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What is going on?!

misskkurlymisskkurly Posts: 31Registered Users
Hello Everyone,
HAPPY 4th of JULY!!! So, I think I might be on the verge of a hair crisis. I don't know what's going on, but it seems that my hair is changing...for the worse in my opinion. I have a mixture of 3c/4aish hair (SL unstretched, BSL stretched) and the strands have always been fairly thick. However, while co-washing recently, I've noticed A LOT more shedding and that the lost strands were a lot thinner than normal, and lacking my normal elasticity. Can someone give me a clue as to what might be going on here? I'm still experimenting with my regimen and trying to find my HG products, however, this is what I've been doing recently:
- Co-wash 4-5 days a week
- Deep Treatment 1-2 times a week
- Boundless tresses applied to the scalp nightly

I also take the following vitamins/supplements:
- Prenatal vitamin
- MSM (just started taking these a few days ago) (1500mg)
- Vitamin C (1000mg)
- Biotin (300mg)
- Flax Oil (1000mg)
- Calcium/Magnesium

Could the shedding, thinning and lack of elasticity be due to the BT? I've heard that when you're not consistent with applying it or you've recently stopped/started, you're expected to experience excessive shedding...Or could it be the Flax Oil? I read a post a few days ago that said that taking this supplement may result in shedding as well? But I'm really concerned with the change in texture, thickness, and elasticity....Hopefully someone (or a few someones) will be able to help!!!! Thanks
~KK~

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  • Hairblogger â„¢Hairblogger â„¢ Posts: 564Registered Users
    Flax is very good for the body. it has the highest source of vegan efa's.

    It could be stress related or also just be a passing hormonal phase (Sometimes the hair just sheds more than others).

    But, if you find any patchy spots or an overall thinning, see your dermatologist to make sure it's not alopecia (auto-immuno) related.

    Good luck.
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  • QuirkyYoginiQuirkyYogini Posts: 569Registered Users
    Hmmm. I'm not really sure. If you weren't shedding so much, I'd think protein issues, but I'm not really sure... I hope you figure it out!

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  • misskkurlymisskkurly Posts: 31Registered Users
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    Hmmm. I'm not really sure. If you weren't shedding so much, I'd think protein issues, but I'm not really sure... I hope you figure it out!

    *bump*


    Well that's a possibility...I thought I had determined that I was protein sensitive a while ago, however, my hair seems to go back and forth on that issue. When I first went natural, my hair loved protein in almost any form...I was using the brown protein styling gel almost every day, and my hair was loving it! However, I then experienced the symptoms of protein sensitivity, so I cut back on the products I was using that contained protein. Recently, a friend of mine suggested that I try her brand of hair cholesterol (Hollywood Beauty Olive Cholesterol), and my hair just ate it up. So I don't know what this means for my hair in terms of protein...
    ~KK~
  • misskkurlymisskkurly Posts: 31Registered Users
    *bump* please...NEED more responses!!!:lovestory:
    ~KK~
  • Nappy_curly_crownNappy_curly_crown Posts: 4,162Registered Users
    wow...that'a LOT of vitamins u are taking. Are you sure that all the excess vitamins aren't causing the shedding? Prental vitamins already have an excess of normal vitamins for women who are not preggers...and then u are adding stuff on top of it...that might not e the best idea.
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  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users
    Sulfur can be drying and BT is basically a sulfur/oil treatment. That's also a lot of MSM (sulfur) you're ingesting.

    Flax oil is good for you.
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  • natashamcknatashamck Posts: 434Registered Users
    I was thinking the same thing as QuirkyYogini, that its a protein/moisture balance issue... especially since you said that you're noticing a loss in elasticity. That sounds like you may need more moisture. Especially since as SBB pointed out - sulfur can be drying...

    I know I've posted this link like 3 times, but it has really helped me to determine when I need to switch up my products: /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.associatedcontent.com%2Farticle%2F278612%2Fthe_fine_art_of_protein_and_moisture.html" class="Popup

    HTH!
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  • misskkurlymisskkurly Posts: 31Registered Users
    natashamck wrote: »
    I was thinking the same thing as QuirkyYogini, that its a protein/moisture balance issue... especially since you said that you're noticing a loss in elasticity. That sounds like you may need more moisture. Especially since as SBB pointed out - sulfur can be drying...

    I know I've posted this link like 3 times, but it has really helped me to determine when I need to switch up my products: /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.associatedcontent.com%2Farticle%2F278612%2Fthe_fine_art_of_protein_and_moisture.html" class="Popup

    HTH!

    Thanks so much...that website definitely gives a TON of helpful information about maintaining the moisture/protein balance. I'm going to try a light protein treatment and hope that all goes well!!!
    ~KK~
  • shakeshake Posts: 404Registered Users
    it amy be stress or hormones honey. your best bet would be to wear protective styles which cause very little stress on the hair for a while. such as a braid with not rubber bands or ponytail holders, or a loose bun with a headband. and make sure your hair is protected while you sleep. satin or silk surfaces or scarves only!!!
  • shakeshake Posts: 404Registered Users
    also when my hair was goin throught this i started leaving condtioner in. also use extra virgin olive oil as a sealant for a while because it's excellent in improving elasticity
  • misskkurlymisskkurly Posts: 31Registered Users
    shake wrote: »
    also when my hair was goin throught this i started leaving condtioner in. also use extra virgin olive oil as a sealant for a while because it's excellent in improving elasticity

    Well, I've already been using leave-ins/oils for a good while and I sleep on silk pillowcases, so I'm not so sure that's the underlying issue...
    ~KK~
  • misskkurlymisskkurly Posts: 31Registered Users
    Stress on the hair doesn't seem to be a huge issue either...when I bun, I typically don't use any hairbands, and certainly no rubberbands. When I do use hair ties, they are the ouchless, no pull bands and I don't pull them very tight at all. Any more ideas?
    ~KK~
  • midgimidgi Posts: 2,409Registered Users
    I'm with everyone who says it seems like you're taking too many vitamins. Overdose on vitamins and your kidneys have to work 2 times as hard to process them. You could cause damage after a while.

    You have to remember that you get vitamins and minerals from the food you eat, PLUS the ones you are getting from the prenatal vitamins and every other vitamin you're taking.

    Your body only takes what it needs and doesn't use/gets rid of the excess.
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