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Hair Falling Out, HELP!

chrystalin23chrystalin23 Posts: 6Registered Users
I've been trying to grown my hair out for the last year or so. Recently I've notice my hair is falling out LIKE CRAZY.

I was taking prenatal vitamins prior to it falling out (to help with growth). Could the lack of these supplements cause so much hair loss?
I started taking biotin last week cause I heard it helps strengthen hair. Has anyone else tried this?

I get trims every 2-3 months and only use a sulfate-free BedHead Foxy Curl Shapmoo/Conditioner.

What am I doing wrong??? :dontknow:

Comments

  • CurlyYoginiCurlyYogini Posts: 3Registered Users
    C-

    Are you having any other symptoms?
  • chrystalin23chrystalin23 Posts: 6Registered Users
    No. I might be a little more stressed out then usual but I didn't think stress could effect my hair this much.
  • CurlyYoginiCurlyYogini Posts: 3Registered Users
    Hmmm.

    A year or so ago I started losing tons of hair, but I had other symptoms (weight gain, acne, etc.) and of course it turned out to be PCOS. Since you don't seem to have any of these, I can't speculate.

    I'll just say I know, I really do, how hard it is when your hair falls out. (I still have dreams about it to this day.) You are in my thoughts.

    Keep a journal of your stress levels, food, exercise, and symptoms and have faith that you will get the answers you need as you seek them. In the meantime, remember that you are beautiful, inside and out. You are!

    Namaste.
  • chrystalin23chrystalin23 Posts: 6Registered Users
    That's a good idea. Maybe by journaling I can pinpoint the problem. Thanks for the support!! = )
  • Heather0kayHeather0kay Posts: 667Registered Users
    Stress, hormonal changes, feritin levels below 40, thyroid, all can cause hairloss. Get a thyroid and iron test.
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  • morrighumorrighu Posts: 707Registered Users
    All manner of problems show up with your hair. Some things that will make your hair fall out like that are quite serious, even life threatening. You need to take yourself to the doctor right away and make sure that it's not something serious.
  • crimsonshedemoncrimsonshedemon Posts: 2,098Registered Users
    Female Hair Loss: Thinning Hair
    30 million American women are seeing scalp, and it's often a symptom of a serious illness.

    By Ning Chao

    Stylists always gushed, "Wow, you've got a lot of hair." I took my lush mane for granted, perming, straightening, and bleaching my way through my teens. But during my sophomore year of college, as I found myself pulling more and more tangles out of my brush and strands from the shower drain, the compliments stopped and the worry began. I jealously examined the girl next to me on the subway — why couldn't I see through to the roots on her scalp, too? Once a sheet of shiny darkness, my hair had taken on an alarmingly transparent quality. I spent hours every week staring at my scalp in the mirror, parting and reparting my hair to see which side looked fuller. I drenched my head with volumizing sprays, detoxifying tonics, and shampoos for "weakened hair." Remedies were thick on the ground — but my hair kept getting thinner. I was molting. And I was scared.

    Like a peacock's brilliant feathers, hair is a secondary sexual characteristic, explains London trichologist Dr. Philip Kingsley. "You don't need it to keep you either warm or cool, so its primary function is to increase attractiveness." We live in a culture of hair, coveting Victoria's Secret supermodels' voluptuous waves as much as their curves. So closely linked are sex appeal and self-esteem that a 2004 Rogaine survey of more than 500 women across the U.S. revealed that 24 percent equated losing their hair to losing a limb. Since 30 million women in America — roughly one in four — have thinning hair, there's a serious portion of the population at risk for an emotional crisis.

    When I brought up my hair issue at an annual physical, my doctor tested me for lupus. Fortunately, the tests came back negative. Then I was told that since I wasn't completely bald, I really didn't have a problem. So I began to wonder if it was all in my head. When my boyfriend ran his fingers through my hair, all I could think of was whether I was losing strands. Did this gross him out? Or more importantly, was a lot coming out? Needless to say, that relationship didn't last long, lacking trust and the basic belief that he could find me attractive in this condition. I didn't dare ask my friends for a second opinion, because I didn't want them to scrutinize my scalp. After another frustrating physical (with no answers), I consulted my dermatologist, Dr. Fredric Brandt. Instead of dismissing my concerns as mere vanity, he immediately wrote up requests for endocrine blood tests, which prompted my general practitioner to finally cave and grant me a specialist referral.

