Post # 1
So I got off Birth control in August and have noticed ever since that my hair is HORRIBLE. I get a very itchy scalp and actually made myself bleed with sores. I did a ton of research and decided that I would try Paul Mitchell Tea tree oil shampoo and conditioner. It seemed to help with the itching and the sores healed, but now my hair is SOO oily, is falling out and I am still getting dandruff. I am 26 years old and have never had serious problems with my hair. The tea tree oil helps with the itching but I am not sure if I can deal with all the other side effects of it. My hair is so tangly as well. I am healthy otherwise so not sure what the heck is up with my hair and can only think it has to do with getting off birth control. Any hairstylists out there that know of a shampoo and conditioner I can try? I also would like some sore of detangler for when I get out of the shower.
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
Not a hairstylist but had a similar problem, Have you seen a dermatologist? I ended up having a skin condition and got medicated shampoo thats relatively inexpensive, otherwise I used neutrogenas tgel over the counter and it helped. best of luck bee
Post # 4
- Wedding: May 2016 - Magnolia House
stringofpearls: I agree with cm0529: I had problems with flakes and a friend recommended the nutragena tgel and it is thick and looks and smells like tar but oh my goodness it worked wonders for me.
Post # 5
I came off birth control in May and I had issues with hair loss and an itchy scalp. I was losing handfuls of hair, it was driving me mad. I would say it’s only been the last month or so that its felt back to normal.
Hopefully, you’ll get back to normal soon as well.
Post # 6
kellijo13: cm0529: Thank you guys! I will have to try that Neutragena stuff. My new insurance will be effective in January and I am going from an HMO to a PPO. I will have to make an appt with a dermotologist if it continues. Does that neutrogena stuff leave your hair really tangly when you get out of the shower?
MancBee: OMG the hair loss! My shower drain is just disgusting! I have to clean it out after every shower because of the clumps of hair. Ive always had thick and pretty hair. Damn you hormones! I am really hoping it goes back to normal once my system regulates off birth control. Thank you!
Post # 7
stringofpearls: I have used TGel for most of my life. My hair still comes out tangly, but I think thats just my hair. I get jealous of those who don’t even have to use a brush out of the shower.
Post # 8
mrsfiddlesticks: Now this might be a dumb question, but is the Tgel in place of shampoo and conditioner?
Post # 9
I had the same problem too! I was off birth control for a few months due to insurance issues and lost so much hair and have been dealing with the itchy, flaky scalp. It’s horrible, and depressing also as I used to have thick beautiful hair and now it seems thin and stringy. I hope it will grow back eventually :/
Some things that have helped for me: John Frieda Frizz Ease leave in conditioner. This spray is amazing for detangling. It doesn’t make my hair greasy either. I was attempting to use Head & Shoulders with almond oil and while really helps clear out buildup and makes my hair feel great, I think it was making my scalp worse. So I try to use that only once in a while when I feel regular shampoos aren’t helping it be less greasy. What has seemed to help my scalp the most is Purology Hydrate shampoo. Its pretty thick and seems to really soothe my scalp. I’ve noticed significant improvement in the couple months I’ve been using it.
Good luck! I’m going to follow this thread for more tips!
Post # 10
Yup I got off birth control about 5 months ago and was dealing with some serious hair loss and horribly itchy scalp. Oh and acne cuz why not right?
What really helped with the hair and scalp issue was using my husband’s shampoo Nioxin scalp treatment number 1. Look for it on Amazon or in the salons inside Walmarts!
Post # 11
T-gel is great HOWEVER, if you are going off birth control because you are trying to get pregnant, I wouldnt recommend it just becuase it contains coal tar. I would do your own research and ask your dr if they believe it is safe, however it is not something that I would feel comfortable putting on my body if I was ttc/pregnant (however I am an ingrediant freak when it comes to pregnancy so take my advice with a grain of salt). I would talk to a dermatologist once you get the insurance thing figured out! 🙂
Post # 12
I would try the Paul Mitchell shampoo 3. It’s a clarifying shampoo. It’s really good for itchy flakey scalp. If you have thinner hair then I would go with shampoo 2. That stuff works the best for getting out gunk. I am a Hairstylist and I have tried it all and that it my favorite for those issues.
Post # 13
Hi there! Hair stylist here! This is a very common occurrence, unfortunately. I do think you should see a dermatologist who may prescribe topical steroids to relieve the inflammation.
I am a big fan of Nioxin, though I would go for the number 4 system if your hair is feeling very fragile. The shampoo and conditioner plus the scalp treatment.
I also suggest using organic, cold pressed coconut oil on your scalp and hair a few times a week. Apply to dry hair and scalp, comb through and massage into the scalp. Leave in on for as long as you can before you wash and condition your hair. I like to wrap my hair in plastic and sleep on it. Coconut oil has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, so it can be great for the skin, too. I use it at night on my face. Try a small area first To make sure you won’t break out.
Is it possible that something else may be causing this? Has the water you’ve been using on your hair and skin changed (moved, etc.)? Hard water is a terrible culprit for these things. If you have hard water, use a water softener and/or an Aquasana filter on your shower.
Hope this helps! I’m sorry you’re experiencing this 🙁
Post # 14
- Wedding: May 2016 - Magnolia House
stringofpearls: Sorry this is so late, but I use the Tgel for shampoo and then use a conditioner because I have super thick hair and it get really tangly.