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Dry & brittle hair

Hi. I have a question?  Has everyone's hair grown back beautifully?  I still am having issues with that.  It's getting better, but still "broken off & flyaway" -which, again, I always had extremeley beautiful wavy but not frizzy hair (not trying in any way to be conceited - honest - we all have at least one thing that stands out in a good way on us, & mine was my "Leo-the lion mane").  Now it just has lost the body, is very dry & the top above the bangs (fringe as our lovely friends in England call it) has broken off & in 6 mos has not grown.  I've had trims/cuts you name it and they never cut that part & it's still short.

Anybody else have the hair issues???

Thanks!!  I love this post & the great people on here!!
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How weird that you posted that question...I just got out of the shower and was going to ask the same thing...If anyone has had problems with their hair after a TT...I'm three weeks out and I'm starting to notice dry hair...I don't know if it's the Synthroid or just the changes that your body goes through after a TT...
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Now that you both have mentioned it I have also noticed my hair being much more brittle and dry.  I guess blamed it on the hypothyroid but now that I am on medication I would have expected that to return to normal.
I wonder if there is a shampoo or conditioner that is recommended for those with hormonal issues?  
If anyone has any good ideas please share.

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I've been having thinning and dry hair problems since I was started on PTU back in Nov 2006. Then after RAI in January it's just gotten worse.  Up until last Sunday it was just little bit more than normal hair loss when I was shampooing.  But last Sunday, a big clump of it came out. I had a mini-melt down and started bawling.  I've looked down at the drain the other day and saw a big ball of hair...depressing I tell ya!! Thank God I had a lot of hair to begin with!! I guess it could be worse for us thyca survivors.  Just glad we don't have to go thru regular chemo.

I've been using Pantene Restorative shampoo/conditioner and it helped a little.  I have found a product line by John Frieda (sp) called Frizzease (sp).  I've tried the calming cream and some kind of serum which helps with the dryness. Ialso put on a leave-in hair conditioner after I get out of the shower.  You can get these products at Wal-mart and Rite-Aid.  
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I was going to post a hair question today, too.  I'm not quite 2 weeks out from my TT and I noticed in the shower today that my hair is starting to fall out.  The only times this has happened is right after I had my kids and when I was hyper.  Could my medicine be too much for me maybe and it's keeping me hyper?  I actually had really good energy yesterday & today (even drove errands last night for 2 hours and did housework today).  I guess I'll see when my labs are drawn in 4 weeks.  But anyone else have an issue with it just falling out?  My hair is usually dry & static-y but I've noticed in the last few weeks that it's actually getting oilier faster.  Yuck!

Rayne
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Me, too .. dull and won't do much of anything ..

Partial thyroidectomy but other side went hypo after surgery even on the Synthroid so it's been increased.  I *think* hair is a tad better now ...but not great :(

