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I was my hair usually just 2x a week. I don't use conditioner just the Dove nourishing oil and let hair air dry.

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This question isn't about dry/brittle hair - b/c mine is not! Have you ever been told that thryoid issues do ...or do not....cause thinning hair? My dr. says no...but I don't think that's true. Just wondering what others experiences have been. Thanks

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This post has some really good ideas.

I always use a conditioner and lately it hasn't been working as well - I think I may try some of the suggestions.

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I only wash my hair 2 to 3 times a week. I lightly towel dry it, use a mix of Argon oil and Paul Mitchell Skinny Serum, let it air dry overnight and use a flat iron in the morning. Limiting the heat has helped a lot. I also deep condition it 2x a month

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Love WEN products

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I love using coconut oil in my hair as a deep conditioner, either overnight or an hour or so before washing my hair. It really helps and is very inexpensive.



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Sometimes I forget why my hair is dry, and am reminded it's because there is insufficient oil being produced due to my screwed up thyroid. I tried for the first time a few days ago putting a small amount of coconut oil on top of the small amount of hyaluronic acid on just washed damp hair. The Hyaluronic acid attracts/holds moisture plus with the added coconut oil really helped.

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gonna go look around for Microret K now, been away a while, so I didn't see this until today.

Edit: wow, too expensive. I guess I'm stuck with wearing too much makeup... ;P~~~


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I've always had very dry skin and hair even before I became hypo, and I've tried just about everything under the sun.

I strongly recommend looking at organic or vegan friendly shampoos and conditioners because the have fewer harsh chemicals. I love the lush brand shampoo bars. And there's brand called organix that you can get at Walgreens or probably even the grocery store, that's really good. Also, I think someone had already mentioned this, but argan oil (Moroccan hair oil) is awesome! I prefer the organix or sedu brands for that.


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Thanks for the tips about your hair! Awesome. You are doing great with your health goals. You give us 'newbies' some inspiration. Thanks



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When your hair is too dry and brittle and your conditioners are not working, maybe it is time to have your TSH and T4 levels checked again as they could have changed...and an adjustment may be needed as advised by the health care provider.
If that is not it, change your shampoo and conditioners every 7 days and rotate your favorites by using each for a week and then moving to the next set and using that for a week and so on...I got this tip from someone else...I am still experimenting with that...



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Also for got to add to my regimen for my dry brittle hair is to purchase PURE hyaluronic acid fro Amazon (a LITTLE goes a long way). You will only nee a few drops and it's imperative that you apply while your hair is wet. Also great for skin, apply also when wet...I will attach a link if anyone needs it

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This is what I do. I used to have incredibly dry and brittle hair. Very damaged. Now it feels and looks really nice.

Tip 1: When you're in the shower, and you put in conditioner, don't immediatly wash it out. Let it sit for a few minutes while you shave your legs. This helps with making it temporarily softer.

Tip 2: Get ahold of a repairing hair masque. I personally use and love Macadamia Deep Repair Masque because it has Macadamia and Argan oil in it, and really helps penetrate the hair. All you have to do is liberally comb it through your clean, wet hair and then let it sit for about 7 minutes. Voila. Wash out and its super soft. (It took me two uses to get my hair fully hydrated).

Tip 3: I use Moroccan Oil on my hair after I towel dry it and then I just leave it alone. Let it air dry, if you can. Then straighten it if you really want to. Less heat = Less damage.

I hope this helps.

Edited by: DURENTIS at: 6/6/2013 (19:42)


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Yessss!!, it is with my Free T4 at .027, my hair is trashed. The best conditioner I have used is made by ABBA~~ www.amazon.com/Moisture-Conditioner-ABBA-U
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It is the only stuff that has helped my hair. I also mix my Aveeno Nourish + Moisturize shampoo 50/50 with Burlesons Honey (not all honey has worked) Also put honey in my bathwater and let my hair soak in that, huge difference soft and shiny.

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I love this post and I'm going to try a few of the things.

