iron and hairloss

jade22jade22 Registered Users Posts: 110
has anyone here had problems with low iron levels and hairloss?? i am dealing with this and really need more info, support, any words of hope??

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  • CalamityMCalamityM Registered Users Posts: 541 Curl Novice
    Are you talking about using a flat iron on your hair, and hair loss? What might be happening is that the iron is damaging your hair, and it's breaking off, which is making it look like you're loosing hair. Do you notice lots of short spikey bits at your scalp?
  • pelicanopelicano Registered Users Posts: 580
    I'm assuming you mean iron the mineral.

    I haven't experienced hair loss, but I would advise you to use as absorbable a supplement as possible - iron is notoriously difficult for the body to absorb, and you shouldn't take any supplements within an hour of tea, coffee, milk, or cereals. Vitamin C helps with absorption.

    In the UK I use Spatone supplement - I have no idea whether it's available elsewhere.
    Sarah.

    Based in the UK. 2-something (2b?) hair. Very porous, fine and brittle/fragile

    Hair loves: Drip drying, glycerine, shea butter, oils
    Hair hates: Plopping, any kind of gel, most conditioners (scalp issues).
  • jade22jade22 Registered Users Posts: 110
    yes, im refering to iron the mineral..my doctor has pointed to studies where peoples stored iron (ferritin) drops and thus causes hair shedding..very common amoung ppl who dont eat enough meat, protean...
  • ChicaNaturalChicaNatural Registered Users Posts: 45
    I have low iron, but haven't experienced any hair loss that I know of. My hair is very thick, so I would probably have to lose a lot of hair before I noticed.

    Anyways, iron deficiency is a pretty common cause of hair loss in women. Some good non-animal sources of iron are blackstrap molasses, dried fruits (apricots, raisins, etc), dark green veggies (e.g, kale, spinach, etc), and lentils.

    One iron supplement that has worked well for me is Floravit/Floradix. You can probably find it in most health food stores.
    Mostly 4a (with different strands of all types sprinkled in here and there). Very interesting mix... :happy1:.
  • RyanneRyanne Registered Users Posts: 686
    I haven't, but I'm taking supplements for it.
  • shelly_girlshelly_girl Registered Users Posts: 1
    Wow! I just found this website and this post and created an account just so I could reply to this message! I am going through the exact same situation. I actually just got the results from the bloodwork yesterday telling me that I have low iron, (my # was 20) which explains the handfulls of my hair that were falling out. I thought I had a thyroid condition so I am glad it is only low iron and stress. If you have been feeling tired low iron could also be the cause. So I am going to begin taking an iron supplement and eating foods rich in iron and I hope that solves the hair loss problem. I hope you get your iron level and hair right! Good luck!
  • mosxy5mosxy5 Registered Users Posts: 63
    The iron supplement I am taking is Slow Fe...I get it at any drug store/grocery store. Recently have been noticing a little hair loss but I have other issues with my scalp too. I haven't had any hair loss since I started taking the supplements 2 months ago...and I have more energy.

    And the only heat I put on my hair now is from a blower dryer (occasionally) or hooded dryer, just to make sure that is not the cause.

    Hope this helps!
    Relaxer free since 12/2001... :afro:

    Mostly 3c with 4a in the back.
  • Heather0kayHeather0kay Registered Users Posts: 667 Curl Neophyte
    They say ferritin levels 10- 150 is normal but if your level is at the lower end it still may be low , whatever that means. My Dr. now says levels below 40 can cause hair loss. I have had low iron levels before and thought that supplementing 1 iron tablet a day would be enough. My Dr. now says to take 3 tabs a day up to 70 mg for 3 months to bring up the iron. I wish I would have known this all along; I have had thinning hair for over a year. Hopefully this is the reason for my hairloss and in 6 months I hope to see more hair. I will regularly test my ferritin from now on! Ask the Dr. for the numbers!
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  • OnduleeOndulee Registered Users Posts: 1,305 Curl Connoisseur
    I use a herbal iron preparation which doesn't cause gastric distress. It's this one:

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  • Tomorrow Never KnowsTomorrow Never Knows Registered Users Posts: 320
    jade22 wrote: »
    yes, im refering to iron the mineral..my doctor has pointed to studies where peoples stored iron (ferritin) drops and thus causes hair shedding..very common amoung ppl who dont eat enough meat, protean...

