Hair changes???

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Hi has anyone else experienced changes in there hair due to thyroid. Mine was always in good condition? Now it becomes so dry and breaks easily. No amount of conditioner seems to help. Any advice or tips?

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    Hi Jennifer,

    Yes I noticed my hair was really brittle and broken off one day while brushing it (I mean really bad, like I could reall ynotice on one side particularly that it was a lot shorter) and had a hair appointment that weekend and my hair dresser was shocked at how bad my hair had become since last time. I could not work out why this would happen as I was doing nothing different with my hair. Shortly after this I had a doctors appointment about other issues and was diagnosed with hypothryoid and it came up that hair issues could be a symptom and all made sense.

    I have started on a probiotic and also a natural Swiss supplement called hair, nails and skin - only been a month but I think my hair is seeming to get a bit stronger. Will keep you updated though!

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      if by any chance you're taking Biotin make sure you stop taking it days before ANY tests not just Thyroid tests. It gives false results for over 20 tests especially ANY hormonal tests. Many labs use Biotin in their testing.

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    My hair is also dry brittle and is continuously falling out you can see my scalp coming through. Assuming this is due to being undermedicated as my levels are currently low.

    Before being diagnosed I had soft thick beautiful hair.

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      Hi thanks for your reply. I am still undiagnosed. Other symptoms are cold intolerance

      cold hands and feet

      joint pain

      flu like symptoms

      over all unwell in general


      loss of libido

      most recently all the fingers on my right hand go very red and extremely painful

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      Unfortunately no supplements or hair shampoo etc will make any difference unless you sort out the hypothyroidism with treatment and get a diagnosis. I would also recommend getting other hormone levels checked such as oestrogen testosterone and progesterone as they can all wreak havok on hair.

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    Hi Jennifer I used to have a full thick head of afro hair. First my eyebrows fell out at the edges, then my hair thinned. I cut it all off to start again and struggled. I found taking a supplement such as perfectly. You could also take biotin. I also started using some hair products by Monat. The all in one shampoo and conditioner have begun thickening my hair. Also the shampoo with biotin or caffeine root stimulating stuff. I hope this helps.


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      Hi there. I have tried so many different shampoos and conditioners. Nothing helps. I guess if it's an internal problem then they won't do much goods anyway. realky affects my self esteem.

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    yes-I would recommend buying some liquid cod liver oil supplement (lemon flavored!) and take a teaspoon a day! It works WONDERS!!!! after a month or so you will notice-your hair is softer. Also cod liver oil has tons of vitamin D and vitamin A-which you need if you are hypothyroid. I have tried the cod liver pills-but I swear they don't work as well as the liquid. I buy the flavored (it isn't too bad LOL) then drink water right after taking it nightly.

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    You didn't mention what type of hair you have. I have a rather long list of items that you may or may not have tried:

    Apple cider/white vinegar

    Home-made fermented rice (organic jasmine/basmati/or other, soaked in vinegar for a week or longer. I use for hair and skin, but do a patch test, first)

    Yogurt mask (I use activia and organic greek, sometimes I have used Norwegian/Icelandic)

    Kefir mask

    Honey mask (I alternate using acacia, buckwheat, hawaiian lehua/hawaiian white kiawe, raw-unfiltered, manuka: very small amount as it is expensive, take internally also, if you can: also, patch test. )

    Goat milk soap, shampoo/shampoo bar (I alternate different brands)


    Theorie green tea shampoo (my preference)

    Beer shampoo/shampoo bar (my preferences are Duffy or Orzene; you can use with honey)

    Head n Shoulders (I use Ocean Fresh or Eucalyptus)

    Monoi shampoo (Carol's Daughter or an Pacific Island)

    Ayurvedic shampoo (Khadi's sandalwood and aloe are my favorites)

    Circle of friends (sold for kids, but it makes my hair soft)

    Himalayan anti-breakage shampoo

    Dhathri Dheedhi shampoo (herbal or chemparathi thaal)

    Mink oil shampoo


    Stinging nettles tea, kombucha tea, hops tea (ask your physician if you can consume)


    C, B-complex, omega 3 fatty acids, black currant oil(GLA) silica, stinging nettles, saw palmetto, zinc: check for zinc, magnesium, and perhaps selenium, (may be difficult to test for deficiency of selenium; glutathione peroxidase may be available) hemp/chia seeds ( in moderation, because too much can be inflammatory)


    Hemp oil, argan oil, monoi/tiare oil, coconut oil (also shampoos for these oils: I like Carol's Daughter monoi shampoo) marula oil, mink oil, murumuru oil, myrrh oil, sandalwood oil, lavender oil, rose oil, rosemary oil, sage oil, clary sage oil (patch test, and may need to dilute with a carrier oil.

    Finally, unfiltered shower water is unhealthy for hair.

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      Hi sorry. I have thick hair that has a wave through it. It's mainly my scalp and roots that are the worst. It's like it can't retain any moisture or loses moisture very quickly. I have a fringe cut in which is the most damaged part. Goes so dry and is full of breakage. just looks awful. I have tried apple cider vinegar and also honey mask. That didn't help.

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      Aside from the other options that I mentioned, (topical & internal oils) you may need to consult with an endochrinologist, dermatologist/trichologist.

      What is your diet and fluid intake like? Also, do you take vitamin/herbal supplements? Are you on prescription medication?

      How often do you wash your hair, and have you an effective water filter when you wash your hair?

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      I just had a thought that popped in my mind about your dry hair and scalp. I am wondering if steaming your hair would benefit you?

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      I an seeing an endocrinologist soon. with other symptoms it makes me think it's all hormonal . I wash it every 2/3 days not taking any vitamins or on any medication at the moment.

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