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3/23/14 6:04 P

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3/23/14 5:35 P

EXOTEC-Yes it was through my primary care doctor. I am def going to look into going to a specialist. Hard when you have no insurance. Sigh. Thank you for your response. :)

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3/23/14 5:34 P

SLIMMERKIWI-Thank you for the advice :)

MANDIETERRIER1-Thank you. I bookmarked the site. :) Glad you've gotten good results. :)

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3/23/14 5:31 P

LULUBELLE65-Thank you so much for the advice. I am 40 and will be 41 this year so I don't know if that could be it or not. I have PCOS as it is so I already have hormonal issues but I have never had this issue with my hair.

I'm so glad that your hair has gotten thicker and healthier. That is great for you and also encouraging to me. :)

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3/23/14 5:29 P

EELPIE-Thank you so much for the links. I bookmarked both of them. :)

EXOTEC Posts: 3,327
3/23/14 9:56 A

Changes in diet and body weight are not just visual - they're metabolic as well. Your body changes its functions in the process, and any metabolic changes are (naturally) related to hormones.
As someone already mentioned, thyroid hormones (ie, deficiency thereof) can result in symptoms like you're describing. You did say your labs were okay... was this through a GP or an endocrinologist? The specialist would be a better choice, since metabolism and hormones are their mainstay. If you don't have one and could get a referral, I'd say that might be a good resource.

Topicals can help, as have already been attested to. Also remember that hair grows slowly, and effects encountered maybe months ago are still showing themselves in that way. You can work with the topicals to provide temporary improvement, but if it keeps on, I think you should refer yourself to a specialist to make absolutely certain there's no underlying health issues contributing.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 15,149
3/23/14 9:45 A

I had problems with hair breakage, too. I started using the Brocato Super Silk system and my hair is much healthier and stronger.

I see they now have rinse out conditioner which I must have. It is very spendy, but so worth it. Make sure that you buy it from an authorized salon or the Sam Brocato Salon website.

Edited by: MANDIETERRIER1 at: 3/23/2014 (09:46)
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3/22/14 5:18 P

I wouldn't be trying ANY supplements unless they are prescribed by your Dr or Registered Dietitian. There can be so many negatives by taking them unnecessarily, that it isn't worth the risk.


EELPIE Posts: 2,700
3/22/14 3:46 P

Please do not take prenatal vitamins if you are not pregnant. There is a reason they are labeled "prenatal":

Prenatal vitamins are not recommended for women who aren't pregnant or trying to become pregnant, according to the Mayo Clinic. The reason is because healthy adult women who aren't pregnant do not require the same amount of certain vitamins as women who are pregnant. In fact, non-pregnant women can actually experience adverse reactions to certain vitamins which prenatal vitamins contain higher or lower levels of.

Prenatal vitamins do not contain enough calcium to satisfy the requirements for non-pregnant women. They also contain higher levels of folic acid, which can hide the symptoms of vitamin B 12 deficiencies, as well as levels of iron which can be toxic to non-pregnant women and can cause constipation, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and death, according to the Mayo Clinic.

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3/22/14 3:35 P

I'm not sure how old you are, but you can start to lose a pretty significant amount of hair as you enter perimenopause, which can happen in your mid-30s. I used to have a ponytail so thick I could barely get my hand around it, and now it is about the size of most women's ponytails.

Hair loss can also be related to an illness, particularly a high fever.

I used Nioxin for several years, but for some reason now, my hair is getting thicker again. I am sure it is due to the fact that I eat really healthily most of the time now, whereas before I basically ate white carbs and fat.

Losing your hair is extremely stressful; I'm sorry you're struggling with it. Try to find a dietician or nutritionist to talk to; they may have some good ideas for you.

Oh, and I have friends who SWEAR by prenatal vitamins, including a guy friend who is in a rock band and insists they are what keep his long hair from falling out.

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
3/22/14 12:54 P

Here's 2 things I found:

Never be afraid of good fat. Something like a handful of walnuts goes a long way....

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3/22/14 12:42 P

Thank you all so much for your responses and advice. It has definitely been a journey. Ever since I regained some of the weight I said I wasn't going to lose it so fast this time to save my hair. It's hard though b/c I want the weight off so bad but I also want my hair! I do think this is probably what it is as I have never had this issue in my life and it happened right after losing a lot of weight really fast. I will just have to play with my protein levels and research more. it is comforting to know that those who have been through it that their hair did grow back and got healthier.

Thanks so much and still any other stories/advice are greatly appreciated. :)

Edited by: GEMINIGEM6 at: 3/23/2014 (17:27)
3/22/14 10:19 A

This happened to me too. I switched to a sulfate-free shampoo, which it sounds like you've already covered, and really just kept doing the same things I was before, as I wasn't willing to gain weight back. I did start taking a vitamin E supplement, although I don't know if that helped or not. My hair seems to have gradually adjusted itself back. My hairdresser told me a few months ago that my hair was fuller and back to normal after the shock of weight loss.

Make sure you're eating enough protein and fat and eat lots of fresh vegetables and fruit and plenty of calcium. I had also become anemic and had to take iron supplements, but that was a larger issue that was only partly related to weight loss. It's best not to lose weight too quickly. (Although if you're on a roll and you're losing steadily it's pretty hard to purposely slow down, because you think you'll never get your momentum back again.)

The consolation, for me, was that as I lost weight and greatly increased my intake of nutrient-rich food instead of junk, my skin started looking much better-nourished. Someone I don't even know at work told me, "You look so healthy." Good thing she wasn't focusing on my hair at the time, LOL.

Don't despair, it will come back.

