Hi all, I'm not 100 percent paleo probably not close but I try. I'm currently 7 months postpartum and breastfeeding. I started doing "no poo" around May? And than I had about 2-3 weeks where I went back to an organic non-toxic shampoo/conditioner. I than started getting an itchy scalp again so went back to no poo but with a shampoo bar from a seller on Etsy and the rinse of ACV. It was going pretty well. So lately Ive noticed Im shedding ALOT. I know my hair is the longest its been in years (I had my hair cut above my ears in 2010/2011). And this is my second child in 2 years so my hair has really got length now. Well I was playing with my hair and all of a sudden I found this bald spot! Its about the size of a quarter but more oval in shape. My hair is extremely thick so its not very visible. My hair line on one side is also pretty thin lately but I can deal with that. Im freaking out. I don't know if this is the hormones, stress (Im pretty stressed raising 2 babies by myself my husband is stationed overseas and Im in school too), diet related, or from the no poo. Ive also noticed the last two night my scalp is itchy again! This itchy scalp thing started when I got pregnant with this current baby. Before that Ive never had much of a problem. Im very conceded and I have an appointment next week with my doctor to have all my levels and thyroid checked....
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on August 08, 2014
at 10:53 AM
Alopecia is pretty unfortunate and annoying but not hopeless. Also, congrats on baby number 2.
You're right, hormones play a huge part in hair loss and stress as well. Stress also messes with your hormones so, it's like a double hit. Plus, it's hard to get enough sleep with a baby around.
With no/low poo, the only part I could think of is if you were allergic to the bar or ACV, or something in your water. Once I went no poo, I noticed I was losing more hair in the shower but I have so much that it hasn't been an issue. My hair is down to my mid back and I can only wrap a normal hair tie around it twice. My routine is one tablespoon of baking soda dissolved in about one cup of hot water rubbed in well and rinsed out and then the same amounts for ACV which I leave in and rinse at the very end of my shower.
So, a couple things to try. Definitely talk to your doctor if you've never had those tests before because they are always good to know especially if you experience other health problems. Work really hard on getting to your 100% (maybe even try a whole30 to get you there.) Make sure you are getting plenty of good healthy fats and omega3s and lowering your omega6s. Make sure you're getting as much quality sleep as you can. Make sure you're getting a chance to relax for yourself as well. Maybe a bath and a good book for a bit when everyone is in bed
I know you're probably enjoying longer hair but, I suggest cutting it a bit. Maybe up to your shoulders so that the extra weight isn't pulling and the hair isn't getting snagged and pulled out. Avoid roughly brushing or yanking through any tangles. ACV rinse can help with tangles and can be left in. Avoid hairstyles like braids, buns, ponytails, or other styles that concentrate the weight of your hair to one area and end up pulling.
You could also make a tea of horsetail (an herb) and saw palmetto (another herb). Probably half a tablespoon to a tablespoon of each in about a cup of boiling water. Use this as a hair rinse that you don't rinse off. Aloe Vera gel (not the junk you see in drug stores) can be used for its health properties. Just gently rub it into the scalp. May also work with a 100% aloe juice.
Deep conditioning treatments done with melted coconut oil are also a good idea but it can be hard to wash out for us no pooers.
Daily gentle scalp massages to promote blood flow to the area.
I know a lot of women who take prenatal vitamins and biotin for their hair and nails and experience good effects.
The main part here is the stress and getting your hormones back in check. If you have post partum depression, definitely discuss it with your doctor as it can cause stress of its own. Post partum alopecia is not uncommon at all and can last 5 months or longer after baby is born.
To cover it up until you get better you can try wide stretchy headbands, hats, scarves, and bandannas. I hope it stops soon. Good luck!
(Disclaimer: All information provided is from varied sources, random knowledge, anecdotal information, and N=1 successes. Please don't follow information blindly and always do your own research.)
on August 10, 2014
at 03:55 AM
Sounds hormonal in origin to me. Your progesterone my be falling or doing a yo-yo, this can cause itching scalp and hair loss. (Same symptoms can happen in peri-menopause when progesterone falls in relationship to estrogen.)
If your baby is starting on some solids and you are breastfeeding less now, your hormones may be in flux.
on August 09, 2014
at 07:37 PM
Excess prolactin is associated with hairloss, and is raised during breastfeeding. Possibly it is raised too much? In chickens it's the 'molting hormone' and causes them to lose their feathers.
Low thyroid is associated with hairloss, and can be common after pregnancy.
High progesterone is associated with hair growth and is high during pregnancy when most women have nice thick hair. After pregnancy progesterone levels fall.
Hopefully your doctors appointment helps you figure some stuff out! Good luck.