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Losing so much hair help!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 18, 2013 at 6:59 AM

Hi,

I've decided to try Paleo for many different reasons and I just wanted to ask you guys if you've seen any improvement on your hair and scalp?

I'm a 23 years old female and I've had dandruff, eczema and hair loss for 2-3 years back now and nothing seems to help.

I went to the doctor and they just said yeah we can see that you are loosing a lot of hair but no worries that happens sometimes.

I'm 23 years old I don't think that this is normal and I'm so tired of doctors that doesn't want to take this seriously.

I'm sorry to nag but it's just so upsetting losing your hair when your this young, so for all of you out there that may had problems before you started on paleo how is your hair and scalp now?

/Nikole

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on August 18, 2013
at 01:17 PM

Switching to sulfate-free shampoo didn't help my seborrheic dermatitis, but it made the concomitant flaking on my forehead MUCH better. Same with no-poo. Definitely seems to be good for my skin, and I can go a lot longer between washings. The only thing that's really helped with the dandruff has been antifungals.

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on August 18, 2013
at 08:52 AM

Oh, thank you so much I will absolutely try this :)

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on August 18, 2013
at 08:33 AM

I used to use apple cider vinegar. Worked well. I stopped, really for no reason at all. But it is very good for so many things.

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on August 18, 2013
at 07:57 AM

Do you use vinegar as well?

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on August 18, 2013
at 07:31 AM

I used to have horrible seborrheic dermatitis. The itching would at times be unbearable. My entire scalp was covered with a thick layer of yellow, scaly dried skin, and the dandruff was constant. No shampoos I tried seemed to help, and it was progressively getting worse, even after I went paleo. My hair was also becoming increasingly thin, likely do to scalp inflammation. Eventually I decided to go no-poo: I ditched the shampoo and now use a paste of baking soda with an apple cider vinegar rinse as needed (such as described here: http://mymerrymessylife.com/2012/03/diy-baking-soda-shampoo-apple-cider-vinegar-conditioner-100-green-effective-2.html).

My scalp issues have almost entirely disappeared! You might want to consider giving it a try. There is definitely an adjustment period where your hair will tend to look oily, but it is a small price to pay, especially when you also consider that you don't have to waste away money on shampoo and conditioner! Good luck!

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on August 18, 2013
at 08:52 AM

Oh, thank you so much I will absolutely try this :)

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on August 18, 2013
at 01:17 PM

Switching to sulfate-free shampoo didn't help my seborrheic dermatitis, but it made the concomitant flaking on my forehead MUCH better. Same with no-poo. Definitely seems to be good for my skin, and I can go a lot longer between washings. The only thing that's really helped with the dandruff has been antifungals.

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on August 18, 2013
at 07:42 AM

+1 on the above. I have always been bothered by scalp itching... I now use Bicarbonate of soda mixed with water and my scalp feels great, my hair is so smooth. No shampoo.

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on August 18, 2013
at 08:33 AM

I used to use apple cider vinegar. Worked well. I stopped, really for no reason at all. But it is very good for so many things.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on August 18, 2013
at 07:57 AM

Do you use vinegar as well?

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on August 21, 2013
at 01:42 PM

My hair is definitely thicker. I think that a very nourishing diet definitely helps. You're 23 so way to catch it early! This is a great article: http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/how-to-do-a-hair-detox-and-enjoy-beautiful-locks-naturally/

I think in general, if you've ever taken antibiotics or birth control (common for women your age), you may be deficient in biotin and zinc.

I saw big improvements adding in:

Biotin Silica Coconut oil and beef broth (for collagen) Zinc

Just my background: I was also anemic but then the iron pills threw off my absorption of other nutrients, and I became deficient in zinc (this was pre-changing my diet). I noticed a HUGE difference in my hair with zinc supplements as well.

Hair thinning can also be a sign of thyroid issues, irregular periods, PCOS, etc.

http://www.rightdiagnosis.com/symptoms/thinning_hair/causes.htm

Howver, I don't want to scare you - just take care of yourself before it's too late!

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on August 21, 2013
at 01:23 PM

I have no idea if this applies to you, but my hair was continuously falling out for weeks until I went to my naturopath and they told me I was anemic. Make sure you are getting enough iron in your diet! It might help!

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on August 19, 2013
at 05:34 AM

Lots of people do better with skin, hair and nails by taking vitamins regardless of their diet. It may do some good. Also, try getting rid of your shampoo and start using a mud wash, co-wash, or some baking-powder mixture that people use here on paleohacks. Massage your scalp with coconut oil and leave it in for a while, then 'wash' and condition. Try using natural products that won't leave a film or cause your hair to 'feel' or 'seem' healthy like msot products do.

Also, you don't have to use coconut oil. Lots of people use olive oil, avocado, castor oil, etc.

I'd highly recommend taking some vitamins... you may see improvement.

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on August 18, 2013
at 06:13 PM

I don't know much about diet and all, but I was losing hair by the handfuls a year ago due to stress and anxiety, apparently? Anyway, my hairdresser suggested taking a prenatal daily (I am 55!) and honestly, it works! My hair and nails are strong and thick. I'm psyched and it is such an easy way to be certain I am getting ALL of the essential minerals and vitamins.

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on August 18, 2013
at 05:58 PM

I used to lose tons of hair, but I found that it was linked with eating too low fat and my products. What does your fat intake look like? I also added a fish oil supplement. On top of this, I saw a good hair person, who told me that my shampoo/conditioner/hair product was messing with my scalp. She recommended that I scrub my scalp with this special plastic brush thing and avoid putting product on my scalp, ONLY putting it on my tips. She switched me to this gluten-free/ parfum free/laurate free product line. My super-disgusting dry scalp improved--it used to be blizzard conditions up there. Now my hair is glossy and eczema free.

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