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Excessive hair loss at 19

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 06, 2012 at 7:20 AM

My hair falls out in clumps. I can grab a handful of hair with like ten strands on it, every time. I don't know what to do. Shampoo, without shampoo, co-washing, baking soda, nothing is working. There are factors that I suspect may be hurting me, especially involving food, but I don't know if I can do anything about it.

There's too many possible factors:

  1. I moved to a new environment. I come from the cold Midwestern climate, I am now in the West. Hair loss wasn't a problem when I first came here and stayed at a home with full meals though, so I doubt climate is the problem, but might play into it.

  2. I am now self supporting for the first time, constantly worried about many types of issues for finances and security, so there is a lot of stress.

  3. I began eating much less than I used to because I am on a budget, and it doesn't help that I also discovered that I have food intolerances. I felt the hair clumps pretty much immediately after I began eating less. This was a year ago.

  4. Because of my food intolerances (gluten, vegetable oils, casein/whey), I changed my diet dramatically in the last five months, which helped my eczema but may be causing my hair to fall out. I also realized that I have a lot of regrowths. New strands of hair sticking out everywhere.

When my hair falls out, I realize that the roots have stopped growing for weeks before it fell out. I colored my hair so I have roots, but when I measure my lost strands, they have only a little bit of root grown on them. Coloring my hair isn't the problem because I had hair loss problem before doing so.

Don't know what to do. At least I have new hair regrowths, but not sure if they mean anything.

Speaking of diet and budget, what should I take into account when it comes to food?

My diet (I try to stick with paleo idealogy but I can't afford it): Vegetables (mainly carrots and broccoli) Rice, turmeric Goat milk and cow butter Eggs and occasional meat, occasional goat cheese

I think the problem is I don't eat enough though. I don't qualify for food stamps. I used to eat two plates of food, and I used to eat a whole foot of subways before I realized I am gluten intolerant. These days, I half less than half of what I used to eat. ):

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on June 09, 2012
at 04:21 PM

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2715202/

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on June 09, 2012
at 08:59 AM

Where do you get this from? If everything would be that easy :D!

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on June 07, 2012
at 09:21 AM

I see, thank you for the advice.

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on June 07, 2012
at 08:51 AM

Bananas are the only fruits I can afford, and I eat lots these days (which helps). My skin and nails are fine, even though I always had problem with acne and that changed once I switched my diet. My acne is coming back though, probably due to stress.

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on June 07, 2012
at 05:38 AM

Unfortunately yes. While cooking seems to make the egg white proteins more digestible, there's still the chance you react to it. Eggs and grains aren't that different you know. It's both source of life und the parent organism invested lots of energy in it. Also it can't run away, or bite, so they have evolved chemical defenses. But in case of eggs, the most nutritious part (the yolk) has no protective proteins. (protease inhibitors, etc).

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on June 06, 2012
at 11:37 PM

hows your skin and nails. the condition of hair, skin & nails are generally all connected...do you have a beau's line on any of your finger nails? http://dermnetnz.org/hair-nails-sweat/telogen-effluvium.html

8e10b687e328468783a72c55b64710e8

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on June 06, 2012
at 08:20 PM

Hair falls out, but shouldn't fall out in huge clumps. But, it's good to see that I have huge clumps of new hair too haha

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on June 06, 2012
at 08:19 PM

Avoid egg whites even though it's fully cooked?

8e10b687e328468783a72c55b64710e8

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on June 06, 2012
at 08:18 PM

By the way, I finally got to print out the link you sent me. It's really helpful

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on June 06, 2012
at 08:00 PM

Yeah increase, lol, why the caps lock? I don't see a lot wrong with your diet, except the fact you don't eat a lot, don't eat organs and don't eat sugar. Unless you're eating cups of honey. Any cheap sources of ripe fruit near you?

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on June 06, 2012
at 11:10 AM

http://paleohacks.com/questions/90853/autoimmune-protocol-what-am-i-allowed-and-supposed-to-eat-while-at-it#axzz1x0eybj1j

E2b72f1912f777917d8ee6b7fba43c26

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at 11:00 AM

Basically you avoid any type of seed/kernel/nut (due to cross reactivity), egg whites and all nightshades. ..No potatoes, rice, nuts, sunflower seeds, tomatos, etc. ..but egg yolk is usually fine. Quite restrictive but very effective.