    There are many causes of shedding, from stress to chemotherapy, but 90 percent of hair loss is genetic and needs to be treated with medication. It can also be a sign of a thyroid disorder, says my endocrinologist, Dr. Emilia Liao, who diagnosed me with mild hypothyroidism. "It's a good thing you came in when you did," she told me on my first visit. "It gets more complicated — and possibly dangerous — the older you get, especially if you want to have a baby." Apparently, hair loss during pregnancy is a big red flag. "One out of 50 women is diagnosed with hypothyroidism while pregnant — it's still the most common cause of mental retardation in children," says Liao.

    The average age for women dealing with thinning hair is 25 to 35 — that it's just another "gift" of menopause is a myth. Also, we can't simply blame our mothers, as previously believed — if there's baldness anywhere in your family tree, you're at risk. Unlike male-pattern baldness, where patches of hair fall out over time, female hair loss means a reduction in hair volume, making transplantation extremely difficult. "The total number of hairs doesn't always decrease, but the diameter of each strand shrinks," says Kingsley. And too-thin hairs won't grow past a certain length — which explains the baby fuzz around my hairline.

    The key to successful regrowth? First, admit you have a problem. Each day you dwell in denial, you're losing precious time. The more hair you've lost, the less likely it is to all grow back. Telltale signs, like a wider part or a smaller ponytail, don't show up until you've lost nearly half your hair! Seek out trichologists and dermatologists or endocrinologists who specialize in hair problems. (A good place to start www.americanhairloss.org.

    Last summer, I started visiting the Philip Kingsley hair clinic in New York City every week to strengthen the fragile wisps that were starting to sprout along my hairline as a result of my prescription treatments. There, I learned that physical as well as emotional stress can cause temporary thinning and make genetic hair loss worse. When 44-year-old fitness instructor Maria Santoro was hospitalized for a severe allergic reaction to her pneumonia medication, she lost 20 pounds in 10 days, and her chestnut waves started falling out in clumps. "People assumed I was anorexic," she says. "My body was in shock, and I felt really insecure because of my weight loss and thin hair. It was devastating."

    Hair loss has a direct impact on psyche and morale, says Kingsley, who coined the phrase "bad hair day" 40 years ago. I spoke to 34-year-old breast-cancer survivor Courtney Hagen, who revealed that when she heard her diagnosis, her first fears were for her golden locks. "I had a double mastectomy, but I was more traumatized about losing my hair," she admits.

    As for me, thanks to two years of regular treatment, I've finally reached the phase where regrowth is thicker every day. But the process has been arduous and pricey: Rogaine requires diligent use and $30 a month for the rest of my life. And some of my hormone-regulating prescriptions — like Avodart, which I credit most for my good results and which costs more than $200 a month — are not covered because if you take them while pregnant, they can harm the fetus's development. But I continue with my regimen because, for me, the risk is worth the remedy — I'm not planning on pregnancy for a long, long time anyway. I also figure it'll be a lot easier to find a potential father with my full head of hair.

    THINK BIG
    When it comes to hair, thin is never in. Thicken up with these hair helpers:

    1. Kérastase Nutrients Densitive Daily Anti-Hair Thinning, Anti-Hair Loss Dietary Supplement

    2. Nick Chavez Plump 'N Thick Leave-In Thickening Crème Conditioner

    3. Shu Uemura Fiber Lift Protective Volumizer

    4. Men's Rogaine Foam (many derms recommend it for women, too)

    5. L'Oréal Professionnel Age Densiforce Shampoo

    6. Philip Kingsley Scalp Tonic

    Find this article at: /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.marieclaire.com%2Fhair-beauty%2Ftrends%2Farticles%2Fthinning-hair" class="Popup
  • Ropin' CurlRopin' Curl Posts: 41Registered Users
    Hi!
    I would definitely go to your doctor and talk to him/her about this. I had this happen to me also after some surgery. When my doctor tested my blood, (eight months after surgery because I was complaining of hair loss) I had a level 1 of iron. She started me on iron pills and brought it back up my iron level to a more normal level. I also went to see a naturopath and started taking Liquid Silica Gel which made my hair feel amazing and my hair growth started to happen quickly.
    Good luck, I know it's frustrating. I think there can be so many contributing factors but some simple blood tests might help you out a little!
    Mod CG 3a/3b bsl (highlights) since March 2009
    cowash- suave coconut,
    rinse out- tigi MM and trying some new
    Leave in- Giovanni
    Curl cream- AG re:coil, Boots (pink) CJCC, about to make my own FSG, can't wait to see how it works
    Gels- Crystal Ecostyler, Sally's Gel, Biosilk RHG
    Deep conditioner- Sally's but looking for a new one.
    Finishing- JC Nourish and Shine, sometimes some jojoba oil
    Dry, med por.
    my hair loves honey, I do regular ACV rinses and about to try baking soda scrub.
  • jenn77bjenn77b Posts: 1Registered Users
    I'm also experiencing hair loss due to having gastric bypass surgery - almost all of those who have the surgery have some hair loss for months afterwards. I wasn't concerned about this side effect at first since I had so much hair to begin with. But now I'm really annoyed by losing so much hair (even though no one else notices ...it still looks like I have plenty of hair). So I just started taking Biotin, which is the most common thing people suggest taking in the world of bariatric surgery. I don't know if it will help or not since I just started taking it myself. They say it has more to do with protein intake than anything else. I'm not saying that's YOUR issue, but that's mainly the issue with many after the surgery.

    I would talk to your doc as others suggested. You just never know whether to chalk it up to something like stress, or whether it's of more concern to your health.

    Good luck!
  • CurlFaceCurlFace Posts: 176Registered Users
    It's a scary thing. A couple weeks ago after washing my hair, I looked in the drain and it was just filled with hair. It looked like about a handful. My hair is long and dark so it always looks like a lot, but this was more than usual. I've been panicking ever since. Since then I've quit using my shampoo (it was sulfate free but I decided to ditch it anyway). So far less is falling out. I've had biotin for awhile but I'm so forgetful about taking my vitamins every day.

    I also had an appointment right after that with my dermatologist, so I mentioned it. I'd just recently had bloodwork done and my iron was fine and so was my thyroid. I'm on the pill as well as aldactone which can both apparently cause hair loss, so I was worried about those, but she thinks maybe it's stress (what isn't attributed to stress?) It's possible, I've just taken over some duties at work of a girl who's out on maternity leave which has been pretty stressful. She also said sometimes it happens a few months after an illness - and I did have a horrible stomache bug back in February.... She checked for bald spots, but nothing (although it could definitely be thinning everywhere evenly).

    I'm hoping it's just a temporary thing. I'm so afraid of losing my hair. :crybaby:
    Type: 3a - type 1 on the underside. Thinning.
    :glasses11:
    Currently using:
    -Organix Tea Tree Mint Shampoo (occasionally)
    -Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition conditioner
    -Suave Waterfall Mist Conditioner or Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific as leave-in
    -A mix of Shique Gel and HE Totally Twisted mousse
    -FX Curls Up Mousse, on occasion


  • chrystalin23chrystalin23 Posts: 6Registered Users
    I know, it's super scary.
    I don't really have any bald spots either but I'm afraid it's thinner all over too. I have my thyroid and iron checked as well...both normal.

    I'm wondering if it's time to go off my birth control, Yasmin....

    Good Luck. I know how you feel.
  • CurlFaceCurlFace Posts: 176Registered Users
    Good luck to you, too. Here's hoping it's just our imaginations..... :-?

    How long have you been on birth control (if you don't mind sharing!)? I've been on the pill for yeaaaars. Maybe 13 or so. I skip the placebo week in 2 packs now because I get menstrual migraines and have been doing that for maybe a year. Why would the pill, after all these years, make my hair start to thin out??
    Type: 3a - type 1 on the underside. Thinning.
    :glasses11:
    Currently using:
    -Organix Tea Tree Mint Shampoo (occasionally)
    -Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition conditioner
    -Suave Waterfall Mist Conditioner or Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific as leave-in
    -A mix of Shique Gel and HE Totally Twisted mousse
    -FX Curls Up Mousse, on occasion


  • DaymiDaymi Posts: 23Registered Users
    :cry::cry::cry::-(
    I recently started noticing my hair falling out. This happened several years ago due to nutritional deficencies but it stopped and started growing back once I got my health back on track. I just started a Deva/CG routine on May 9th, but I think the hair loss started before that. I notice it the most when I'm in the shower and little clumps of hairs fall out. Its not the usual tangled mess that naturally happens when washing your hair. I'm trying to determine if my new CG routine could be causing this? Any thoughts? I'm so worried about this.
    3a/2c-medium/fine-ii-average porosity

