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Years ago, my mama was a caregiver to a very health conscious lady. She had two "healthy hair" hints that mama took to heart and still uses to this day and so do I.
Good luck and many happy hair days.
By missysmom from Nokomis, AL
When I was a young girl, my grandmother would wash her hair with soap and then put 1/2 cup of vinegar into 1/2 cup of warm water and rinse her hair with this mixture, which I do now. I am 61 and still have thick healthy hair! If you do not like the smell, just rinse a second time with a sent you like like vanilla!
When I was a little girl, my mother brushed our hair very vigorously with a brush to bring up the blood from the scalp to nourish the hair follicles. Then she made us wash our hair with shampoo two times followed by a vinegar rinse using 1/4 vinegar to 1 quart of water. This not only brought down the oils from the scalp, but conditioned our hair. Vinegar is a natural hair grower and anti-fungal that will make hair grow and heal as it works.
By Teresa from Lynnwood, WA
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I am in a hair fashion emergency. I dyed my hair back to its original black color about a week ago. I relaxed my hair today. I was washing it out and all my hair started falling out in clumps, I freaked out and had a panic attack. Now my hair is very thin and looks and feels weak.
I have a weave sewn into my hair and now the hair that is suppose to cover the track is gone or the hair is very short like it was cut or chopped off. I need to know if there is something that I can use to cover up the area where the tracks are showing and make the hair look longer, fuller or thicker until the hair starts to grow back.
Is there a hair mousse that I can use or spray? Or maybe clip ons? I don't want to spend a lot of money just to fix one spot or area of my hair. Where can I go to find a clip on piece for no more than $20-30? Also I need the mousse or spray to have a coloring effect as well because now the hair that was dyed had changed color to like maybe a cooper or a brownish color. I am traveling this week to a very important event and I cant have my hair look like this. Can somebody help me please?
By crlyn30 from Brooklyn, NY
Call a few dollar stores and ask if they sell clip-on hair pieces. Also call a beauty supply store and talk to the employee who is a licensed cosmetologist. They will be able to help you.
I don't know how much clip on hair pieces cost, but I've seen them in Ulta and I think Sally's Beauty Supply.
Gosh, I'm so sorry this happened to you! I hope that someone who knows more about this sort of thing can offer some good advice. Can you go without processing your hair for a while to give it a break? I hope there is some sort of super-duper conditioning or repair treatment to help! Best of luck
ohhh.. :( My daughter did this about 5 yrs ago against my better judgment. She is still paying the price. The best thing to do is get to a salon, or your regular hairdresser. My daughter has to go at least every 3 months and does not buy over the counter hair products any more.
Ohhh no...so sorry this happened! I was a licensed cosmetologist for quite some time, and I dealt with all sorts of these emergencies. First you must rid yourself of the idea that this is a hair FASHION emergency, it is far more than that. It is a hair health emergency, and how you deal with it now will have a lot to do with how your hair fares in the future.
First, I hate to break the news, but in order to get your hair back on the right track, you really need to avoid the weave, extra additives, and color at least for now. I know you are not going to like this but your safest bet right now would be to go natural for at least 6 months, and have the damaged hair cut off. The reason is, your hair and scalp were traumatized. The current damage will travel up the hair shaft if you do not remove it, and weaves, braids, styling aids and chemicals will only cause more stress on your scalp.
I would recommend finding a stylist who is good with chemical free styling as well as other types of styling, and give your hair and scalp a rest for at least 6 months before you even contemplate anything else. At that point I would definitely consult with a professional before any chemicals are applied. For future reference, there are colors which can be used the same day as a relaxer. They are not permanent but they are also not damaging. Consult a professional about these things as well before you try any. Although you may not like my recommendations now, you will be amazed how much progress you will make in 6 months time, and you may like the low maintenance of a natural style better over time anyway.
There is no rule that says your hair has to be straight or black to be pretty, so keep that in mind as you plan your future haircare regimens. While your hair and scalp are recuperating pick up a few natural hairstyle magazines from the grocery store and see all the cute styles available now. Good luck, and please take my suggestions to heart, because the future health of your hair and scalp may depend on it.
I am so sorry this happened, it is absolutely traumatic. Everyone has great suggestions. Mine is vitamins and minerals to help nourish from inside out. Make sure you go to a very well informed vitamin & mineral store. Not WalMart.