8e10b687e328468783a72c55b64710e8

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on June 06, 2012
at 10:14 AM

INCREASE my sugar intake? I think I need to increase the amount of food I eat in general, it's just I am so effing poor! I take honey with milk a lot of times as a dessert, so I think my sugar intake is fine. Liver definitely tastes good though!

8e10b687e328468783a72c55b64710e8

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on June 06, 2012
at 10:11 AM

I've been recommended "check your thyroid" since I was really young, but only if I can afford it! I stopped having flaky skin, tons of acne, cold hands, and fatigue after I cut gluten and cow dairy out of my diet. What's the paleo autoimmune protocol?

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on June 06, 2012
at 10:09 AM

Thanks but I used to ferment it into kefir, I still had bad hair loss. Farmer's market is much more expensive than the local ralphs, unfortunately. I'll try to put more organ meats into my diet, I have better luck with them anyway. I haven't eaten seafood in such a long time, I'll think about that. I wonder if canned fish is just as good. I take zinc supplements, they don't seem to help, but thanks for the other vitamin recommendations! I won't get off the rice, they're fine for me, had them for years.

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on June 06, 2012
at 09:42 AM

I'd say read Danny Roddy or Ray Peat a bit, and use their ideas you like. You probably want to increase your sugar intake (from fruit and honey). Some offal might help too.

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on June 06, 2012
at 09:33 AM

I have similar hair problems, but things got better after I went Paleo. My regimen: http://eugenia.queru.com/2011/10/20/how-to-make-free-healthcare-cheap/#update2

http://eugenia.queru.com/2012/03/05/top-10-must-eat-paleo-foods/

My suggestions (although I'm not a doctor):

  • Since you can do goat milk, I highly suggest you don't drink the milk as is, but you ferment it. Find some kefir grains on amazon, and do your own kefir, it helped me in various ways.

  • You need to eat more kinds of vegetables. Go to farmer's markets, they have cheaper and better veggies than you can find in most grocery stores.

  • Since you're on a budget, you definitely need to eat more offal. Offal meat is much cheaper than steaks, and it is much more nutritious!

  • Eat fish! And shellfish (especially oysters that have lots of zinc). Definitely don't skip seafood!

  • Supplement with D3 and Mg for starters (especially if you're not out in the sun much). E-tocotrienols, K2 and Q10-ubiquinol help with hair too, but start off with D3 and Mg.

  • Get off rice. Every time I eat rice, I get eczema on my head (I'm gluten intolerant too btw, but apparently I can't do any grain). If you really want some cheap, starchy food, then ferment lentils. Fermented lentils are much more nutritious (iron, manganese, folate), and safer than rice to eat! With fermentation, the lectins are going away. Info: http://eugenia.queru.com/2012/04/19/fermenting-lentils/ Rice is empty calories! Heck, even potatoes are much more nutritious and safer than rice.

Basically, you need to eat more variety: more veggies, more fish/shellfish, offal (especially liver), fermented foods, and supplement with D3 if you're not out in the sun much.

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on June 06, 2012
at 10:09 AM

Thanks but I used to ferment it into kefir, I still had bad hair loss. Farmer's market is much more expensive than the local ralphs, unfortunately. I'll try to put more organ meats into my diet, I have better luck with them anyway. I haven't eaten seafood in such a long time, I'll think about that. I wonder if canned fish is just as good. I take zinc supplements, they don't seem to help, but thanks for the other vitamin recommendations! I won't get off the rice, they're fine for me, had them for years.

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on June 06, 2012
at 08:18 PM

By the way, I finally got to print out the link you sent me. It's really helpful

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on March 17, 2013
at 08:42 AM

I would say the parts that are falling out are actually breaking off and probably did have more re-growth on them.

What speed is you hair re-growth coming through? If it is 1+inches per month I think this is pretty normal and healthy for hair.

If you already have thin, fine hair it is going to always be more likely to fall out/break than coarse thick hair.

Stress is a major cause of hair loss, this could be contributing as-well as your diet. If you are not getting the right nutrients then your hair will stop growing as fast as it should.

PCOS/ other hormone issues can cause male balding patterns also.

Dying your hair is a BIG cause of breakage, especially if you are dying your hair blonde or bleeching. This is usually most noticable around the hair line where the hair is finer. Using heated stylers/blowdrying will cause your hair to dry and snap aswell.

