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I hate my hair. I may have to shave it off.

(23 Posts)
Fo0ffyShmooffer Fri 07-Oct-11 09:49:14

Well not really but I didn't know whether to put this in S+B or Health.

After DS was born 9 years ago my hair went very thin at the temples. Since I had DD 3 years ago my hair is still coming out in handfuls, is thick at the back but very thin round the hairline. It's cut into a bob, is no longer a lovely auburn just a very dull brown.
To top it off I now have rampant scalp psoriasis. So my hair is either very dry (due to the shampoo) or greasy. I realise i sound delightful.

Any ideas? Any products? Does this sound familiar to anybody? Should I just cut it really short?

I am going to visit the Doctor with regards to the Psoriasis but she has previously told me there is nothing I can do with regards to the hair loss.

Cheeseandseveredfingersarnie Fri 07-Oct-11 09:54:30

i recently suffered from bad hair loss,it was really upsetting.with me it turned out to be aneamia.i took high dose of iron and its now growing back(in tufty bitsgrin).
have they done anytests?hormone,thyroid,aneamia?cant remember other things gp suggested before finding it was aneamia,i started a thread at the time.

HecateGoddessOfTheNight Fri 07-Oct-11 09:57:56

Have you been to gp? I had similar and I actually did shave off my hair and wear a wig for quite some time! It's now growing back and I am training it to grow forward from the very back of the top of the head - if you can picture it grin and through clever styling, it looks much thicker.

I was referred to the hospital and they said it was androgenic alopecia.

I also have an underactive thyroid and fm.

So, if you haven't already, rule out anything medical.

Then you can think of styles that will disguise it.

Pinot Fri 07-Oct-11 09:57:58

'ello Fooffy <snogs> Noooo don't cut it short. I think that would be too drastic (talking from personal experience I looked heinous with short hair. You may look luffly).

For scalp psoriasis *Dh and ds3 has it) we use T-gel shampoo from Neutrogena, it's gentle and really works (but stinks). Dh had prescription stuff but yeegods it was strong stuff. I prefer the little but often treatment approach.

No ideas about hair loss, but if it's hair breakage I can recommend argan oil as a treatment. It would soothe your scalp too (I use it overnight or in the evenings as a treatment and it leaves my hair very soft but strong) It's the main ingredient in Moroccanoil which is fab stuff and has allowed me to grow my hair past my shoulders for the first time since I had kids.

Fo0ffyShmooffer Fri 07-Oct-11 10:00:39

No she smirked unhelpfully, poked about at my head and told me it might right itself, it might not. I have an underactive thyroid although it's been stable for ages.

I don't know. I suppose I thought there might be a miracle on the market that would grow it back and make it shiny again. or something.

Pinot Fri 07-Oct-11 10:02:22

You need a new GP! hmm

CroissantNeuf Fri 07-Oct-11 10:03:05

I would definitely mention it again at the GPs so they can look into further eg. bloodtests for the problems others have mentioned.

Also, take a look at your diet -are you eating well? Maybe look into vitamin and mineral supplements, particularly those that are linked to healthy hair growth.

Lastly a good hairdresser might be able to suggest the best style or course of action for you.

HecateGoddessOfTheNight Fri 07-Oct-11 10:03:21


The dr I saw at the hospital told me to use that!

I haven't. Yet. But I might give it a go.

Cheeseandseveredfingersarnie Fri 07-Oct-11 10:03:55

do you go for thyroid checks?could be your medication needs adjusting.go see someone else,demand tests.
my gp was lovely,i sat in tears and he was the first person to understand how upsetting it can be.i know i wasnt dying,i know its just hair but it really isnt nice.

TattyDevine Fri 07-Oct-11 10:09:58

I would see a different GP, demand the usual blood tests just to be sure, get something for the psoraisis (Betacap will sort that) - also in terms of shampoo, alphosyl is far superior to Polytar, as it has 5% of the active ingredient and Polytar only has 1% - even "polytar plus" only has 1% (!) hmm and Alphosyl smells a lot nicer and is nicer to use as well. So Betacap, on prescription (don't take no for an answer), Alphosyl, and if blood tests come back clear, ask for a referral to a Trichologist. If there is no funding for that, do you have private? If so use it, if not, consider going and seeing a specialist - even if they tell you there's nothing you can do, at least you know then you've reached the end of the road. Ideally you'd get a referral or at least a recommendation through your GP because there are probably some clinics that are more medical/evidence based etc than others.

Fo0ffyShmooffer Fri 07-Oct-11 10:10:55


I am going to the GP later if I can get in or Monday if not.
I'll hopefully get in with the male GP who is far nicer think this guy and easier to talk to.

I shall try the Argan Oil Pinot. Presume I can get it from Boots? I'm using TGel at the moment but it's making it like straw.
Regaine sounds comical but i swear it has crossed my mind more than once.
As for my diet. It's fairly dreadful. I am a bread addict.

Fo0ffyShmooffer Fri 07-Oct-11 10:15:55

Oh Thanks so much for the advice.

First stop GP.
Cheese I know what you mean. Last night was the first time I really spoke to my Mum about it. You feel like you're whinging on about nothing. I'm annoyed at myself that this is starting to really really get me down.

Cheeseandseveredfingersarnie Fri 07-Oct-11 10:19:23

its frustrating isnt it because you tell your self its 'just hair' but its hair looks silly at the moment where its a bit tufty and fluffy but i dont care,i love it.
get answers and get well!

Pinot Fri 07-Oct-11 10:21:27

I'll find you a link foof

Pinot Fri 07-Oct-11 10:23:38

Boots version

This is the one I use from Amazon

Fo0ffyShmooffer Fri 07-Oct-11 10:25:27

Thankyou darling <grateful snogs> I shall get some later.

Pinot Fri 07-Oct-11 10:27:55

This was interesting too. Vit B, zinc and iron should help. Worth a try? I take vit b for PMT

HecateGoddessOfTheNight Fri 07-Oct-11 10:38:08

Do you have PCOS? Cos I've got that too and it can also cause hair loss.

and hair gain hmm

So I'm a fat balding woman with a full beard and moustache.

mmmmmm.... sexy....

fedupofnamechanging Fri 07-Oct-11 10:54:21

My brother found that rinsing his head in cider vinegar helped with the scalp problems. I presume he diluted it first smile.

When my hair started to go thin and I felt I was losing too much of it, I cut it shorter, so the weight wasn't pulling on my scalp and I took high strength vitamin B.

meltedchocolate Fri 07-Oct-11 10:57:04

My hair falls out whenever I am stressed. The only advice I have is to try and stay calm, do anything that may make you less stressed and to NEVER cut it short. I did that and it just made the balding more obvious.

Fo0ffyShmooffer Fri 07-Oct-11 11:16:39

Hecate - it just so happens that I do have two lush patches either side of my chin and some darker bits either side of my top lip. Sweet Jesus this all sounds attractive when you write it down hmm with all my moles I am a Catch.

Stress avoidance is impossible but I didn't think I was that stressed compared with recent years.

Pinot Fri 07-Oct-11 11:18:10

YY I have pcos too. Tweezerman tweezers are my friend!

meltedchocolate Fri 07-Oct-11 11:24:14

My hair falls out when I am stressed. Whether a little or a lot. It only started a couple of years after my most stressed. It then only stopped when I removed myself from that slightly less but still stressful situation. It started again not so long ago when I started worrying about my upcoming exams, which is by no means the most stressed I have ever been. Thankfully it is not nearly so bad this time but it is still happening. If you are so stressed your hair is falling out...

I hope it is not down to that and easily fixed with some iron or something smile

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