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shizzlebeans 09-29-2012 09:27 AM

Regrowth after iron deficiency anemia - how to style?
Hi everyone.

I had about two months of increased shedding and lost a bunch of volume. I started on biotin early, but was still worried so I pursued bloodwork. Found out a week ago that my serum iron was pretty low, and I was borderline anemic. Started doing iron supplements. The shedding is finally starting to slow down!

My hair still looks ok, but I definitely have less of it now. And then there's the population of hair growing back in that's only about an inch and a half long. It won't stay organized with the rest of the spirals and turns into frizz. Wondering if anyone has some tips on keeping it nice.

I'm glad I got my health issues solved, but I am getting married in 2 weeks and my hair is the worst it's ever been in my life. :| My stylist is brilliant and she'll make it nice, but we are using my natural curls, so I want to give her something not-frlzzy to work with.

Any tips to keep the short stuff under control? I'm worried I'm looking at years of awkward styling, or a big chop.

KinkyChic 09-29-2012 04:19 PM

I would say that a nice trim or even a cut. I had a problem with losing a lot of hair due to a medical issue and finally get a nice cut made it look better. It wasn't noticeable that I lost hair to anyone except me and my stylist because my hair was long and thick but it had gotten to the point to where I could see through the longer sections of my hair and I didn't like that. It looked so much better after the cut (this was on my relaxed hair but I wore it in spiral sets most of the time).

Other ideas are to add a nice healthy rinse (if you color) that's really close to your hair color or even a clear one. I haven't used them but clip in pieces are easy to add in and a fast fix for fullness.

It's great that you found out about your anemia and are able to treat it--stay on top of your fiber and congrats on your nuptials.

shizzlebeans 10-01-2012 08:02 AM


I actually don't color (anymore, whew!). I would like to get a nice cut. Unfortunately my stylist is in love with my hair and always tells me she'll never cut it shorter! I think she's kidding, but trying to encourage me to keep it long because I do take good care of it. I'm hoping she'll be willing to take about 5 or 6 inches off. I actually had a good trim about two weeks ago, but it only kept it nicer looking for about a week, and then it went scraggly again. :|

I started introducing more protein and I think that's helping the short stuff soften up and settle. Usually I'm on the protein sensitive side, but i think the anemia has changed my hair chemistry and I'm hoping this will help!

Jharna 11-23-2012 04:32 AM

Im suffering from same trouble

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