I do not have any ideas as to do with your hair at the moment but,as your hair grows in have your Doctor give you a prescription or buy over the counter ( unsure of price) Folic Acid.I use this because of certain presciptions I am on causes me to lose my hair.This has helped my hair alot.It is thicker and should help you also.I wish I could help you more!!
Good Luck and give it a try. Darlene
I had this happen to me also one time when I was perming my hair. It started falling out. I guess it was too strong or something. I stopped using chemicals on my hair for a long time. I don't really color my hair anymore or highlight it like I used to. Just more content with the way I am as I got older, but I remember those days well.
It will grow out! I had a time when I had a bad leg, and for some reason the meds made me sleep all the time, long story short, I ended up with a head sized tangle that wouldn't come out. I had it all cut by my husband and then I went to the salon to have it shaped.
Believe me your hair will grow back. I would say wear a light cap that lets air in and go natural for a while. God Bless You, Robyn
I had taken a typhoid vaccine 20 days ago. Now my hair is falling so much. What should I do now? Which foods should I eat now?
By Xudi Rao
Please call your doctor immediately and explain your problem. Hair thinning is a possible side effect of contracting typhoid fever but may or may not be a result of a vaccination. There could possibly be another unrelated reason but your doctor will be able to help you.
I agree that you should contact your doctor right away. Since it is the weekend and that may not be possible I would suggest that you visit your pharmacist and see what they have to say. They should be able to give you some quick advice as to whether this constitutes an emergency situation.
I have heard that sometimes things like this "mimic" the disease and goes away after a short time. But please seek expert advise so you can be sure everything is okay.
I had a problem with my thyroid and started losing my hair - my doctor advised me to take 1000 to 5000mcg of Biotin daily. I did not see results right away but can now say (years later) that my hair and nails are in great condition. (I am 80 years old.) Biotin is inexpensive so maybe you could give it a try when you are feeling better.
Re Biotin-wedmd.com has good information about Biotin but advises that you should discuss taking it with your doctor because of possible problems if you have other medical conditions and also possible interactions with drugs you are taking.
I hope that you have called your doctor already. If you are interested in Biotin and any other supplement, please discuss this with your doctor.
What can I take to prevent hair loss?
By Doreen from La Paz BCS, Mexico
It would depend on what is causing the hair loss. Some medications cause it, in some people it is stress, Sometimes it is genetic. There are several items along the lines of Rogaine, but once you start using these products you have to keep on using it or the loss will start up again, and some people have told me when that happens it is worse. I have learned to live with mine, and I have a couple spots that are almost bald. I am on a couple prescriptions that cause it.
Redhatterb, has given you some good information. Scroll down to the ThriftyFun Archives below on this page and you will see oodles more information. The biggest thing to remember is that losing up to 100 hairs a day is completely normal so don't stress about this normal hair loss. :-)
I am suffering from hair loss so please give me advise how to stop this and also some food and home remedies as well.
Hi - I had always had very thick hair until a few years ago when I developed a thyroid problem. My hair started falling out by large amounts with every brushing and my doctor really had no advice except to wait until my medication took effect and maybe that would stop the thinning.
A friend told me to try Biotin as that had helped her. I have now used Biotin for several years and my hair is back as thick as before and I see only a few hairs with each brushing.
The following is some information I found on a doctor web site that I give to all my friends who have this problem. I take a Biotin supplement of 5,000 Meg a day and it has helped my hair and my nails to return to a healthy state.
Biotin: This is a B vitamin of importance for healthy hair. Good sources of biotin include: brewer's yeast, bulgur wheat, lentils, sunflower seeds, soybeans, and walnuts.
Try Google with "how to stop hair loss" and you will see a lot of information (including ads) but you will also find a lot of good info.
I have thin hair (it's a family curse!), but I've used Minoxidil (generic brand of Rogaine) for several years and it seems to help as long as I use it every day. I use it before I go to bed. Hope this helps you!
How do I stop my hair from coming out in the middle of my head?
My friend has difficulty with her hair. It is tangling and she is having hair loss.
I went through a crazy hair dyeing experience and basically all the hair on the top of my head fell out. So I have shoulder length hair, but the top of my head looks like it's been buzz cut! I'm embarrassed. Does anyone have any solutions on how I can fix this? Thank you.
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How can I treat falling hair? This problem occurs especially in summer. After a shower I can see 50-100 hairs have fallen. Usually I see them in my bedding. On the floor I can see so many hairs have fallen every day.
My hair is also very thin and of medium length. In particular I do not have much hair in the front area of my head. I do not have any bad disease that requires any strong medicine. But I have had straightening done on my hair some time back. I am very frustrated. Please help me. Does anyone have the same experience? Do you know of any home remedies or medicine that might help? Thank you.
