Curly Hair and Thyroid Medication

Earlier this week, someone else had mentioned that over time their curly hair has become straighter. In some cases, that may be product related. In my case, I'm wondering if my "kinky-to-wavy" transition may actually be related to my hypothyroidism and/or the medication that I take for it (levothyroxine). My hair is not as coarse and curly as it used to be. It's quickly becoming wavy and not coarse. I've experimented with products, humectants and proteins and have found that it's not a product issue. Has anyone else with hypothyroidism experienced this change in their hair? Could it be the result of hormonal changes as well? Or does everyone experience this? My hair used to be very thick and kinky like a mixed-race person's hair, but now it's just loose and wavy.
I take the same medication--and have for about 25 years. My hair is the curliest it's ever been in my whole life. It was fine my whole life and hasn't gotten any finer. It was learning about products and technique that did it. The thyroid issues can cause hair loss, especially if untreated. That's what I've read, not curl and texture change.
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I also have hypothyroidism and I haven't had a change in my hair texture or curl pattern. I think my hair is curly now that I am CG.

Before I was on medication, I felt like I was losing hair and going bald (I had a lot of shedding and my hair felt really thin). Now that I am on medication my hair is coming back. It's it's usual texture.

Maybe your hair felt thicker and more coarse because it was damaged. Now that it's healthier it's softer. I don't know, just a thought.
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I've actually GOTTEN curly hair after being optimized on dessicated thyroid hormone-levothyroxine doesn't contain T3, and its difficult to convert T4 to T3 if you've been on it for any length of time, as it stresses your adrenals, and some folks just don't convert well as a matter of course.

My hair was-as was my mothers, and my sisters-straight as string, couldn't hold a perm, and was silky smooth-the three of us just assumed we were straight haired folk.

Then I got dx'd with hypoT and started on first armour (old formulation) then I moved to thyroid-S, and got optimized after adding in a little hydrocortisone to supplement what I wasn't producing (as it turns out that my hypothyroid was actually hypopituitary), and lo and behold, I have CURLS! The one thing I've wanted all my life, curly hair, and I have it.

The really interesting thing is that mom and my sis also started on thyroid-I've been on it better than 10 years now, and my mom for about 8, and my sister for a few years now, not sure, but all of us have hair that would now be classed as wavy vs straight, at the minimum-they both use shampoo every day and flat iron/blow dry, etc, but they're still wavy as all get out.

ON THE FLIP SIDE-my aunt just started taking dessicated thyroid a couple years ago, and her hair was always very strawlike, unruly, scarecrow-ish. She too is developing a nice curl and has a shine that I've never seen on her hair.
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I have lupus, hypothyroid, adrenal fatigue, etc, etc. My hair hasnt changed. When I flare, I do lose hair but that's very common with lupus.
I take * alot* of medication and fortunately my hair hasn't changed.
I take the same sed also 4 my hypo. and there has never been a change in my hair. other than when im not consistant with taking it my hair falls out pretty bad, but that is the norm.

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Then I got dx'd with hypoT and started on first armour (old formulation) then I moved to thyroid-S
Originally Posted by eklecktika
I have heard of armour, is thyroid-S different? Details please. I'd like to ask my doc about switching to the one with T3 as the levothyroxine doesn't really seem to be doing much for me, and I've actually gained quite a bit of weight since being on it.

I was just diagnosed with hypothyroidism 1.5 yrs ago. While my hair has changed and lost some curl, I believe it was happening prior to the meds and I think it's due more to the amount of gray I am getting. The gray is more coarse and less curly.

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LOL, no, syncrap doesn't do much. Sending you a pm...I've got more information on this than I can stand, and it's all hard won, as docs were completely worthless. Levo is very hard on your adrenals, and while there are some that do well on it for a while, most don't. Armour has been reformulated, and now contains cellulose (microfine wood fiber) and many people are switching FROM armour to either westhroid or naturethroid.

I had a low TSH, yet my free's were below range, but since my TSH was 'in range' and its a 'very sensitive test', I was 'healthy'. Never mind my temp was below 96 degrees(!) and I had a list of signs-let alone symptoms-that would choke a large horse.

Measuring the TSH is like checking water pressure when your power's out-doesn't matter how sensitive it is, it's still the wrong thing to measure!

Sending you a pm, Curli...
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LOL, no, syncrap doesn't do much. Sending you a pm...I've got more information on this than I can stand, and it's all hard won, as docs were completely worthless. Levo is very hard on your adrenals, and while there are some that do well on it for a while, most don't. Armour has been reformulated, and now contains cellulose (microfine wood fiber) and many people are switching FROM armour to either westhroid or naturethroid.