    Do you have hair loss and are thus thinking you might have low iron levels, or do you know you have low iron levels from a ferritin blood test and/or iron percent saturation test? Definitely get tested if you haven't, and then supplement accordingly.
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    Conditioner: Tigi MM, Jessicurl WDT, CJ Curl Rehab, CJ Daily Smoothing, CJ H&B Deep Fix

    Deep Treatment: same as rinse out

    Leave-in: KCKT or my rinseout

    Styling Aids: Alberto/V05 Gel, HETT/HESMU, KCCC
  • pelicanopelicano Registered Users Posts: 580
    This is a v old thread!
    Sarah.

    Based in the UK. 2-something (2b?) hair. Very porous, fine and brittle/fragile

    Hair loves: Drip drying, glycerine, shea butter, oils
    Hair hates: Plopping, any kind of gel, most conditioners (scalp issues).
  • dolaresdolares Registered Users Posts: 69
    I take sss tonic every other day 2 tbs it helped a lot with my hair shedding.
  • msbatesmsbates Registered Users Posts: 2
    Hi there. I have dealt with this and the hair loss REALLY SUCKS. There is relief I took an iron supplement and blood builders (u can get em at wholefoods) they help to build your feritin bak. Also eat peptitas (pumkin seeds) theyre tasy and high in iron. Also drink oj or an orange with your meals. It helps your body absorb the iron, particularly if ur a vegetarian (the iron in meat is much easier to absorb than the the kind in non animal sources.) It take about 3months 4 ur blood cells to completely regenerate so b patient. Hope this helps.
  • Tomorrow Never KnowsTomorrow Never Knows Registered Users Posts: 320
    If the OP is still dealing with this...I'd suggest getting your iron, ferritin, and iron percent saturation ALL tested and then supplementing accordingly from there.
    Type 2b/2c, med/coarse, low porosity, medium density

    Co-wash: Suave Naturals Tangerine, Live Clean Moisturizing, CJ Daily Fix, GTTT, Tigi MM

    Conditioner: Tigi MM, Jessicurl WDT, CJ Curl Rehab, CJ Daily Smoothing, CJ H&B Deep Fix

    Deep Treatment: same as rinse out

    Leave-in: KCKT or my rinseout

    Styling Aids: Alberto/V05 Gel, HETT/HESMU, KCCC
  • CluekeeperCluekeeper Registered Users Posts: 98 Curl Connoisseur
    My best friend just went through this. We are curly girl friends. She had hair to her mid back with lots of pretty waves that can be coaxed into curls with some curl cream and diffuser. BUT, she went through a serious hair loss session. AFTER she thoroughly dissected every bit of her diet, medication, medical test, finally she figured it out! It was extreme iron deficit. What started it, was that she started shedding, and shedding more and more, until she was counting 200 plus hairs a day (at least double her norm.) The doctor gave her an iron test and there you have it. Extremely low amounts were stored in her body, she had repleted her reserve. She started mega-dosing (with doctor's guidance) and got her iron reserve up. It can take a while. It took her a few months. I won't lie to you. There were a lot of tears. She says that she lost about 1/3 of hair, but then it stopped! Of course, she was afraid it wouldn't stop, but it did. Thankfully! So, she stayed on the iron, religiously, and within two months you could see baby hair sticking up out of her curls all over her head. Its coming in very nicely now. But, at the end of her 'shedding' phase, her part was much wider, and her hair was thinner. I could tell, but I am her best friend. To counter it, she kept it as curly as possible, the extra body (thank goodness for curly hair) from the curls really kept her sane. Stay strong, it will end, but keep taking that iron. (check with physician!)
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    Styler: AG Recoil (I have eliminated everything but AGRecoil. My hair has tons of volume and bounce.)
    In high humidity: a dime/nickle size of gel lightly scrunched on the canopy. FINALLY I found a way that doesn't kill my hair volume.
  • jade22jade22 Registered Users Posts: 110
    hi everyone