I've been using Aussie Moist products for my hair and have been having good results up until about 6 months ago.

I use Neutrogena Healthy Skin Face Lotion and love the stuff.


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As for the eyes bags that WickedKisses mentioned, I use Microret K (retinol), is from Darier laboratories, I only use a small amount so it lasts for months. Don't know if you've tried it

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Hi
When this nightmare began (I'm hypo) I had very long hair and I lost most of it so I had to cut it. The only way I found was going to a dermatologist. The first thing he told me was that hair gets used to shampoos so you have to change them every 3 or 4 months. And I have to take zinc in cycles of 2 months, then 2 months off, I buy it at GNC
The first shampoo I used was Kelual from Ducray, it takes out all the oil, that's the reason why it falls, so I would doubt on using oily products, specially near the scalp. At first I lost more hair but after 2 months of using it stopped falling. Then I used anaphase also from Ducray its extends the youth of your hair and fortifies it, that was for 4 months.
From there I've been changing shampoos Nutricerat (Ducray), T-Gel (Neutrogena), Extra-doux (Ducray), Aminoter, Dercos (Vichy), Elution (Ducray), most of them won't leave it soft but you can try a conditioner from DS made specially for brittle hair that honestly I haven't tried.
There are also those inneov nutritional supplements the one I'm taking right now is Imperfections detox. And if it's falling severely get some Regaine, I couldn't find it in my country and I'm using DS Spectra.
After 2 years my long hair is back, but if I dare to buy a commercial shampoo it starts falling again.
I hope this helps, good luck.



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I agree that washing your hair about 3 times a week helps as well as keeping protien high.


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I only wash my hair 2 - 3 times a week. I get more compliments on my hair about the 3rd day than I do on the day I washed it!


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I use a condition from Lush ~ it is called Okra, and I also moisture with Moraccian Oil before I blow dry my hair. Since I started using these 2 products together, my hair has gotten some of its luster back.

Now, if only I can get my nails to grow! My finger nails split and peel, any advice on what to do with this!



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I heard Biotin (a dietary supplement) is suppose to help, but I haven't had the opportunity to research it yet.



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I really think the best thing you can do for your hair is a combination of diet and 'natural' hair products. Garnier Fructis has a line of products that have NO sulfate or silicone, which I use when I can get it. It's made a big difference.

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To be nobody but yourself--in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else-- means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.

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I ordered WEN directly from their web site after seeing a commercial for it. I did not realize it was "auto ship". My hair is thin so I don't need it frequently. I did not notice a huge difference using it either.

I contacted them (several times) and after some mass confusion, finally received my refund and had my account deleted so as not to be charged again.

In my research about the marketing of the product, I found many complaints regarding their marketing program with Gunthy-Renker. Do a google search and you will find them.

Thankfully, I did not go through GR! I can not believe a truly concerned product owner would continue to use them for marketing with so many complaints!

Glad to see it works for some, so many variables involved individually, but it appears that it doesn't for many.

I conceded to focus on nutrition and use WEN every once in a while since I have the original purchase, don't think I will buying more though unless I can have the option to buy what I want when I need it. I use the Garnier Fall Fighting product and it seems to be helping.

I don't believe there is an overnight fix. DH does not have the hair problem with his thyroid issue. I have not been diagnosed with an issue, but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist. My thinning/shedding is more than likely due to other issues also...but hair is hair.

If anyone is having problems with returns/refunds, here is where I solved my issue:

www9.wenhaircare.com/lp/cet//

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I think SP has messed up my" diet" enough to change it to fix hair?


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For white hair, I would focus on diet, and gentle treatment. Hair dressers will tell you to oil it and not wash but once a week. Oiling keeps it from tangling, which can cause a lot of breakage/pulling. Wear it either up or wrapped to keep it from catching on stuff.
http://longhaircommunity.com/forums/index.php has a forum just for people with white hair, who want to keep it that way.

