this? I did some googling and didn't find anything. It's probably a stretch, but I thought it might be possible. More protein= different protein structure of hair? It started about a year ago, not long after I started dabbling in all of this and has recently become much more curly which does correlate with my level of adherence to a paleo diet.
Funny! I thought I was the proof that eating your bread crust will give you curly hair - since I gave up bread, my hair is much straighter! (Did anyone else's mom tell them that?)
In all honesty, after losing my hair in 2007 due to chemo, it came back super curly, and I loved it. It's straighter now, and thinner. But you know, after having 'no hair days', there's no such thing as 'bad hair days'! :-)
My hair went from mostly straight to super curly over the course of the past 6 months. I think it was probably a combination of the fact that I stopped destroying my hair with shampoo over a year ago, and some dietary changes I've made.
I don't think it's a stretch at all to say that diet might change your hair. My hair has definitely gotten healthier under paleo. My hunch is that the large quantities of animal fat helped a lot. I think that mostly because I saw a correlation between how oily and nice my skin/hair is and how much animal fat I eat.
But then again quitting the shampoo was the biggest part of bringing my hair back to life. Shampoo is basically a joke. It nukes the oil in your hair, your body increases production accordingly, and then you go in a cycle of nuking the oil then your body overproducing it. So you wake up every morning with oily, crappy hair and take the shower and make it all better. Well, since I don't use shampoo, there's no sudden oiliness then smoothness. My hair slowly gets dirty and then I wash it. That's it.
The reason why people use shampoo (even though it's a joke) is because you go through withdraw if you stop using it. Your body overproduces oil like crazy, compensating for the shampoo you once used, and your hair is all oily and disgusting all the time. So people conclude that the shampoo must be working, but that's on the same level as concluding that the heroine must be working because when you go off it for a few weeks you get all kinds of terrible withdraw effects. So like heroine, with shampoo you simply have to wait the withdraw out and then you're home free. You just need to let your body go through the correction.
It's hilarious, really. All you have to do is trick enough people into trying the shampoo, and then the shampoo sustains itself. It's like a crazy drug, but where nobody really knows its a drug. It doesn't even do anything useful though. It's just a stupid self-compensator. It causes the problem, then solves it, then causes it, then solves it, etc. Stop using it for 6 months and you'll see that it's not natural for your hair to get all oily and disgusting all the time. It really isn't. That's all the shampoo's doing. Like always, the modern world is just so silly.
So in conclusion, I think getting more and more paleo (especially all the animal fat) did a lot for my skin and hair (including making it curlier and stuff), but the far more significant factor was simply quitting destroying my hair with the crazy shampoo. Or maybe that was the only factor when it came to my hair getting curlier.
High sulfur diets promote curlier hair, low sulfur diets straighter hair (eg http://www.coolquiz.com/trivia/explain/docs/hair.asp).
A Paleo diet is higher in sulfur, so that could explain it. Also, bone collagen is rich in sulfur, so LiveBigger's curls could be due to sulfur as well.
Well, I had a dead toenail for 15 years. On the first month of eating paleo, it started to grow back. I'm now on month #3 and it's almost 100% fully grown and perfectly clear and glossy. I can't explain it!
How old are you?
I always had pretty fine straight hair when I was young. One big wave that used to go side to side if that made any sense. Enough to drive a symmetry obsessed teenager crazy with a middle part and trying to get those late 70's-early 80's "wings" on my Hamill to Farah styles just so.
In my later teens and 20's I dabbled in perms for some body and lift. Oh how I wanted Kelly McGillis' tousled curls in Top Gun!! But they never turned out quite like I envisioned. Haven't had one in almost 20 years now.
A few years ago my hair started getting curlier. This past summer I had it layered a certain way and almost every day just added a product (sorry, not paleo I know), scrunched it up and out the house I went with a head full of curls. The product only keeps them from going to total disarrayed frizz, they don't add curl. I have had people ask if I've had a perm MANY times over the past several years. Nope.
I chalk it up to hormonal changes from menopause which I'm officially through (early). Hence my question on your age.
So funny you posted this. I recently started growing red hair. Mostly in my beard but some on my head too. I've always had jet black hair so this seems odd to me. I thought maybe it was because of eating Paleo but dismissed that. But now seeing your post I'm wondering if it's possible.