Frustrated with my hair.. losing a lot & products don't seem to be working anymore.

I have been reading this thread closely. Quite honestly, I am at a loss for what to say. I know how you feel, though, sort of. I lost A LOT of hair before and after my 1st bowel resection in '09. I do mean.. a LOT. It wasn't just in the shower, it was all the time. It was everywhere. My floors were covered in my hair daily, you could lift up a couch cushion and swear someone had shaved an auburn cat on my sofa. My pillows were covered with it, it stopped up my drains. But I did at least know why it was happening to me. I have no idea how I would have felt if I didn't know why!
I agree with Hippiechic, a lot! All of my hair loss after the resection was due to stress (the surgery was very hard on me), and anemia due to the portion of my intestine that absorbed iron, B-12 and bile acid was the part that was removed.
My hair loss finally slowed down after my second surgery and they started treating me for the anemia as well other nutritional issues (mineral and electrolyte loss from the active Crohn's, and poor diet from the pain of the Crohn's).
I am even seeing regrowth. You can see in my avi, the length of hair past my shoulders is VERY thin compared to the rest.
It couldn't hurt to try out a good hair, skin and nail multi. And the lavender is a great idea, not only would it provide blood flow, but lavender is often used in aromatherepy to combat stress!
I love to light lavender candles, let the smell fill the room, and do some light yoga. Some nights it's the only way I can sleep.
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Hi Kady...Sent you a PM.
Originally Posted by SegB
Thanks, will respond now

Here is a thought. I was thinking you should measure the circumference of your ponytail now. Then measure it again when you can afford to go to the doctor. If there is a difference, there would be hard facts and figures you could present to the doctor.
By the way, your hair is beautiful at any thickness.
Originally Posted by pedaheh
That's a good idea, I will do that later today. It's not that I can't afford to go to the Dr., just not sure if I want to have blood work done again since I just did in March and it cost me $500 out of pocket. I'm still considering seeing a dermatologist though.
I have been reading this thread closely. Quite honestly, I am at a loss for what to say. I know how you feel, though, sort of. I lost A LOT of hair before and after my 1st bowel resection in '09. I do mean.. a LOT. It wasn't just in the shower, it was all the time. It was everywhere. My floors were covered in my hair daily, you could lift up a couch cushion and swear someone had shaved an auburn cat on my sofa. My pillows were covered with it, it stopped up my drains. But I did at least know why it was happening to me. I have no idea how I would have felt if I didn't know why!
I agree with Hippiechic, a lot! All of my hair loss after the resection was due to stress (the surgery was very hard on me), and anemia due to the portion of my intestine that absorbed iron, B-12 and bile acid was the part that was removed.
My hair loss finally slowed down after my second surgery and they started treating me for the anemia as well other nutritional issues (mineral and electrolyte loss from the active Crohn's, and poor diet from the pain of the Crohn's).
I am even seeing regrowth. You can see in my avi, the length of hair past my shoulders is VERY thin compared to the rest.
It couldn't hurt to try out a good hair, skin and nail multi. And the lavender is a great idea, not only would it provide blood flow, but lavender is often used in aromatherepy to combat stress!
I love to light lavender candles, let the smell fill the room, and do some light yoga. Some nights it's the only way I can sleep.
Originally Posted by swtndspcy
Yeah that's my main thing, I really don't know why this is going on!

It's funny, I used to be a complete stress/anxiety ball.. used to have terrible anxiety that'd cause me to not even go anywhere (this was back in '04). For the past year, year & a half, I have been totally fine. No anxiety, nothing. I mean of course I've had some daily stresses, but nothing major.
Have your iron level checked if that wasn't included in previous tests, especially if your periods are ever very heavy.

I bet the going on and off the pill at least contributed to the problem.

Phytophanere hair and nail vitamins helped me some a few years ago - I need to go back on them myself since I'm again showing some thinness at my left temple. Never did figure out the real cause in my case, though it may be partly due to medications.

A Renee Futerer serum for hair loss that I got at Sephora also seemed to help - little glass ampoules that you break open and use once a week.

Neither of these items are cheap (vitamins are about $25/month and the serum about $80 for about a dozen vials, IIRC), but might be worth a try.

