my hair is thinning. help me save it?

FestivalFestival Registered Users Posts: 9
ok, so this past year, i've decided to put my heat tools away and go completely natural. I would wash and condition my hair once every 3 days, and then only apply shea moisture smoothie. here is a pic of my very first wash n go:
http://i.imgur.com/hjAcxhY.jpg
It doesn't look perfect but I was super excited at the time because I've never seen my head with curls before. I had tight shrinkage and thick hair.

I started going back and forth with wearing wash and gos and straightening my hair (alternated every 2 weeks), again, I never deep conditioned, hot oil treatment, protein treatment, ect. I didnt know what half that stuff was and just used shea moisture smoothie aftedr every wash.

a few months later:
http://i.imgur.com/tGxYG3b.png
my hair is still thick but the curl is a lot more loose. I still didn't see a problem yet.

1 year later
gradually, I noticed my hair starting to thin, I was in denial because how can that be possible? Im treating my hair better then what I was doing before! one day, while I was wearing an updo, my little brother asked me whats going on with the back of my head? alarmed, i asked him to take a picture and this was the result
http://i.imgur.com/6lfizok.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/RuM2fmq.jpg

my regimen at the time was shampoo once a week, wet and condition every 2-3 days, and apply a leave-in conditioner + gel. I used Paul Mitchell "the conditioner" and eco style gel.
I'm freaking out at this point. my hair really is thinning! I start doing a lot more research, I learn about deep conditioning, hot oil, protein, ect. nothing that I am doing seems to be working. my hair is thin and limp with low elasticity and I have no idea what to do about it. anybody have any suggestions? I can't believe my hair is in worse shape then it was when I used heat tools religiously

my most recent pic. hair is very thin and see-through.
http://i.imgur.com/61OOG6x.jpg

Comments

  • StarmieStarmie Registered Users Posts: 7,169 Curl Virtuoso
    I'd go to your doctor and ask him/her to run some blood tests. If you look back through some of the older threads you can read about what tests you may need, it could shed some light on what the problem is. You look very young to be losing hair.
    3b in South Australia.
  • ReservechicReservechic Registered Users Posts: 798
    You can choose to seek help from a medical professional for such. Or, if you would like to try going a holistic route, i highly recommend you to check out this site - Alopecia Free - I Naturally Cured My Alopecia

    The individual who runs the site was actually diagnosed with alopecia, and both her and her son had both been suffering with eczema badly for an extended time period, before she came up with a holistic remedy that actually helped both her and her son with their eczema, but most importantly, it allowed her to eventually become alopecia free. And, she was able to regain her hair back, also through use of her own DIY Raw African Black Soap Shampoo too.
    Diagnosed with Scalp Eczema 6/2015
    (Don't hair type/loose curl pattern/fine texture/low density/high porosity

    Current Regimen (Ayurvedic Based):
    Cleansers- Bobeam Shampoo Bars
    Stylers-Rotate between Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twisting Butter and Camille Rose Naturals Aloe Whipped Butter Gel

    I only wear my hair in wash n gos or buns. Also,
    I do not use conditioner on my hair on a weekly basis. And, my hair is A ok with that!
  • FestivalFestival Registered Users Posts: 9
    Starmie wrote: »
    I'd go to your doctor and ask him/her to run some blood tests. If you look back through some of the older threads you can read about what tests you may need, it could shed some light on what the problem is. You look very young to be losing hair.

    I'm only 25.
    I already went to the doctor and she ran some blood tests and she checked my thyroid. everything came back fine. she said it cant be alopecia because I don't have bald spots, just thin hair. she suggested some biotin pills and sent me on my way. Do you think a dermatologist would be of more help to me?
  • FestivalFestival Registered Users Posts: 9
    You can choose to seek help from a medical professional for such. Or, if you would like to try going a holistic route, i highly recommend you to check out this site - Alopecia Free - I Naturally Cured My Alopecia

    The individual who runs the site was actually diagnosed with alopecia, and both her and her son had both been suffering with eczema badly for an extended time period, before she came up with a holistic remedy that actually helped both her and her son with their eczema, but most importantly, it allowed her to eventually become alopecia free. And, she was able to regain her hair back, also through use of her own DIY Raw African Black Soap Shampoo too.

    my doctor told me that she doesn't think its alopecia because I don't have bald spots, just thin hair. she ran blood tests/ thyroid tests and they both came back fine. I'm thinking about seeing a dermatologist since this issue seems out of the ordinary in the natural hair community
  • ReservechicReservechic Registered Users Posts: 798
    Festival wrote: »
    Starmie wrote: »
    I'd go to your doctor and ask him/her to run some blood tests. If you look back through some of the older threads you can read about what tests you may need, it could shed some light on what the problem is. You look very young to be losing hair.

