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Hair thickness, anyone gained it?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 17, 2012 at 6:00 PM

I have thinner hair near my temples and the front where my bangs are. I always have had this. It's not noticeable unless I do certain hair styles.

I know some members have had changes in their hair texture and thickness since going Paleo.

My question is, has anyone in my situation ever gain thickness in spots that's always been thinner or finer?

I'm just curious that I have been on the wrong diet since birth because my mother is a big processed food eater/bulk buyer/couponer.

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on July 19, 2012
at 11:14 PM

Here's the link: http://www.antiaging-systems.com/

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

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on July 19, 2012
at 11:13 PM

Good for you Ashley! The only people who don't take thyroid issues seriously are those with perfectly normal thyroids! Btw, you can get Dessicated thyroid online from IAS. Im not recommending that you don't find a doctor who knows what the hell they are doing but just in case. I personally bought extra for my earthquake/emergency supply kit! lol good luck to you.

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

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on July 19, 2012
at 11:11 PM

Good for you Ashley. good luck to you.

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on July 18, 2012
at 01:04 PM

After the PCOS diagnosis, I was referred one to an internal medicine doctor who listened to my symptoms and did nothing about it but said 'wait and see'. The point of the appointment was to make sure my thyroid wasn't out of whack. He didn't even look at my nails. He also didn't seem too worried. I'm glad someone else thinks this is serious. Even friends and family were like 'you're fine'. You're input was enough to get my back on my search for a good endocrinologist. I called my compounding pharmacy to see who prescribes dessicated thyroid. Got a wonderful recommendation from the pharmacist.

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

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on July 17, 2012
at 08:42 PM

Ashley this nail issue can also be related to low thyroid. I hope you look into your thyroid more. So far you have mentioned 3 things that make me think your thyroid is low. Four actually. Higher than optimal TSH, difficulty losing weight, thin hair, thin/ridged nails. This website is great. See if you have more thyroid symptoms. http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/

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on July 17, 2012
at 08:35 PM

Ashley your thin hair can easily be related to the low thyroid. That and needing to eat only 1200cals a day to lose. Im on thyroid hrt and I am now FINALLY able to lose after years of tinkering around with my thyroid meds. Your TSH is not optimal at all. You might want to get Free T4, Free T3 and Tpo Ab checked. I sure would. You may need thyroid meds. Go to Stop the Thyroid Madness website.

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on July 17, 2012
at 07:56 PM

I will admit my nails have always been flexible and thin. I remember being a child with thin nails. Right now they are ridged since PCOS hit (barely ridged before, would consider normal). My thumbs have a little bit of horizontal waves to them now. Doing low G.I. helped remove the frequency of ridges on one thumb after 2 months. After 7 months, I see no more results. I'm definitely not absorbing nutrients appropriately. But that will be for another post.

9426eec8c8385c90bdf843aa44bd5a4b

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on July 17, 2012
at 07:50 PM

I do have low thyroid. I have a TSH of 5.2 (just above 5.0) which is probably secondary to PCOS that suddenly manifested in the last year due to 3 years of a poor diet, working 3rd shift, and extreme stress. I had been a few pounds overweight since childhood. The only way to get into a mid healthy weight for my age and height is to workout 12 hours a week with body weight exercise, 1200 cals, no grain. Maintainance with grain is impossible. Poor digestion is a suspect, since people with PCOS can have celiac disease or imbalanced gut flora. Have no problem growing hair else where.

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on July 17, 2012
at 07:40 PM

i second this - many people start off "paleo" low carb and this can lower the active thyroid hormone formation in the body - this can lead to hair thinning and other symptoms commonly complained here.

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on July 17, 2012
at 06:52 PM

@MG I've noticed that about my hair also, but thought it must be wishful thinking. Nice to know.

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4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

on July 17, 2012
at 06:51 PM

Ashley I know this is not a new problem but still, you might want to make sure your iron and ferritin are not low, and also thyroid.

Low iron and/or thyroid hormones can make hair thin. Also not enough protein intake but I doubt that's an issue if you are eating Paleo. Still, even with high protein intake, many people don't have enough stomach acid to digest it. I was eating a ton of protein but had a low level until I started taking HCL/Betaine with meals.

My hair definitely got thicker and grew in in spots where it had thinned but its hard to say why that happened exactly since I changed by diet and dealt with low iron and thyroid all at the same time.

9426eec8c8385c90bdf843aa44bd5a4b

(200)

on July 17, 2012
at 07:50 PM

I do have low thyroid. I have a TSH of 5.2 (just above 5.0) which is probably secondary to PCOS that suddenly manifested in the last year due to 3 years of a poor diet, working 3rd shift, and extreme stress. I had been a few pounds overweight since childhood. The only way to get into a mid healthy weight for my age and height is to workout 12 hours a week with body weight exercise, 1200 cals, no grain. Maintainance with grain is impossible. Poor digestion is a suspect, since people with PCOS can have celiac disease or imbalanced gut flora. Have no problem growing hair else where.

