Thinning hair, going gray

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I have 3 issues.

First, I have 2A hair and have used sulfate-free shampoos and paraben-free conditioners for several years. I also color my hair with Naturtint. My hair is thin to begin with, but now I'm losing a lot around my hairline. Yikes!

I suspect the hair color is part of the problem. But it seems like the sulfate-free shampoos make it brittle and straw-like. Is that true for anyone else? I've used DevaCare, Giovanni, JessiCurl and others. DevaCare is the best of the bunch for me.

Second, I want to stop coloring, but I'm afraid I'll look too washed out. I have medium-brown hair. I thought of using the John Freida brunette glaze, but from what I've read here that's not a good idea.

Third, I've followed the curly girl routine of using a wide-tooth comb with conditioner in my hair, but when I get out of the shower my hair is plastered to my head. Scrunching it works for the back, but I'll look bald in spots on top. Ye gads.

I'd appreciate any tips on shampoos, glazes (or transitioning to gray), and styling for thinning hair. Thanks!
Welcome!

Have you seen your family doctor or a dermatologist ab out the thinning and brittleness? Naturtint isn't any less harsh on skin or hair than any other box dye, it still contains alkaline agent and peroxide.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
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I have also been thinning over the last several years. I even used Nioxin for the last 10. I recently saw a Naturopath, and she has me on a bunch of stuff. Not sure that is helping, but I also started using DS Labs this week and already have noticed less shedding. Not gonna lie, it is expensive stuff, but I have heard from many people that it works. Takes a while to see new growth, and haven't seen any yet (obviously since I just started it) but figure at least if it stops shedding so much I am halfway there! It is a 3-Step system, a Shampoo, Conditioner, and Treatment. and you have to apply the treatment twice per day. I have been following the regimen religiously. Good luck! Hair loss sucks and is so depressing!!! I feel ya.
I've also heard that castor oil will help with thinning hair. Also vitamin D & iron. So I've read. But not sure about the iron. My grandmother is on a boat load of meds including iron. I don't see much of an improvement in her hair. I think the side affects of one of them is thinning hair. That may work against her. I hope you find something that works for you.
I've also heard that castor oil will help with thinning hair. Also vitamin D & iron. So I've read. But not sure about the iron. My grandmother is on a boat load of meds including iron. I don't see much of an improvement in her hair. I think the side affects of one of them is thinning hair. That may work against her. I hope you find something that works for you.
Originally Posted by curlicious13
DO NOT take more than the daily recommended amount of vitamin D or iron without medical supervision.

You need regular blood tests otherwise you can overdose. Overdosing these 2 supplements will cause serious health problems.
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Yes, I had blood work done.
Originally Posted by Digby
Hi! I'm a registered nurse so I was gonna ask a couple more questions. You said you had blood work done but exactly what kind of blood work. There are many things that physiologically can cause hair thinning such as anemia, thyroid disease, autoimmune diseases, androgenetic alopecia, polycystic ovary syndrome, and skin conditions. I would recommend seeing a dermatologist about this, maybe one who specializes in hair and scalp conditions. Since you mention the hair loss is along your hairline, there is such a thing as traction alopecia caused from placing too much tension on your hairline with ponytails, braiding, etc.

I think as long as you are using a color rinse on your hair that doesn't contain peroxide or ammonia you should be fine. I only use semi-permanent color on my hair by Loreal Healthy Look or Clairol Natural Instincts. This color won't lighten hair at all but just coats the hair shaft and rinses out over a number of washes.

You should also be doing weekly deep conditioning. There are several out there that are great and don't have to be expensive either.

Keep in mind that the Curly Girl method doesn't work for everyone. It didn't work for me and my hair at all. My hair does fine whether I use sulfate shampoo or not.

Stay strong!
Yes, I had blood work done.
Originally Posted by Digby
Hi! I'm a registered nurse so I was gonna ask a couple more questions. You said you had blood work done but exactly what kind of blood work.
Originally Posted by bhammett1
My Dr. checked my tissue iron stores and thyroid.

My hair is short, so I don't tie it back. I used Naturtint hair color.

Good to know that the CG method doesn't work for everyone. Thanks for sharing! It seems that the hair loss is greater with the majority of the sulfate free shampoos I've tried (like Aubrey's Organics). My hair gets straw-like, so I apply conditioner and get a lot of loose hairs in the process. Doesn't happen so much with DevaCare Low Poo, or with regular shampoos. Tried cowashing, but it left my hair looking dull. Oh well.

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