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kady05 11-24-2012 06:09 PM

For those of you that are curious, "diagnosis" for my hair loss. Product suggestions?
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:

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 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:

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)
Porosity: Normal
Elasticity: Normal

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..

smbrooks96 07-11-2013 10:36 PM

How I fixed my chronic hair loss
I also had a stressful situation that caused extreme hair loss and after 1.5 years of going to my primary doctor and dermatologist, and trying every single product and vitamin under the sun I finally decided to see a holistic doctor. She explained much like the doctors, that my situation was chronic but she had a solution to the problem!! We did some hormone testing to determine my stage of adrenal fatigue syndrome, which happens when you go through a stressful/traumatic experience - and thus causes numerous things including chronic hair loss.

I started a hormone replacement therapy regimin and within 3 months my hair is finally back to normal! It is stronger, not falling out as much (just the normal amounts that I always deal with having thick curly hair), and it is growing.

For the first time in almost 2 years I actually blew dry my hair straight about a month ago. I was afraid to do this before fearing that so much would come out.

Doctors kept telling me it was stress, and chronic and there was no cure but I found out that yes there is a cure for it! :happy3:

mamaherrera 07-12-2013 06:22 PM

Well that gives hope for us all. I too, had an extended shed of hair for like four years. When I started going for acupuncture, the shed rate really dropped. What I have noticed, is I shed a lot of short hairs, between 6-10 inches, which I have heard is part of the recovery process of Telogen EFfluvium. It's been six months of "normal" shed, 70-80 hairs for me as opposed to 120-150, and I haven't noticed any increase in my ponytail measurement, but at least it makes showers easier on me, not seeing all that hair. After this baby I have growing inside me, I might have to try that hormone replacement therapy, but where do you find these good holistic doctors???? I need to get my hands on one, and did your insurance cover it??

wavydaze 07-12-2013 07:46 PM

I also recently went through an episode of telogen effluvium. I have nothing but <3 for everyone experiencing hair loss. It was extremely stressful, which is ironic since stress was the cause in the first place.

Anyway, I don't know what density you are now but I did start a "fine and thin" support thread... maybe there's something in there that may help your hair in terms of products/styling since you asked about newer products.

I hope you figure out a cure for your chronic TE. <3

wavydaze 07-12-2013 08:07 PM

I wanted to add, from my experience, since all the hairs in the telogen phase are susceptible to falling out, please treat your hair/scalp as gently as possible, especially in the shower. I was cowashing at the time of my TE, and I believe the extra manipulation and detangling in the shower was making even more of my hair fall out. Basically your hair follicles are at their weakest when wet, possibly moisturized as well (if you've tweezed your eyebrows right after a shower while skin was still damp you may have noticed that the hairs slide out more easily and are less painful to pull out). If you need to detangle, keep your scalp dry while doing it. You should still wet the lengths and soak your lengths in a slippy conditioner for detangling, but keep the scalp dry. Also when you shampoo make sure you're not over-manipulating your scalp. Poo thoroughly but gently gently gently! HTH

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