Hyperthyroidism & Curls

shinieCurlsshinieCurls Registered Users Posts: 2

I haven't seen a post about this, only for hypothyroidism. So I was just diagnosed with Grave's disease last week, which was devastating enough especially since I've lived an extremely healthy lifestyle (no smoking, work out 3-6x a week, eat like a bunny, etc.).

But now I've noticed that I am losing my curl, having weird breakage and a hell of a lot of grays. I was a 3c, but I'm slowly becoming a 2c, with less volume. ::cry

Has anyone experienced a reversal of these hormone imbalances when they were balanced out (meds)? Any ideas that will help me to prevent breakage (as humanly possible)?

I've ditched my comb, I only finger comb now. I don't do a pineapple any more, just a loose french braid at night. No tight head bands, no gel. Have a satin pillow case.

I just use Jessicurl Cleansing Cream, 50:50 Giovanni Conditioner (as a leave-in), Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie and black Castor oil (for styling).

Any one can answer these questions, especially if you have/had experienced hormonal changes in general too.

I've worked so hard to have healthy, happy, shiny curls -- I am desperate!



  • Emilie471Emilie471 Registered Users Posts: 12
    Hi, I'm Emilie, and I'm 12.

    I'm very sorry to hear about your diagnosis. It affects 2% of the female population. Hair loss is one of the symptoms.

    Moisturize your hair. I recommend cantu Shea butter cream leave in conditioner, wet your hair and put it on your roots and the rest of your hair about 2 times a day-Before bed, and after you wake up. No blow drying or heat. Coconut oil is very good for your hair also. Keep eating foods that are good for you, and drinking water helps your hair as well. I would also say to take keratin vitamins for your hair and nails. Use creamy and moisturizing organic shampoos.(whole foods has a great selection).

    As for brushes, I would say to use a tangle teaser brush, they sell them at target or online stores. Or use a simple wide tooth comb.

    Please message me if you want a list of products that will help your hair :)

    Good luck,
  • longhairloverslonghairlovers Registered Users Posts: 1
    Hi, Emilie,
    So sorry your thyroid problems have manifested in your hair. I have thyroid disease and suffered some serious hair loss last year. I would recommend treating your hair as gently as possible. Don't use a brush... just use your fingers or a wide-tooth comb to detangle your damp curls. Also, be sure to hydrate your hair often... hair oils and leave-in conditioners should help.
    Hope this helps! Best wishes.
  • Firefox7275Firefox7275 Registered Users Posts: 3,750 Curl Neophyte
    I would work with ingredients proven to strengthen or patch repair hair, coconut oil, hydrolysed protein (mild product so you don't get brittle), ceramides and panthenol.

    Also ingredients that increase 'slip' and reduce friction, shea butter and castor oil are not especially good for that both being rather sticky. Products at pH 4.5 to 5.5, cationic surfactants especially the behentrimoniums, marshmallow (DIY or Kinky Curly Knot Today) even some silicones.

    Your Giovanni conditioner only contains one emollient/ fatty alcohol and no cationics at all. What product are you using whilst you are finger detangling? The Jessicurl is a low poo so won't give the level of slip/ friction reduction of a good conditioner.
    2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

    CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
    Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
    Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
    Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
    Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
    Experimenting with: benign neglect

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