    I'm only 25.
    I already went to the doctor and she ran some blood tests and she checked my thyroid. everything came back fine. she said it cant be alopecia because I don't have bald spots, just thin hair. she suggested some biotin pills and sent me on my way. Do you think a dermatologist would be of more help to me?

    The link to the site that i provided offers help for individuals that may have alopecia, or that are experiencing thinning to their hair that may be caused by other medical conditions, or possibly due to other circumstances as well. The information offered on the site as well as the products are geared towards anyone that's experirncing hair thinning/ hair loss, and to aid in trying to cure such through a holistic route.

    I had been suffering with scalp itching that had progressed to a chronic stage, till the point, there are areas on my head in which my hair is noticeably thinner and sparser at. I would sometimes scratch till my scalp would begin to bleed. I also have experienced recurring bouts of areas of my scalp flaking, and having soreness, and i decided having having dealt with all of this for 10+ years to get up the nerve to speak to my current dermatologist about my scalp issues in June. I was diagnosed with having scalp eczema. My father has had eczema ever since i have known him, so for me, the major players in my scalp eczema is due to hereditary reasons, and my being allergic to quite a number of things, which included my using haircare products with ingredients that are major irritants to my scalp. I personally need to get an allergy test gone, so that way, i can find out all of the things that i am allergic to on an even wider scale. So, that way, i can totally know all that i am allergic too.

    I was originally prescribed Clobex Shampoo to use, along with Kenalog Spray and Cloderm cream (which i rotate between). I did show the dermatologist what i was currently using to style my hair with, and he was totally fine with me continuing to use such.

    Currently, I no longer use the Clobex Shampoo, as i used it for as long as i could, but that stuff didn't really do much, except dry my hair out badly, and it was somewhat irritating to my scalp as well. It is a very strong medicated shampoo and you can only use it for 4 weeks at a time anyways. I stayed using it for just about 3 weeks.

    My last dermatologist visit was on this Thursday. I was recommended to wash my hair twice a week, rotating between the T-Sal Scalp Buildup Control Shampoo (it's supposed to help with getting my scalp eczema under control) and Nizoral Shampoo (which he added into my regime because it's designed to help with scalp issues and with hair thinning too). I was also recommended to continue use of the Kenalog spray and Cloderm Cream, which are to be directly applied to the affected areas of my scalp twice a day. I alternate back and forth between using these two products, however, i prefer to use the cream moreso than the spray, because it's easier to apply overall. I have only been receiving medical treatment for my scalp issues for roughly a little over a month, and i have received some improvement, but it's not long-lasting. I was also recommended by my dermatologist's office to start applying tea tree oil to my scalp, which i am currently doing. I use the tea tree oil diluted with warm olive oil at this time and apply it to both my hair and scalp as a pre-shampoo hair and scalp oil treatment.

    My hair is in a very dry, super thirsty state, which is why, i had to switch to a heavier styling product, because of the products recommended to me by my dermatologist to use being very drying. I have decided to work to educate myself on the use of holistic products that can help with both my scalp eczema and hair thinning and sparseness in areas of my head that has resulted from such. Because all of the products that i have been prescribed to use towards helping my eczema do come with side effects themselves that i have to deal with, and i don't want to be tied to using such for a very long time and have any or possibly all of them do irreparable damage to my scalp, hair, or even my body in some way. Which is why, i began to do an internet search to see what holistic alternatives there are out there, that i have never tried before that could possibly be of great help to me, and it's through such that i came upon "Jassica", who is the owner of the site that i recommended to you, as well as her YT channel. She is a very knowledgeable and caring person, and has had many people with different scalp conditions reach out to her for help. She is currently helping in advising me in trying to get my scalp eczema cured through holistic means, and in helping me with reversing the thinning and sparseness to my hair that i am currently dealing with too. She was able to re-grow her own hair back that she lost, when even the doctor that she had gone to for initial treatment, wasn't able to provide her with much hope. Which definitely says alot.
    Diagnosed with Scalp Eczema 6/2015
    (Don't hair type/loose curl pattern/fine texture/low density/high porosity

    Current Regimen (Ayurvedic Based):
    Cleansers- Bobeam Shampoo Bars
    Stylers-Rotate between Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twisting Butter and Camille Rose Naturals Aloe Whipped Butter Gel

    I only wear my hair in wash n gos or buns. Also,
    I do not use conditioner on my hair on a weekly basis. And, my hair is A ok with that!
  • StarmieStarmie Registered Users Posts: 7,169 Curl Virtuoso
    A dermatologist may help, though I have to admit the one I saw wasn't all that helpful. In fairness, I was 50 when I went and I think my hair loss is just an age related thing so not much to be done. She prescribed Spironalactone and told me to buy some Rogaine, which I did and then never used (not comfortable with it). I think it may be worth trying one in your case, given your young age. Or a trichologist if you have one anywhere near.
    3b in South Australia.
  • BluebloodBlueblood Registered Users Posts: 1,748 Curl Neophyte
    Festival wrote: »

    my doctor told me that she doesn't think its alopecia because I don't have bald spots, just thin hair. she ran blood tests/ thyroid tests and they both came back fine. I'm thinking about seeing a dermatologist since this issue seems out of the ordinary in the natural hair community

    What specific tests did the doctor run?

