Losing a lot of hair…

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@sherryberry:  Hi there! I was diagnosed with androgenic alopecia a few years back (which was explained to me as hair loss for no reason). 

If I remember correctly from my research and journey to get diagnosed there are a lot of reasons why you lose hair – hormones, stress being the top ones. And sometimes there is no reason at all. Sometimes you just go through periods of shedding too. On top of that, it is normal to lose 100 hairs a day and it can look like a lot. You can lose hair through breakage. 

I seemed to have stopped losing hair now (thank god), but when I went through my several month hair loss I thinned a lot at the front and crown of my head. There are little bald patches around my ears which you can see if I pull my hair back tightly. I lost ribbons of hair at a time…it was very shocking and upsetting. 

As for what you can do now – try to stop washing your hair so much and see if you notice as much shedding. Brushing and a lot of excess styling also pulls out hair so try to limit that. 

Also, if you are really worried – go see your doctor. They will refer you to a dermatologist who can do blood tests and look at your skin on your scalp. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I have mid-thigh length hair that used to fall out in HANDFULS. I had very very thick hair until I hit my thirties and then BOOM- it starting to thin out like crazy. A few things I did to help stop it-

I no longer wear my hair in buns or tight braids all day. Only when I am out and about, then I take it down while I’m in the house. The elastic ties (even the ones that arent supposed to rip your hair) and having your hair pulled back too tight will increase hair loss.

I upped my healthy fat intake and started including more whole foods and less processed foods a few years ago. In the last year, I’ve cut out 90% processed foods from my diet and that REALLY helped. 

I only wash my hair once a week, maybe once every two weeks and use a dry shampoo in the meantime. It took me a while to get used to this one because I washed my hair at LEAST once per day when I was younger because my hair was always oily. Now that I have adjusted, it doesn’t start to get oily until several days have passed. If it does, the dry shampoo really helps with that. 

I use a boar bristle brush and a wide tooth comb to brush through tangles.

Last but not least- I do a “scalp massage” with coconut oil and mashed avocado once a month and let it sit in my hair for 30 minutes. That also makes it shine! 🙂

All of these things combined have really made a difference!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

It could be something like a change in your thyroid. Mine is under active (and has been since I was a child) and it causes my hair to fall out more than the average person, but the correct dosage of medication can help. I take synthroid. A simple blood test could provide you with a lot of information. Good luck!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@sherryberry:  I would get tested for celiacs. I had this problem and a gluten free diet fixed it. Which would explain why whole foods help you 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

B12 deficiency and iron deficiency anemia can both cause hair loss and are common in women. They are also common together compounding the hair loss. If you are not finding any reasons or solutions, these can easily be tested for during an annual exam when they draw bolls to test your cholesterol and all that. It’s worth a look.  My hair was so thin on top in front that I was embarrassed to go out. Now that I am being treated for both, my hair has filled back in and looks so much better. 

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