    thanks for replying to my thread. I know it has been a while since i updated. I started the iron supplements a long while back. at the beginning my ferritin was 8, very low. Now it is 95, but it took a looong time to get it here. after about 3 months on the supplements i noticed a difference in my hair. The problem is, my doc told me that hairloss with iron deficiency once treated, is 100% reversable, however i dont feel like my hair is looking anything like it used to in terms of thickness..it still looks thin..
    i have been to specialists about my diet, take other vitmains and have had an internal specialist doctor do a full blood workup (hormonal, nutrition etc) but he did not find anything else wrong - i keep on thinking that im missing something else but i dont know what it is..im getting very depressed now..
    if anyone has any other ideas or experiences to share i would appreciate it

    thanks!
  • ringlets94ringlets94 Registered Users Posts: 1
    i can totally relate! my iron level was at 3 when i had blood work done. three is so dangerously low, a blood transfusion had been suggested. my hair is paper thin. when its down you dont notice my lack of hair because my hair's so puffy. but in a ponytail or bun i wear fake hair.
    im taking iron supplements but havent noticed a difference yet, most likely because i have just started. good luck with your hair!
  • bergasaurusbergasaurus Registered Users Posts: 375
    holy cow, how did your iron get so low???
    No cones since 08/25/09. Occasional low poo.
    Fine, normal to low porosity (still not sure which), ii, 3a/3b curls
    Playing with products: HEBE Mousse, BRHG, AOMM, HESMU. Nothing blows my mind just yet. :D
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  • NaturallyReady1NaturallyReady1 Registered Users Posts: 2
    Hey! This will be my first post since finding this wonderful website. I'm transitioning right now. I decided to go natural because of my hair loss. I went to see a dermatologist for my hair loss, the Dr. told me it was due to chemically treating my hair and extremely low iron levels. He told me to take "slow Fe" (its easier on your gastric system) and biotin and put a stop to relaxing my hair. It has taken me a few months to stop relaxing my hair. My hairloss has gotten severe enough that I have stopped perming my hair. I haven't seen any drastic improvements yet.
  • Heather0kayHeather0kay Registered Users Posts: 667 Curl Neophyte
    Hey! This will be my first post since finding this wonderful website. I'm transitioning right now. I decided to go natural because of my hair loss. I went to see a dermatologist for my hair loss, the Dr. told me it was due to chemically treating my hair and extremely low iron levels. He told me to take "slow Fe" (its easier on your gastric system) and biotin and put a stop to relaxing my hair. It has taken me a few months to stop relaxing my hair. My hairloss has gotten severe enough that I have stopped perming my hair. I haven't seen any drastic improvements yet.

    It might take awhile to get your iron stores up and get your hair growing. A Dr. told me just to take an iron pill and I would be okay. Turns out I needed to take 2 pills, so be sure to get retested in a few months or so. I have been dealing with this for 2-3 years, finally my test was normal, still on the lower side ( feritin levels below 40 can cause hairloss but they say 40 is normal!)
    Finally I have spotted a bunch of hairs about 1 1/2" in my thinning areas ! Take care of your scalp; massage, oils etc. Just be patient!
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]Type: 3a, fine, thin, low porosity Water/Climate: soft/ marine Washes: water w/washcloth, shikakai, clay Condition: Style:Seamollient, CurlsPFCCP, Miracurl, Gel-les'c, CK; rudeechick's super soaker method; blot, air dry 30 min; diffuse

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