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Old 09-06-2008, 10:18 PM   #1
 
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Default Um... thyroid conditions can effect hair?

....WHAAAT?

This is news to me!

How do thyroid conditions effect hair?
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Old 09-15-2008, 02:52 PM   #2
 
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If you have hypothyroid (like I do), it can make your hair dry and/or make your hair fall out. If you do a google search on "hypothyroid hair" you'll get a bunch of great links. HTH!
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Old 09-17-2008, 08:36 PM   #3
 
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Wow! I had no idea! This is... wow. This isn't good. I'll have to watch out for this.
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Old 09-19-2008, 03:33 AM   #4
 
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Excuse me for jumping in here, but I wanted to offer something that has proved helpful for me....ignore this if you're not interested in holistic and natural stuff....

Black currant seed oil, flax seed oil and evening primrose oil are all helpful in combating the dry hair (and skin) that are so problematic for hypothyroid patients.

Of course, check w/your own health care provider before taking anything...(if they are open to such things of course). This is not medical advice, and I'm not a medical practitioner. (Friendly disclaimer...lol).

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Old 10-01-2008, 01:16 PM   #5
 
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Also, just an FYI for those with thyroid disorders that are taking thyroid replacement medication, if you use products with SOY in it, it could cause issues with your medication. This includes drinking soy milk, eating soy products and using products with soy in it - soy is known to disrupt the thyroid medications (google: soy and thyroid conditions).

Hope that helps someone!
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Old 10-08-2008, 09:43 PM   #6
 
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When I was having trouble with my thyroid, my hair got much more dry, and I noticed I was shedding a lot more than normal!
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Old 10-12-2008, 07:05 AM   #7
 
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i hope this thread would become active, i want to get some advice for my sister, she's fluctuating from hypo to hyper and she has veeeery thin hair..its curly and as you said dry..she's really frustrated with it, i know she's curly coz of the frizz, i think she just thinks its dry ...she has a hard time growing her hair...advice please..thankyou!
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My hair isn't really all that dry, however, it does feel like it's thinning some.
I'm wondering is this age/hormone related? I also notice that I have more hair loss before my menstrual cycle, is this happening to anyone else?
I have a hard time growing my hair too, it grows very slowly.
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Old 10-12-2008, 11:06 PM   #9
 
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my sister has had thin hair for more than 5 years now,at the top of her head she looks bald:'(...she's been using shampoos and oils and hair growers, nothing helped her much
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As a curly that didn't realize they were a curly, I'm thinking that my hair started becoming wavy around the time I became hypothyroid.

My hair has become finer (whether due to the thyroid, or the changes in the hairshaft as I became a wavy/curly- chicken or egg, I guess). My hair had always been thick, in terms of the amount of hairs on my head, but I really noticed a lot of loss as my thyroid began to fail.

I've spoken about hair loss w/StruttsWife about hair loss a few weeks ago, and thought I was in the clear if the count was to be >100 (I'd always heard that about 100 strands lost per day was "normal"). She told me that there's some discussion in the industry lately about this, and that some pros feel that the more accurate normal amount would be closer to 30- 40 strands lost per day. Yikes!

If she sees this thread, maybe she will comment (she's so knowledgeable about everything hair). I'm pretty sure she mentioned that coconut oil and/or coconut milk (massaged into the scalp) are thought to help some with excess loss.

I didn't ask her specifically if it could still help, even with a thyroid dx, but she did know I have one. Since going CG and massaging coconut oil into my scalp, the amount of hairs I lose when I'm detangling in the shower have decreased by about HALF (!).

It would seem that even regular old (dry) scalp massages could help with growth/to minimize loss due to the resulting increase in bloodflow following a massage. Also, coconut oil, if your hair can tolerate it past the roots, definitely wouldn't hurt, in terms of dryness.

I've had an issue that probably many hypothyroid peeps have- the outer portion of my eyebrow got very scrawny, and I had to use brow pencil and whatnot. A few days after I began using coconut oil on my scalp, I started applying it over the sparse area of the eyebrow. It does seem that my eyebrows are beginning to end at a more appropriate place, which thrills me.

I definitely can't offer any scientific proof that these things are contributable to coconut oil, but I'll keep it up- just in case. It can't hurt.
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Old 12-18-2008, 08:17 AM   #11
 
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My mother and I both suffer from the hyperthyroid. My mother has known much longer than I had that she had it, and her hair has gone through so much. But it has finally gotten under control, my mother relaxes her hair though...I of course have gone back to my natural curls, and before I found out about my thyroid, my curls were looser, but since I was diagnosed, April 2007, my curls are completely different, I bc'ed twice trying to get them under control. I'm on a lower dosage now of my medicine, and I think I have the curls that I'm going to have, but they are much tighter and not like they were before...
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