First and foremost, stop stressing yourself out! That leads to hair loss. So relax and try out the following things. Massage your head with olive oil once a week, not only do head massages feel awesome, but they stimulate the scalp resulting is better hair growth. Stop buying shampoos with sulfate laureth. It is the chemical in soaps and shampoos that strips the dirt and oils from the hair which tends to dry it out. Try only conditioning the hair that falls below your ears, as the hair that is near our scalp tends to be oilier naturally. Do not brush your hair while it is wet. Instead take a wide toothed comb and run that through your hair post shower/wash.
Hope these tips helps! (05/18/2010)
We all lose about 100 strands of hair from our head each and every day and it's completely normal! We have over 100,000 hairs on our head so it's nothing to worry about! Those hundred hairs we lose a day are part of about a seven year cycle and is the age of those particular hairs that fall out and then new hair begins growing in those follicles that they came from. It's a natural and balanced cycle. Any hairstylist who paid attention during their physiology classes in cosmetology school will verify that for you. My classes were 40 years ago and I still remember.
If you think some of those hairs you find are due to breakage then simply be more gentle with you hair :-)
Try apple cider vinegar. I had tried everything, vitamins, shampoos, expensive hair treatments. Nothing helped. I started taking apple cider vinegar for my acid reflux and my hair stopped falling out, also my reflux stopped. I did some research and found out that if your ph balance is off it can cause hair loss. Google ph balance of the body and also apple cider vinegar. I buy my vinegar from the health food store and take it with a little water. But you can buy it in tablet form. I hope this helps. (05/19/2010)
The key to your problem was when you said your hair on front was very thin and it keeps breaking. You need to get a complete hormone test not by a man, but a female ob-gyn because the female hormone estrogen (lack of) or progesterone (male hormone) all combined with thyroid and probably yours is related to thyroid hormone will cause breaking, thinning, and complete hair loss.
I spent 7 years with what you describe and once I got them balanced I don't lose my hair and the thinning has stopped, I can actually have a hairstyle and perm if I want now. You are right it is not normal to be this way so have it checked very soon. It also helps with nerves because you suddenly are a lot calmer and you see things differently. I couldn't believe the difference in just 1 week.
Let me just note here too that I didn't take nerve medicine (I am allergic to all of that), but truly when your hormones are normal the balance is complete including nerves, when your hair comes out there truly is a lot of tension with it or was with me. I didn't want to become bald and I was pretty close to it when I finally got it balanced. (05/20/2010)
Hair dryers and hair color products can also cause some hair damage/lose. Stress is also a factor. I retired four years ago and I have all these four year long hairs. I neither color or blow dry my waist length hair and I do not even attempt to brush it with a baby soft brush until it is nearly dry. I also have a even newer crop of hair coming in, about an inch long now as my diet has become more healthy. I can't say what has helped the most, but something has changed. I would check with a doctor and change to a mild shampoo. Good luck. (05/23/2010)
How can I avoid extreme hair loss?
By maljade from Australia
Try garlic shampoo. (04/04/2010)
It can mean many things. You didn't say if you are a man or a woman and you didn't say how old you are.
I am a woman and have had hair loss for about 18-25 years. It would fall out and then grow back, sometimes I was almost totally bald.
For me addressing adrenal fatigue, hypothyroidism helped. Eventually I found out that I have SLE, systemic lupus. Hair loss is one of the main complaints with this disease.
I'd check the net for those conditions and see if any or all fit your issues, because it is never just hair loss. There are always other things going on. When you have outward signs of things not being right, then you can bet the ranch that things you can't see are in trouble. (04/06/2010)
By c t
Does anyone help me for my hair? I had a long and thick hair until 2 years ago. Now I am losing my hair. It is too much. I am so worried about this that sometimes I can't sleep, when I'm thinking about my hair. I want to grow my hair back. Please give me a any good suggestions?
By aanal from Savannah, GA
There could be numerous reasons that you are losing your hair. Some of it happens with age, you didn't mention your age; some can be due to some medication you are taking. About 6-7 years ago I lost a lot of hair, none of in clumps, but I had one spot about the size of one of my hands that was almost bald. One night I was looking things up on line and I came across an article about at least one of the meds I am on could cause hair loss. Anyway I printed that article out and took it with the next time I went to the doctor and told him I knew I would have to take the meds, but it would have been nice to know what to expect. He stood there and told me a little hair loss was a minor side effect and I sat there and thought this was coming from a young man who shaved his head.
