Hair Loss on Repeat

Hair Loss on Repeat

Since many of you share my journey with hair loss, I decided to throw back the curtain on my recent struggles. After 18 months of regrowth and fuller hair, it’s falling out again and I’m freaking out trying to control my upset. I’m still using Rogaine morning and night so shudder to think how much faster it would be coming out without it but…. argh!!

Let me preface this by saying I am not a medical professional nor do I play one on TV. I’m simply sharing what I’ve learned from personal experience.Thinning hair on A Well Styled Life

Last year I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease, which frequently occurs in middle aged women and can cause hair loss. It sounds horrific but it’s simply an auto immune condition which causes my body to attack my thyroid. It frequently goes undiagnosed because many doctors only check your TSH level.

 

My Hashimoto’s was discovered by looking at the ratio between my TSH and my T4. Both of those test results were in normal range and my primary care doctor said I was fine. I knew something was off so I saw an Endrocronologist who discovered the imbalance and adjusted the level of thyroid medicine I was taking, bringing me back in balance. We have to check my levels every 6 months because they can easily go out of range.

In June I noticed more hair in my comb than usual. By July there was no mistaking the thinning so I made an early follow-up appointment to see my endocrinologist and had my blood tests redone. They all came back in range. How’s that possible? You’d think that would make me happy but I almost wished they were off so she could adjust my thyroid medication and my hair would stop falling out.

When I asked why my hair was falling out she said it’s seasonal alopecia and there is nothing that can be done about it. That was fun to learn, not!! I know what alopecia is, my husband has it and is bald. Apparently, if you have one autoimmune condition (Hashimoto’s) you are more likely to develop another one. Alopecia is an autoimmune condition.

I’m fighting the good fight but will need to cut my hair shorter to keep the straggly appearance to a minimum. I have no idea how long this fall out cycle will last so I’m preparing to roll with the punches. Luckily I like to wear hats which will help keep my confidence intact.

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life

Please, ladies, if you are struggling with hair loss, weight gain, anxiety, depression, feeling cold, etc…I urge you to get a full Thyroid panel done and have an expert compare the ratio of your results. One test alone may miss a correct diagnosis.

Have you ever struggled with hair loss?

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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106 Comments

  1. Kathleen F. Desmond
    August 14, 2017 / 5:08 am

    So very sorry to hear about Hasimoti disease. Take good care.

      • Victoria
        August 23, 2017 / 12:59 pm

        Hi Jennifer – My name is Victoria and I am 55 years old. My hair is not as thick as it once was and a lot of my hair would fall out when being shampooed. I came across a supplement by Quai (from Sephora) called ‘Thin’ hair supplement for thinning hair. I started taking it about 4 months ago and it really helped me a lot. Now when I shampoo my hair very little falls out compared to what happened before taking the supplement. It took about 2-3 months to see a difference.

        I am really happy with the difference. My hair is not like it was when I was in my 20’s but then again, nothing is…however, it is nice not seeing lots of hair going down the shower drain. I just wanted to let you know about the product (I have no monetary interest in the product – just an opinion). Good luck!

        • August 23, 2017 / 5:51 pm

          Thank you so much Victoria!! I haven’t heard of this and will check it out! I appreciate you sharing it with us.

  2. Linda
    August 14, 2017 / 5:13 am

    You have done a great service to women everywhere by sharing your personal journey!

    • August 14, 2017 / 6:19 am

      I debated sharing such personal info but in the end I decided it might be helpful to others.

  3. Linda P
    August 14, 2017 / 5:26 am

    I, too, have Hashimoto’s. It was diagnosed about 20 yrs ago (in my early 40s). While I have never experienced hair loss, I do struggle with psoriasis (another auto-immune disease) on my scalp.

    I would say to be very careful with your meds. My endocrinologist was specific in prescribing Synthroid and not the generic because she said the generics can be off as much as 10%—a lot when you are managing thyroid hormone levels. Some people tolerate the generic well, but I do not (from experience).

    • August 14, 2017 / 6:20 am

      My doctor insists I take non generic as well. That’s the first thing she changed when I began seeing her.

  4. Olwyn
    August 14, 2017 / 5:34 am

    I also am on thyroid medication and my hair is thinning. I have added zinc to my nighttime routine and I am taking biotin daily in the morning along with silica. It seems to help and I remain hopeful. I have cut my hair short hoping that helps as well. I have not tried the Rogaine treatment at this point. But I find myself looking at the density of other women’s hair and noticing who is struggling with this issue – there are many!

    • August 14, 2017 / 6:21 am

      I am taking Biotin too, Olwyn! The Rogaine helps and I highly recommend it

      • Pamela Seymour
        August 14, 2017 / 11:05 am

        Is there a Rogaine specifically for women or is just the regular Rogaine the best to use??