Natural cassia treatments can help it look and feel denser. It get it from Mehandi, no chemicals at all and no effect on color:
www.mehandi.com/shop/cassiaobovatabuy.html

Henna does the same things if you're interested in some natural reddish color. You can get it at the same site.
2C/3A/3B - modified CG - fairly fine now, normal/low porosity/normal elasticity

Current Main Rotation: MG217 medicated or Aim2Health 'poos for scalp, Elucence cond., Spiral Solutions Protein & Deeply Decadent Cond., CJCCCC reg or lite,CJ Pattern Pusha,, Giovanni LA Hold Hair Spritz + lots more, sporadically

HG Method: Super Soaker + Smasters-ing, brief upside down diffusing w/360o diffuser then clips/clamps & air dry. Newly gray - stopped my henna glosses!

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Last edited by auntnett; 05-11-2011 at 02:00 PM.
Iron levels were checked and came back normal. I've had them checked periodically and they've never been off.

I did just get my Rogaine today.. oh goody.
You realize you can buy it in most any drugstore - about anywhere that sells hair products? Generic minoxidil, too . . . .
2C/3A/3B - modified CG - fairly fine now, normal/low porosity/normal elasticity

Current Main Rotation: MG217 medicated or Aim2Health 'poos for scalp, Elucence cond., Spiral Solutions Protein & Deeply Decadent Cond., CJCCCC reg or lite,CJ Pattern Pusha,, Giovanni LA Hold Hair Spritz + lots more, sporadically

HG Method: Super Soaker + Smasters-ing, brief upside down diffusing w/360o diffuser then clips/clamps & air dry. Newly gray - stopped my henna glosses!

www.fotki.com/auntnett
I hope you got the topical Rogaine and not the pills. Because the pills might cause you to grow hair but it might not wind up on your head!
Sort of CG sometimes, but not really
2B, medium? normal porosity and elasticity?

Cleansers -
Suave Clarifying, Philosophy Happy Birthday Beautiful

Stylers - BRHG, re:coil, Ion Hairspray

I live in the NYC area.


It's the topical, the foam for men actually. That's what was recommended by the Bosley place. Apparently the foam is much easier to deal with. Ordered it off Amazon, lowest price I could find.
Just wanted to mention that henna is PERMANENT. It can be difficult to dye over and almost impossible to remove. You basically have to grow it out. If you want to go the henna route, check out hennaforhair.com. There is good info there on how to do it.
I have to correct and earlier post. I was thinking of growing hair faster or longer when I said vitamins don't really work. I don't no anything about how they effect hair loss. Sorry for the incorrect post.
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2a (nc.com) 2bFi (Fia), very fine, thin, low/normal elasticity, porous, CG, doesn't get weighed down
Cowash: Tresemme naturals
Rinse out/leave in: Renpure Organics (red)
Curl enhancer: FSG
Gel: BRHG, Salon care aloe, Ecostyler Krystal (normal dews)
PT: ION effective care, IAgirl's gelatin PT
Low Poo: renpure (red), Ion swimmers
Just wanted to mention that henna is PERMANENT. It can be difficult to dye over and almost impossible to remove. You basically have to grow it out. If you want to go the henna route, check out hennaforhair.com. There is good info there on how to do it.
I have to correct and earlier post. I was thinking of growing hair faster or longer when I said vitamins don't really work. I don't no anything about how they effect hair loss. Sorry for the incorrect post.
Originally Posted by pedaheh
Oh I'm not interested in coloring my hair at all. Only time I ever did that was back when I was 17!
I have to correct and earlier post. I was thinking of growing hair faster or longer when I said vitamins don't really work. I don't no anything about how they effect hair loss. Sorry for the incorrect post.
Originally Posted by pedaheh
I do beleive that unless the hair loss and or other hair issues such as weak brittle hair is caused by nutritional deficiency, vitamins won't do much for that either. They have helped me personally, because I do have a number of nutritional issues, and it has affected my skin hair and nails. In people with normal digestive systems who eat a relatively balanced diet, I doubt a hair skin nail vitamin would make much difference. They can't hurt, unless you are taking too much, but they won't change your hair into something it's not, either! They are worth a try, as some people don't realize they may be lacking some important vitamins or minerals in their diet, though.
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They are worth a try, as some people don't realize they may be lacking some important vitamins or minerals in their diet, though.
Originally Posted by swtndspcy
Which I probably am.. I kind of live on ramen noodles, hot dogs, and other easy things to make LOL. Bananas are about the only fruit I ever eat. Like I said, I don't eat fast food, drink soda, etc., but I don't exactly have the most nutritious diet either.
I don't know much about hair loss, but I wanted to post to add my support! You seem to be a lovely young woman, inside and out, and I think that all of these suggestions about following up with your doctors, investigating alternative medicine, pursuing relaxation techniques, and improving nutrition are great ones.

