Losing Hair Out of Nowhere.

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I have dyed my hair about a year ago, last August or September I started losing a LOT of hair. My friends have noticed it so easily as well when I have my hair curly so I keep it straightened. I wash my hair about 2 times or 1 time a week so my mom blow dries and straightens my hair after washing with cold water. I'm too scared to even wash my hair with warm water because the last time I did that I tried running my fingers through my hair it would come out in multiple strains, more then normal, like almost half of my hair was down the drain. I was so scared, I got a blood test and the doctors found nothing wrong with me. They told me to try to relax because they think I'm stressing myself out too much. I do admit that my relationship with my boyfriend is stressful but I'm not about to break up with him because of losing my hair, he has depression issues so it's not easy to avoid stress. I've been using biotin since around September but it hasn't been doing much, I mean my hair is growing back but at a VERY slow rate. I feel so depressed when I touch my hair because of how thin it is and how thick I used to have it. The dye from my hair hasn't even grew to shoulder length. My doctor is hesitate to give me this other medication she has in mind because she said it would cause me to grow facial hair. Does anyone have tips for me? I'm so terribly tired of having thin hair. It's really driving me crazy.
Hair can fall out because of stress, but I have known women who were widowed, people who have gone long bouts unemployed etc. without losing hair, which is only to say that relationship stress is not the primary cause of hair loss.
Hair loss can be hormonal (thyroid, polycystic ovarian syndrome are examples), it can be related to low iron stores, can be caused by autoimmune disease, sudden weight loss or weight gain, also by allergies (inhaled or to products or hair dyes).
Hair loss can be caused by skin diseases like eczema or seborrheic dermatitis.

And then there is this question: do the hairs falling from your head have any sort of root attached? If most do, then they have been "shed," if they do not, then they likely are broken hairs and a result of either the processing on your hair (dye, straightening) or from your hair having weak spots (kinky hair is an example of hair with built-in delicate spots).

So check out the hairs you are losing, even put them in a plastic bag in the fridge. If this hair loss continues and it appears to be hairs shed with root attached, take that bag and return to the doctor (maybe a different one) and ask for an explanation.

Take very good care of the hair that's growing back - don't straighten it, give it extra-gentle care and handling. You're trying to nurture it back to health.
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I know how you feel. I started loosing my hair in masses about 3 years ago. After multiple doctors appointments, and more blood tests then i can count my doctor did a fasting blood test. the results came back that i had hypothyroidism and insulin resistance. Try asking your doctor about a fasting blood test. My hair is still thin but its not falling out near as bad. It takes time for it to come back as thick as it was i am always told. And yes stress is a big player in your hair!
Hair loss can be caused by sudden weight loss or gain???

Hm, in the past year I've gained about 25lbs (went from 90-115lbs) and I've also been losing tons of hair.

But, my weight has now stabilized to 110lbs. So, when a person's weight finally stabilizes, will the hair loss stop? Will hair grow back? Help!
Hair can fall out because of stress, but ... stress is not the primary cause of hair loss.
Hair loss can be hormonal (thyroid, polycystic ovarian syndrome are examples), it can be related to low iron stores, can be caused by autoimmune disease, sudden weight loss or weight gain, also by allergies (inhaled or to products or hair dyes).

And then there is this question: do the hairs falling from your head have any sort of root attached? If most do, then they have been "shed," if they do not, then they likely are broken hairs and a result of either the processing on your hair (dye, straightening) or from your hair having weak spots (kinky hair is an example of hair with built-in delicate spots).