    Co-Wash: Suave Coconut
    Conditioner: Garnier Sleek and Shine, honey
    Products: FOTE AVG, BRHG
    Testing: KCCC, CJ CCCC, SG, AF


    CG since May 9, 2009
  • CurlFaceCurlFace Posts: 176Registered Users
    I don't know, but my hair is STILL falling out in massive amounts. I was so paranoid one morning after showering that I actually started counting the strands of hair left in the drain. "They" say you usually lose about 100 a day - well I stopped counting after 100. I had at LEAST 100 more left in a clump, if not more. During the day I'll feel random stray hairs falling onto my arms. I'm really upset!

    My dermatologist said to keep an eye on it for 3 (3!!!) months and if it isn't any better by then (which will be August) to call her back. My God, I feel like if I wait that long it will be too late!

    I went back to my sulfate free shampoo because my hair just felt way too disgusting no matter how vigorously I scrubbed (without nails) my scalp. It's still falling out. I'm going to order some Nutrine Garlic Shampoo & Conditioner because it's supposed to help with hair loss..... we'll see.
    Type: 3a - type 1 on the underside. Thinning.
    :glasses11:
    Currently using:
    -Organix Tea Tree Mint Shampoo (occasionally)
    -Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition conditioner
    -Suave Waterfall Mist Conditioner or Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific as leave-in
    -A mix of Shique Gel and HE Totally Twisted mousse
    -FX Curls Up Mousse, on occasion


  • connemara22connemara22 Posts: 69Registered Users
    I don't know if this works but i saw it a couple of weeks back and copied it onto my desktop......I have been saying that i'm going to try it but haven't done it yet

    I hope it helps

    Essential Oil Blend for Hair Growth - NEW!

    Please note there is no guarantee this oil will stimulate hair growth in every individual. However, researchers from the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in Scotland published a study of 86 individuals who used this oil for seven months and reported 44% of people in the treatment group had new hair growth compared to only 15% in the control group.

    Combine:

    3 drops cedarwood essential oil

    3 drops lavender essential oil

    3 drops lemon essential oil

    3 drops rosemary essential oil

    3 drops thyme essential oil

    1/8 cup grapeseed oil

    1/8 cup jojoba oil

    Apply several drops of the mixture to areas of hair loss each night, massaging gently into the scalp for 3-5 minutes. Store oil tightly covered and keep away from heat and light.
    Contraindications: avoid rosemary essential oil when pregnant. Cautions: citrus oils are photosensitive and should not be applied prior to sun exposure.
  • dailywavydailywavy Posts: 249Registered Users
    There are certain natural ingredients or essential oils that have been proven to help stimulate the scalp, Lemongrass essential oil and rosemary essential oil, and have even been a good help for cancer-treatment patients. But if you go to /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fchagrinvalleysoapandcraft.com%2Fingredeos.htm" class="Popup, you will find many essential oils to help stimulate the hair follicles and find the EO's that help regrow hair, stop hair loss, and stimulate and encourage hair growth.
    2b, 2c / f / ii / medium-high porosity
    Vo5-never again, i now can plop!
    CG since may 09, and hubby LOVES the new wavy 'tude!
    :thumbleft:
    products: CV SB, burt's bees more moisture conditioner, co-wash suave naturals coconut condish. FSG, shea hair butter, hair refresher
  • morrighumorrighu Posts: 707Registered Users
    CurlFace wrote: »
    My dermatologist said to keep an eye on it for 3 (3!!!) months and if it isn't any better by then (which will be August) to call her back. My God, I feel like if I wait that long it will be too late!

    OMFG... Get yourself to your general practioner and have him rule out other medical problems. Kidney problems, autoimmune diseases, liver problems, hormonal problems, and all kinds of other things can cause hair loss. Some of the stuff on that list can kill you.