I started taking vitamins in my 20s and it helped me a lot, I definitely recommend it.

Your hair looks beautiful in both the before and after pictures. I think perhaps in the later pictures it maybe more weighed down by the heavy conditioners in the Deva and CJ products, which are curl-friendly and very moisturizing compared to ordinary products.

I especially wonder if an acupuncturist could help you get your system into balance . . . Good luck and keep us updated!
2b/3a, fine, "naturally frizzy", non-porous, above shoulders, brunette
Low-poos--faves are Deva and JC, experimenting with CJ Gentle Cleansing Shampoo
Conditioners: faves are Devacare One-C, Jessicurl Too Shea
Leave Ins: Conflicted relationship--no fave
Fave stylers: Aveda Flax Seed & Aloe over Aveda Phmollient mousse, KCCC over anything, Biolage Firm Hold Gelee (HG for spring/summer), CK


I don't know much about hair loss, but I wanted to post to add my support! You seem to be a lovely young woman, inside and out, and I think that all of these suggestions about following up with your doctors, investigating alternative medicine, pursuing relaxation techniques, and improving nutrition are great ones.

I started taking vitamins in my 20s and it helped me a lot, I definitely recommend it.

Your hair looks beautiful in both the before and after pictures. I think perhaps in the later pictures it maybe more weighed down by the heavy conditioners in the Deva and CJ products, which are curl-friendly and very moisturizing compared to ordinary products.

I especially wonder if an acupuncturist could help you get your system into balance . . . Good luck and keep us updated!
Originally Posted by kiniha
Thank you

I think some of my frustration is with styling as well.. I really haven't found a specific way (or product) that I REALLY like. Reading here, I'm seeing people using multiple products in their hair, and I rarely do that.. so I'm wondering if that's part of the issue.

Acupuncture would be great.. I did it for my horse years ago, he loved it!
Oh yeah, here's are 2 pictures taken a couple days ago. See how short my sides are? This is one thing that's driving me nuts:



and one of the side (I was kissing my mom.. a rare moment LOL) to show the curls:



Am I right in thinking I'm a 2a type? Some of what I'm reading is confusing!
They are worth a try, as some people don't realize they may be lacking some important vitamins or minerals in their diet, though.
Originally Posted by swtndspcy
Which I probably am.. I kind of live on ramen noodles, hot dogs, and other easy things to make LOL. Bananas are about the only fruit I ever eat. Like I said, I don't eat fast food, drink soda, etc., but I don't exactly have the most nutritious diet either.
Originally Posted by kady05

This may explain a lot, LOL ! I'd say you definitely need to be taking a good multi, regardless of hair loss, if you won't eat better.

You're definitely curlier than a 2A, IMO. I'd say more 2C to 3A. And your short sides look like they're just cut that way
2C/3A/3B - modified CG - fairly fine now, normal/low porosity/normal elasticity

Current Main Rotation: MG217 medicated or Aim2Health 'poos for scalp, Elucence cond., Spiral Solutions Protein & Deeply Decadent Cond., CJCCCC reg or lite,CJ Pattern Pusha,, Giovanni LA Hold Hair Spritz + lots more, sporadically

HG Method: Super Soaker + Smasters-ing, brief upside down diffusing w/360o diffuser then clips/clamps & air dry. Newly gray - stopped my henna glosses!

www.fotki.com/auntnett
They are worth a try, as some people don't realize they may be lacking some important vitamins or minerals in their diet, though.
Originally Posted by swtndspcy
Which I probably am.. I kind of live on ramen noodles, hot dogs, and other easy things to make LOL. Bananas are about the only fruit I ever eat. Like I said, I don't eat fast food, drink soda, etc., but I don't exactly have the most nutritious diet either.
Originally Posted by kady05

This may explain a lot, LOL ! I'd say you definitely need to be taking a good multi, regardless of hair loss, if you won't eat better.

You're definitely curlier than a 2A, IMO. I'd say more 2C to 3A. And your short sides look like they're just cut that way
Originally Posted by auntnett
I know.. my parents get on me all the time about it. They filled my Easter basket with Ensure because they know I like it and it's full of vitamins.

Oh yes, they are cut that way.. not by my choice.. bad hair cut experience. And now I'm dealing with the consequences because my hair grows sooo slow.

Hm, see I don't think my hair is that curly, but you guys may have a point..

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