So check out the hairs you are losing, even put them in a plastic bag in the fridge. If this hair loss continues and it appears to be hairs shed with root attached, take that bag and return to the doctor (maybe a different one) and ask for an explanation.
Originally Posted by IAgirl
Very informative answer, thank you IAGirl. For the past 2 mos, I've been losing ridiculous amounts of hair (mostly in the shower). I can grab my hair at the ends and gently pull out several strands every time. Several times a day I pick off hairs that have fallen on my shirt/arms. I use to have nice thick hair my senior year of high school ('05). :*(

My lost hairs all have a root intact. I'm having a hard time gaining weight too. That said, I should probably look into the hormonal/thyroid explanation. Aside from thyroid, I've made a list of several other possible causes...Hopefully someone can pass on some helpful info and suggestions for me and anyone else going through this. Here's my list:

Possible causes for my hair loss:
1. Diet/Overall health. I eat healthy, but I do not eat much, and I do not take vitamins anymore. I'm down 9 lbs since a year and a half ago, which is a lot considering I'm currently 109lbs. I'm having difficulty gaining it back. I do not sleep as much as I should. I don't exercise much.
2. Hair products. Is it possible that hair gel or not rinsing conditioner on the scalp out well can cause hair loss?
3. Protein Overdosing. My hair typically LOVES any kind of protein I feed it, however often, but lately my hair's been straw-like and knotting/tangling easily. When I finger-comb through it in the shower is when I lose a ton of hair (and I do it gently!). Could ODing on protein cause hair loss?
4. I have generalized anxiety which = stress.
5. Buildup on scalp. I get white, oily buildup on my scalp sometimes. I think it's caused by a mixture of my Alba leave-in and my gel. Can buildup weaken hair and cause loss?
6. Water. Firstly I'll mention I have well water. Secondly I'll say that my mom has been losing hair too. My dad hasn't changed the water filter in 7 years (shame, shame). He finally did so 2 days ago, and he found the filter was full of rust. Could something in the well water (sulfur, salt, rust, etc) be the cause?
7. Allergies and asthma. As IAGirl aforementioned, it is a cause, and is one I suffer greatly from, especially this year. It's been AWFUL.
8. Flat ironing. My huge hair loss fiasco started after I straightened my hair one day, which I rarely ever do...
8. Being modified CG (I low poo, blow dry every now and then, and use silicones if I want, though it isn't much). Every since I've gone CG, my hair seems weaker and more fine. Perhaps silicones were doing an excellent job protecting my hair. Dare I say, perhaps it was worth using sulfates!

Is there anything I can do to strengthen my hair? Any tips based off of what I wrote?
I will try taking iron and biotin, getting more sleep, exercising, and massaging my scalp daily. I want to rule out some things before getting my hormones/thyroid checked.
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Hair loss can be caused by sudden weight loss or gain???

Hm, in the past year I've gained about 25lbs (went from 90-115lbs) and I've also been losing tons of hair.

But, my weight has now stabilized to 110lbs. So, when a person's weight finally stabilizes, will the hair loss stop? Will hair grow back? Help!
Originally Posted by evee103
Did the dr. check your thyroid? Weight gain of 25lbs and hair loss together I belive are symptoms of a thyroid issue.
Hair can fall out because of stress, but ... stress is not the primary cause of hair loss.
Hair loss can be hormonal (thyroid, polycystic ovarian syndrome are examples), it can be related to low iron stores, can be caused by autoimmune disease, sudden weight loss or weight gain, also by allergies (inhaled or to products or hair dyes).

And then there is this question: do the hairs falling from your head have any sort of root attached? If most do, then they have been "shed," if they do not, then they likely are broken hairs and a result of either the processing on your hair (dye, straightening) or from your hair having weak spots (kinky hair is an example of hair with built-in delicate spots).

So check out the hairs you are losing, even put them in a plastic bag in the fridge. If this hair loss continues and it appears to be hairs shed with root attached, take that bag and return to the doctor (maybe a different one) and ask for an explanation.
Originally Posted by IAgirl
Very informative answer, thank you IAGirl. For the past 2 mos, I've been losing ridiculous amounts of hair (mostly in the shower). I can grab my hair at the ends and gently pull out several strands every time. Several times a day I pick off hairs that have fallen on my shirt/arms. I use to have nice thick hair my senior year of high school ('05). :*(

My lost hairs all have a root intact. I'm having a hard time gaining weight too. That said, I should probably look into the hormonal/thyroid explanation. Aside from thyroid, I've made a list of several other possible causes...Hopefully someone can pass on some helpful info and suggestions for me and anyone else going through this. Here's my list:

