My Thyroid and Me Chapter 7
I have been through an amazing hair journey; I stopped chemically relaxing my hair in 2013 where I mainly wore sew-in weaves and wigs to help my hair transition.
In 2014 I started to have more of my natural hair out as the weave and wig life can be costly, from there I started taking Hairfinity tablets to where I saw amazing growth and thickness.
My hair has been at a consistent thickness and length, however after a bad break up, a new career and rediscovering myself, this past year I have noticed my hair overall has started to thin.
Now, this could be due to so many reasons, excessive heat use, stress, bad diet, however hair loss is a side effect of having Hypothyroidism.
When hormone production is disrupted, specifically of hormones T3 and T4, it affects other processes in the body. This includes the development of hair at the root. Hair falls out and may not be replaced by new growth, resulting in thinning across your scalp and other areas such as your eyebrows.
Hair loss may develop slowly with hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. You won’t necessarily notice patches missing or bald spots. Instead, your hair may seem thinner all over.
You lose between 50 and 100 hairs from your head each day. If normal hair growth is interrupted, hairs aren’t being replenished, and a uniform hair loss may occur.
The good news is that hair loss caused by thyroid conditions is typically temporary. You may experience hair loss even after starting drugs to help with your condition. Some people worry the drugs are causing hair loss, but it may have more to do with the life cycle of hair.
People living with thyroid disorders that can lead to hair loss often require medication to manage their condition.
In general, eating a balanced diet can help to promote growth and improve the condition of hair. A healthful and balanced diet is one that contains protein, fruits, vegetables, grains, and a moderate amount of fat.
Foods that can increase the chances of having healthy hair include:
Dark green vegetables: Vegetables such as spinach have high levels of vitamins A and C. These vitamins can improve the condition of hair.
Protein-rich foods: Eating foods rich in protein can help prevent weak and brittle hair. Dairy foods, legumes, nuts, and lean meats all contain high levels of protein.
Biotin-rich foods: Biotin is a vitamin that is important for hair growth. Biotin deficiency can lead to brittle hair or hair loss. Sources of biotin include whole grains, liver, egg yolk, soy flour, and yeast. Biotin is also available in many over-the-counter (OTC) hair vitamins. However, biotin can affect the results of thyroid blood tests, so anyone having a blood test should stop using or consuming products containing biotin for a few days beforehand.
Calcium-rich foods: Calcium is key to hair growth. Good sources of calcium include dairy products, such as milk and cheese.
Now I have been trying new ways to stop the excessive shedding such as washing my hair with Green Tea, taking Biotin supplements and even decided to get back to the wig weave life to give my hair a break. So, fingers cross I will see great improvements in 2020.
However, I would recommend seeking a medical professional to ensure there are no underlying medical issues which could be causing excessive hair loss. Hair loss may also be the symptom of another underlying medical issue. You may need medication along with home remedies to see regrowth and to treat other symptoms you’re experiencing.