C~
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My hair is dull It normaly has a shine to it.I put some nonammonia color on it but I am not happy with it.it is fine anyway and aI keep imagining I can see my scalp.
I read in a post some where that lots of cancer folks use pantene.I am not sure which formula.Maybe someone here knows
Love Venora
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be careful with the pantene products.  my daughter in law (25 years old) felt her hair was thinning and she started using a pantene product (to thicken hair i think)...well, she went to the dermatologist just to have the problem checked out and they told her to stop using pantene because they had so many patients come in regarding thinning hair and a large amt. of them were using pantene...i "googled" pantene and found others who had the same problem with the pantene.   just a thought
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i was dignosed with hypothyroid after the birth of my daughter last march and have now been on levothyroxine for over 6 months and my hair is STILL dry and frizzy but i just read that a possible side effect when you start taking thyroid supplement medication is hair loss so hopefully in time it will go back to normal-maybe try taking a multivitamin and flax seed oil also
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OK, so I guess I'm the odd man out.  My hair's oil kicked in big time after the RAI.  I'm officially a greasy Italian now I guess ~ LOL.  It still falls out by the hand fulls though so I suppose I wont have any left soon.
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Funny that this topic came up....just yesterday my best friend told me my hair was looking really dry. I have a head full of long, thick hair and it's dryer than the desert and falling out by the handful daily.  And it's also gets tangled really easy. I think it's a combination of being hypo and the meds.  I noticed that I lost TONS of hair when my dosage was increased but then it tapered off. Now it's just been increased again and the hair is falling out again.  I read somewhere that when your hormone levels are not regulated your body is very stressed out. And when the body stresses it will take away from the least important parts first.....that being the hair follicles. Not only does my hair come out but my eyelashes come out too.
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I have sever hair problems at the moment.  I have no growth on the back of my head since October - just a covering.  My hair is breaking off at all different lenghts.  Now the breakage has deveopled on to the top of my head around the fring and parting area.  I am now starting to look real freaky.  My scalp itches all the time and each time I wash it (which I dread) it becomes so tight that it is like if there is a sock over my head.  This tightness lasts for anyting from 12 - 24 hours.  I am so stressed because of this.  I have been to doctors.......hormone specialist ....3 skin specialists and no one as offered even the tinest bit of encouragement or advice.   Can any one help.
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I ve been dealing with thyroid problems for quite a few years. Im only 28 yrs old (diagnosed at 22) Now Im finally in treatment thank god doing blood work and taking meds. I notice that ever since I started taking methimazole and atenolol my hair has been falling more than ever then comparing to when I wasnt in treatment.
My experience with this issue is that the hair falling is less whenever my blood work shows my levels are getting better and visa versa.
Just habg ib there this is an issue that in fact it does "get better" and you will see less of hair falling if  your meds are improving the levels.
good luck to everyone and have faith.
I ALSO used to get really sad when I would notice how much hair would fall in the shower.
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My hair was pretty think and pretty good length.  Now everyone is telling me to get a wig since the back of my head is pretty close to being bald.  It kind of saddens me since I don't know if the hair will grow back.

My hair is breaking a different lengths all around the hea.  I'm getting to the point that I don't want to wash, comb or brush my hair. My scalp is starting to itch which drives me nuts.  When I wash it, more hair fall out.  I may have to get spikes in the and a go bald in the back.
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hi there I read in a thyroid related book that "Evening Prime Rose Oil" is good to block the extra hormones from accumulating in hair folicules and I have been using it fo the last 8 months and my hair grew back. I now have a lot of new growth. Pantene is also not so good for you...
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Can you take Evening primrose Oil with synthroid?  Is it the pill; how much do you take?
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Sorry this was for you...I wasn't paying atttention.  sorry.

by vivfla, less than a minute ago

Can you take Evening primrose Oil with synthroid?  Is it the pill; how much do you take?
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You can take EPO with synthroid. Go back in the archives here and search for hair loss. You will find posts that talk about how much to take. I forget. My pill bottle is at work, so I can't check.

Also, how are your iron levels? Vitamin deficiencies, in particular, iron and B12, can cause hair loss.
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I am taking levothyroxin (levothyroxine) for Hashimoto's .Having a great deal of hair loss,brittle dry hair and tons of breakage.I do take b12 and a multivitamin.Can some one please tell me of a shampoo and conditioner that really works for them?It is a little bit of a vain issue, but i am at the point to where i don't want to wash my hair! seeing all of it fall out and break off and it takes a long time to even try to comb it out.Has any one else had these issues if so please share what you did that worked for you?
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You should try NIOXIN, people are claiming it works.
I can not tell if it's good or not as I start using it for about 1 month. Look on Internet for a place near to you that sells it.
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My eye doctor told me to take Thera Tears Nutrition.  That has helped alot!  Can be found in the saline eye solution section of the pharmacy.  They are gel capsules.  
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Thanks for the info i will look for Nioxin =).I have longer hair and am thinking out cutting it off.Would it make a difference in the breakage if i took some weight off?You have used Nioxin for a month, has it helped so far as in being able to comb threw your hair?Do you know how i can tell if my medication is working for me?The right dose is what i meant.
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How about eyebrows? Mine are almost non-existent. I was just thinking today I would have them waxed and shaped but there's not much there to work with. The hair on my head is fine, though. Never had much trouble with that. It's always been thick, and long. My fingernails, that's a different story. Brittle with just awful cuticles I can't seem to do anything with. I am embarrassed by my hands. I wish gloves were in fashion!

