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chrystalin23 03-25-2009 11:12 AM

Hair Falling Out, HELP!
I've been trying to grown my hair out for the last year or so. Recently I've notice my hair is falling out LIKE CRAZY.

I was taking prenatal vitamins prior to it falling out (to help with growth). Could the lack of these supplements cause so much hair loss?
I started taking biotin last week cause I heard it helps strengthen hair. Has anyone else tried this?

I get trims every 2-3 months and only use a sulfate-free BedHead Foxy Curl Shapmoo/Conditioner.

What am I doing wrong??? :dontknow:

CurlyYogini 03-25-2009 02:38 PM


Are you having any other symptoms?

chrystalin23 03-25-2009 02:53 PM

No. I might be a little more stressed out then usual but I didn't think stress could effect my hair this much.

CurlyYogini 03-25-2009 03:04 PM


A year or so ago I started losing tons of hair, but I had other symptoms (weight gain, acne, etc.) and of course it turned out to be PCOS. Since you don't seem to have any of these, I can't speculate.

I'll just say I know, I really do, how hard it is when your hair falls out. (I still have dreams about it to this day.) You are in my thoughts.

Keep a journal of your stress levels, food, exercise, and symptoms and have faith that you will get the answers you need as you seek them. In the meantime, remember that you are beautiful, inside and out. You are!


chrystalin23 03-25-2009 04:28 PM

That's a good idea. Maybe by journaling I can pinpoint the problem. Thanks for the support!! = )

Heather0kay 03-25-2009 05:01 PM

Stress, hormonal changes, feritin levels below 40, thyroid, all can cause hairloss. Get a thyroid and iron test.

morrighu 03-27-2009 07:32 PM

All manner of problems show up with your hair. Some things that will make your hair fall out like that are quite serious, even life threatening. You need to take yourself to the doctor right away and make sure that it's not something serious.

crimsonshedemon 04-03-2009 02:41 AM

Female Hair Loss: Thinning Hair
30 million American women are seeing scalp, and it's often a symptom of a serious illness.

By Ning Chao

Stylists always gushed, "Wow, you've got a lot of hair." I took my lush mane for granted, perming, straightening, and bleaching my way through my teens. But during my sophomore year of college, as I found myself pulling more and more tangles out of my brush and strands from the shower drain, the compliments stopped and the worry began. I jealously examined the girl next to me on the subway — why couldn't I see through to the roots on her scalp, too? Once a sheet of shiny darkness, my hair had taken on an alarmingly transparent quality. I spent hours every week staring at my scalp in the mirror, parting and reparting my hair to see which side looked fuller. I drenched my head with volumizing sprays, detoxifying tonics, and shampoos for "weakened hair." Remedies were thick on the ground — but my hair kept getting thinner. I was molting. And I was scared.

Like a peacock's brilliant feathers, hair is a secondary sexual characteristic, explains London trichologist Dr. Philip Kingsley. "You don't need it to keep you either warm or cool, so its primary function is to increase attractiveness." We live in a culture of hair, coveting Victoria's Secret supermodels' voluptuous waves as much as their curves. So closely linked are sex appeal and self-esteem that a 2004 Rogaine survey of more than 500 women across the U.S. revealed that 24 percent equated losing their hair to losing a limb. Since 30 million women in America — roughly one in four — have thinning hair, there's a serious portion of the population at risk for an emotional crisis.

When I brought up my hair issue at an annual physical, my doctor tested me for lupus. Fortunately, the tests came back negative. Then I was told that since I wasn't completely bald, I really didn't have a problem. So I began to wonder if it was all in my head. When my boyfriend ran his fingers through my hair, all I could think of was whether I was losing strands. Did this gross him out? Or more importantly, was a lot coming out? Needless to say, that relationship didn't last long, lacking trust and the basic belief that he could find me attractive in this condition. I didn't dare ask my friends for a second opinion, because I didn't want them to scrutinize my scalp. After another frustrating physical (with no answers), I consulted my dermatologist, Dr. Fredric Brandt. Instead of dismissing my concerns as mere vanity, he immediately wrote up requests for endocrine blood tests, which prompted my general practitioner to finally cave and grant me a specialist referral.

There are many causes of shedding, from stress to chemotherapy, but 90 percent of hair loss is genetic and needs to be treated with medication. It can also be a sign of a thyroid disorder, says my endocrinologist, Dr. Emilia Liao, who diagnosed me with mild hypothyroidism. "It's a good thing you came in when you did," she told me on my first visit. "It gets more complicated — and possibly dangerous — the older you get, especially if you want to have a baby." Apparently, hair loss during pregnancy is a big red flag. "One out of 50 women is diagnosed with hypothyroidism while pregnant — it's still the most common cause of mental retardation in children," says Liao.