Trust me I know all about this stuff, coming from a t1 diabetic that had no control of my blood sugars and was severely anemic, and had un-diagnosed celiacs disease (gluten intolerance) and also bleeched my hair. Those things combined caused my hair to grow slowly and thin out, but it wasn't noticeable to anyone but myself. Now I have noticed it growing faster and thicker since my health improved, but you have to be patient.. its taken 18months.

So unless your hair is really falling out to the point you are getting bald patches and is really noticeable to other people, I would just stop stressing over it and try to be as healthy as you can, then your hair will grown as healthy as it can. Remember though, if you hair is naturally fine and thin there is no way that its going to grow thick and voluminous, no matter how healthy you are.

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on March 17, 2013
at 07:03 AM

I have the same problem. I am also losing hair at 19 and i'm intolerant to many foods. I cant have dairy, gluten, or sugar. I also have to avoid caffeine, spicy, white flour, and greasy foods because my adrenals are bad as well. My thyroid is also jacked up. I am taking herbal medication my doctor prescribed but its so expensive :( My hair has been falling out for eight months. And I'm getting tired of not eating.

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on July 07, 2012
at 06:43 AM

When I started losing my hair, I decided to shave it all off.

Bald is sexy. And cheaper!

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on June 09, 2012
at 03:31 AM

Avoid the dairy.

Dairy directly impacts DHT levels which directly impact hair loss and skin/prostate issues.

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on June 09, 2012
at 08:59 AM

Where do you get this from? If everything would be that easy :D!

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on June 09, 2012
at 04:21 PM

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2715202/

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on June 06, 2012
at 05:09 PM

You have suffered telogen effluvium which is acute hair loss. It's caused by stress, among other things. Since you have new growth you don't have a problem.

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on June 06, 2012
at 12:02 PM

Hair falls out all the time. Hair follicles stop production of hair for a period before the hair drops out, and then don't start production for a few weeks after. Shedding rate varies seasonally or due to other factors. It's also not unusual to have pretty sudden loss of more than the usual number of hairs during stressful times. So long as you are getting good regrowth ie. as many replacement hairs coming in as hairs lost, it's fine and not to worry about.

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on June 06, 2012
at 08:20 PM

Hair falls out, but shouldn't fall out in huge clumps. But, it's good to see that I have huge clumps of new hair too haha

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on June 06, 2012
at 09:40 AM

Check your thyroid. (Any other symptoms, such as flaky skin, cold hands, lethargy?) Also I would recommend the paleo autoimmune protocol for a few weeks, just to make sure, you're not allergic/sensitive to anything in your diet. (especially cross reactivity is often overlooked, e.g. along with my gluten-sensitivity I can't eat ANY kind of seed/kernel/nut, because the storage proteins are quite similar)

8e10b687e328468783a72c55b64710e8

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on June 06, 2012
at 10:11 AM

I've been recommended "check your thyroid" since I was really young, but only if I can afford it! I stopped having flaky skin, tons of acne, cold hands, and fatigue after I cut gluten and cow dairy out of my diet. What's the paleo autoimmune protocol?

E2b72f1912f777917d8ee6b7fba43c26

(2384)

on June 07, 2012
at 05:38 AM

Unfortunately yes. While cooking seems to make the egg white proteins more digestible, there's still the chance you react to it. Eggs and grains aren't that different you know. It's both source of life und the parent organism invested lots of energy in it. Also it can't run away, or bite, so they have evolved chemical defenses. But in case of eggs, the most nutritious part (the yolk) has no protective proteins. (protease inhibitors, etc).

E2b72f1912f777917d8ee6b7fba43c26

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on June 06, 2012
at 11:10 AM

http://paleohacks.com/questions/90853/autoimmune-protocol-what-am-i-allowed-and-supposed-to-eat-while-at-it#axzz1x0eybj1j

8e10b687e328468783a72c55b64710e8

(1453)

on June 06, 2012
at 08:19 PM

Avoid egg whites even though it's fully cooked?

E2b72f1912f777917d8ee6b7fba43c26

(2384)

on June 06, 2012
at 11:00 AM

Basically you avoid any type of seed/kernel/nut (due to cross reactivity), egg whites and all nightshades. ..No potatoes, rice, nuts, sunflower seeds, tomatos, etc. ..but egg yolk is usually fine. Quite restrictive but very effective.

8e10b687e328468783a72c55b64710e8

(1453)

on June 07, 2012
at 09:21 AM

I see, thank you for the advice.

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