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Well i have eye brows to wax and pluck that's for sure!! Besides all the other nice side affects i am having the main one right now is my dry brittle hair and i am having some eye lash loss....!!Why can it not be armpit and loss of hair on the legs....Wouldn't bother me at all!!! Are you using any special shampoo and conditioner?
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God couldn't be so kind as to let our hairy legs and armpits go bare, lol. I'm almost afraid to get eyebrows waxed. What if I end up with none? I'll have to draw eyebrows on like those old ladies, and drawing is not my strong point!

Do eyelashes grow back?

No, I'm not using anything special. I've tried everything at least once.
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Not sure if my eye lashes will come back,at this point i am  more worried about all my hair falling out and my since of well being.How long have you been diagnosed and how have you managed to deal with it all?Any advise and info from personal experience would be greatly appreciated.I thought i could pretend it's halloween,  may be buy some false eye lashes and a wig.........lol.
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To: Everyone

I wanted to share my experience.....

RE:  HAIR LOSS

DOSE CHANGE OR ESPECIALLY A THYROIDECTOMY SHOCKS OUR SYSTEM !!

Over the past 4-5 years I have been taking Synthroid....   During this period of time my ENDO was attempting to shrink my Thyriod Nodule(s) by doing what is call "TSH Suppression Therapy" by increasing my hormones over and over again.  I started out taking 25mcg and it was gradually increase until I was taking 125mcg.  This method of treatment kept my Thyroid Nodules at bay for 4 years, but did not shrink them.  Then suddenly they got larger.  I am now post opp 13 weeks for a Complete Thyroidectomy.  

But everytime she would increase my dose of Synthroid.... my hair would begin to fall out!  And would continue to fall out for 2-3 month and then stop.  During this time of hair loss I would take Evening Prim Rose 1300mg 2x's a day, it took 2-3 months to notice a difference.

Now another medhelp member has shared that she has heard and has now begun taking "SILICA", this is suppose to aid with the hair loss problem.  Also, a shampoo named "NIOXIN".  

Since my surgery, post opp 13 weeks now, I am still loosing hair, so much so that I am afraid to brush it...   So I am now trying the Silica as well. The one I have just started is called "SILICON", which is Silica, Boron and Zink drops.

I HAVE HEARD THAT MANY OTHERS HAVE HAD SUCCESS W/ THIS PRODUCT....

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

Take care;  Sonflower

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I went to my doc today and mentioned the hair loss to him..He explained it like this... 'when a ship turns off its engines it doesn't stop totally for another 20miles'.... so basically when Im in normal range levels it will take 3-4 months to see the full benifits!! He said its common in hypothyroidism and not to worry..He seemed really interested in it so Im going o take his word for it!!! The thing about the thyroid is that its all TIME!!!!!! and PATIENCE! which I dont have LOL...
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I have bought every hair product known to Mankind!!!! I am obsessed with trying to make my hair look and feel like it did before being diagnosed with Graves Disease and treated with  RDI and taking Levothyroxin (levothyroxine) for years. I have not found anything helpful to date. I am so frustrated!!! I went from having oily hair which I had to wash every day to not washing it for 3 days just to prevent hair from falling out in the shower and breaking while combing after the shower!!! I seriously have tried everything and nothing has helped!!