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Glad you found something
I like red-----------on others
I've got white hair & don't want to color it
I think my thyroid problems are making my skin & hair very dry.
I used Clairol conditioner once a week & it works great. Now if I could only find a way to make my skin moist


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After a long year of research and experimentation, I've managed to get my hair to behave. Yes, it's still dry-ish, and still prone to break, however, by following some good advice over at the Long Hair Community, it's better.

First of all: Shampoo is bad. Most shampoos out there will strip all the natural oils and moisture from your hair, leaving you more dependent on their chemical heavy conditioners(see how it works?)
Secondly: Be gentle. Keep your hair from getting into stuff by either wrapping or piling it up. I always braid it at night.
Third: Find a good, nonsilicone conditioner, or oil. I like Garnier Fructis Naturals. Not too expensive, but just the right amount of slickness to make it easy to comb out.
Fourth: MY biggest solution and the turning point for me, was HENNA. Despite popular belief, this natural herb actually strengthens the hair shaft by adding more molecules, making it denser. For some of you this may not be your cup, as it is very messy, and if you're a blonde, RED!!
I like red. I LOVE red. So for me, it was perfect. Gonna take a pic now, to show you what I mean.


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I don't know what to do. The Dr says it'll stop like it started.
I'm open to try most anything


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just a thought, what your are describing sounds a lot like Hashimotos disease- and the screening for it wont pick up everyone as it is an auto immune issue-Cheers, shannon



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It is important to remember that when there are thyroid issues, the body's' adrenal system is also overtaxed and/or compromised. a minimum of 2000 iu of vitamin D is needed, and your vitamin D levels should ideally be at 200 when they are checked. A really good multi vitamin is essential, and that also needs to be supplemented with 1000 mcg biotin and a minimum of 3 mg of folic acid. If your adrenal screens have come back as compromised also, 1000 mg of pantothenic acid along with 500 mg royal jelly will greatly improve the situation. In my case, I also use a high grade amino acid in my morning smoothie- try to take the supplements with your smoothie- and don't forget to add 1 tsp of extra virgin olive oil. This acts as a transporter for your nutrients as it is an omega 9. Avoid using hair product with coconut oil as it is a thermogenic and can further irritate your scalp. I have found Unite shampoo and conditioner are one of the only salon hair products that I don't react to, but mane and tail products work well too. Almond oil is inexpensive and mixes well into both shampoos and conditioners while soothing the scalp. pure lavender added will also sooth with the added benefit of killing off demodex( usually apparent in people with chronically irritated scalps.) There is more I can add, but most of that is in regards to managing PsA and degenerative arthritis, also issues that I am managing. FYI, when buying supplements, expensive does not really mean better. When I have the opportunity, I buy NOW products- extremely good quality, and very reasonably priced. I am on 120 mg of dessicated pig thyroid, but if I do not supplement my hair starts falling out again. Remember, if the body is still feeling deprived or if your thyroid has been out for years, all your nutrients will go to vital organs. the body considers hair and nails to be expendable. Whew! That's all I got for now....

Edited by: SGRADWELL at: 12/20/2011 (14:20)


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UPdate:

Got the Wen, and I have to say there is improvement. At least my hair isn't as flyaway and brittle as it was. My scalp is still itchy/dry, and the length is still very prone to looking just messy/frizzy.
I am getting a different type/flavor this next month that Chaz says is better for dry hair. I love the way the Almond/Mint feels, but he says that Lavendar is better.
Here's hoping.

Update to this update: See new post. Wen is too expensive.

Edited by: WICKEDKISSES at: 12/21/2012 (09:19)
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Just bought the sample pack from Wen by Chaz Dean. I must say, it was a novel experience. I think that, because of my haircut, I'll be able to use less product. I also have been taking some 'Ultra Women's Daily Supplement' from Vitacost. Nice people.
I'm just hoping to keep my long(hip length when wet) hair.


Hugs and Wicked Kisses!

To be nobody but yourself--in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else-- means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.