I had a low TSH, yet my free's were below range, but since my TSH was 'in range' and its a 'very sensitive test', I was 'healthy'. Never mind my temp was below 96 degrees(!) and I had a list of signs-let alone symptoms-that would choke a large horse.

Measuring the TSH is like checking water pressure when your power's out-doesn't matter how sensitive it is, it's still the wrong thing to measure!

Sending you a pm, Curli...
Originally Posted by eklecktika
It's very difficult to find an endo who will listen and treat symptoms instead of only paying attention to the lab tests. I am SO fortunate I found my endo. He put me on Armour (old formulation) just because I said I was still like crap. He didn't care that my labs all came back normal. He wanted to get me feeling normal. When Armour became backordered I switched back to Synthroid and he increased my dose. It seems to have helped for the moment, but I know I won't be staying on Synthroid. I do much better with the T3 boost than I do just relying on my body to convert the T4 and am going to talk to him about what else I can take at my appointment next month.

Sorry for the not-quite-on-topic response.

To get back to the original question: I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. If my hormone replacement dosage needs to be increased, I will start to shed too much hair, but it has never affected my curl pattern. Oddly, pregnancy and childbirth did. Maybe it was the hormones. I know that hormones can have an effect on the health of your hair, as can diet.
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Maybe the change in my hair isn't related to the thyroid problem or to products. I don't know, but there has been such a radical change that it's weird to me. I don't relax, diffuse, or flat iron my hair. I only use three products:

Mop Mixed Greens Poo - no silicones
Mop leave-in - one peg-modified silicone (water soluble)
Paul Mitchell Super Clean Sculpting Gel or Paul Mitchell Super Sculpt (I alternate) - both have three water soluble silicones, but I've been using these gels for 15 years, even during my "kinky curls" days.

If it is a product-related problem I guess I'll find that out in June. I'm having carpel tunnel surgery on both hands and will need someone else to care for my hair. I'll have her wash my hair once a week and style it with only Mop leave-in conditioner. Maybe then I'll be able to tell if the kinky-to-wavy thing is product related or if it's an act of nature. Maybe I should discount the Thyroid theory for now.
Actually carpal tunnel has a very strong relationship to low thyroid function...
http://www.eorthopod.com/node/18757
http://www.patient.co.uk/health/Hypo...ve-Thyroid.htm
http://www.handuniversity.com/topics.asp?Topic_ID=17

Those are just the first three that google gave me.

Do some digging...my mom had surgery on both hands (well, wrists) and looking back at her tests, it screamed hypoT, but her TSH was always below 5.0. (which is a crap range, but don't get me on that soapbox...)
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Lady Eklecktika Fidens of Caduceus
Because of the Armour situation, I now have a compounded thyroid medication. It's T3 and T4.
In fact, it's my 2nd compounded medication.
Compounding is great because the medication can be tailored to your particular needs. Any compounding pharmacist can make the prescriptions. Your doctor just has to write the prescription.
My thyroid medication is coming from a pharmacy in Florida. It's 45$ cash price but insurance will reimburse.
Or you can just switch to naturethroid or westhroid. Same as armour, has all the same hormones as armour (T1, T2, T3, T4 AND calcitonin) which compounded doesn't always have.

The calcitonin is what prevents osteoporosis...pretty important stuff.
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Lady Eklecktika Fidens of Caduceus
Or you can just switch to naturethroid or westhroid. Same as armour, has all the same hormones as armour (T1, T2, T3, T4 AND calcitonin) which compounded doesn't always have.

The calcitonin is what prevents osteoporosis...pretty important stuff.
Originally Posted by eklecktika
Yes! That is important! Thanks for the PM too. I'm going to look into all of this and talk to my dr, when I get a new one (don't like the current).

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Check out that site I gave you..erm, the first one.

If you PM one of the mods or even just post a request, they'll send you a list of docs that have been pre-test-driven that are in your general area...
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Or you can just switch to naturethroid or westhroid. Same as armour, has all the same hormones as armour (T1, T2, T3, T4 AND calcitonin) which compounded doesn't always have.

The calcitonin is what prevents osteoporosis...pretty important stuff.
Originally Posted by eklecktika
Never heard of those. Thanks for the info.
sorry, mistake

Last edited by Had; 12-21-2012 at 09:45 PM.
My hair has changed with hoshimoto's, used to be mostly straight and a bit frizzy, now 3A and growing fuller. I always thought I should be curly, now I'm getting it. I just hope I don't lose it when my hormones are balanced!

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