        • Beth
          August 14, 2017 / 5:22 pm

          My dermatologist suggested regular Rogaine, not the one specifically for women, but I haven’t done so yet. I’ve considered seeing an endocrinologist. I take levothyroxine but have not been told I have Hashimoto’s and don’t really know the difference between that and a low-functioning thyroid. It may be the same thing. I’ve also developed mild vitiligo in the past two years. All are auto-immune disorders. My alopecia is telogen effluvium, mainly in one area, and the regrowth is thin and frizzy, unhealthy looking. It’s hard not to stress over it and that makes it worse!

        • August 14, 2017 / 6:45 pm

          Stressing does make it worse Beth, I know. Be sure they’re doing the proper Thyroid tests for you.

        • August 14, 2017 / 6:44 pm

          I use the 5% liquid for men. That’s what my Dr recommended.

  5. Jeanne
    August 14, 2017 / 5:35 am

    Jennifer, I’m sorry to hear about your thyroid condition and subsequent hair loss. It’s hard on a woman’s sense of self esteem and self image to see thin hair. I’ve had these struggles, too. ( Although my thyroid issue is due to hypoadrenia.)

    One thing that I have found that actually regrew my hair was this combination: I quit all caffeine and even decaf coffee, and began taking 500 mg daily of a supplement called “reduced glutathione”. I can’t promise that it will work for everyone. But about 50% of my lost hair regrew.

    I hope you can find a solution.
    Take care,
    Jeanne

    • August 14, 2017 / 6:23 am

      Thank you for sharing with us, Jeanne! I really appreciate it. I’ll definitely look into the glutathione!

  6. Angela Grafe
    August 14, 2017 / 5:35 am

    Hair loss is absolutely bad and after my cancer and several medicine as well as l-thyroxin my docotor recommended “pantovigar“. Have no idea if you may get it in states – but i am so happy with my hair now. I am 63 years and this medicine gave my hair back! Of course you have to be patience, but after 4 months i saw positive results – and now still taking 2 tablets per day,9 months later, my hair looks great. May be also a solution for you?

    All the best from here (germany) yours Angela

    • August 14, 2017 / 6:28 am

      Thanks for sharing Angela! I just looked and they sell it on Amazon so I will research it further. I’m so happy it helped you.

  7. cindy
    August 14, 2017 / 5:45 am

    I too have had this issue. My dr says my thyroid levels are fine. I have since been to my chiropractor, and he has worked with me with dietary supplements. I FEEL better, but still struggling with the hair loss. I started Rosgaine a couple of months ago, and have noticed an improvement since then. I try not to freak out, but still…

    • August 14, 2017 / 6:30 am

      It is hard not to freak out when your hair is thinning rapidly. I’ve readjusted all my vitamins too and upped my vitamin D because low levels can cause hair loss.

  8. Frances
    August 14, 2017 / 5:57 am

    I wonder if you have seen a dermatologist? I ask because my dermatologist is very interested in hair loss and most of the patients he sees are women. I see him for other reasons but have attended talks he has given at the clinic. I also see an endocrinologist (thyroid problems), so do understand the role of the thyroid in hair loss. But if you could find a dermatologist who has an interest in hair loss it might give some insight into other causes or parallel treatments. Best of luck anyway!

    • August 14, 2017 / 6:31 am

      I hadn’t thought of checking with
      my dermatologist, Frances. Thanks for the tip!

    • Terry
      August 14, 2017 / 7:08 am

      My dermatologist is the one who discovered my scarring alopecia which led to a rheumatologist who found a couple autoimmune conditions.

      • August 14, 2017 / 6:47 pm

        I’m sorry to hear that Terry! Autoimmune conditions seems more prevalent than ever these days.

  9. Laurie Di Noto
    August 14, 2017 / 6:03 am

    I hope you are able to find a combo that helps. Please keep us posted. I think this may be more common that we know…In the meantime, “You look so good in hats”! I say, “Rock ’em!”
    xoxoxo

  10. Kathy w
    August 14, 2017 / 6:18 am

    I think I’m at the same stage as you are in my hair loss and have taken medicine for my thyroid for 5 yrs. Age 67. My hair has always been baby fine, but the loss of the hair that I do have is concerning. I feel like during times of stress I notice more hair in my comb. We need to de-stress!! Your readers have given me some food for thought.

    • August 14, 2017 / 6:50 pm

      Me too Kathy! I adore my readers. I dragged myself to a yoga class this afternoon for the first time in years!!

  11. Patricia
    August 14, 2017 / 6:18 am

    I’m so interested in your posts about this issue, thank you so much for writing about it. All my life I have felt that I have been losing lots of hair – I remember being a schoolgirl and finding so many hairs on my blazer at the end of the day. However, when I look at photos of myself in my twenties, my hair looks still looks so thick compared to now. At the moment it’s a long bob, which I am keeping until after we go on holiday in a few weeks – I need to be able to put my hair back in the heat. However, I think I’ll go short again next hair cut. I’ve dabbled with biotin and silica in the past, perhaps I should try those again. But I do think it is also seasonal – there are times when the loss is much more noticeable. Anyway, as I said, thank you for addressing this issue, it helps to know that others also have this problem.