- EE Cummings, poet

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I work from the inside out by selecting high amount of amino fatty acid in fresh and some dried whole foods. Then I benefit hair shafts and all tissue structures with supplements of omega-3ís EPA/DHA molecularly steam distilled to bypass any traces of heavy metals found in the fish oils. This is added to a nice collection of other nutrients taken three to four times a day with the food to achieve strong immune support; all my choices are daily essentials to a better way to eat. Sometimes I do not need to condition after a gentle organic shampoo. The falling out is real explained as mild forms of shock. The doctors do not try to correct this. Is this assumed not important enough? Or are dry skin and brittle hair areas of health the scientific world does not wish to let out the secrets. Do they not see the damage caused by each micro-bout of internal stress resulting in additional strands lost? I would love to see the day when they teach us how to overcome them. My hair is softer less brittle from the inside out. The fall out has lessened but remains real.

Remember the thyroid works in harmony with every other organ and cell in the body. It produces Thyroid hormones T1, T2, T3, and T4. All the free forms circulating in the blood need to be counted. The classic pituitary hormone TSH needs be measured as well to ensure sound interpretation of lab work then supplementation. We hope this leads to better health for that pursuit of happiness. Yes the generic testing of just T4 and TSH are never enough to get a true clear picture.


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I try not to wash my thin hair every day and try to keep blow dryering to only a few times a week. So I have found using kids spary on detangler helps my hair look better. You spray it on dry, style and leave it.



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My hair is thin & fine. I don't have a lot of it. The Dr. just says "It'll stop falling out just like it started" !0 yrs later I'm still waiting
I color my hair w/ Nice & easy. It gives me body. The conditioner they give you is enough for once a week trearment so I use that


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Hello Highonfaith! We didn't get any damage from Irene. We did have rain though, I don't know if it was from Irene. I feel bad for the people up north who are suffering, they're in my prayers - that's for sure.

Lots of advice on dry hair! I used to use vo5 hot oil therapy, I remember that working good. I don't know if they still make it - but it sounds like there are alot of alternatives.

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emoticon I'll look for both those products. My hair has improved significantly with the Cholesterol creme. Yesterday when I washed it, it was full of it's before hypothyroid shine, which I hadn't seen in a while. I have been really adamant about using the creme 3 times a week and leaving it in over night. What I really need is a shampoo, and a leave-in conditioner. So thanks!

No, my stylist didn't tell me to heat the oil, but that makes sense! Cholesterol also works better when heated. In the days of "old' we used to slab it on and wrap our heads in plastic and sit under the 'old" style dryers they used to have, before blow dryers. My hair is very fine. I have a lot of hair, but it is fine. I have always been a natural strawberry blonde, but started turning grey a few years ago at record speeds! I now color my hair. grey looks so ugly on blonde hair..it looks so washed out when it comes in. My DH has pitch black hair, and he is 'salt and pepper'. It looks good on him! Grey is pretty on dark hair.


I stopped taking the selenium about a week or so ago. I was on a ton of supplement touted to be good for hypothyroidism. I took them about 3 months with no improvement at all in my symptoms. I suppose they are more for thyroid support than anything, but it was getting expensive. And, I couldn't see any major advantage. Plus, I'm not one to take a lot of pills. It was getting on my nerves taking all that stuff everyday. So, I pretty much only take sublingual Vit D3, and Sublingual B12 and B Complex. That's it.


Well, feel good, my friend!

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Yes, I got the Olive Oil shampoo from Sally's and the Ion passion fruit leave-in oil (for the non-hair washing days.) I now only take Selenium on the days I do cardio becasue using it every day appeared to cause my hair to thin. If you Google it, it pops up. Jillian Michaels didn't mention it, (How convenient for her!) My hair dresser was stunned what difference stopping made. I have VERY thick, very kinky hair that went white before 40 which only made it crazier. Hypothyroidism hasn't helped either but these shampoos and conditioners have. My hair is actually soft.

Did your stylist tell you to heat the olive oil first? We lived in the Middle East and the salons there heated olive oil and rubbed it through. I had great hair there.


