I have noticed my hair has begun to thin out..

naturalhaircarenaturalhaircare Posts: 11Registered Users
I was recently browsing the internet because I have noticed my hair has begun to thin out. I find more and more in the drain of the shower everyday, and my brush needs cleaned more often than ever before. I wanted to know if there is anything I can do about this in order to help improve the strength of my hair.

So I headed over to Wikipedia at Hair - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia and began to read all about hair from the online encyclopedia. I was intrigued with the fact that hair was once considered to be a sign of social status. I believe that even today hair has an impact on not only our own self image, but also the perception that others have of us.

I also noticed that my husband's hair was beginning to thin. I found a supplement on Amazon at Amazon.com: Vibrance Vitamins for Hair Growth, 60 Vegetarian Capsules (Pure Formula for Thicker, Longer, and More Vibrant Hair): Health & Personal Care by the name of Vibrance Pure Healthy Hair Formula. I ordered a bottle because it seems to have all of the necessary vitamins and minerals which my research shows is necessary for improving the overall health of our hair.

I have also made some changes to our diet. I found that zinc and iron are necessary vitamins and minerals for improve hair health. So I have increased our weekly menu to include more red meat and beans. I also found that omega-3 acids were essential so we have included a different type of fish to at least 2 more meals a week.

I was wondering what some of you have done in order to improve your hair quality and strength? I really want to grow not only a thicker set of hair, but also an improved shine and strength, as well. Let's make this a thread that allows us to share methods and techniques we have all used to improve the health of our hair. What have you done that you feel has really worked well. Have any of you made any changes in your diet? What recipes do you have that you use to help with your hair health?

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  • BluebloodBlueblood Posts: 1,748Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Go to the doctor and get them to run nutrient blood tests but particularly for B vitamins, ferritin (iron stores) and Vitamin D. Also get them to check your thyroid hormones and for diabetes.

    Myself and a couple of my friends' have found that our hair loss was due to low Vitamin D levels. However the other things I've mentioned commonly cause hair loss in women.

    Once you have got the test results back make sure you get a copy. It's well known that family doctor will say your B12 or ferritin level is fine but it's actually too low to maintain a healthy head of hair. However a specialist like a dermatologist will see that the level is the cause of your problems.

    The ranges given by labs are the levels most people without significant health problems fit into but they are always changing with new research.

    For example there is currently research in the States about whether they should raise the lower end of the B12 level as many people of different ages are having symptoms of B12 deficiency.
  • SojSoj Posts: 45Registered Users Curl Novice
    Blueblood wrote: »
    Go to the doctor and get them to run nutrient blood tests but particularly for B vitamins, ferritin (iron stores) and Vitamin D.

    Ferritin levels can screw up your hair? Because mine were down to 5 (normal is around 100) for several years when I needed surgery but couldn't get it, hence was flooding almost 24/7 - for YEARS. It probably dropped lower than that eventually, I was never able to get another test. (Frankly the only reason I got THAT one was because - shhhh! don't tell! - I circled it on the lab sheet myself)

    The doctor also tried to tell me a ferritin level of 5 was just fine when it clearly was not. I've had chronic fatigue for decades but was always able to cope with it and muscle through anyway - until then. I have never really recovered, even post surgery. Anyway - what effect does ferritin level have on hair?
  • BluebloodBlueblood Posts: 1,748Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Yep low ferritin levels can screw up your hair.

    5 is too low on even the doctor's normal range.

    All the doctor needed to tell you to do is take iron tablets which you can buy over the counter, tell you the dose to take, what foods to avoid when taking them and to come back in a couple of months to be tested.
  • SojSoj Posts: 45Registered Users Curl Novice
    It was 5 and I was ALREADY taking iron tablets - 3x the suggested dose for women. They refused to do another test (he thought the first one was an accident) because he insisted ferritin levels "don't mean anything".

    Whatever. But that would explain a lot, if low ferritin could cause the sort of damage to hair that results in it breaking off. Plus being hypothyroid, plus being under a lot of stress, plus going from well water to city water treated with chloramines ... kind of a perfect storm of potential for hair damage, LOL!
  • BluebloodBlueblood Posts: 1,748Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Soj wrote: »
    It was 5 and I was ALREADY taking iron tablets - 3x the suggested dose for women. They refused to do another test (he thought the first one was an accident) because he insisted ferritin levels "don't mean anything".

    Whatever. But that would explain a lot, if low ferritin could cause the sort of damage to hair that results in it breaking off. Plus being hypothyroid, plus being under a lot of stress, plus going from well water to city water treated with chloramines ... kind of a perfect storm of potential for hair damage, LOL!
    Doctors study very little on nutrition.
    Oddly I've found nurses to be slightly better informed.

    Anyway you should have tried to get an appointment with someone else in your surgery preferably younger and/or female who would have explained things to you.

    Low ferritin can make you dizzy so you frequently faint or fall over, and have symptoms similar to iron deficiency anaemia like breathlesness. The hair loss is just the first warning something is wrong.

    Depending on what country and region you are in they will only be allowed to do certain blood tests every 6 months in adults under the care of a family doctor.

    A lot of my friends', one of my SILs and myself have had issues with middle-aged male family doctors who have either ignored lab results or refused to do blood tests for the appropriate symptoms. (Yes one of them did have low ferritin and a young doctor in A&E found it.)

    Nobody has sued as yet but one doctor is under investigation.
  • BluebloodBlueblood Posts: 1,748Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Google "stop the thyroid madness".

    It should bring up a website for those with thyroid hormone problems with useful advice including how to deal with idiot doctors.
  • Ashleyboo24Ashleyboo24 Posts: 15Registered Users
    I was recently browsing the internet because I have noticed my hair has begun to thin out. I find more and more in the drain of the shower everyday, and my brush needs cleaned more often than ever before. I wanted to know if there is anything I can do about this in order to help improve the strength of my hair.

