First off, congratz on your weight loss and finding a thyroid med you can live with!
The hair thing is common with thyroid disease as you well know.
I've got a lot of mine back, but its not what it was before thyroid disease... in part because I also went thru menopause and female hormones are key to hair growth.
Here's the deal with growing it back...
Hair has resting and growing cycles.
Whenever there's thyroid hormone fluctuations, emotional trauma, stress, anemia, weight loss, there's a good chance that your hair will go into catagen...a two week period where it prepares to fall out. Once catagen is initiated, there's no going back... the hair is severed from its roots and blood supply... it grows a waxy bulb that holds it in the folicle but for all intents and purposes, its dead. Catagen is followed by telogen, a 2 month period where it rests in the hair folicle until its pulled out with a brush, or loosened in a shower.. OR when the growth of a new hair (antagen stage) is initiated. Thats why when hair goes start growing, because your thyroid hormones are balanced.. or you finally get on meds, you sometimes can have a massive shed and blame the med. But the actual events that started the whole shedding process started anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months earlier.
Most people's hair grows about 4-6 inches a year... many women's hair is longer than that. So even if your thyroid hormones are perfect... its going to take about two years for it to grow back.
I would check at the doctor's, to make sure you're not anemic.
Have you tried supplements or modifying your diet?
Its important to make sure you have adequate protein.
Some people have good luck with Biotin. If you try this, use the 5 mg dose... anything less is not effective. You might also want to pair it with a multi-B supplement as Biotin is in the B family and they work together.
Silica, in the form of orthosilicic acid as found in Biosil, or in Diamataceous Earth, will help your hair become stronger.
A multivitamin should help.
Your hair may not like the detergent in your shampoo.
Possibly try a mild sulfate free shampoo?
Watch how you style your hair... you may want to let it air dry and see if that improves things.
If your hair is really dry, you can put coconut oil on it for a few hours while you work out or do housework, then shampoo and condition as usual.
I put a few drops of jojoba oil in my shampoo and conditioner.
I like the Giovanni brand... found it at Marshall's on sale!
Here's to happy hair!
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