Post # 1
For the past eight years or so, I’ve been suffering from hair loss. It’s been generalized thinning with temple and frontal loss, which started after I went off the pill (Alesse). I’ve been for bloodwork, tried all sorts of crap (horsetail, essential oils, fish oil, Viviscal, laser hair comb, etc. etc.), done the extensions (of all kinds, really) and spent way too much money on thickening lotions, mousses, hairsprays, and other junk. Nothing has worked. I refuse to start on the pill again due to the obvious havoc it wreaks on the system.
I’m at the point where I’ve pretty much accepted that I won’t get my hair back to the way it was, and have been looking into hair replacement systems such as 3/4 wigs and toppers. I have heard that quite a few people actually wear them, and love them more than their own hair. Obviously though people don’t really talk much about it and so I’m wondering if any bees wear any hair pieces and would be willing to share their story, and their solution. Also, if anyone could give me any advice as to the toppers (which was what was recommended for me by a hair replacement salon just recently), I would be super appreciative!
I’m curious to see how many others have this problem as well … right now I feel like a bit of a freak 🙁
Post # 2
I have recently started biotin caps, vitamins plus iron and hair thickening shampoo. Also I know I need to eat more protein. Its been about two months now. I think I see a few new hairs but I have noticed that each individual hair seems a little thicker. I don’t know if its the shampoo or what but I don’t think that the thinning is quite as noticable. I am going to continue with these products for at least six months before I change anything else.
Post # 3
I went through a phase of hair loss when I was on a high dose birth control pill for PCOS (the pill was taken off the market). I lost sandwhich bags full of hair (and for the longest time, I kept the bags of hair, because even though it was no longer attached, I just could not let go of it). Hairloss SUCKS…. and people who havent gone through it, have absolutely no idea how it feels.
Dont feel like a freak. A lot of women do go through hair loss. It sounds like you may need some support. There are great online forums for ladies mourning their locks. It really is a greiving process because hair seems like so much of who you are (and of course it is and at the same time it isnt). Also those forums have great ideas for styling different types of hairloss.
Post # 4
Sounds like you might be suffering from Telogen Effluvium. I had massive hair loss when I stopped taking birth control pills (Yaz). For almost 6 months I was easily shedding 4 times the amounts of hair I usually did. The hair texture changed too, becoming easily tangled and greasy. To say that it was distressing would be an understatement!… then suddenly, out of nowhere (when I stopped obsessing about it and when I least expected it),the hair loss ceased and I was shedding as normal again. I can see new growths of hair around my hairline, sticking out like a porcupine….
I guess what I’m trying to say is, don’t give up or feel like its the end of the world. If it really was due to stopping birth control pills, it will get better once your hormones returns to normal. I used to obsess about it, and that didnt help at all. What did was taking additional supplements such as Iron, Zinc, and vitamin D to encourage hair growth after the TE phase ends. I understand what you are going through, the fear of shampooing and combing your hair to see massive hair shedding. It totally ruins your day…. Good luck and best wishes…
Post # 5
Oops, sorry. I missed the part about you suffering hair loss for the pass 8 years. That doesnt sound like TE anymore, unless it is chronic… Might I suggest you to another forum online that discuss about this in detail, toppers, wigs, extensions, acceptance etc. Try and google Women’s Hair Loss Project forum. They might be able to share their experiences similar to yours. God bless….
Post # 6
I wish I had more advice to offer but the only thing I can think of is to get your vitamin and mineral levels checked (a blood test, your doctor orders it). Then get a copy of the results yourself and do your own reseach. I was low in iron for a long time until i went to a new doctor and they told me I was anemic – my old doctor didn’t even mention it to me… even when I told him I was worried it was low. I think it’s because some results are interperatable. (sp?) If I had my hands on those results I could have googled what the ideal levels are and did my own research. (Also, if you have a copy of your results I’d recommend taking them to a good naturopath for a second opinion). Now that I’m taking a really good quality iron supplement I notice my hair is growing faster, whereas it was slow as mud before. Good luck!
Post # 7
I have thinning hair because of PCOS. I dont wear any hair pieces because for me personally I’ve found them to be bothersome and to be honest I just dont have the time for it.
I have found hairdressers that are sensitive to my issues and cut/style my hair in a way that disguises the thin spots, and I also use a tinted dry shampoo between washes because I feel like when my hair gets dirty it looks as thin as it is, and the tint helps to mask the thin parts as well.
I have heard great things about Toppix, but it is rather expensive so I havent tried it myself.