I'm Female: Can My Receeding Hairline Be Restored?

by Joni
(Oakland, CA )

Hello, my name is Joni. Even though I am female, I seem to be losing hair more like a man. Currently, I'm 34 and my hair line has completely receded. My hair comes out in patches all over my head. I find myself never wanting to look in the mirror and becoming more and more introverted. I hide my hair line as much as I possibly can, but it's becoming difficult and some days I just stay home.


I've tried many things but nothing seems to work. I cry all the time because it has become so depressing for me.

My question is, can something be done to regrow my hair even though this has been going on for three years? Could this diet restore my hair line?

I have been experiencing female hair loss for the past three years. I first noticed a small patch of thinning hair around my temple when I was 31. I started covering that area and went to the doctor immediately.

I informed the doctor that no one else in my family has hair loss, so I don't understand how this could be happening to me. My hair has always been very thick. The doctor said it's hereditary and that there could have been a gene that was dormant but became active in me.

I was still convinced it had to be something else, so I suggested I be tested for lupus. My test came back negative and I was told that wearing wigs could be an option. Since then, I have tried a variety of things but all have been unsuccessful while the hair loss has increased.

I lost nearly half of the hair on my head, and I literally feel as though I am going bald.


Sincerely,

Joni

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Jun 27, 2012
You Can Absolutely Recover Your Hair Line
by: Sheree

Hello, Joni,

One of the most terrifying things a woman can endure is hair loss. It's very hard to describe this type of emotional stress to someone who has never gone through it.

It's estimated that 40 percent of American females will lose hair to some degree, at some point in their lifetimes. Just the fact that you are here means this is step one for you. You stick by us. You are going to get through this.

For so many people, the answer is so simple. Strategic dietary changes repair the insidious damage caused by our conventional American diets. The Standard American Diet (SAD) ravages through our systems like Hurricane Andrew.

It is my personal conviction that your hair can be restored. I am extremely confident of this.

You are going to need a strong dose of courage, a little sprinkling of faith, and a dash of patience. It's really hard work, but you will succeed. So put on your working boots, your gloves and your hardhat.

If anything about our hair loss diet page is unclear, or any question comes up, let me know. There's a lot to know and understand. It takes a long time to fully grasp the dietary concept of reversing hair loss.

Any time you feel emotional stress related to your hair, drop me a note. I understand how you feel. I know it hurts right now, and I wish I could take your pain away. But I will tell you from personal experience, you will come out of this.

Love Sheree





Jul 03, 2012
Road Block
by: Joni

Thank you so much for responding. Words cannot express how much reading your response has done for my confidence. I wanted to skip the day I read your response. After so long of feeling like all hope was gone, I finally feel like there's hope. You are truly wonderful for taking the time to help so many people.

I want to give you my progress because I've made a discovery and I need your advice. So far I have been doing the diet for about 5 days now and its felt moderately easy. However, today I feel I may have come across a road block. I recently discovered I have gout. I have been doing as much research as I can but everything says excessive levels of iron aggrivate gout. It seems everything on the diet is the opposite of what would manage my condition. Because of this, I've decided to eliminated Spinich, Broccolli, Sardines and Tuna from my diet but not chard, kale, collard greens, Bok Choy, salmon and I'm continuing to take all the supplements. I do not want to give up the diet completely because I believe it will restore my hair and honestly, I don't want to give up any of the recommended foods however, I don't know what else to do.

Do you know if there's more I can do or another way to get the iron and it not aggrivate my condition? Can gout be cured or can I possibly take a supplement that will control my comsuption of iron but will still encourage my hair regrowth? I don't know how to get around this issue because high consuptions of iron and omega 3'S are essential to this diet. I'm really ready to fight this so I'm refusing to feel defeated but this discovery is somewhat discouraging.

Any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards,
Joni

Jul 04, 2012
Gout & Hair Loss Diet
by: Sheree

Hello, Joni,

When I read your post, you made my day. I am so excited that you are staying with the diet. I have so much fun doing this. I can't imagine doing anything else.

You say you've hit a roadblock. Okay. Let's pull out the bulldozer and blaze through it.

To control gout, the substitute foods you mentioned are excellent. If you want to substitute chard for spinach, that's going to work the same. Dr. Perricone loves swiss chard. And of course salmon is the top food for hair loss. As long as the foods have a natural origin, there's no problem whatsoever.

In my research of gout, the strongest link was to high fructose corn syrup. High fructose corn syrup causes elevated levels of uric acid, and elevated uric acid levels cause gout. Now that you are getting high fructose corn syrup out of your body, there is nothing that's going to impede your progress to cure the gout.

So no matter how you look at it, you are going in the right direction.

Let me know if that answers your questions. I love answering questions, and I can't wait to hear how you're doing.

Love Sheree


Jul 11, 2012
Gout & Hair Loss
by: Joni

Sheree,

Thank you for your response. I'm excited to rid myself of both conditions. I'll keep you updated on my progress!

Joni

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My Hair Regrowth Stopped: Is Too Much Excerise Harmful?