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (10,365)
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3/22/14 9:38 A

Are you eating enough fat?

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,056
3/22/14 9:24 A

Hair loss can be related to a thyroid problem, poor nutrition and unhealthy food ....even irregular sleeping patterns... is one of the leading causes for hair loss...and certain medications can also lead to hair loss. Excessive shampooing, hormonal changes and yes, hereditary factors.

Maybe try olive oil...Rub olive oil in the scalp.... this would help reduce hair loss or maybe see a dermatologist if your doctor is not helping you.

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3/22/14 1:23 A

There are a number of factors that could cause this, from lack of protein and/or iron, using a lot of treatments in your hair (think colouring, perms), overly drying your hair with a dryer or curling irons, etc. and family history.

Below is a link for you to look at and think about:

I would be inclined to ask your Dr for a referral to a Registered Dietitian. Hopefully you are using the nutrition tracker (Including weighing all your food for increased accuracy!) When you go to your appointment take some printouts of the tracker. It will be a much greater help to have qualified input. Most Doctors aren't qualified in nutrition apart from basics. This is where your Registered Dietitian will be able to help you.

Good luck,


BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,410
3/21/14 11:13 P

I had a hair loss issue back in 1999/2000 when i dropped about 50# over a few months - nutritionist noted I was not eating enough protein; doctor also told me to pay more attention to iron intake, and also that it was not so uncommon to have some sudden hair loss after a major "shock" to the body - and a rapid weight loss can provide such a shock. Once I started paying better attention to my diet (and was no longer eating at a huge calorie deficit) - everything went back to normal.

I had a less extreme, but persistent issue this time around. I set about losing weight last January and somewhere in my blogs there is one with me whining about hair loss ha ha. Yeah, it's just hard to eat for months and months on end at a calorie deficit without the occassional somewhat undesirable side effect. I really try hard to eat my minimum protein, though I find iron a continual challenge unless i take a one-a-day-plus-iron supplement. Which is probably why the shedding wasn't really SO dramatic as it was last time around... but i sure did notice it - particularly in the shower. Ugh. So. Much. Hair. HOWEVER it has stopped shedding... once I'd lost about 50... the next 25 were lost much more slowly and the last 3 months have been of minor-loss/maintenance and my hair is FINE.

always good to have a checkup with the doctor, though, just in case the hair loss is being caused by something else. There's many, many reasons a person might experience hair loss... the fact that it happened to you at the same time as losing weight could just be a coincidence. So. Ask about it next time you see the doc just to rule anything else out.

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3/21/14 11:07 P

I understand. My mom bought me the Nioxcin set b/c she saw it was a crisis too! Lol.

Ok, that sounds really healthy. Kind of how I eat already. I just need to take it slower now to finish getting the weight off. Thank you so much. :)

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
3/21/14 11:05 P

lol..yeah my hair was so bad someone actually gave me a bottle of Wen as a crisis intervention!!

I just stick to whole foods (nothing processed). I eat a lot of veggies, and legumes (lentils are big) steamed carrots, cauliflower. Fat is only from good sources, and I do incorporate peanut butter for when I am running low of fats for a day. Apples. I actually do eat an apple almost every day, a lot of times with peanut butter (Crazy Richards) or cheese.

I also watch my sodium pretty well.

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3/21/14 10:54 P

EELPIE-Thank you so much for responding. I really appreciate it. I'm glad you got your health straightened out. That is great!

I have seen the Wen commercials on TV and it looks like it would be a great product. Right now I use Nioxcin, which definitely helps it appear fuller and it is sulfate free as well. It's a great product I think. But overall, my hair is still in need of great help.

What kinds of foods are you eating that helped you get your nutrition back on track? Like specifically? Thank you so much.

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
3/21/14 10:49 P

I had it once when I lost weight way too fast once and was unhealthy. Yeah, I was stick thin - 95 pounds, but I looked like sh*t - and my hair was the same way. Straw-like, dead, and bald men would weep if they saw how much I lost in the shower.

The absolute best thing to use is Wen. It's like a conditioner for your hair - you are shampooing with a special kind of conditioner. It's NOT conditioner like Pantene, or Dove, or Organix, Redkin, goes way beyond regular sulfate free and all that.

Yes, it is expensive, but you are also not paying for a shampoo. This works, and really is top shelf (if you know what I mean). If you color your hair...this stuff is the bomb! Color lasts twice as long.

But, more importantly my hair changed when my diet changed. It's amazing now...totally from the nutrients I am deriving from eating whole foods. Wen is now only once a week...the difference in my diet is mind blowing - my nails are also crazy long and strong - I have to file them down now every 2 weeks to keep them manageable. Before? Dry, brittle, broken stubs of nails.

ETA: It took a little while, and I cut off at least an inch after I started to see results with the Wen.

Edited by: EELPIE at: 3/21/2014 (22:52)
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3/21/14 10:29 P

Hello fellow Sparkers. I have an issue that has really been hard to deal with. My hair started shedding really badly last Sept after losing 45 lbs in about 4-5 months. It breaks off and it is so dry and brittle. It's like straw.It seems like there is a little bit of improvement but not too much. I read that this can come from losing weight too quickly and the stress it can cause on your body. I was wondering if anyone has experienced this? If so can you please answer the following questions:

-What did you do about it? (products, vitamins, minerals, or whatever you used to help it)
-How long did it take to see it getting better/growing back/being healthier?

Let me also add that I have been to my doctor and everything checked out fine.

Thank you so much for any advice you may have. It is greatly appreciated.

Edited by: GEMINIGEM6 at: 3/21/2014 (23:08)
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