6b365c14c646462210f3ef6b6fecace1

(1784)

on July 17, 2012
at 07:40 PM

i second this - many people start off "paleo" low carb and this can lower the active thyroid hormone formation in the body - this can lead to hair thinning and other symptoms commonly complained here.

9426eec8c8385c90bdf843aa44bd5a4b

(200)

on July 18, 2012
at 01:04 PM

After the PCOS diagnosis, I was referred one to an internal medicine doctor who listened to my symptoms and did nothing about it but said 'wait and see'. The point of the appointment was to make sure my thyroid wasn't out of whack. He didn't even look at my nails. He also didn't seem too worried. I'm glad someone else thinks this is serious. Even friends and family were like 'you're fine'. You're input was enough to get my back on my search for a good endocrinologist. I called my compounding pharmacy to see who prescribes dessicated thyroid. Got a wonderful recommendation from the pharmacist.

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on July 17, 2012
at 08:35 PM

Ashley your thin hair can easily be related to the low thyroid. That and needing to eat only 1200cals a day to lose. Im on thyroid hrt and I am now FINALLY able to lose after years of tinkering around with my thyroid meds. Your TSH is not optimal at all. You might want to get Free T4, Free T3 and Tpo Ab checked. I sure would. You may need thyroid meds. Go to Stop the Thyroid Madness website.

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on July 19, 2012
at 11:13 PM

Good for you Ashley! The only people who don't take thyroid issues seriously are those with perfectly normal thyroids! Btw, you can get Dessicated thyroid online from IAS. Im not recommending that you don't find a doctor who knows what the hell they are doing but just in case. I personally bought extra for my earthquake/emergency supply kit! lol good luck to you.

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on July 19, 2012
at 11:14 PM

Here's the link: http://www.antiaging-systems.com/

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on July 19, 2012
at 11:11 PM

Good for you Ashley. good luck to you.

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on July 17, 2012
at 06:44 PM

Texture and thickness haven't changed, but my greys have diminished substantially. I can go longer between colorings now.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on July 17, 2012
at 06:52 PM

@MG I've noticed that about my hair also, but thought it must be wishful thinking. Nice to know.

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0df0b1c6ae16bbb75b4a5efa3d876765

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on July 18, 2012
at 01:23 AM

My hair went thinner around 3 months, then thicker by 6 months. It's also growing back where it was receding. I'm definitely cool with that part. I haven't used shampoo the whole time, just baking soda wash and vinegar rinse once or twice a month.

However...I recently tried washing/massaging with epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) for about 5 minutes and then rinsing, and that makes my hair feel really thick afterwards. Turns out, magnesium sulfate is a common ingredient in shampoos, especially the kinds that claim to "add more body" and so forth. I've been doing that once a week for the last month mainly because it makes my scalp feel so good.

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on July 17, 2012
at 08:16 PM

Yes, my hair is now thicker. My husband noticed it 4-5 months after going Paleo.

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on July 17, 2012
at 07:33 PM

Since going paleo, I've had new hair growth at my hairline--it's moved forward a bit at the temples. And ever since I went back to having full bangs a couple of months ago, I've noticed that they are definitely thicker. I also think the rest of my hair has thickened up a bit.

I started taking biotin a couple of months ago to see if it would improve my hair, but not enough time has elapsed to really notice an effect yet (though my nails are growing like crazy, and are like iron). So I attribute the changes in my hair so far to diet.

I'm still going gray at a pretty rapid clip, though--no reversal, there. But henna's paleo, right? LOL

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on July 17, 2012
at 08:42 PM

Ashley this nail issue can also be related to low thyroid. I hope you look into your thyroid more. So far you have mentioned 3 things that make me think your thyroid is low. Four actually. Higher than optimal TSH, difficulty losing weight, thin hair, thin/ridged nails. This website is great. See if you have more thyroid symptoms. http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/

9426eec8c8385c90bdf843aa44bd5a4b

(200)

on July 17, 2012
at 07:56 PM

I will admit my nails have always been flexible and thin. I remember being a child with thin nails. Right now they are ridged since PCOS hit (barely ridged before, would consider normal). My thumbs have a little bit of horizontal waves to them now. Doing low G.I. helped remove the frequency of ridges on one thumb after 2 months. After 7 months, I see no more results. I'm definitely not absorbing nutrients appropriately. But that will be for another post.

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on January 20, 2013
at 04:41 AM

My hair is naturally thin, so it will never be rope thick, but my stylist commented that my hair is thicker than it was in the past.

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on July 18, 2012
at 04:37 PM

my hair is softer, no dandruff, and maybe thicker

i havent even applied anything to it in like 2 months

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on July 18, 2012
at 04:13 PM

Among many other problems I had significant hairloss pre-paleo (chronic telogen effluvium, NOT any form of balding much less male-pattern), and it has absolutely improved tons - although I prefer to keep my hair quite long and all one length, so it takes a lot of time for progress past the roots to show.

Hair being thin, fine, and having a shorter terminal length near your hairline, especially at the temples, is completely average/normal and is something that probably won't be changed by a good diet IMO, unless your hairline is receding due to hormonal imbalances.

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