I'm 44. I'm looking for a solution to seasonal hair loss. It's a big problem for me. Every July my hair starts falling out like mad. It clogs up the drain, it gets all over my clothes, it fall in my food. This lasts for the three Summer months, then subsides. During this time, my hair also becomes as dry as straw.
Consequently, my hair has been getting thinner and thinner every year. This has been going on for four years. I used to have this problem occassionally when I was younger,too, but I didn't have it for consequetive years like I do now.
I do have new hair growth. It's all different lengths and it just frizzes up. It looks bad. I need to stop this hair loss!! Does anyone have any experience or knowledge of how to remedy this problem??
I think what you're experiencing isn't entirely 'seasonal' hair loss. There is a certain time of the year (approx. Jul. - Oct.) that it's normal for everybody to 'shed' hair. However, it normally gets replaced with new hair. If it's getting thinner and thinner every year, though, it doesn't seem to me like it's really getting replaced much. So, I would say that something else is to blame. You mention that your age is 44. Have you had your hormones checked lately? Also, are you taking any medications? There are a lot of them out there that not only cause your hair to thin, but even change the texture of it. That could be another cause. Other things that contribute to hair loss are thyroid problems or a poor diet deficient in zinc, iron, or protein. They're are so many causes. I think you should definitely see a doctor and get some blood work ran.
Last edited by kittywitty; 02-19-2007 at 07:48 PM.
Thanks for your reply. From recent blood tests, my hormones and thyroid are fine, and I don't take any medications. Even though my thyroid tests normal, I wonder if it is really off because I've had a lot of unexplained weight gain in the last year, and it's not coming off easily. I may ask my doctor for a low dose of thyroid med just to see how it changes things. As for nutritional deficiencies, I'm not sure about that. I do eat lots of dark leafy greens for iron.
I guess trying a different shampoo might not hurt, but the problem is so severe, I can't imagine something topical making much difference. I use very mild shampoos as it is, ones made by Aubrey Organics and Morrocco Method.
Hi. I suffer from what seems a seasonal thing with hair loss in my eyebrows. I have had this for a long time and the only thing I have found is taking multi vitamins in the morning and vitamin B at night has slowed things down enough for them not to become to gappy as often. (Touch wood). I know it is no miracle cure but it can't do any harm.. I noticed a difference after 3 months.
All the best.
Tangerine - I seem to be having the same problem that you are - hair loss for 3 summers in a row now. have you had any success in finding anything out from doctors? I have pretty much given up because everything has tested out to be "normal". I would love to know if you have had any enlightenment on your situation!
I too have hair loss. Not just in the Summer, but all year round, and it clogs up the vacuum cleaner!
It's probably low hormones - this happens to ALL women pre-menopausal and post-menopausal to a larger or lesser degree. Hormone Replacement Therapy MAY be prescribed, but a lot of docs are reluctant to do that nowadays, due to the risks!
I honestly think that thinning hair is just part of the aging process, and there are no miracle cures out there. I too was told by a dermatologist to use Rogaine, but I find it SO hard to get the solution into my scalp (my hair is long), and then the itching from it is really awful, plus it really doesn't do much good!
Hi Tangerine - Firstly let me say that kittywitty is correct and her points are most valid. A lot of people pass off progressive hair thinning as an "age" thing when i a lot of cases it most definitely is not.
With thyroid testing most labs will say that if you fall within a certain range that you are ok, when in fact you could be within the range BUT be close to the dangerous end of the range and it could still be affecting you, but some doctors wont give med's for this as they feel you aren't in danger just yet. Some doctors will only test for one or two things regarding thyroid but others will do a more thorough test. I had a test done recently and even though the lab said my results were fine, my specialist has set new targets for me as he feels i'm close to getting into trouble thyroid-wise if we leave things as they are. You really need a good doctor who is clued in. That helps a lot.
The other problem area for a lot of women is anemia or ferretin levels being too low. I suffered with gradual hair thinning for about 6yrs with massive hair shedding in the summer. I did have new growth all the time, with all sorts of odd hair lengths which stuck out, but it wasn't lasting the distance to catch up with my actual hair length. My then gp kept saying all my blood test were fine, well later i found out he was clueless. Through much research and finally finding a good specialist i have learnt a lot and if it's your ferretin levels which are at the low end then this could be the cause of hair loss too. Ferretin needs to stay over 70 for proper hair growth cycle to occur.
The other thing could be your diet. Eating lots of leafy greens isn't the answer to good iron levels. Sure you get iron in your fruit/veg, but the best source of iron is in red meat. When you combine your fruit/veg with a meal containing meat then the iron is absorbed much better. The other fact is that caffeinated beverages stop your body from absorbing iron in foods effectively, even drinking milk with your meals or eating a lot of cheese can lower the iron absorbtion by up to 60% and that's a lot!!
Long story short, i ended up visiting a Trichologist (hair/scalp specialist) and together we are trying to get my iron levels boosted. I got down as low as 8, but have only been able to get to 29 in a whole year. We don't know exactly why my body isnt absorbing the iron effectively so next week i'm starting iron injections. He wants my ferretin over 125 incase i backslide. Most doctors will tell people with low ferretin that they are ok, when it's not ok.
I once thought it was all due to shampoo and tried shampoos without sodium laurel sulphates, but it had nothing to do with the shampoo. Even though my ferretin is still considered low, since it went up a bit i've seen more baby hair growth than ever. If it is due to anemia or even your thyroid, the problem is reversible, you simply have to do some research and find a good doctor and don't let the problem get too out of hand before doing something about it. Best of luck. I know absolutely how you are feeling regarding this.
ps: check out the info on the thyroid and anemia boards too and if you get blood work done and can't figure it out then ask on the relevant boards and someone will know how to help you out.