    So I headed over to Wikipedia at Hair - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia and began to read all about hair from the online encyclopedia. I was intrigued with the fact that hair was once considered to be a sign of social status. I believe that even today hair has an impact on not only our own self image, but also the perception that others have of us.

    I also noticed that my husband's hair was beginning to thin. I found a supplement on Amazon at Amazon.com: Vibrance Vitamins for Hair Growth, 60 Vegetarian Capsules (Pure Formula for Thicker, Longer, and More Vibrant Hair): Health & Personal Care by the name of Vibrance Pure Healthy Hair Formula. I ordered a bottle because it seems to have all of the necessary vitamins and minerals which my research shows is necessary for improving the overall health of our hair.

    I have also made some changes to our diet. I found that zinc and iron are necessary vitamins and minerals for improve hair health. So I have increased our weekly menu to include more red meat and beans. I also found that omega-3 acids were essential so we have included a different type of fish to at least 2 more meals a week.

    I was wondering what some of you have done in order to improve your hair quality and strength? I really want to grow not only a thicker set of hair, but also an improved shine and strength, as well. Let's make this a thread that allows us to share methods and techniques we have all used to improve the health of our hair. What have you done that you feel has really worked well. Have any of you made any changes in your diet? What recipes do you have that you use to help with your hair health?


    Hey, I will have to give your suggestions a whirl, going to read your links first. My mother has been using a shampoo(http://www.bosley.com/store/store.php) by Bosley, and is seeing great results. I was going to sneak some, but I guess it’s not just a matter of using a bit, there are multiple steps.

    You said, "I have also made some changes to our diet."

    Quoted for truth! This is the biggest thing she has emphasized to me, taking better care of myself and paying attention to what goes into my body.

    Also, ferritin, I have never heard this, but I am going to ask my MD next time(soon), I get a physical.

    Thank you!
  • SeerchSeerch Posts: 13Registered Users
    I've been eating a lot of protein lately (mainly meat) but it doesn't really seem to get to affect my hair...

    What are the best foods that does it ?
  • BluebloodBlueblood Posts: 1,748Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Seerch wrote: »
    I've been eating a lot of protein lately (mainly meat) but it doesn't really seem to get to affect my hair...

    What are the best foods that does it ?

    Google "Harvard healthy eating plate" as this is the most up to date academic advice on what you need to be eating. (Other universities and Sweden promote this diet but this is the site most easily accessible.) The advice given by most other governments has food industry involved in it and is altered to reflect their wishes.

    You need to eat a range of foods and not just concentrate on the protein to get the full micro-nutrients your body needs. For example most people don't eat nuts and pulses.

    You also cut out the junk, drink sufficient water, get more sleep and do regular exercise.

    If this isn't working - and it will take a few months - then you need proper blood work.
  • MnicMnic Posts: 1Registered Users
    that was really great that you changed your eating habit for a better & healthy set of hair! but Usually it's not easy for everyone to do that :( . Do supplements work for the food elements you mentioned you included in your diet?
  • followmeskyfollowmesky Posts: 287Registered Users
    I was low on both and didn't even noticed. I've had anemia in the past and had an idea where I was anemic because I was more usually tired and sleepy. However, this time around that wasn't the case. I was loosing hair and more hair. I wonder if it's because of age.
    I finally got blood work done and indeed I was anemic and had low vitamin D. It's been 7 months since and although I am better my hair still falls out just not as much as it did. I've lost A LOT of hair.

    This is a serious matter. We have to look out for these things. I wish my doctors caught it sooner. I had blood work prior and was never told I was anemic. Always get a copy of your test results - sometimes even doctor's miss things.
    3b/C with nicer curls on the bottom!
    Hair: naturally very dry and VERY porous
    hair seems to be moody.
    Does not seem to like oils
    Does not like protein or too much?
    Does not like rich products

    So, I ask myself. What does it like? That is the question, and I'm on a mission.
  • BluebloodBlueblood Posts: 1,748Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Mnic wrote: »
    that was really great that you changed your eating habit for a better & healthy set of hair! but Usually it's not easy for everyone to do that :( . Do supplements work for the food elements you mentioned you included in your diet?

    Sorry didn't see your post.

    It's not easy but you need to attempt the best you can.

    Supplements are just that - supplementary to your diet.

    You should try and get away from needing them. Some people can't due to medical conditions then you are going to have to take them for the rest of your life or until menopause depending on what you are deficient in.

    The one exception is vitamin D. If you are deficient not just insufficient then it's unlikely life style changes will work for you. So you will need to supplement for the rest of your life. However you will need yearly blood tests to keep an eye on your levels.

    BTW eating healthily isn't hard or expensive - it just takes some effort. First you need to educate yourself on what to eat, then learn to read labels when you go shopping and finally learn to make different dishes with the more nutritious food we buy. Luckily we now have the internet to help us with all this...
  • BluebloodBlueblood Posts: 1,748Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I finally got blood work done and indeed I was anemic and had low vitamin D. It's been 7 months since and although I am better my hair still falls out just not as much as it did. I've lost A LOT of hair.
    I was actually advised by an MS suffer to take more vitamin D than a doctor advised.

    I then moved to a new practice and the doctor was more clued up. She said the MS suffer was correct and was horrified by the way I had been treated with my low vitamin D. First with the length of time it took them to diagnose it and then on the actual treatment plan.

    This is a serious matter. We have to look out for these things. I wish my doctors caught it sooner. I had blood work prior and was never told I was anemic. Always get a copy of your test results - sometimes even doctor's miss things.
    This is why I advise everyone to get a copy of their test results. Even if your doctors are good and don't try and fob you off, they can miss things.

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