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My stylist even told me to use olive oil directly on my hair and leave it on for about a half hour and wash it off. The cholesterol I use, I get from sally's also! I have fine, wavy hair and used to wash it everyday, but since the thinning started to get worst. I have only been washing every 3 days. I also use a leave in conditioner on the days I don't use Cholesterol. It is from Sally's. I want to try the shampoo you mentioned. Did U get that from Sally's as well? I have not been concentrating on a good shampoo. I am a swimmer and use a swimmers shampoo, I need something stronger.

Also thanks for mentioning about Selenium. I take mega doses of Selenium! I wonder, could it really be adding to thinning my hair??

Danged if you do and danged if you don't when it come to thyroid disease! OOOOIGGG!

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I have found Olive Oil shampoo or Argan oil shampoo makes a huge difference. Also, check with your doctor about vitamin interactions. I was taking selenium supplements and when I stopped my hair stopped thinning. I also use a leave-in conditioner and on days I don't wash my hair (I have fairly kinky wiry hair to begin with so I don't wash it every day) I use a leave-in oil from Sally Beauty Supply. All of this stopped the dry hair and actually made my hair more manageable and predictable.


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I never thought much about the dry thinning brittle hair. I have gotten so used to it that I really stopped caring and this needs to stop. Thank you for this topic and the suggestions that all of you have made. I am only 40 and I shouldn't have hair and skin of an 80 yr old and be okay with it.

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Thanks!! emoticon.
I said that about my last Dr. who would not listen to my symptoms, even after she was the one who virtually saved my life when I went into a near thyroid storm in 2009 HYPER-NOT HYPO at that time!! Very dangerous, can be deadly even! She hooked me up with an excellent surgeon, after all meds failed to help. Even, her, knowing I have very little thyroid would realize that she had to dig a bit deeper than labs to diagnose me..but she blew off my symptoms for a year! But in the last 10 weeks they have gotten significantly worst. So, I had to DO something! So, I got RID of HER. But, I just wish she could suffer the symptoms of an under active thyroid and then she would know what it is like! She and another Dr. both told me it was either depression, or sleep apnea..like YEA, that would explain all the physical symptoms. If they had bothered to look at my nails, skin, hair, check my ankle reflexes and listen to the fact that I have had a consistently low basil temp for a long time, swollen ,puffy, eyes and face, swollen joints. sleep problems, among many other insidious symptoms!.Uh..could you contribute all that to depressions or sleep apnea?? I don't think so!! Half these Dr. need to go back to school!! I suspect that I became hypothyroid soon after surgery. Just so glad to be getting help soon. I hope my Dr. will prescribe Armour. I really would rather take a natural hormone as opposed to a synthetic.

Have a great Sat. R U in the path of IRENE?? I'm in PA. But my family lives on the coast of N.J. So far everyone is fine!

Stay Safe!

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Thanks for all the hair/skin/etc. tips!

Good luck on Monday - HIGHONFAITH - I'm convinced that Doctors wait until the lab work is truly awful before they do anything. I wish I knew a Dr. who had thyroid issues - I bet he/she wouldn't wait til the lab work showed what the symptoms had been saying all along. I'm on Armour, and that's the only one I've ever taken (but I've only been diagnosed for a few months).

Again - Good Luck - I'll be praying for you!!

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Just wanted to update you. I never thought I'd say this, but my blood work came back low thyroid count and I'm happy!! I got the news this morning, and it was music to my ears!! It means I will finally get heard, and most importantly, finally get HELP!! I have known since my thyroidectomy in 2009 that my thyroid was not right. But the numbers (labs) were not confirming my suspicions, and the Dr. would not even listen to me, or take into account my history and symptoms!