    Pardon me, but if your dermatologist hasn't put you through a full battery of tests to make sure that all your internals are in good working order or told you to see you GP to do so, then IMHO he's an f-tard! Find another doctor.
  • CurlFaceCurlFace Posts: 176Registered Users
    I went to my general practitioner earlier this week. She did not seem concerned... Honestly I'm starting to wonder if I'm worrying over nothing. I still feel like I have more than normal amounts of hair falling out in the shower, but I still have lots of hair. She sent me in for some blood work, so I should hear back next week. She also said that it could be due to stress (which I suppose I have had a bit more of lately). She looked up hair loss as a side effect for my meds, and none of them have it listed. I'm going to try some garlic shampoo & conditioner (even though the shampoo has sulfates - I might use it every other day or something) and see if it helps. Maybe I'll try some of the essential oils, too.
    Type: 3a - type 1 on the underside. Thinning.
    :glasses11:
    Currently using:
    -Organix Tea Tree Mint Shampoo (occasionally)
    -Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition conditioner
    -Suave Waterfall Mist Conditioner or Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific as leave-in
    -A mix of Shique Gel and HE Totally Twisted mousse
    -FX Curls Up Mousse, on occasion


  • licketysplit3licketysplit3 Posts: 1Registered Users
    listen, if you think something is wrong then don't let a doctor tell you you're fine because you know your body better than anyone else does. i've been going through the same thing for about two years and everyday i cant imagine losing anymore hair. it really sucks but it seems like there is little to actually do about it. i too once had a more hair than i knew what to do with but i would do just about anything to get it back! (i have lost more than half my hair and i'm only 21) ive been to more doctors in the past two years then the rest of my life, spent a sickening amount of money and time, and have had so many tests done all of which came out normal. most drs offered little help and even less sympathy. hope you have better luck with it than i did
  • CurlFaceCurlFace Posts: 176Registered Users
    Also, I've decided to eliminate aspartame from my diet. It's in sooo many things, like many sweetened yogurts, diet soda, sugar-free gum.... Apparently it can often cause hair loss as well as other things such as fatigue, and even cancer! Why take chances?
    Type: 3a - type 1 on the underside. Thinning.
    :glasses11:
    Currently using:
    -Organix Tea Tree Mint Shampoo (occasionally)
    -Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition conditioner
    -Suave Waterfall Mist Conditioner or Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific as leave-in
    -A mix of Shique Gel and HE Totally Twisted mousse
    -FX Curls Up Mousse, on occasion


  • kellygreen49kellygreen49 Posts: 625Registered Users
    I lose an abnormal amount of hair too.
    I've gotten bloodwork a million times, everything's normal. I'm not on ANY medications except an occasional ibuprofen. I have NO idea what's going on -.-
    3A~fine texture
    Cleanser: GiovanniTTTT, Deva Low Poo
    Condish: Deva One C, GiovanniTTTT, GVP Balm
    Styler: Deva ArcANGELL, HESMU, AG Mousse Gel
    Want to try: CJ Gellie, Hand Dry Hair Glove, BRHG
    I <3 second day hair :iconbiggrin:
    Call me a Curltalk Otaku. ~MirCurls
    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fpublic.fotki.com%2Fkellygreen49%2F" class="Popup
    PW curlyhair
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  • LAwomanLAwoman Posts: 2,949Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I started losing excessive amounts of hair when I was 26. It was about 6 months after my mom died, so of course, it was attributed to stress. (bloodwork, tests, etc, all normal)

    My stylist suggested Rogaine and Nioxin shampoos/conditioners. I did use those for a bit, but got tired of them, and quit. In the years following, I'd go through "spurts" where I'd lose the clumps of hair, but then they would stop.

    I'm now 36 and, thankfully, not bald--but my hair is certainly thinner than when I was in my 20s. (Though most people wouldn't know by looking at it.) Now, I take Biotin and MSM, a multi, fish oil pills and try to use the most natural products on my hair (when I can).
  • natashazariwalanatashazariwala Posts: 4Registered Users
    Hey, I have understood your problem and would like to draw your attention to a few causes and cures for hair fall.
    The few possible causes are:
    1) Lack of sleep.
    2) Junk food.
    3) Lack of exercise.
    4) Stress
    5) Hormonal imbalance
    6) Illness
    7) De-hydration
    8) Too much exposure to the Sun.
    9) Hereditary
    10) Chemical treatments.
    The possible solutions are:
    1)Use Parachute Advansed Therapie Hair Vitaliser to control hair fall and make the hair stronger and thicker.
    2) Use a mild/herbal shampoo thrice a week and a reputed conditioner twice a week.
    3) Apply the conditioner to the tips of the hair and not to the scalp.
    4) Eat well and include fruits and vegetables in your diet. Avoid junk food.
    5) Exercise, as it increases blood circulation to the scalp.
    6) Relax and don't take stress as stress leads to hairfall. So sleep well.
    7) Protect your hair from the Sun by wearing a scarf or a hat.
    8) Drink 8-10 glasses of water to hydrate your hair and preventing it from becoming brittle.
    9) If you go swimming often, wash your hair with tap water to protect your hair from chlorine in the swimmin pool's water.
    10) Go in for a haircut if you need a change, not for a chemical treatment like perming and straightening.
    Hope these hair care tips work for you!
  • DisneyDisney Posts: 5Registered Users
    It looks that you have been fallen in complex about your curly hair.And you used too much products to get rid of your frizzy ness thats why it started to begin a hair loss .
    Now you should use herbal products because you are on initial stages..
  • stylistlaciestylistlacie Posts: 10Registered Users
    Female Hair Loss: Thinning Hair
    30 million American women are seeing scalp, and it's often a symptom of a serious illness.

