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Hair loss because of malnutrition?? help!


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In August I started trying to eat "healthier" to improve my fitness because i joined a dance team... and it kinda snowballed into an eating disorder. I ate at every meal, but just not very much and with minimal to no carbs or fats.

Mid-November I started feeling horrible about myself and my body, which used to be curvy and beautiful, and was stick-thin and emaciated at that point. I also started noticing my hair falling out in huge clumps. So I started adding in more calories and fats and managed to get back to my normal weight very quickly. I also started taking a double dose of biotin.

It is now January and my hair keeps falling out, and i feel so ugly. I'm not that pretty and my hair was the only thing that made me look feminine. i don't want to even go back to school :((

When will it stop falling? What should I do?

 

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First thing to do is not panic.   Because of the growth cycle of hair, its condition is more reflective of your health several weeks ago rather than right up to date.  If you only started looking after yourself better six weeks ago then it's going to take several more weeks for that to work its way through.  You need to keep going with great nutrition, a balanced diet, plenty to eat and vitamin supplements in other words

In the meantime, I would suggest going to see your doctor and explaining what has happened.   There may still be a problem with your general health.  See if there's anything they can suggest or prescribe.  And also visit your hairdresser.... they're very good with this kind of problem.

I have the exact same problem! My hair used to be so thick that I had to get it thinned regularly...and tie it up in a ponytail for 9 months out of the year. But not it's falling out like MAD, ever since I lost some weight.

I started losing weight in preparation for a vacation to china (where EVERYONE is like stick-thin, no joke), and I thought I'd just maintain after that (which I'm struggling with mastering, right now). But that was half a year ago, and my hair is still falling out.

Every time I wash my hair I pull out clumps and clumps, but it's kinda like "general defusing", not patches. Anyone know what to do? I've been trying to eat a more balenced diet, but I'm scared to gain again.

I've noticed that I've started developing this weird little "bald patch" at my temple, and the hair there won't cover it. It's SO freaky, like male pattern balding or something. My doctor said that my hair should grow back after I stopped losing weight, but it's still falling out.

I went for a thyroid and anemia test, and the results were normal.

But my hair is still falling out. And I'm scared as hell of going bald. Does anyone know if my hair will grow back??

Original Post by greent3a:

I started losing weight in preparation for a vacation to china (where EVERYONE is like stick-thin, no joke), and I thought I'd just maintain after that (which I'm struggling with mastering, right now). But that was half a year ago, and my hair is still falling out.

You should probably go back to your original weight as a first step.   Even mild malnutrition caused by prolongued calorie-restriction (struggling to maintain?) and a poor diet can have a disastrous effect on hair, nails, skin etc.  If you're not malnourished or underweight, stress can affect hair-condition.  And on top of all that there are conditions like Alopecia ... which is sometimes permanent. 

See your doctor again.

According to my dr, hair often starts to (or continues) to fall out when someone with an eating disorder starts to recover - the body is replacing and repairing allll the damage you've caused, including to your hair.

Unfortunately, all you can do is keep eating - maintain your healthy weight - make sure to get sufficient calories/fat. He also says he's never had anyone actually go bald :/

Original Post by greent3a:

I started losing weight in preparation for a vacation to china (where EVERYONE is like stick-thin, no joke), and I thought I'd just maintain after that (which I'm struggling with mastering, right now).

I've been to China several times, and I've never found that... Obesity is lower, but that doesn't mean people are stick insects.

I've had the same problem. My hair always fell a lot, but 2 years ago I lost a lot of weight and it got worse, it wouldn't grow as fast as it used to. Now it's getting better, but it's still very weak. I have very long hair, wash and dry everyday (it's a hard routine for it!) and that's also part of the problem. The more important thing is that you keep eating a balanced diet, specially when it comes to fat. I also take vitamin B (the whole range of this fatty vitamins, not only biotin) supplement and it helps a lot. It's called "oenobiol" where I live.

Furthermore, I use stenghtning shampoo and conditioner. Try also washing your hair less times a week (not daily, maybe 3 or 4 times a week) and if you use to dry your hair (I do it high temperature, which is very bad for it) try drying less and at a lower temperature also. And never go to bed with your hair wet, it weakens its roots and may cause you reumatism (literal translation from my language, don't know if this word exists LOL). If you feel like, ask a hair professional about hair products. Avoid to use shampoo that has toxic products, do some research and choose the best one for your type of hair and hair loss condition. Getting your hair cut is also important since it strenghtens it - get a leveled cut, modern hair cuts that are done by ripping hair more than cutting it also make your hair weaker.

 

Hope you get better soon :)

Okay, thanks everyone! I've gained even more weight and styling it less now.

