For those of you that are curious, "diagnosis" for my hair loss. Product suggestions?
*I posted this in the 2 section, but meant to post it here*
Hi all, I haven't posted here in quite awhile, but I thought I'd give an update to anyone that might remember me! For anyone who is interested, this was my original post: Frustrated with my hair.. losing a lot & products don't seem to be working anymore.
This will be a little long, apologies in advance!
So after I wrote that thread, I went to see a dermatologist in September. She ended up doing a scalp biopsy, which confirmed her thoughts that I had what's called Telogen effluvium.
It's basically a fancy name for hair loss that occurs after some shock to the system. Generally, it's a short term thing and resolves itself over time. For whatever reason, mine has continued for years, so it's considered chronic. There's really no treatment for it, go figure.
I had new blood work done recently that all came back perfectly normal. I don't have a copy of it yet, but my primary care ran a bunch of specific thyroid tests, etc. just to make sure, all looked fine.
So it's a good thing, but still no real reason as to why I lose so much hair http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/im...lies/frown.gif I'm continuing to stay off birth control (have been off since June '12), taking 5,000mcg of Biotin daily, along with vitamin D & a multi vitamin. I've also started going to a place here and having laser therapy done.. it's a cold laser, so you don't feel anything, supposed to stimulate hair growth. This is the place: http://www.virginiasurgical.com/hair...laser-therapy/
I've gone 6 or 7 times now (I go once a week), and haven't really noticed any changes in how much hair I lose, but I do think my hair looks somewhat thicker..? Maybe I'm just getting used to it looking this way, not sure.
Right now, I'm just trying to keep my hair healthy and happy.. I'm still not quite sure if I'm a 2 or a 3a, but these were the results of my Curl Genie profile:
Texture: Fine (no big surprise there)
I wash my hair 3x a week, usually with Nioxin.. it seems to give me more volume. I condition with the Deva Curl conditioner daily, and once a week I do a PT with the Curl Junkie Repair Me. I style it daily.. I can't go longer than that without it being all flat and gross.
Product wise I mostly use Deva Curl Angel, the Deva Curl foam, and this new foam by Samy that I bought on a whim to try. Seems like my hair does best with light weight products, so the foams work well. But it is still dry to me, would like to try to solve that problem.
So if anyone has any newer suggestions (I haven't been on here for awhile so I'm out of the product loop), I'd appreciate it! This is the newest picture I have of myself so you guys can see my hair, taken back in Sept..
Bumping. I've read that grapeseed extract can potentially help? And Jamaican Black Castor oil? Anyone have experience with either of those?
I tried JBCO for a few months but noticed no difference, unfortunately. I've just been googling grapeseed extract as someone mentioned it in anther post here, but the bits I read didn't say anything about it in relation to hair loss.
Never heard of grapeseed oil helping. I use Rogaine, biotin, magnesium glycinate, fish oil and evening primrose and have grown almost all of my hair.
It took at least 6 months to notice any change. Good luck with your regrowth!
Cortisol levels are often responsible for this condition. The adrenal glands affect every area of our bodies including hair http://www.dannyroddy.com/2010/10/5/what-does-magnesium-have-to-do-with-hair-loss-a-lot.html
+1 on fish oil and evening primrose. As I Am cleansing condish has castor as a cleansing agent, so I forego using JBCO. I notice thicker hair as a result. Also, I am fine hair, normal porosity, normal elasticity and this is what I use to avoid flat hair, protein overload or dry hair:
Nopoo- As I Am
RO-Suave Coconut/ VO5 Shea Cashmere
LI- KCKT or CJBLI (mixed w/ 10 drops GSO to seal)
DC-not currently needed! :)
Very interesting about the magnesium, and how that article mentioned Telogen effluvium.. how much do you take daily?
I take over a 1000mg a day. But you can't start at this dose. it takes time to work up to it. it's also important to use the right type- I like mag glycinate and mag malate.
When I first started Rogaine it made my head itch like crazy. Hubby said I scratched in my sleep too. Thankfully it stopped after a couple months.
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