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Hair Loss and Iron Deficiency

Updated: Sep 10, 2023

Why does iron deficiency cause hair loss?

Hair loss can be caused by many factors, and it affects both adults and children. Hair loss can be caused by baldness in men. Lack of nutrients can also cause hair loss. If you do not have enough iron in your body, it cannot produce hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a substance that carries oxygen to your cells, which includes the hair-growing cells.

You can reverse hair loss and iron deficiency with treatment.

What is it like?

Hair loss due to iron deficiency can look similar to the traditional male and female patterns. The Journal of Korean Medical Science published a study that found iron not only plays a role in hair fall, but that it can cause hair to fall in a similar fashion to genetic male and female pattern baldness.

You may find that your hairbrushes or shower drain have more hair than normal if you are experiencing hair loss. You may see bald patches on your scalp in more advanced cases.

What is the best way to treat hair loss and iron deficiency?

The majority of hair loss caused by iron deficiency does not last forever. It is best to find the root cause of hair loss. Consult a doctor if you suspect that your hair loss may be due to an iron shortage. Most likely, your doctor will order a Ferritin Level Blood Test to measure the levels of ferritin, a protein that stores iron.

Iron supplements can be used to treat low iron levels. If you are prone to stomach upset, tell your doctor that the iron may cause a change in your bowel movements.


In the United States, people spend more than 3.5 Billion Dollars for products that treat hair loss. It's estimated about 91% don't actually work. Stay with treatments that are recommended by medical professionals and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. They include:

  • Minoxidil is a popular liquid that you can buy over the counter. Rub it twice daily into your scalp to encourage hair growth and prevent further hair loss. Rogaine's effects last for about 16 weeks. After that, the rate of hair growth will slow down. You can continue to use it even after 16 weeks if you want. Rogaine can be used by both men and woman.

  • Finasteride is only available to men as a pill. It can slow hair loss and stimulate hair growth in some men.

  • Surgery is an option for those who have permanent hair loss. Hair restoration and transplant surgery involves the removal of small plugs of hair-containing skin and their implantation to bald areas on your head.

  • Scalp micropigmentation - At this time, scalp micropigmentation offers the only solution for hair loss. The pigment and micro needles are used to implant a small impression in the scalp, creating the appearance of a hair follicle. The procedure can be done in 2-3 sessions to create the appearance of a buzzed-out scalp, or as a filler for hair loss.

What are the chances of hair loss due to iron deficiency?

Hair loss due to an iron deficiency is temporary. You should always visit your doctor for a discussion on treatment options to get you back to optimal health. You can work with your doctor to change your diet so that you get the correct amount of iron.

How can you prevent hair loss and iron deficiency?

You should:

A healthy and balanced diet is important. Make sure you eat iron-rich food like spinach, peas and lean protein like salmon and pork. Look for "iron-fortified foods" on the labels of packaged food, such as cereals.

Vitamin C-rich foods should be included in your diet. These foods help your body absorb iron more efficiently. Eat more oranges and strawberries, melons, tomatoes, broccoli, or melons.

Wear your hair down. Wearing your hair tight in a band can cause breakage and loss of hair.

Scarves and hats can protect your hair against the elements. Keep your hair covered on days that are exceptionally windy and sunny.

Wash and brush your hair gently. You can avoid pulling excess hair by being gentle when you do routine maintenance.

Avoid chemicals and hair dyes. You should seek professional guidance or help if you use chemicals on your hair.

Avoid using heat-based products like curling irons and blow dryers. You can buy hair-protecting gel or mousse at your local drugstore or supermarket if you have to use these products.

If you are a man or woman experiencing hair loss and are looking for a guaranteed solution, then click here to schedule a free non obligated consultation and let us show you what scalp micropigmentation can do for you.

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