    Do you have a print out of the results?

    The reason I am asking is:
    1. When first suffered hair loss which followed fatigue and many other symptoms the first doctor I went to did not do all the relevant tests even though he claimed to do so.
    2. When I did eventually get the tests done properly and I got a print out of the test results it was another health professional who pointed out some of my other nutrient levels while in range for body function were too low to maintain hair growth. (To be fair the nurse was more worried about the other things that were severe.)

    In short you need to ensure:
    1. The tests cover vitamin B12, iron both ferritin and haemoglobin levels, vitamin D (25-OH) and C reactive protein.
    2. You get a print out of the results
    3. You check that the results for B12 and Vitamin D are not at the lower levels of the normal range. The result for ferritin is over 50ng/mL and your C reactive protein level is in range so it shows no signs of inflammation.
    4. If any of these are go and talk to a dermatologist or trichologist.

    Lots of women have issues with their ferritin levels if they don't have lots of horrible other symptoms. However a family doctor or nurse will tell you your result is "normal" as the lab range for women is between 6-13 and 200. Only a dermatologist or trichologist will point out that figure is too low for normal hair growth.

    A friend of mine's mother collapsed due to having a low ferritin level which was just in range. Luckily an emergency doctor realised what the issue was. This woman had been losing hair for years and was told it was just part of the ageing process however her hair is now visibly thicker.
  • BrigeyBrigey Registered Users Posts: 3
    Until u work out the cause (mine was weightloss) I do highly recommend the Nioxin range of products - it helped me 😉 goodluck
  • tradeindia123tradeindia123 Registered Users Posts: 2
    You should visit a nice hair specialist as you are nourishing you hair well so your hair thickness should increases not decreases. It would be possible that some hair products does not suits you which you are using currently.
  • KarinkaKarinka Registered Users Posts: 11
    I am sure , you have to try oil mask!
  • maryware77maryware77 Registered Users Posts: 45 Curl Neophyte
    Hi!
    First of all you should consult a dermatologist/cosmetologist to discuss your hair thinning issue. Secondly, you can make use of GKhair Volumizeher in order to make your hair look more in volume. Hopefully after using it you will not find them see-through.
  • Karina1987Karina1987 Registered Users Posts: 28 Curl Neophyte
    I think first of all you should pay attention to what you eat as the lack of vitamins and essential substances can influence your hair condition as well as skin condition. Moreover, you should check your health as if a person has some problems with internal organs it will be noticed on your hair as well. During pregnancy I started losing my hair and now while breastfeeding I also have thin hair but I make facial masks and use professional shampoo with caviar and take vitamins and I have noticed good results.
    Would you like to know how to care about your skin with natural products? Read about skin care philosophy here https://ambrossimo.com/skin_care-for_beautiful_skin/
  • stream26stream26 Registered Users Posts: 40 Curl Neophyte
    You received good advices
    Want to add about hairstyles for thin hair also:
    Try something with different lengths--it will make thin hair look thicker. You may have to slightly "tease" your hair and use hairspray to give it a fuller look.
    Don't perm--it will eat your hair alive! Coloring does tend to give some body to hair, but too much can harm it!
    Different updo is probably best for you- especially if you have thin, fine hair!
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  • MyrnaMyrna Registered Users Posts: 2,472 Curl Connoisseur
    HELP! my hair is thinning. I HATE this. Is there anything I can do?
  • MyrnaMyrna Registered Users Posts: 2,472 Curl Connoisseur
    I dont know what happened here, but this is not my thread although it has my name on it - I tried to start a NEW thread.
  • stream26stream26 Registered Users Posts: 40 Curl Neophyte
    I would recommend you hair oil concoction( my sister started roughly 2 months ago and noticed difference after 3 weeks):
    ~3 tablespoon-Extra virgin coconut oil
    ~1 tablespoon-black castor oil
    ~3/4 tablespoon -emu oil
    0.5 tablespoon-whole onion seed (Also called nigella sativa. Bought cheaply from indian grocery store. But its same as this: http://www.amazon.com/Spicy-World-Kalaunji-Nigella-7-Ounce/dp/B000JMDHE0)
    0.5 tablespoon- whole fenugreek seed (also bought from indina grocery store, but sth like this: http://www.amazon.com/Spicy-World-M...UTF8&qid=1427311751&sr=1-3&keywords=fenugreek)
    As for the actual health of the hair, a diet rich in protein is good. For this, have raw nuts, almonds are particularly good, and protein-rich meats. Also, dietary supplements such as flax seed oil and fish oil are good for skin and hair.

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