The average age for women dealing with thinning hair is 25 to 35 — that it's just another "gift" of menopause is a myth. Also, we can't simply blame our mothers, as previously believed — if there's baldness anywhere in your family tree, you're at risk. Unlike male-pattern baldness, where patches of hair fall out over time, female hair loss means a reduction in hair volume, making transplantation extremely difficult. "The total number of hairs doesn't always decrease, but the diameter of each strand shrinks," says Kingsley. And too-thin hairs won't grow past a certain length — which explains the baby fuzz around my hairline.

The key to successful regrowth? First, admit you have a problem. Each day you dwell in denial, you're losing precious time. The more hair you've lost, the less likely it is to all grow back. Telltale signs, like a wider part or a smaller ponytail, don't show up until you've lost nearly half your hair! Seek out trichologists and dermatologists or endocrinologists who specialize in hair problems. (A good place to start

Last summer, I started visiting the Philip Kingsley hair clinic in New York City every week to strengthen the fragile wisps that were starting to sprout along my hairline as a result of my prescription treatments. There, I learned that physical as well as emotional stress can cause temporary thinning and make genetic hair loss worse. When 44-year-old fitness instructor Maria Santoro was hospitalized for a severe allergic reaction to her pneumonia medication, she lost 20 pounds in 10 days, and her chestnut waves started falling out in clumps. "People assumed I was anorexic," she says. "My body was in shock, and I felt really insecure because of my weight loss and thin hair. It was devastating."

Hair loss has a direct impact on psyche and morale, says Kingsley, who coined the phrase "bad hair day" 40 years ago. I spoke to 34-year-old breast-cancer survivor Courtney Hagen, who revealed that when she heard her diagnosis, her first fears were for her golden locks. "I had a double mastectomy, but I was more traumatized about losing my hair," she admits.

As for me, thanks to two years of regular treatment, I've finally reached the phase where regrowth is thicker every day. But the process has been arduous and pricey: Rogaine requires diligent use and $30 a month for the rest of my life. And some of my hormone-regulating prescriptions — like Avodart, which I credit most for my good results and which costs more than $200 a month — are not covered because if you take them while pregnant, they can harm the fetus's development. But I continue with my regimen because, for me, the risk is worth the remedy — I'm not planning on pregnancy for a long, long time anyway. I also figure it'll be a lot easier to find a potential father with my full head of hair.

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Ropin' Curl 04-03-2009 10:16 AM

I would definitely go to your doctor and talk to him/her about this. I had this happen to me also after some surgery. When my doctor tested my blood, (eight months after surgery because I was complaining of hair loss) I had a level 1 of iron. She started me on iron pills and brought it back up my iron level to a more normal level. I also went to see a naturopath and started taking Liquid Silica Gel which made my hair feel amazing and my hair growth started to happen quickly.
Good luck, I know it's frustrating. I think there can be so many contributing factors but some simple blood tests might help you out a little!

jenn77b 05-01-2009 05:07 PM

I'm also experiencing hair loss due to having gastric bypass surgery - almost all of those who have the surgery have some hair loss for months afterwards. I wasn't concerned about this side effect at first since I had so much hair to begin with. But now I'm really annoyed by losing so much hair (even though no one else notices still looks like I have plenty of hair). So I just started taking Biotin, which is the most common thing people suggest taking in the world of bariatric surgery. I don't know if it will help or not since I just started taking it myself. They say it has more to do with protein intake than anything else. I'm not saying that's YOUR issue, but that's mainly the issue with many after the surgery.

I would talk to your doc as others suggested. You just never know whether to chalk it up to something like stress, or whether it's of more concern to your health.

Good luck!

CurlFace 05-25-2009 07:58 PM

It's a scary thing. A couple weeks ago after washing my hair, I looked in the drain and it was just filled with hair. It looked like about a handful. My hair is long and dark so it always looks like a lot, but this was more than usual. I've been panicking ever since. Since then I've quit using my shampoo (it was sulfate free but I decided to ditch it anyway). So far less is falling out. I've had biotin for awhile but I'm so forgetful about taking my vitamins every day.

I also had an appointment right after that with my dermatologist, so I mentioned it. I'd just recently had bloodwork done and my iron was fine and so was my thyroid. I'm on the pill as well as aldactone which can both apparently cause hair loss, so I was worried about those, but she thinks maybe it's stress (what isn't attributed to stress?) It's possible, I've just taken over some duties at work of a girl who's out on maternity leave which has been pretty stressful. She also said sometimes it happens a few months after an illness - and I did have a horrible stomache bug back in February.... She checked for bald spots, but nothing (although it could definitely be thinning everywhere evenly).

I'm hoping it's just a temporary thing. I'm so afraid of losing my hair. :crybaby:

chrystalin23 05-26-2009 08:37 AM

I know, it's super scary.
I don't really have any bald spots either but I'm afraid it's thinner all over too. I have my thyroid and iron checked as well...both normal.

I'm wondering if it's time to go off my birth control, Yasmin....

Good Luck. I know how you feel.