    • August 14, 2017 / 6:52 pm

      Good luck Patricia and have a great holiday. It does help to hear others suggestions.

  12. August 14, 2017 / 6:27 am

    I’ve had alopecia on and off and when my health suffers, so does my hair. Hair is such a big thing for women and it’s awful. I’m glad you are bringing this issue to light!! xoxo

    • August 14, 2017 / 6:55 pm

      It is a big thing for women. So sorry you’re struggling too. I do agree that stress makes it much worse! Xx

  13. Lianne MacGregor
    August 14, 2017 / 6:41 am

    Jennifer – than-you for writing about this. I started struggling with hairloss in my twenties (I’m now 58). My hairloss wasn’t the diffuse type that’s typical for women, but rather mimicked the hairloss my brother and father both experienced – pronounced recession in the temples. Not a good look on me! I have very fine hair, so hairloss of any kind was both noticeable and hard to disguise. In my forties I was diagnosed with an underactive thyroid and started on medication for that. It’s been an ongoing struggle but about five years ago I started used the men’s Rogaine (5%) in the foam format. Twice a day, religiously, I apply it to vertical parts across my crown – from temple to temple. I rub it in as I apply it and, when I’ve finished applying it, I flip my head over and vigorously massage my scalp. To my utter amazement, new hair started growing almost immediately and it has continued to grow. My hair became noticeably thicker, allowing me to change up my style. A year ago I was frustrated by the same kind of seasonal alopecia you describe, so I started taking Viviscal supplements. I made a promise to myself to stick with it for six months before making a decision whether or not to continue. Again, I was skeptical, but my hairloss subsided (to within a more normal range) and my hair felt both thicker and healthier. Needless to say, I’ve stuck with it. Rogaine and Viviscal are NOT inexpensive, but they’ve given me real results (unlike the stupid laser comb I invested $1000 in, to no avail!). I also want to say I understand that men’s Rogaine isn’t safe for women who are thinking of becoming pregnant – at my age, this clearly isn’t on my radar! And, one last, comment – I’m currently going through a bit of a shed, which I attribute to – yes, you guessed it – seasonal alopecia! I’m [reasonably] confident it will subside as we head into September, but it’s unsettling nonetheless. All the best to you and to all the women reading your blog who are struggling with hairloss – I totally understand!

    • August 14, 2017 / 7:08 pm

      Thank you so much Lianne! I’m going out to get Viviscal tomorrow. I’ve been using the 5% men’s Rogaine for several years and was doing ok until lately. It’s a battle and I appreciate all the support here!

  14. LInlee
    August 14, 2017 / 7:00 am

    I, too, have thinning hair due to thyroid issues. (Thank you so much, Jennifer, for being transparent about agng issues. Just look at how many women you have touched with your stories.) I wear hats and caps a lot, but I wanted a different approach for more formal, indoor occasions. Thanks to Catherine from Atypical60.com my attitude about hairpieces was changed. I now use a “topper” on occasion. Catherine is funny and irreverent and completely open about her hair issues. I get many compliments on my hair when I wear the little topper and my friends are surprised when I tell them it is “helper hair.” I did purchase the topper at a shop and the stylist worked with me to cut and thin it to my specifications.

    • August 14, 2017 / 7:18 pm

      I looked into toppers 2 years ago and know they are life savers!! So much cooler than an entire wig and virtually undetectable.

  15. Terry
    August 14, 2017 / 7:03 am

    Very informative post, Jennifer. I’m six months ahead of you on the Hashi’s diagnosis. I’ve permanently lost hair at my front hairline. Luckily, I wear bangs but they are starting farther back. If I may, I would add that a functional medicine doc may be able to run a more thorough thyroid panel. My endo said she wasn’t “allowed” to run every test I wanted due to insurance restrictions. I hope your seasonal problem is short lived! Thanks for bringing hair loss out in the open. It’s a big issue.

    • August 14, 2017 / 7:27 pm

      Thanks for sharing with us Terry. So many of us are struggling with this and it’s time we all put our heads together (pun intended) to help each other.

  16. ruth
    August 14, 2017 / 7:16 am

    I have no thyroid…..lost it to cancer……and took synthoid for many years. My hair loss was increasing, so my doctor prescibed Armour Thyroid. It is very difficult to get and expensive….but not impossible. It is very old fashioned and is natural……from a pig. It has both T3 and T4. There was a class action suit against Synthroid…and I received a check for $100 from the settlement. Ask your doctor about Armour….worth a try.

    • August 14, 2017 / 7:29 pm

      I will ask her, Ruth! Thank you so much for sharing.

  17. Donna
    August 14, 2017 / 7:19 am

    Jennifer, thank you so much for this post. You really gave me a lot of food for thought, and ideas for questions to run my my doctor, because I had honestly never heard the term ‘seasonal alopecia’. I was having noticeable hair loss back in January and I went to speak with my dermatologist who only said (as a matter of fact) that it was normal hair pattern loss and also suggested rogaine and viviscal, which I have not tried. The shedding subsided and then I started to see some new hair growth, but now in August I am experiencing the shedding again. I have been taking biotin and using volumnizing mouse and root lift and anything that can give me a little extra volume, so you don’t see so much of my scalp. I will definitely be asking more questions at my next Dr visit. Have you ever considered clip in top hair piece…..definitely something on my radar.

