Why is my hair falling out?

RebDee
By RebDee Latest Reply 2015-03-22 10:08:53 -0500
Started 2015-03-12 00:15:28 -0500

Since I started losing weight, taking vitamins including B1, B12 and a vitamin for my hair and nails, I have been losing my hair. Every time I wash it, more comes out. My hairdresser says no more perms or dyes. But the front of my hair is getting worse so I am now wearing bangs. I feel old when I look at my hair. Any ideas?


26 replies

w8chd
w8chd 2015-03-16 00:51:16 -0500 Report

About two years ago I had a 90+ pound weight reduction and my hair thinned out a lot. I decided to have it cut short in November, was too thin to pull back anymore.

RebDee
RebDee 2015-03-16 10:20:51 -0500 Report

I cut mine shorter and had bangs made but still see through each hair. Trying Rogaine for Women to see if it works.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2015-03-13 08:52:58 -0500 Report

Thyroid check time. That actually may have more to do with it than diabetes. I told my hair dresser the other day that I am getting an "old lady" part....ugh!

YankeeLady
YankeeLady 2015-03-12 16:06:29 -0500 Report

I have that problem also — have had for several years —-I only recently realized that Type 2 Diabetes can add to this !! darn — I take Biotin everyday— it has helped but still — my hair used to be so think you could hardly get a brush thru it — some of mine is hereditary bec my Mom had real thin hair at the hairline top of forehead - so I knew THAT was coming — but I take a lot of meds for other reasons— but I still get perms - they just don't work as well — LOL but it doesn't seem to make my hair fall out— so I suggest to try BIOTIN — I take 10K mcg daily — good luck to ya

RebDee
RebDee 2015-03-12 19:08:07 -0500 Report

YankeeLady: What is Biotin really for?

jayabee52
jayabee52 2015-03-12 19:16:27 -0500 Report

Dee,
"A sufficient intake of vitamin B7 (biotin) is important as it helps the body to:
* convert food into glucose, which is used to produce energy
* produce fatty acids and amino acids (the building blocks of protein)
* activate protein/amino acid metabolism in the hair roots and fingernail cells." source ~ http://www.nutri-facts.org/eng/vitamins/vitam...
James

sweetslover
sweetslover 2015-03-12 08:06:49 -0500 Report

I have switched to a natural baby shampoo which is helping my hair and hair loss.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2015-03-13 08:54:01 -0500 Report

Really? That is interesting. I also change to no harsh chemicals, but didn't think of a baby shampoo. Which brand to you use?

sweetslover
sweetslover 2015-03-13 15:14:40 -0500 Report

I use Johnson's Baby Naturals. It does not lather up like the shampoo I am used to using and it doesn't have the sweet scents, but it really leaves my hair soft and easy to manage. More important, my hair loss, with the exception of normal shedding, has stopped.

suecsdy
suecsdy 2015-03-12 07:32:42 -0500 Report

I went through this several months ago after surgery. At the same time I started taking meds for my thyroid. It got so bad I cryed every time I washed my hair or combed it. One of the side effects listed at the top of the list for levothyroxin is "temporary hair loss". It did finally stop and is growing back nicely. Hang in there. It does get better.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-03-12 03:00:49 -0500 Report

Dear RebDee,
What information James gave you is good stuff. However, have you had your thyroid checked lately? If it is low your hair will fall out by handfuls. Especially in the front. I know as it happened to me…just
thinking and trying to get to the bottom of your problem. Hugs, VL

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-03-12 03:00:05 -0500 Report