CurlFace 05-26-2009 03:51 PM

Good luck to you, too. Here's hoping it's just our imaginations..... :-?

How long have you been on birth control (if you don't mind sharing!)? I've been on the pill for yeaaaars. Maybe 13 or so. I skip the placebo week in 2 packs now because I get menstrual migraines and have been doing that for maybe a year. Why would the pill, after all these years, make my hair start to thin out??

Daymi 06-08-2009 10:36 AM

I recently started noticing my hair falling out. This happened several years ago due to nutritional deficencies but it stopped and started growing back once I got my health back on track. I just started a Deva/CG routine on May 9th, but I think the hair loss started before that. I notice it the most when I'm in the shower and little clumps of hairs fall out. Its not the usual tangled mess that naturally happens when washing your hair. I'm trying to determine if my new CG routine could be causing this? Any thoughts? I'm so worried about this.

CurlFace 06-10-2009 12:39 PM

I don't know, but my hair is STILL falling out in massive amounts. I was so paranoid one morning after showering that I actually started counting the strands of hair left in the drain. "They" say you usually lose about 100 a day - well I stopped counting after 100. I had at LEAST 100 more left in a clump, if not more. During the day I'll feel random stray hairs falling onto my arms. I'm really upset!

My dermatologist said to keep an eye on it for 3 (3!!!) months and if it isn't any better by then (which will be August) to call her back. My God, I feel like if I wait that long it will be too late!

I went back to my sulfate free shampoo because my hair just felt way too disgusting no matter how vigorously I scrubbed (without nails) my scalp. It's still falling out. I'm going to order some Nutrine Garlic Shampoo & Conditioner because it's supposed to help with hair loss..... we'll see.

connemara22 06-13-2009 07:28 PM

I don't know if this works but i saw it a couple of weeks back and copied it onto my desktop......I have been saying that i'm going to try it but haven't done it yet

I hope it helps

Essential Oil Blend for Hair Growth - NEW!

Please note there is no guarantee this oil will stimulate hair growth in every individual. However, researchers from the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in Scotland published a study of 86 individuals who used this oil for seven months and reported 44% of people in the treatment group had new hair growth compared to only 15% in the control group.


3 drops cedarwood essential oil

3 drops lavender essential oil

3 drops lemon essential oil

3 drops rosemary essential oil

3 drops thyme essential oil

1/8 cup grapeseed oil

1/8 cup jojoba oil

Apply several drops of the mixture to areas of hair loss each night, massaging gently into the scalp for 3-5 minutes. Store oil tightly covered and keep away from heat and light.
Contraindications: avoid rosemary essential oil when pregnant. Cautions: citrus oils are photosensitive and should not be applied prior to sun exposure.

dailywavy 06-14-2009 12:59 PM

There are certain natural ingredients or essential oils that have been proven to help stimulate the scalp, Lemongrass essential oil and rosemary essential oil, and have even been a good help for cancer-treatment patients. But if you go to, you will find many essential oils to help stimulate the hair follicles and find the EO's that help regrow hair, stop hair loss, and stimulate and encourage hair growth.

morrighu 06-15-2009 03:25 PM


Originally Posted by CurlFace (Post 992294)
My dermatologist said to keep an eye on it for 3 (3!!!) months and if it isn't any better by then (which will be August) to call her back. My God, I feel like if I wait that long it will be too late!

OMFG... Get yourself to your general practioner and have him rule out other medical problems. Kidney problems, autoimmune diseases, liver problems, hormonal problems, and all kinds of other things can cause hair loss. Some of the stuff on that list can kill you.

Pardon me, but if your dermatologist hasn't put you through a full battery of tests to make sure that all your internals are in good working order or told you to see you GP to do so, then IMHO he's an f-tard! Find another doctor.

CurlFace 07-11-2009 12:04 PM

I went to my general practitioner earlier this week. She did not seem concerned... Honestly I'm starting to wonder if I'm worrying over nothing. I still feel like I have more than normal amounts of hair falling out in the shower, but I still have lots of hair. She sent me in for some blood work, so I should hear back next week. She also said that it could be due to stress (which I suppose I have had a bit more of lately). She looked up hair loss as a side effect for my meds, and none of them have it listed. I'm going to try some garlic shampoo & conditioner (even though the shampoo has sulfates - I might use it every other day or something) and see if it helps. Maybe I'll try some of the essential oils, too.

licketysplit3 07-18-2009 01:03 AM

listen, if you think something is wrong then don't let a doctor tell you you're fine because you know your body better than anyone else does. i've been going through the same thing for about two years and everyday i cant imagine losing anymore hair. it really sucks but it seems like there is little to actually do about it. i too once had a more hair than i knew what to do with but i would do just about anything to get it back! (i have lost more than half my hair and i'm only 21) ive been to more doctors in the past two years then the rest of my life, spent a sickening amount of money and time, and have had so many tests done all of which came out normal. most drs offered little help and even less sympathy. hope you have better luck with it than i did

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