    • August 14, 2017 / 7:32 pm

      It’s on my radar now too, Donna. The Rogaine is terrific so I would give it a try! Good luck.

  18. Kathleen
    August 14, 2017 / 7:26 am

    I think your your hair looks fantastic and have saved a number of your pictures to take to the salon with me. I love your style and color and think you look amazing. I feel we are always too hard on ourselves and see flaws that others never even notice.
    I love checking out your new blog post and always look forward to seeing your stylish post!

    • August 14, 2017 / 7:36 pm

      Thanks for the encouragement Kathleen!

  19. Margot Nowicke
    August 14, 2017 / 7:33 am

    So sorry to hear of your struggles with hair loss. For us women, our hair is such a big part of our identity. I share your pain. Lucky for you that you look so fabulous in hats!

    • August 14, 2017 / 7:39 pm

      Thanks Margot! It’s definitely tough on the self confidence.

  20. Becky
    August 14, 2017 / 7:52 am

    You look good on hats!!!

  21. Cynthia
    August 14, 2017 / 8:01 am

    Jennifer, I am 71, have been on thyroid medication for almost 20 years and have Hashimoto’s as well. I experienced hair loss before being diagnosed with low thyroid and Hashimoto’s. I lost almost half my hair. I have baby fine hair but had a lot of it so the loss, while significant, was still manageable. I have been using iGrow, an infrared device recommended by my dermatologist. After about 2 ½ months I started seeing NEW hair growth! My husband uses it too and is experiencing the same thing. We both take Biotin. Worked for us, maybe it will work for you.

    • August 14, 2017 / 7:43 pm

      I haven’t heard of that device! It sounds very interesting. I have baby fine hair too. I wonder if there’s a correlation.

  22. August 14, 2017 / 8:09 am

    YEP COMING OUT LIKE CRAZY!
    I cannot find the LIQUID FORM ROGRAINE!ALL SOLD OUT IN 4 CVS’s in MY HOOD!
    They think it’s related to my medication…………
    Honest to GOD NOT READY FOR THIS!

    • August 14, 2017 / 7:44 pm

      No foam. Get the liquid. Safeway has it!

  23. Joanna
    August 14, 2017 / 8:12 am

    Hair loss can also be attributed to stress. Perhaps, all that has happened ( retirement community hunt, RV accident, house repairs, etc. ) have caused you more stress than you realize. Time to take a break, Jennifer?

    • August 14, 2017 / 9:12 am

      Definitely could be stress induced. Smart lady!! I’ve started taking more time for myself and ensuring quiet time each day.

  24. August 14, 2017 / 8:20 am

    Hi Jennifer, I’m leaving a comment first before reading all the rest, but I speak from experience in exactly what you are going through. First has your Endo checked your T3 levels? most doctors don’t do this and this is the most important component of Thyroid Replacement. My TSH and T4 were within normal limits, but my T3 was in the basement. Get that checked. Also causing hair loss is low Vitamin D, Low Iron, ferritin levels, and like I said last week. Since gluten sensitivity and intolerance are autoimmune, that can cause hair loss. When I went Gluten Free my hair stopped falling out. Get busy Googling all this and you’ll find your answers. The doctors, bless their hearts, are mostly clueless. I have had Hashimotos for probably 30 years, starting to exhibit Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sjogren’s Syndrome, and Fibromyalgia. going Gluten Free has stopped the inflammation in it’s tracks.

    • August 14, 2017 / 9:10 am

      She’s stopped checking my T3 and now I wonder why! I’m going to give her a call. Thanks

  25. Elaine
    August 14, 2017 / 8:56 am

    I, too, have had Hashimoto’s for a number of years and take synthroid. I get my level checked every 6 months. Every few years I seem to go trough a round of hair loss, even though my levels are good. I just cut my hair shorter so it looks fuller. My dermatologist thought the hair growth meds were not worth the effort. Ten years ago I went through cancer treatment and lost all my hair. You know what, it wasn’t the worst thing in the world. I got a sparkly cap the color of my hair, wore big earrings and more makeup. I got compliments wherever I went. We don’t always get to choose what happens to us, but we get to choose our response. In the game of life, loosing hair is not the worst thing that can happen. It’s not fun, but the more you focus on it, the more unhappy you will be.

    • August 14, 2017 / 9:09 am

      Very wise, Elaine! Thanks for putting things in perspective xx

  26. August 14, 2017 / 9:06 am

    I can relate. I have Hashimoto’s, female pattern hair loss runs in my family too. I use men’s topical romaine (past child bearing age so no issue there), which is stronger , and I take biotin daily. It helps.

