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)
By PENNY K
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.
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)
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.
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)
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