Dear RebDee,
What information James gave you is good stuff. However, have you had your thyroid checked lately? If it is low your hair will fall out by handfuls. Especially in the front. I know as it happened to me…just
thinking and trying to get to the bottom of your problem. Hugs, VL

jayabee52
jayabee52 2015-03-12 00:51:51 -0500 Report

Dee,
You've had bariatric surgery and according to the American Society or Metabolic and Bariatric surgery:
"Some hair loss is common between 3 and 6 months following surgery. The reasons for this are not totally understood. Even if you take all recommended supplements, hair loss will be noticed until the follicles come back. Hair loss is almost always temporary. Adequate intake of protein, vitamins and minerals will help to ensure hair re-growth, and avoid longer term thinning." ~ http://asmbs.org/patients/bariatric-surgery-faqs

Praying your hair will come back soon
James

RebDee
RebDee 2015-03-14 18:00:02 -0500 Report

Thanks James. I have learned to make intricate scarf coverings for my hair, wear hats, wear wigs, use baby shampoo, take Biotin (didn't know it was vitamin B7) and Biotine (for teeth and breath), and believe that my hair will come back eventually.

Anonymous
Anonymous 2015-03-12 00:48:32 -0500 Report

To avoid going extreme with Hair surgery get a couple tactful wigs.

RebDee
RebDee 2015-03-12 09:59:14 -0500 Report

Dear Everyone who has answered my hair question: Thank you so very much. I feel much better now. I learned that it is common to lose hair especially in the front following surgery (something I definitely was not told), I learned to be sure to take my vitamins, use baby shampoo, and when I want to look beautiful, wear a wig. I will start today to do all of those things. Love you all. I am back to my smiling self.

NewSong53
NewSong53 2015-03-12 18:37:48 -0500 Report

A beautician co-worker told me to take Biotin. It helps but my parts are pretty wide. I've considered a wig, but she said if I do it will interfere with regrowth. I've also started green smoothies lately with lots of spinach, vitamin c, etc. It seems to have the same effect as biotin (which I ran out of nearly a month ago). I'm going to get more this weekend so, hopefully, the two combined will help. Let me know how things work out for you. I have the same problem and it started with diabetes (type 2). I went on a raw food diet and my hair grew in normal for awhile but fell out again when I began eating "normal" (I ate a lot of fast food back then — burgers and fries, etc.). Thanks for starting this discussion.

RebDee
RebDee 2015-03-12 19:13:11 -0500 Report

Never eat fast foods. I have never eaten fast foods because it is not kosher. Therefore, because I still have the problem, perhaps that is not the remedy.
As for the wig, I only will wear it when I have someplace important to go and don't want to wear a hat. I really don't like the way my hair looks. I feel like the woozy witch of the southwest.

NewSong53
NewSong53 2015-03-21 15:25:09 -0500 Report

Just found myself thinking of the wig again today . . . I am so tired of working so hard on my hair and seeing the thinness when I bend over and catch a glance in the mirror. Just started back on the Biotin this week. I've worked with people who wore wigs — on other floors or departments where I didn't see them every day. And never known until I complimented them on their hair.

RebDee
RebDee 2015-03-21 16:07:29 -0500 Report

I am wearing a wig when I go places and see friends. Otherwise, I let my hair "hand out". I have been getting a lot of compliments on my hair since they don't know that it is a wig..

NewSong53
NewSong53 2015-03-22 08:30:26 -0500 Report

Thanks for telling me that. If it's not too personal, did you get synthetic or natural? I don't think I could ever afford a natural. If yours is synthetic, would you mind telling me the brand so I can save a lot of time going all over town trying them? I would greatly appreciate it!!

RebDee
RebDee 2015-03-22 10:07:42 -0500 Report

Soul Tress Corp. designed by James Lee. It is dark brown with red streaks. Has bangs and hair goes to just below my ears. Only thing I don't like is that it is hot to wear.

RebDee
RebDee 2015-03-22 10:08:53 -0500 Report

I forgot to say that it is synthetic. Just shake it out after you wear it and put it on a head and it will look great the next day.

RebDee
RebDee 2015-03-21 16:08:12 -0500 Report

I am also tryng Rogaine for Women. I'll let you know if it works. It will probably take a long time.

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