    • August 14, 2017 / 7:47 pm

      Lol. No problem for me there either Darlene 🙂 My doctor also recommended the men’s Rogaine.

  27. Lacy
    August 14, 2017 / 10:02 am

    It’s amazing how many womem mention their hair is fine. My hair started comjng out when I was twelve, after my parents divorced and my dad died. Stress, I’m sure. It wasn’t noticeable for several years, then I got a Sassoon cut, which had all my hair coming forward, like the Beatles’. i started wearing wigs in my early twenties. I’ve tried Rogaine. It helped, but was so sticky. I’ve tried laser therapy. It helped too, but I got bored with it. I started Biotin. It really helped, but again, have gotten out of the habit. I take Synthroid, not the generic. I saw a dermatologist who specializes in hair–she’s been on TV, and widely known. She examined my baby fine hair and scalp and said that the hairs are there, they are just tiny, undeveloped hair, the follicles are blocking them. She is who recommended Rogaine. I’m 69 now and have guven up on having hair, though I have demanded a complete thyroid panel in my next blood work. Not having hair has held me back in so many ways. I won’t vacation in hot places–CostacRica just about killed me. I had wanted to be in the military as my career, but how do you wear a wig at boot camp? I finally joined a hiking club a few years ago, and wear hats kr scarves, but boy, it’s hot and miserable, since you lose most of your body heat through your head. I wish all of you look, and have been inspired by you to get back in the fight.

    • August 14, 2017 / 7:24 pm

      I found the Rogaine foam sticky but the liquid is not. I don’t even feel it after it dries. I’m going to try the Viviscal and I’ll keep you posted Lacy!

  28. Leslie Haws
    August 14, 2017 / 10:29 am

    Even though I am already subscribed, I do not get your postings anymore. Not sure how to correct this. Any ideas?

  29. Sandy Andry
    August 14, 2017 / 10:40 am

    My dear friend also suffers from hair loss. She (as would I be) was devastated. But she went to a wig shop and was fitted for a beautiful natural looking wig, which is nicer looking than her hair ever was. It’s comfortable and looks so great on her. No one except her close friends even suspect it’s a wig. If this is an option for you, please don’t hesitate to give it a try. You may be in love with the results.

    • August 14, 2017 / 7:51 pm

      Thanks for sharing with us Sandy! I’m sure the wig would look better than my hair! Trust me, if and when I get to that point I will not hesitate.

  30. Lynn
    August 14, 2017 / 10:51 am

    I too have had hair loss too. My hair has changed significcantly and is now finer and thinner. I had Cushings Syndrome in my 40’s and lost hair as well as the texture changed to be fine. When I was cured it did regrow to almost the original thickness but has been fine since then. I am 67 and my hair has been thinning for close to 10 years. I can work with it to prevent my scalp from showing through but just lately I have noticed it was thinning again. Maybe its the seasonal type you discussed. I haven’t used anything except biotin but might need to look at something more if the loss continues. Thank you so much for sharing this it has given me some ideas to research.

    • August 14, 2017 / 7:52 pm

      I encourage you to try the Rogaine. It’s been very helpful for me.

  31. Janet
    August 14, 2017 / 11:13 am

    Jennifer, thank you for sharing your story of hair loss. This has opened the door for many women to share their journey as well on a very sensitive subject. Only by sharing can we learn from each other and possibly help with some solutions to alleviate the problem.

    I don’t have these problems – yet – but have noticed that my fine hair seems a little thinner than it used to. At 58, I need to keep my eye on it and be proactive should it get worse.

    Thank you everyone for sharing your stories. I had no idea…

    • August 14, 2017 / 7:56 pm

      Aren’t my readers the best??
      That’s why I share Janet. It’s very personal but I want a place we can talk and learn from each other. Life’s too short not to support one another.

  32. August 14, 2017 / 11:47 am

    It is so nice to know we are not alone. Thanks, Jennifer.

    • August 14, 2017 / 7:58 pm

      Not only are we not alone, Susan. We are in the very finest company!!

  33. Susan
    August 14, 2017 / 12:17 pm

    My doctor too recommended Viviscal and I have noticed a huge difference.
    I just signed up fro your blog a few weeks ago. It is such a pleasure to read about similar thoughts about fashion, health and lifestyle.
    PS Just got my first necklace from French Kande..love it, never would have known about the line if I hadn’t discovered you.

    • August 14, 2017 / 8:00 pm

      Welcome Susan! I’m so happy you’ve joined us here. Viviscal is in my future!! French Kande is a huge fav. Which one did you get?

  34. Connie Miller
    August 14, 2017 / 12:35 pm

    I had outrageous cholesterol and triglyceride levels along with other goofy things when a doctor finally suggested checking out my thyroid. It turned out I had thyroid cancer! Misbehaving thyroids can manifest in any number of ways so, yes, get those thyroids checked. Also, I went through breast cancer treatments recently and lost all my hair. I did some research and found Nioxin shampoo and conditioner for thinning hair. I’ve been using it for about three months now and it really does seem to be helping thicken it up a little. (Ordered it from Amazon). I still find though, like you, that keeping it shorter helps it look thicker. I also found that air drying, while extremely convenient, caused it to lay a little flatter. Now, I use a diffuser with a volumnizing product and that helps, too. Thanks for sharing. It’s empowering to learn we are not alone.