    By Ning Chao

    Stylists always gushed, "Wow, you've got a lot of hair." I took my lush mane for granted, perming, straightening, and bleaching my way through my teens. But during my sophomore year of college, as I found myself pulling more and more tangles out of my brush and strands from the shower drain, the compliments stopped and the worry began. I jealously examined the girl next to me on the subway — why couldn't I see through to the roots on her scalp, too? Once a sheet of shiny darkness, my hair had taken on an alarmingly transparent quality. I spent hours every week staring at my scalp in the mirror, parting and reparting my hair to see which side looked fuller. I drenched my head with volumizing sprays, detoxifying tonics, and shampoos for "weakened hair." Remedies were thick on the ground — but my hair kept getting thinner. I was molting. And I was scared.

    Like a peacock's brilliant feathers, hair is a secondary sexual characteristic, explains London trichologist Dr. Philip Kingsley. "You don't need it to keep you either warm or cool, so its primary function is to increase attractiveness." We live in a culture of hair, coveting Victoria's Secret supermodels' voluptuous waves as much as their curves. So closely linked are sex appeal and self-esteem that a 2004 Rogaine survey of more than 500 women across the U.S. revealed that 24 percent equated losing their hair to losing a limb. Since 30 million women in America — roughly one in four — have thinning hair, there's a serious portion of the population at risk for an emotional crisis.

    When I brought up my hair issue at an annual physical, my doctor tested me for lupus. Fortunately, the tests came back negative. Then I was told that since I wasn't completely bald, I really didn't have a problem. So I began to wonder if it was all in my head. When my boyfriend ran his fingers through my hair, all I could think of was whether I was losing strands. Did this gross him out? Or more importantly, was a lot coming out? Needless to say, that relationship didn't last long, lacking trust and the basic belief that he could find me attractive in this condition. I didn't dare ask my friends for a second opinion, because I didn't want them to scrutinize my scalp. After another frustrating physical (with no answers), I consulted my dermatologist, Dr. Fredric Brandt. Instead of dismissing my concerns as mere vanity, he immediately wrote up requests for endocrine blood tests, which prompted my general practitioner to finally cave and grant me a specialist referral.

    There are many causes of shedding, from stress to chemotherapy, but 90 percent of hair loss is genetic and needs to be treated with medication. It can also be a sign of a thyroid disorder, says my endocrinologist, Dr. Emilia Liao, who diagnosed me with mild hypothyroidism. "It's a good thing you came in when you did," she told me on my first visit. "It gets more complicated — and possibly dangerous — the older you get, especially if you want to have a baby." Apparently, hair loss during pregnancy is a big red flag. "One out of 50 women is diagnosed with hypothyroidism while pregnant — it's still the most common cause of mental retardation in children," says Liao.

    The average age for women dealing with thinning hair is 25 to 35 — that it's just another "gift" of menopause is a myth. Also, we can't simply blame our mothers, as previously believed — if there's baldness anywhere in your family tree, you're at risk. Unlike male-pattern baldness, where patches of hair fall out over time, female hair loss means a reduction in hair volume, making transplantation extremely difficult. "The total number of hairs doesn't always decrease, but the diameter of each strand shrinks," says Kingsley. And too-thin hairs won't grow past a certain length — which explains the baby fuzz around my hairline.