Please help me help my hair !!!

katbg
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I have had my thyroid out for almost 3 years now, and have been on levothyroxine since it was removed.  My hair thinned in the beginning however since I have been taking vitamin D and multi vitamin daily I have had my hair regain its previous thickness.  I do still have slight problems with dryness, I use biolage shampoo and conditioner and it helps some, still not as good as it was before, however much better than with any other shampoo and conditioner I have used since my thyroid was removed.
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I have graves disease and have been dealing with it now going on 3 years I have had eye sewn shut,surgery to straightened the eyes,bony decompression surgery,and just last week surgery to remove fat tissue above eyes.I also have itchy scalp and my hair looks like someone took scissors to it and cut it even in some places in the back the front bang area breaking also.My hair broke off like this 3 years ago and I thought I had cancer but was told I had graves disease.I don't know which is worse the hair breakage and loss or the itching scalp.I pray we all will get better I don't have the bulging eyes anymore(Yippee) my doc said worse case he had ever seen...LET'S HANG IN THERE...and if I find anything to help with our hair issues will be glad to post it.
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levothyroxin or synthroid is the cause of the brittle dry lifeless hair. I went on T4 in December and my hair went dry,brittle and started falling out. I stooped the meds 3 months later.I have done alot of research on T4 and it is a major cause of hair falling out its due to taking to much to fast apparently you should start low then titrate up so your body gets use to it.
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I have the exact same problem. I have Hashimotos, Synthroid for 1 year (100 mcg). I use Kerastase shampoo and treatment (green bottle) but the problem is internal, not external. I went to my doctor today to ask her to put me on T3 supplement because I heard it helps counteract the hairloss and weight gain. But what works for one person may not work for another. Also omega 3-6-9 vitamins and Evening Primrose Oil. All I know is I can't lose anymore hair :( Good luck
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I have recently been put on synthroid for hypothyroid. The brittleness and breakage is unbelievable as I am a hairdresser and completely devasted about the breakage and changes that have occured. I only use professional products and have access to try different things. A reconstructor shamp and cond such as biolage for damaged hair helps.Letting all cond sit on hair will help.Use a spray oil called Biosilk works wonders in getting tangles out and keeping hair from knotting daily. Another heavier oil such as morocan leave in oil helps too. Not washing everyday helps and flat ironing to keep it smooth longer helps with detangles. Hope this can help anyone as I will try the other things such as evening primrose oil already taken all the basic vits. Keep praying.
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http://www.womenshairlossproject.com/hair-loss/thyroid-hair-loss-success-story/



please read this. I've been struggling with hypothyroidism and it won't matter how high you're t3 or t4 dosages are, if you're body can't convert them you will still experience the hair problems and such. Nothing will improve. this is not the only article i have read that from. I am going to try this!
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I use a tbl spoon of Apple cider vinegar in a 32oz jar of water and I pour it over my hair after my last rinse.  kind a rub lightly into the scalp and then blot dry, it helps with the itchy scalp, (unless you have scratched your scalp, then it will sting, don't do it then) it really makes your hair shine, plus helps get rid of sludge from all the stuff we put on our hair. As for the wig, I've always read that wearing a wig tends to smother your scalp and cause more hair loss. My hair has always been kind of thin, after taking RAI it seemed to get even thinner, but it seems to be getting better since I've been on Armour, I changed from Levoxyl and feel so much better, Good luck everyone, it seems like its luck that gets us well, since the doctors don't really have any answeres to alot of our questions, I asked my doctor if other people were having problems like I was, and she said I don't think so, so glad I found all of you and this sight, I knew it wasn't in my head, cause I know my body, and I know when something is not right, glad to know there are others feeling as I do. Thanks guys gals, debbie
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hey , how do you use the evening prime rose, put it in your hair, drink it? interested, thanks debbie
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I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism last year.  The dry, brittle hair issue continues.  I've tried expensive and inexpensive moisturizing shampoos and conditioners.  Honestly, I've had the best results (although still not great) with Pantene's moisturizing shampoo and conditioner.  

I had short hair for years and once between cuttings when my hair was a little longer, I noticed that the dry look and brittleness were much more controllable.  This meant I had to let my bangs grow out (which I've had for about 30 years).  I now have a bob and while my hair doesn't look as healthy as it used to, it's at least presentable, which I will have to settle for.  Good luck to everyone and let me know any suggestions you might have.
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We are very familiar with several possible causes for hair problems.  If you will please post your thyroid related test results and their reference ranges shown on the alb report, members will be glad to assess the adequacy of your testing and treatment.  Also, if tested for Vitamin D, B12 and ferritin, please post those, and ranges, as well.
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