    • August 14, 2017 / 8:05 pm

      My goodness Connie! Thank goodness they found the cancer. I pray you’re ok now. I use the Nioxin too and love it. I’m so honored readers like you will share their stories here for us to all connect and learn. Bless you.

  35. August 14, 2017 / 1:56 pm

    I read the comments above and you have struck a chord with many – no question. Everyone is informed and aware of medical causes and remedies – so this suggestion might sound simplistic. And it probably is. And I have not tried it yet but I intend to. However, recently I am enjoying exploring essential oils and diffusing them in my home and according to Dr Axe (on the Web) you can make a simple shampoo that promotes hair growth and also thickens hair.
    Mix 6 oz aloe vera gel
    3 Tblps olive oil
    5 Tblsps baking soda
    20 drops Rosemary oil
    10 drops Sage oil

    Mix this and keep in glass jar. It will last for 2 months.

    • August 14, 2017 / 7:16 pm

      My readers have a wealth of wisdom, Georgia. I just ran across Dr Axe’s name this afternoon. I’ll be doing some more reading into his findings. I rub lavender oil onto my temples every evening and love essential oils. They have fabulous healing properties. This sounds intriguing. Thanks fir sharing. There’s an eclipse on my birthday this year 🙂 I read you every day!!

  36. Jo
    August 14, 2017 / 6:49 pm

    I am a dermatologist and urge you to see one who has an interest in female hair loss. While I cannot give you specific medical advice on this forum, there definitely are additional measures you can take to control your loss! In postmenopause, the loss of hair volume is universal, but it can be slowed. Please don’t wait till it is too late.

    • August 14, 2017 / 7:12 pm

      Thank you Jo! I’m going to mention it to my dermatologist.

  37. Pam
    August 15, 2017 / 12:14 am

    I have hypothyroid condition and take Levo. for that but it didn’t help with my hair and skin problems. I’ve had great results since I added a daily drink of the Pure Gold Collagen product about 6 weeks ago. I’d lost so much hair in front and on the sides and also part of my eyebrows. I originally began this daily drink to improve my skin, but the collateral benefits to my hair and nails are a really pleasant surprise. It’s a tiny drink and tastes peachy. I get mine at ULTA or Walgreen’s or online. I think the company’s name is Minerva Labs.

    • August 15, 2017 / 5:18 am

      It’s interesting you mention collagen Pam. The lady at Whole Foods suggested the same thing last week to me. I thought I fit enough collagen in my diet but perhaps I don’t! I’ll check it out.

  38. Jill Stein
    August 15, 2017 / 11:05 am

    My mother takes Biotin and it has helped with her hair loss.

  39. Jill
    August 15, 2017 / 1:51 pm

    From what you’ve said your hair loss is most likely due to your thyroid issue. Healthy thyroids make T4 (which is what Synthroid is) and then our body converts the T4 into usable T3. If you’re taking T4 but somehow the conversion isn’t happening in your body, that T4 just builds up in your system and does not fix the problem, though your blood test looks “fine”. I have been studying this, and using myself as a guinea pig, for almost 5 years. You need to find a functional medicine doctor that will test Reverse T4, Free T4, Reverse T3 and Free T3. You most likely also have adrenal fatigue and cortisol issues so that needs to be tested as well. Adrenals are the first place to start. If you don’t fix your adrenals nothing you do for your thyroid will work. Armour is a T4/T3 combo but there’s something called Nature-throid that is also a combo and it works better, is more readily available, and is very affordable. And any time you start, stop, or change thyroid Rx meds you’re most likely going to get some hair loss but it shouldn’t last more than a couple weeks. You’d probably also do well with some bioidentical progesterone cream. I’m also a couple months into taking sermorelin injections (google it!) and my energy, focus, and skin is so much better. Check out the FB page Stop the Thyroid Madness…a wealth of information. Good luck! PS- After nearly 5 years I’ve learned I can’t take thyroid medication…T4 doesn’t convert but if I take T3 it indirectly increases my estrogen production via cortisol.

    • August 15, 2017 / 4:46 pm

      Fabulous info Jill! Thank you so much for sharing. I’m not sure my Dr is giving me the attention I need. I will google all this and see what I can figure out. Integrative doctors seem so more caring about our whole body!

