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kerrymumbles Sat 27-Aug-11 20:28:25

Hair thinning with age.

what can I do?

don't want to end up with one of those awful old lady wigs.

YouDoTheMath Sat 27-Aug-11 20:32:09

My mum's just started using a powder called Toppik. About £20. She loves it. I think you just sprinkle some of it on the hair and then spritz a small amount of hairspray onto it. It washes out and doesn't build up. Comes indifferent colours. Apparently the celebs use it.

I'm thinking of getting some for DP as his is thinning on top and he keeps threatening to have a No. 1 sad

PerryCombover Sat 27-Aug-11 21:06:39

what age are you?

sure it isn't to do with your thyroid?

kerrymumbles Sat 27-Aug-11 21:20:27

had thyroid checked relatively recently. no probs. I'm 49.

what does the toppik do YDTM?

I'd like something to combat the actual problem. Was reading something about laser combs but too too expensive.

PerryCombover Sat 27-Aug-11 21:56:12

see a trichologist <fuck knows how to spell it> before the wig or powder route as there may be other reasons

YouDoTheMath Sat 27-Aug-11 21:57:48

It's kind of like fibres - they create a sort of ultra-fine web across the area they're applied to, but you can't see it's there. You just can't see the light bouncing off your scalp so much!

YouDoTheMath Sat 27-Aug-11 22:01:43

Have a look at this

bibbitybobbityhat Sat 27-Aug-11 22:07:03

Hello Kerry you old fucker. Your absence has been noted recently y'know.

Have a google Nolan Sister + thinning hair + menopause + daily fail.

I think she got something prescribed by her gp. Can't remember which Nolan it was, sorry. It was in the paper in the last year or so.

kerrymumbles Sat 27-Aug-11 22:08:29


mine's not that bad (yet). as a matter of fact, my hair is thinning but what I have is very voluminous. it's around the temples mostly that it is retreating.

will enquire about seeing a specialist.

kerrymumbles Sat 27-Aug-11 22:17:06

hey bbb!

kerrymumbles Sat 27-Aug-11 22:45:22

bbh i mean.

slaps self

Elliptic5 Sun 28-Aug-11 17:47:38

Have you had your ferritin levels checked with a blood test - this appears to be a known cause of thinning hair? Mine were low for several years and this had a noticeable effect on my hair.

kerrymumbles Sun 28-Aug-11 18:42:50

they were a bit low last time i had it tested. took iron but bunged me up sad

do you think if I up my iron again it will help with the hair?

chipstick10 Sun 28-Aug-11 18:46:16

Go and see Philip Kingsley.

Elliptic5 Sun 28-Aug-11 18:51:44

That is the problem with iron tablets kerrym. - I have now taken the option offered by a private gynaecologist of a Mirena coil supplemented with oestrogen only HRT which has virtually stopped my periods and my ferritin levels are now rising. Previously taking iron tablets I had to take them continually or my ferritin levels would plunge as soon as I stopped.

kerrymumbles Sun 28-Aug-11 18:52:30

do you think it will help with the hair though?

Elliptic5 Sun 28-Aug-11 18:53:23

Oh, and my hair is getting better every week.

Conflugenglugen Sun 28-Aug-11 19:02:56

Philip Kingsley Trichological Clinic. If it is female pattern baldness a) it is usually not a sign of too much testosterone (I think one of the reasons women often feel ashamed about being diagnosed with it) but rather an over-sensitivity to testosterone; and b) it can be stopped in its tracks, and, in most cases, reversed to some extent.

Be warned: this is not a cheap route, and requires monthly, permanent maintenance to the tune of about £50 per month. But it works. I'm writing from experience.

Elliptic5 Sun 28-Aug-11 19:16:57

Further info: my ferritin levels were typically around 18 sometimes dropping as low as 12 - now 36 and rising.

kerrymumbles Sun 28-Aug-11 22:12:18

conflu - there's none near here, probably not even in ireland (where i am)

we've nothing here really.

bibbitybobbityhat Sun 28-Aug-11 23:20:36

I googled for you

I am going to give this a try. I am almost 49 and just feel that I have less hair. No bald patches, thank God, but there is definitely less of it. Thinning of hair in menopause is V common, you old gimmer.

Poodlehorse Mon 29-Aug-11 00:45:48

at the risk of coming onto every thread for thinning hair and sounding like an ad: Nioxin. Walking proof it works. But it doesn't happen overnight and you have to be consistent. I have spoken about it before at great length I am sure so I will keep it brief here. I have been going thin since my twenties. I no longer have seethrough hair.

knitknack Mon 29-Aug-11 07:24:15

I take these:

I could never take tablets for the same reason as you, but these have been bloody brilliant! (if you do decide to up your iron levels). You can get them much cheaper than that online, if you shop around!

kerrymumbles Mon 29-Aug-11 10:04:47

will try knit! thanks.

poodle - i read some reviews about that stuff that have freaked me out. half say it's great, half say it burned their skin and gave them rashes and once they stopped using it their hair fell out!

i have read in a few places, however, that nizoral is very helpful

kerrymumbles Mon 29-Aug-11 10:05:45

spa water? hope no one is bathing in it first!

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