    The key to successful regrowth? First, admit you have a problem. Each day you dwell in denial, you're losing precious time. The more hair you've lost, the less likely it is to all grow back. Telltale signs, like a wider part or a smaller ponytail, don't show up until you've lost nearly half your hair! Seek out trichologists and dermatologists or endocrinologists who specialize in hair problems. (A good place to start www.americanhairloss.org.

    Last summer, I started visiting the Philip Kingsley hair clinic in New York City every week to strengthen the fragile wisps that were starting to sprout along my hairline as a result of my prescription treatments. There, I learned that physical as well as emotional stress can cause temporary thinning and make genetic hair loss worse. When 44-year-old fitness instructor Maria Santoro was hospitalized for a severe allergic reaction to her pneumonia medication, she lost 20 pounds in 10 days, and her chestnut waves started falling out in clumps. "People assumed I was anorexic," she says. "My body was in shock, and I felt really insecure because of my weight loss and thin hair. It was devastating."

    Hair loss has a direct impact on psyche and morale, says Kingsley, who coined the phrase "bad hair day" 40 years ago. I spoke to 34-year-old breast-cancer survivor Courtney Hagen, who revealed that when she heard her diagnosis, her first fears were for her golden locks. "I had a double mastectomy, but I was more traumatized about losing my hair," she admits.

    As for me, thanks to two years of regular treatment, I've finally reached the phase where regrowth is thicker every day. But the process has been arduous and pricey: Rogaine requires diligent use and $30 a month for the rest of my life. And some of my hormone-regulating prescriptions — like Avodart, which I credit most for my good results and which costs more than $200 a month — are not covered because if you take them while pregnant, they can harm the fetus's development. But I continue with my regimen because, for me, the risk is worth the remedy — I'm not planning on pregnancy for a long, long time anyway. I also figure it'll be a lot easier to find a potential father with my full head of hair.

    THINK BIG
    When it comes to hair, thin is never in. Thicken up with these hair helpers:

    1. Kérastase Nutrients Densitive Daily Anti-Hair Thinning, Anti-Hair Loss Dietary Supplement

    2. Nick Chavez Plump 'N Thick Leave-In Thickening Crème Conditioner

    3. Shu Uemura Fiber Lift Protective Volumizer

    4. Men's Rogaine Foam (many derms recommend it for women, too)

    5. L'Oréal Professionnel Age Densiforce Shampoo

    6. Philip Kingsley Scalp Tonic

    Find this article at: Thinning Hair - Female Hair Loss - Marie Claire

    Awesome post! very helpful thank you
  • AngelGoddessAngelGoddess Posts: 1Registered Users
    Hi,
    I can totally relate to you I have been taking the NuHair vitamins and lotion for 2 months now and can't see any bald spots anymre. They are nautal and won't harm my mom which has lupus is even growing back her hair she has had very little hair all her life and this product is helping her. You can by at Buy Nu Hair - Hair Regrowth System for Women 30 Day Kit - Formerly by Biotech Labs at LuckyVitamin.com

    If you have any questions please email me at mgomez3531@aol.com it really works and I'm a customer for life.
    I've been trying to grown my hair out for the last year or so. Recently I've notice my hair is falling out LIKE CRAZY.

    I was taking prenatal vitamins prior to it falling out (to help with growth). Could the lack of these supplements cause so much hair loss?
    I started taking biotin last week cause I heard it helps strengthen hair. Has anyone else tried this?

    I get trims every 2-3 months and only use a sulfate-free BedHead Foxy Curl Shapmoo/Conditioner.

    What am I doing wrong??? :dontknow:
  • renagrahamrenagraham Posts: 1Registered Users
    :clock: Here are 10 effective ways to stop hair loss.

    1. Massage your scalp with your fingertips; avoid scratching it with your nails.
    2. Consume as many fruits and vegetables as you can.
    3. Use lukewarm water when bathing.
    4. When balding is associated with dandruff, rinse your hair with water mixed lemon juice.
    5. To reduce hair fall naturally, apply rosemary oil to your scalp.
    6. Do not use highly concentrated shampoo as this will decrease the amount of natural oil in your scalp.
    7. For hair loss that is linked to genetic or hormonal factors, the intake of Zinc and biotin supplement is effective.
    8. After bathing or when your hair is wet, handle it cautiously.
    9. Find the right hair loss products.
    10. Saw Palmetto extract has long been used as an alternative treatment for hair loss.

    Source: Hair Transplant Sydney | Canberra | Brisbane | Melbourne | Australia | AIHR

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