  40. Barbara
    August 15, 2017 / 2:18 pm

    Hi Jennifer – I don’t have Hashimoto’s but do have thinning hair (on both sides of my family tree, thank you very much relatives!) so I can completely relate. At 68, my hair on top is pretty darn thin. I use two products that I believe help a lot – cosmetically. I buy a Joan Rivers hair compact (with brush and a product that looks like eye shadow sold at Soft Solutions) in blonde and apply it with the brush to my scalp. It helps hide the paler scalp showing through my hair. Also I use Toppic (there is more than one company that makes this product) hair fibers in the appropriate color most especially in my part area. I use the Joan Rivers all over the area that is thinning but lighter over the part area, and use the Toppic over the part area. I find this to be the best approach for me. My stylist has helped guide me on best color choices and tells me that I am doing pretty well in my camouflage method. But, you and I know that there is no substitute for one’s own hair being present and thick and full. Darn it. I guess I shouldn’t complain too much. I also got my mother’s good skin which doesn’t show too many wrinkles yet – just her thinning hair, which so far I am dealing with. I did find the “topper” info interesting and may have to check it out eventually.
    Hang in – we are not alone.

    • August 15, 2017 / 5:16 pm

      Thank you for sharing with us Barbara! That powder sounds like a great idea. I do think we are luckier than brunette gals because the scalp is more visible with darker hair. I’ll have a look at that powder!! We are not alone!!

  41. Marta
    August 15, 2017 / 5:18 pm

    Hair loss is so hard on the self esteem. Mine started in my early thirties. Finally was diagnosed
    With hypothroidism at 50! It stopped the loss when I started the Synthroidnbut I never regained
    the list volume.
    A comment about you Jennifer, you are lovely inside and out. When I read your blog it often makes me smile just because you are so endearing. You have a marvelous personality and I look forward to hearing from you on your blog.

    • August 15, 2017 / 10:12 pm

      Thank you so much Marta! That means a lot to me. I’m glad they finally diagnosed you properly. Hypothyroidism can be hard on your bone density and eye sight. I’m glad you’re here!

  42. Betsy
    August 22, 2017 / 12:49 pm

    Jennifer,
    I apologize if another commenter already suggested this, but don’t have time at the moment to read through everything and didn’t want to forgot to post.
    Have you tried co-washing?
    I’ll try to keep my story brief. I, too, have thyroid issues. To compound that, of course, are aging and menopause. I was also, for a while, on Bupropion, which, when I researched it, said associated hair loss was very rare. And I also tried using Wen for a while because my hair is curly, which at first was fabulous but ended up being a disaster, with a lot of build-up and folliculitis. (There was a class action lawsuit against Wen.)
    I suffered with folliculitis for years — itching, sores, dandruff, hair loss, etc. I saw two doctors. I thought I had an infestation of Demodex mites. It was pretty devastating. The medicated shampoo (Ketoconazole) didn’t help me. I was afraid to use hair products.
    Then, I read on Amazon that people had used the medicinal soap, Hibiclens, to wash their hair, and that several had had success clearing up their folliculitis and, therefore, hair loss. So, I tried this for a while. It did seem to help but, oh, my poor dry hair … and the itching.
    Finally, I decided to try co-washing (using a conditioner as a shampoo) with Trader Joe’s (same as Giovanni’s) tea tree and peppermint conditioner. Voila. After struggling with soooo many remedies, it’s finally over. No more handfuls of hair every day in the drain, no more itching, improved hair, no more dandruff.
    When I ran out of the TTO conditioner, I switched to another type of conditioner in my products closet, and things are still good.
    So, because I had so many issues at once, and tried so many remedies, it’s hard to say what exactly happened when, but it’s been a while now (almost a year), through several seasons, and I’m still “cured.”
    It may be worth a try?
    Aging sure as heck is not for wimps, is it?
    Best of luck!

    • Betsy
      August 22, 2017 / 12:57 pm

      Ooooops. I also wanted to mention that I use a product by J Beverly Hills called Volumis that really helps with volume. It’s like a dry shampoo in that you sprinkle a very small amount in your hair and then rub it around to foof up your hair. I love it.

      • August 23, 2017 / 5:52 am

        I’m a big fan of using dry shampoo for column too! 🙂

    • August 23, 2017 / 5:52 am

      Wow that’s so traumatic Betsy!! I’m glad that’s resolved itself. I’ve never heard of co-washing before. Does it feel like it really cleans your hair?? I’m going to check into this more. Thanks for the tip!

      • Betsy
        August 24, 2017 / 6:49 am

        Yes, it does feel clean, and you can do it every day if you’d like. It’s important to give yourself a good fingertip (no nails) massage when the conditioner is on, and, of course, a good rimse.
        I’d read about, but hadn’t done it, for so long (it’s a big curly hair thing) because it seemed counterintuitive to me — I had the MP sweats and the sores, so I thought I needed a stronger soap of some kind.
        I just did a quick google re hair loss and co-washing, and there are A LOT of different opinions!! As with anything else, it’s very individual. I linked a couple articles below. I never used a “cleansing conditioner,” just a conditioner, and I def stay away from sulfates.
        If you try it, I hope it helps!!

        http://www.elleuk.com/beauty/hair/news/a32691/what-is-co-washing-and-can-it-damage-your-hair/

        https://www.theverge.com/2016/9/11/12864726/hair-products-shampoo-conditioner-science

        • August 24, 2017 / 8:34 am

          I have been massaging my scalp and besides feeling great I’ve heard it stimulates hair growth. I’ll give this a shot. Thank so much.