Hair loss can also be caused by alopecia. I ended up buying three different wigs in the $50.00 price range. I have kept my hair short for more than 20 years for convenience. Most of my hair did come back, but it is really thin and baby fine. I will be 70 in two months.
A couple years ago my aunt and her daughter were coming to spend a day, and I hadn't seen them for several years, anyway I couldn't get my hair to do anything, so I decided to pull on my ash blonde wig (I have dark brown hair), and they absolutely raved about the color and the style when they arrived and I told them it was a wig, and they found it hard to believe. They both go to really expensive salons and what was funny is my cousin whose hair is just slightly lighter than my normal color was a blonde too.
I would suggest talking to your doctor and maybe he can make some suggestions or refer you to a specialist of some kind. (02/12/2010)
One thing I know that causes hair loss is heavy use of hair conditioner, especially slathered on the scalp.
If you feel you must use hair conditioner, do it with head downward, and don't get on scalp, just dryer ends.
I personally know of a case where emu oil rubbed on scalp in small amounts regrew hair in a balding dog, and on it's almost 80 year old owner. No lie, I saw it myself. The hair on the old man was soft fuzz all over his baldness; this was after about 2-4 months, and haven't seen him since, but I saw that. (02/12/2010)
Health problems, medication, chemical unbalance in system, or stress can cause hair loss besides the hereditary factor. I would see a specialist and try to locate the cause and work with it from there if possible. (02/12/2010)
Same thing was happening to me. There seemed to be neither rhyme nor reason to why this was happening except that at 40 I developed allergies and started taking two prescriptions for it. Besides penicillin, I had never taken any other prescriptions, I just never thought to look at the small print. Well I wished that I had read all that very, very fine print before I started them because both of them said "possible hair loss". I stopped taking them and lived with the allergy problem until I could find natural alternative and the hair loss slowed down.
The hair loss was gradual at first. I was on those prescription for almost a year when the hair loss was getting noticeable to others. It took almost 6 months for me to be able to see that my hair was coming back after I had stopped taking them.
Then my sister told me about changing shampoo and conditioner ever 4 to 6 months because it had caused her hair loss issues in the past. So I changed the shampoo to a mild daily cleanser and stopped using conditioner and the hair loss stopped. That really surprised me. I changed to using olive oil to condition the ends of my hair now and I love it. I am 50 now and pre-menopausal, still losing hair, but it is down to a tolerable level. God bless and good luck. (02/13/2010)
Have your hormones checked, this has happened to me, another thing about menopause. (02/14/2010)
I'll tell you, I had a serious problem with hair loss. It started when I was 41 after a horrible break-up of my marriage of 22 years. There had been many stressful years before the end. I always thought it was stress and in a way it was. But during the 16 years, I went almost bald 6 or 7x. I mean really bald. I buzzed it many times and wore a baseball cap. Then it would come back in waves. I had hair long enough to sit on, with soft waves and tons of body. It was so sad. When I lost it the 1st time, it came back in, in tight curls. People thought I was wearing a wig. Then another time, it fell out and it came in with less curl, but more than normal. I have had so many different kinds of hair, it is nuts.
Well, all this time later, I found out just 1 month ago, that I have systemic lupus. I was exhausted all the time, skin issues, many different kinds, migraines, my thyroid and adrenals are almost destroyed and many other things. Well, one of the main symptoms of lupus, is hair loss. It happens to many people and 90% of lupus people are women. Go figure.
The reason I am saying this, is because most of my life, I've had symptoms of it and I've seen many doctors over the years and no one caught it. I was considered healthy by those doctors and I felt I was. I worked out 6 days a week, had low cholesterol, carried 17% body fat and was so active. Had 4 kids, took care of everything, my husband brought home a pay check, I did everything else. I got up at 4:30am everyday and went to bed at 11:pm. I had a very full life. I was slim, had a great shape, had muscles where a lot of women have flab. I wore a size 7-8-9 pant, 5' 5-1/2 inches tall and 125lb. I worked as a personal trainer for the gym I worked at, but still don't take your health for granted.
Hair loss is a symptom of something. Low thyroid can cause it, low adrenal secretion can cause it. Peri-menopause can can cause it. What I want to get across to every woman out there, is that lupus has such diverse symptoms, that very few doctors have a clue. They give you Motrin for pain, Imitrex for migraines, many sinus meds for allergies, antibiotics for many infections, kidney, bladder, in my fallopian tubes, chronic low back pain, skin rashes, sometimes they give you steroids for the rashes, strep throa, and many other things.