There is so much going on now about the inadequacy of traditional testing e.g. relying on blood work only. Because I had ( "HAD" - I have a new one now) Dr. who did not listen to my symptoms I have not had treatment yet, and have been getting worst and worst!! I will be seeing the endocrinologist Dr. next Friday. In the mean time, when my primary care Dr. got the results from my most recent labs, he called right away. He wants to see me Monday. I hope I can get started on thyroid replacement hormone real soon now! I leaning towards natural Amour, but don't know what the Dr. will say. I know it takes a while to work, and to get the right amount. But any treatment is better then none!! It is the first time in months that I have had any hope!

Thank you again Yiche for not letting me give up. I really wanted to.

For those of you who think you may be hypo,but your labs are coming up within 'normal' range, start taking your basal temperature. Be sure to use a basal thermometer ( they are inexpensive and easily available in any pharmacy) . If you are hypo, your basil temp. will be LOW. Mine has been in the 95's for 10 weeks or so! It's a good start, and can help you to know you aren't going "crazy" if your labs come back normal and you STILL suspect hypothyroidism. It is also good to have a chart and record the temps. to 'arm' yourself when you see your Dr.

I have included two links. One to a book about Hypothyroidism and labs, and how unreliable they are for diagnosis and another on basal temp. and Hypothyroid. Please, read and stay informed if you suspect you are hypo. And don't give up! A Sparked friend told me that, and I'm glad she did! :-)

As for dry hair. I used to be a hairdresser years ago.They call them stylist now!! We used a conditioner, which is easily available in most department stores and very inexpensive called Cholesterol. That's right Cholesterol! It is a little over $3.00 for a big jar! I put it on at least 2-3 (use a lot) times a week. Then I cover my head with a shower cap, and sleep with it on. It has really helped my dry hair. My skin?? Now that's another story, and my dry,gritty, eyes are driving me CRAZY! If anyone has any good things to try for either, please let me know!

Link to basal temperature information :

www.drbobnd.com/low_thyroid.htm

The book is:

Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms When My Lab Tests Are Normal
it is available on Amazon and if you have kindle the first 2 chapters are free.Well worth the read even if you are diagnosed and receiving treatment. Very informative!

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_65?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=why+do+i+still+have+thyroid+symptoms+when+my+lab+tests+are+normal&sprefix=why+do+i+still+have+thyroid+symptoms+when+my+lab+tests+are+normal

Good Luck to all of you who are suffering!!

Have a good weekend and remember never give up on yourself!






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I've been using Aussie for years, but it's stopped helping! I can't afford Wen (yet) and I'm considering going back to using Mayo as a conditioning mask.
For my skin(which has gotten very coarse and dry) I've upped the stakes to using Eucerin.
Open to suggestions for this, as I have been known to scratch holes in my skin in my sleep.
As for the bags under my eyes, I just wanna cry. Nothing helps them.

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My daughter introduced me to Vivagen Shampoo and treatment by Redken. It helps the hair loss. As for the dryness, I oil condition my hair about twice a month.

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I use a shampoo and condition that I have to get at a beauty supply store. It costs $10 bottle! YIKES! But it also has reduced the amount of hair that falls out and I've got some regrowth along my hairline.

It is called Age Beautiful by Zotos.

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I love WEN. It's mail order only and pricey but worth every cent. From the first time I used it my hair looked great. It's never brittle or fly-away and it's grows faster than before. My hair stylist couldn't believe the difference. My favorite is Tea Tree. Sally's Beauty has a cheaper knock-off, Hair One, that does not compare to Wen.



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I got a conditioner with keratin in it. It is very thick, but I use it once a week or so. It really leaves my hair soft. I switch off between a shampoo for hair loss (Dove and Pantene have one) and a hydrating one. My endo also said to be sure to take a vitamin A supplement if not already getting it in a multivitamin. If these don't give results, I would check your need to increase your meds. I was seeing my hair fall out more and become dry & brittle,went in for exams and I needed my meds increased. I was very skeptical that the hair loss would turn around, but it did!



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I was just wondering what everyone is doing to treat dry/brittle hair that goes along w/ hypothyroid? We talk mostly about weight - but what about some of the other conditions that come along w/ it? What bothers you the most and what have others done to ease the symptom.

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