I think i'm gonna go to the salon and see about extensions until my hair grows back in. Eyelash extensions too. Yay!

Thanks again for the feedback!! It really helps know there are people who care :)

i would stay away from the extensions, if your hair is falling out they would make it worst because it will make your hair weaker [extensions will only help if you have short hair and are trying to grow it out]
Just give your body sometime and your hair will be growing back normally.

it took me a couple months after starting my recovery to have my hair stop falling out, and then a couple more months for it to start growing back.

Just make sure you're getting enough calories [especially if your dancing!], take vitamins, and give it some time :]

My hair is also falling out in massive quantities but not due to an eating disorder. Basically all of the potential reasons (stress, change of lifestyle, wacky hormones, weight loss, low carbing) all apply to me so I guess it's just too much for my body to handle. 

I talked to my doctor and he didn't provide much help but I did talk to a hairdresser and pharmacist who recommended B vitamins or pre-natal vitamins because they encourage stronger hair and I was also advised of a hair loss shampoo called Nioxin. It's a bit pricey but if you do some searching online, you will find a good amount of people who have used it, male and female alike. I couldn't find it so I bought a knock off version at Sally Beauty Supply called Nutri Ox. I can't quite tell if it's working just yet as I've only been using it for a few weeks. I've also started massaging coconut oil in to my scalp weekly as it's a common hair treatment in my culture, so hey, why not give it a shot.  You can find coconut oil at any Indian store, but be sure to look in the beauty section.

Lastly, I just wanted to say that I understand your frustration. It makes me feel like less of a woman but I just try to keep my head up and remind myself I'm becoming healthier. And if, in the end, we go bald, there are some beautiful wigs out there. I know that doesn't sound great right now, as when my bf said it, i wanted to punch him for being so insensitive, but yeah, at least there are options. Hugs to you!

I suffered from hair loss about 10 years ago. I had loads of blood tests and the results showed me being hugely deficient in Iron, B12 and Zinc. I was given loads of vitamin tablets to take (around 25 a day, all at different times) and was advised to ea iron rich foords. My hair stopped falling out quite quickly and began to regrow.Plus I had loads more energy. I had mine cut very short too to help improve the condition. I would recommend speaking to a doctor about it and try to eat well and take supplements.I know what a knock to the confidence it can be but try to be patient and it will get better.

I've researched extensions and found out that once my hair isn't weak anymore, but is still thin, I can get sew-in extensions which are the least damaging kind. I really want just some fullness back in my hair! I miss it soo much. 

I'm not adding any length, just volume and body to the top. By braiding your hair, it actually protects it from heat damage and exposure to extreme weather. Theres no glue involved. 

My hair was pretty much my best asset and I feel hideous without it :((

Original Post by brookie_cookie73:

I've researched extensions and found out that once my hair isn't weak anymore, but is still thin, I can get sew-in extensions which are the least damaging kind. I really want just some fullness back in my hair! I miss it soo much. 

I'm not adding any length, just volume and body to the top. By braiding your hair, it actually protects it from heat damage and exposure to extreme weather. Theres no glue involved. 

My hair was pretty much my best asset and I feel hideous without it :((

Its good to wait untill your hair is not weak to get extensions, the best thing you can do is what loopy28 was saying, iron, B12, zinc and other vitamins are the key to making your hair get thicker.

Its going to take time for your hair to get back to normal, you just have to be patient.

First of all, I looked at your picture and you're lovely.  I don't know what you're talking about 'I'm not pretty'.  Shut up. : )

Second of all, it WILL grow back.  My hair thinned out a little after some bad eating habits too.  Give it time, and the things to eat are greens (spinach, broccoli, swiss chard), and lot of nuts and olive oil.  Eat TONS of greens though, and when your hair grows back it'll glow.

Geez though, I think you're beautiful.  Try not to stress about your hair, because stress isn't good for anything, including hair.

I'm a recovered anorexic and that also happened to me. My hair kept on falling out. After treatment I upped my calorie intake by a few hundred and I really started to enjoy eating dried fruit. Then my hair grew back. May be its because of the high iron content of dried fruits? But try adding a few hundred calories to your diet. And also take some supplemental vitamins. Your body will love you for it (and your hair will grow back too). 

ummm fyi ure beautiful =)

For real!! You are so beautiful, I have no idea what you are talking about!

Also, I have had my hair thin out too, because I didn't eat more than 1000 calories a day for six entire months!! So, yeah. I have half a years worth of hair to try and replenish. It looks thin and starchy, and since I'm blondish it looks thinner than it actually is. Dang, haha.

And def try some iron supplement or something!

Maybe one of those hair and nail care vitamins too?

Good luck girl!!

Happiness,

TAL :)

 

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