  43. sydney85
    January 7, 2018 / 9:57 am

    Anxious to hear if you tried Viviscal. I am definitely noticing shedding hair everywhere and hoping this product will be helpful.

    I just ordered the elastic belt and am anxious to try on my trip too.

    • January 7, 2018 / 11:50 am

      I’ve not tried the Viviscal yet. So far the Rogaine is working very well for me and I keep my fingers crossed. I hope you love the belt as much as I do!

  44. Donna O.
    January 17, 2018 / 9:57 am

    Wow! Just subscribed to your blog and found this post on the sidebar of my first email. I’ll be 67 in April and am tired of the blogs that I had been getting (20 books to read in your 20’s, kale and quinoa smoothies for breakfast, and clothes so destroyed I wouldn’t put them in a rag bin), so this is refreshing.
    I had half of my thyroid removed at 40 and have been on Synthroid or levothyroxin ever since. My hair has always been on the fine, thin side and board straight, but a couple of years ago it really started falling out quickly, and my scalp started showing through. My thyroid meds had been increased slightly, which I liked for energy but suspected might be the culprit. My Endo said no, and increased my estrogen meds. (I had a hysterectomy in my 40’s, so it’s not dangerous for me to take estrogen. I know about the study that terrified women, but the 20% increase in risk was actually 1 person more than the 3 out of 1000 the researchers expected to develop a health risk. They increased the study to 5000 women for 20 years–largest women’s study ever–and found there is actually a 20% LESS chance of developing breast cancer for women on estrogen after menopause.) After a year, the hairloss seems to have settled down, but I wonder if I will start shedding again in the spring.
    I have light brown hair with a ton of gray in the front that I had been camoflaging with highlights until the highlights were overwhelmed by the gray. Now I use a demi color by Ion (get it at Sally Beauty) in lightest natural blonde (use with the Ion developer for sensitive scalp) on the front half of my head. Leave it in for 40 minutes and then finger comb it through the rest of my hair for 5 minutes. It gives a ton of shine with a little body and tones the gray to look like the best highlights I’ve ever had. It lasts for a couple of months. I have a short bob with layered back and longer sides with swept bangs. Bed Head Totally Baked gives my hair more lift and body than anything I’ve ever used. Ion Luxe shampoo and Smooth conditioner makes my hair feel thicker and “heavy”. I juggle it with Kenra shampoo and conditioner and the occasional Nioxin duo.
    There was a notice at my endocrinologist’s office yesterday warning that Biotin would throw off T4 tests, so do remember to stop your vitamins and supplements of Biotin a couple of weeks before your blood tests. He only checked my TSH and T4, so I plan on having my T3 checked next week, as well as my vitamin D and iron levels. I’m going to research the other suggestions. (What a wealth of information on one blog!)
    Wish I looked good in caps, hats and scarves like you do Jennifer! Thanks so much for the blog.

    • January 17, 2018 / 1:23 pm

      Welcome, Donna, I’m so happy you’re here! My thyroid is in constant flux so I get it checked regularly. I have been told one of the problems with taking too much thyroid is that it can affect your bones and make them more porous. I am now wondering if that’s why my femur cracked in 2 places when I tripped on a piece of asphalt. We all help each other and I appreciate you sharing.

      • Donna B Oliphint
        February 2, 2018 / 7:57 am

        The estrogen is good for your bones, too! I have all the indicators for osteoporosis–tall and (used to be) thin, small bones, thyroid meds. So far, no breaks, but scheduled for another DEXA scan this month. Do hope you are fully recovered from tha terrible injury.

        • February 2, 2018 / 8:53 am

          My hip acts up often but I’m pushing on because they says I’m nit ready for a replacement. I’m scheduled for another bone density test next month so hopeful is goes well.

  45. January 23, 2018 / 7:09 am

    I noticed that I one of the side effects with the Men’s Rogain was weight gain. Has anyone experienced weight gain due to Rogain? I was very surprised to read that and now hesitate to start the regimine. Help!

    • January 23, 2018 / 7:25 am

      I haven’t noticed any weight gain. I’ll be curious to hear too.

  46. allison
    January 23, 2018 / 2:41 pm

    Hi Jennefer,
    I remember when you mentioned this in the past, sorry it is happening
    again. Once again I want to mention the fabulous little hair pieces that they sell now. The difference is incredible !!! My friend had the large balding part with the small bald area on the top of her head. She purchased a small piece to match her hair and the different is incredible. There is really no need to bothered by this. Go to a good wig shop and let them show you what they have, you will be amazed.
    Good luck !!!

    • January 23, 2018 / 5:14 pm

      Thank you Alison. Those toppers are amazing!! I’ve looked at some and if I need one I won’t hesitate to get one.

  47. February 7, 2018 / 7:26 am

    You look fantastic in a hat!!! Hang in there.

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