Not a one of those many doctors ever gave me the help I needed. Not a one of them ever put the clues together. I had all that stuff over a 50 year span, so it can look just like that's the way it is. Even if you appear really healthy.
You didn't mention what else is going on in your life, or your age. It could be hormones fluctuating in peri-menopause. It is often the culprit. I would document everything in your life for the last 20 years or so and then find a good doctor. Good luck there. I can't count how many I saw before I found this one, who still took 2 years to figure it out, but lupus is not the 1st thing any doctor thinks of first.
Spend time on the net and look up everything about hair loss and it's causes. Check them all out. I'd check out every link, because the places I end up with on things, are so far afield of where I started searching. Look for the other symptoms that go with it, that seem like everything you have. I doubt hair loss is the only thing. It can take a long time to figure out what's going on, cause the medical community is mostly clueless.
I wish you luck and maybe you just need one little thing; biotin and silica can help hair. One thing that a lot of people don't think about is the lotions, perfumes, skin soaps and creams, shampoos, conditioner (these things get rinsed down your body when you are warm and your pores are open, they get into your body. The skin is the biggest organ of your body and extremely porous) we clean our bathrooms and kitchen with stuff that gives off fumes and we breathe them in. We have no idea what those things do to us in the long run, we just know when things go wrong. Sorry for the soapbox, but you asked for a simple answer and there isn't one. (02/14/2010)
By c t
Don't wash it so much. Not everyone's hair is oily after one day or flaky. Brush it really well to brush whatever oil you see through it to the ends. Try bending over so you hair hangs below your knees and brush the underside of it.
Someone told me yesterday to break an egg and whip it and apply it to hair leaving on about 20 minutes then rinse it out. The egg proteins will strengthen hair.
Try only rinsing it in cool water instead of shampooing or if it smells from smoke or foods. Just use conditioner, once a week. Try using an oatmeal treatment.
Try wearing a hat or other hair cover to bed a lot of my long hair gets pulled out in the night when I roll over on it. I can see it and yes it is upsetting as you well know. Good luck. (02/15/2010)
I almost forgot I have been doing this several years. There are leave in conditioners that come in mister bottles on the market and are great to freshen stale hair. This can happen a lot in summer and my hair will smell stale or even sour in only one afternoon. I don't think that means it's dirty, it just smells.
It can end up smelling like your workplace too. Sometimes that's good other times not. Mist it in and brush it through.
Also, I like to smooth hand lotion onto my hair sometimes when I get too much in my hands. It helps with static electricity. I also bought hair and nail vitamins. That's what it says on the bottle label.
Try a satin pillow cover.
I notice in my front room I find balls of my hair. I think it's my favorite chair, that for some reason
maybe it's static, maybe it just gets pulled out, but there are always balls of my hair which freaks me out,
but it happens. (02/15/2010)
I understand how you feel about hair loss. I too have gone through this for several years. In my situation it is due to medication, as well as a medical condition.
One thing that has helped me is a vitamin for hair, skin, and nails. It contains 3000 mcg of Biotin. Biotin is a supplement that is often suggested for hair loss. However the biotin supplement did not contain as much mcgs as this vitamin.
This Hair, Skin, and Nails vitamin is found in the vitamin section at Walgreen's. It is in a pink box, and the cost is about $14.99. Not too much money to give it a try to see if it helps your condition. In addition, my finger nails are not as easy to break, or to tear.
I hope this will help you.
By Barb in TN
If you decide to see a medical specialist, try to find one who specializes in hair loss, not just a regular dermatologist. I paid big $$ to see a dermatologist who did nothing to help. Call your internist or search and post on the Internet to find someone who may be able to help. You might also ask your beautician if she knows of a hair loss specialist. (02/15/2010)
My neighbor, a lady pharmacist suggested Biotin (for skin, hair, and nails) and also, a prenatal vitamin (contains folic acid). I paid my co-pay at the dermatologists office and wasted my money. The above items work beautifully together. I was just so panicked that I didn't give them long enough to work. Dermatologist told me the exact same thing to do. Actually, folic acid instead of the vitamin, but you get the drift. I discovered a lot of women were taking that particular vitamin and for the same reason I am. (02/15/2010)
I have been losing my hair for 3 month. I am eating good food and sometimes vitamins. Can somebody tell me what I can do to stop the hair loss?