Possible causes for my hair loss:
1. Diet/Overall health. I eat healthy, but I do not eat much, and I do not take vitamins anymore. I'm down 9 lbs since a year and a half ago, which is a lot considering I'm currently 109lbs. I'm having difficulty gaining it back. I do not sleep as much as I should. I don't exercise much.
2. Hair products. Is it possible that hair gel or not rinsing conditioner on the scalp out well can cause hair loss?
3. Protein Overdosing. My hair typically LOVES any kind of protein I feed it, however often, but lately my hair's been straw-like and knotting/tangling easily. When I finger-comb through it in the shower is when I lose a ton of hair (and I do it gently!). Could ODing on protein cause hair loss?
4. I have generalized anxiety which = stress.
5. Buildup on scalp. I get white, oily buildup on my scalp sometimes. I think it's caused by a mixture of my Alba leave-in and my gel. Can buildup weaken hair and cause loss?
6. Water. Firstly I'll mention I have well water. Secondly I'll say that my mom has been losing hair too. My dad hasn't changed the water filter in 7 years (shame, shame). He finally did so 2 days ago, and he found the filter was full of rust. Could something in the well water (sulfur, salt, rust, etc) be the cause?
7. Allergies and asthma. As IAGirl aforementioned, it is a cause, and is one I suffer greatly from, especially this year. It's been AWFUL.
8. Flat ironing. My huge hair loss fiasco started after I straightened my hair one day, which I rarely ever do...
8. Being modified CG (I low poo, blow dry every now and then, and use silicones if I want, though it isn't much). Every since I've gone CG, my hair seems weaker and more fine. Perhaps silicones were doing an excellent job protecting my hair. Dare I say, perhaps it was worth using sulfates!

Is there anything I can do to strengthen my hair? Any tips based off of what I wrote?
I will try taking iron and biotin, getting more sleep, exercising, and massaging my scalp daily. I want to rule out some things before getting my hormones/thyroid checked.
Originally Posted by CurlyCowgirly
You mentioned CG as a possible cause for your hair loss. I'm not suggesting that you don't look into potential medical conditions, but you may want to consider not doing cg/mod cg anymore also. I lost an incredible amount of hair every day while doing cg or even mod cg. Before and after cg, I never had that problem, so for me, cg was definitely the cause.
I have dyed my hair about a year ago, last August or September I started losing a LOT of hair. My friends have noticed it so easily as well when I have my hair curly so I keep it straightened. I wash my hair about 2 times or 1 time a week so my mom blow dries and straightens my hair after washing with cold water. I'm too scared to even wash my hair with warm water because the last time I did that I tried running my fingers through my hair it would come out in multiple strains, more then normal, like almost half of my hair was down the drain. I was so scared, I got a blood test and the doctors found nothing wrong with me. They told me to try to relax because they think I'm stressing myself out too much. I do admit that my relationship with my boyfriend is stressful but I'm not about to break up with him because of losing my hair, he has depression issues so it's not easy to avoid stress. I've been using biotin since around September but it hasn't been doing much, I mean my hair is growing back but at a VERY slow rate. I feel so depressed when I touch my hair because of how thin it is and how thick I used to have it. The dye from my hair hasn't even grew to shoulder length. My doctor is hesitate to give me this other medication she has in mind because she said it would cause me to grow facial hair. Does anyone have tips for me? I'm so terribly tired of having thin hair. It's really driving me crazy.
Originally Posted by RawrzErica
I can relate to the thinning hair. It is definitely something that can depress anyone. I have started to take a multi vitamin for hair , skin and nails, hoping that it will stop the thinning. If you haven't already, try taking a multi vitamin.

By the way, if you are stressing a lot. B complex helps to control the hormones that cause stress.

Hope this helps.

God bless
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Hair: naturally very dry and VERY porous
hair seems to be moody.
Does not seem to like oils
Does not like protein or too much?
Does not like rich products

So, I ask myself. What does it like? That is the question, and I'm on a mission.

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