Hi again, it's Joni. Recently my hair regrowth has completely stopped and has quickly started to heavily shed again. All my new hairs along my hairline seemed to have fallen out as well and my hairline has completely gone back to receding again.

I don't know what happened. I stayed on the diet I never stopped taking the supplements but my body doesn't seem to be responding. I did have a few days when I fudged it a bit, but I quickly recovered and this was close to 2 months ago now.

The biggest change was I started exercising 5 times a week and lost 15 pounds. When I noticed my hairline was starting to recede again, I decided to slow down my exercise routine to 2 days a week.

Recently I've increased my protein, but I don't know how much protein I should eat to maintain my weight and hair. I also don't know if the cause of this was protein. I don't want to stop exercising and risk putting the weight back on. Because honestly, I was a bit overweight. I'm actually hoping to lose 5 more pounds, but I don't know how much food I should consume to maintain my weight loss and my hair regrowth.

Do you think too much exercise could be harmful for my hair regrowth? I've thought about taking my vitamins more than what the instructions recommend.

Also, I drink around three cups of coffee a day. I drink an extra glass of water for every 1 cup of coffee I have to make up for it.

Do you think this could have an affect? I feel that my body is missing something, but I don't know what and I'm pretty confused right now. I weigh about 135 now and I'm 5 feet tall. Can you advise me about how much food I should be eating to maintain my lifestyle?

Thanks for your help in advance.

Joni

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Sep 24, 2012
Hair Re-Growth Stalled? Let's Dig a Little Deeper
by: Anonymous

Joni,

Take heart. The same thing happened to me. You are going to be just fine. Hang in there, Joni. This is a steep learning curve. You've already come a very long way.

The best thing about this diet is you recover very quickly. As long as there are no other health issues that may interfere, you will get your hair back.

You mentioned that you fudged a little bit. My question is how much? In the beginning when I started this diet, I cheated, and the next thing I knew, my hair fell out again.

When there is a hormonal imbalance related to diet, the hair will cycle out, and then re-start again in a few weeks. It can fall out very fast, and takes five times longer to grow back in.

Think of this diet as a very carefully administered natural potent drug.

In the video below, even though I'm talking about weight loss, I explain how I lost my hair once again, because I didn't understand the rapid effects of sugar. The second time my hair fell out, I got it. I believe your system is like mine. No cheating, period.


And although I don't believe weight loss caused your hair loss, if you lose it too fast, any sudden loss could possibly create some type of hormonal imbalance.

And just as a precaution, you need to check with your doctor to check your hormones, and to make sure this diet is safe for you.

And Joni, you are going to be just fine!

In this video below, watch how I blundered through learning about weight loss and losing my hair!

Love

Sheree



Sep 25, 2012
Can You Eat Too Many Vegetables?
by: Marlon

Hello,

Sheree, just out of curiosity, what if there's too much vegetables and too little protein?

Also, if there's only one thing that a person should eat to reverse hair loss, which of the following would it be?

-dark green leafy vegetables
-sardines/salmon
-supplements like flaxseed oil, fish oil, borage oil, zinc, etc.

Or can you rate each of them starting with the most important?

Thanks!

Sep 25, 2012
Are Vegetables or Protein Better For Hair Loss?
by: Sheree

Hi, Marlon,

If I were going to eliminate any one of the three items you mentioned, it would be hair loss supplements. Man-made compounds only have a few isolated ingredients that humans put together to try to imitate nature. Although supplementation is very important, it's not the baseline you would use to regrow your hair.

Too many vegetables and not enough protein is very destructive as well. Without protein, your system will eat its own tissues.

Without vegetables containing folate, your DNA structure becomes unstable and begins to deteriorate. Vegetables and protein work in sync.

So to answer the question, vegetables and high quality protein alone will stop hair loss. Everything else is fluff!

Love

Sheree

Sep 27, 2012
Confused and Overwhemled
by: Joni

Hi Sheree,

I'm just really confused by this whole thing. The first thing I thought about when I noticed the change in my hair, was you. I remembered your video when you said you would read the materials again and start over again. I told myself I will figure this out. I don't know if the cause is protein or what but I have to believe this will work for me because it worked before. I just have to figure out what the formula is that will work for me so my hair can get healthy and thick again. The disappointing part was that it was just starting to get thick and then it just stopped.

I fudged the diet for about 4 days during the last week of July. I was out of town for work. I was working really long hours and there weren't any healthy foods choices available so I ate mostly fast food for breakfast lunch and dinner. As soon as my trip was over, I immediately returned to my diet. If there was any damage caused by eating that stuff I didn't think it would take this long to get things back on track.

I just read your entry about supplements. Can too many supplements be harmful? I currently take about 11 supplements twice a day. Is that too many?

These are the supplements I take:
Borage Oil
Multi Vitamin
Vitamin E
Biotin
Fish Oil
Hair Skin and Nails Vitamin
Gingko
Stress B Complex
Vitamin D
Vitamin C
Vitex

I'm so confused and I'm starting to feel overwhelmed. *sigh* This is hard.

Joni

Sep 27, 2012
Joni, You Will Get Your Hair Back!
by: Hello Joni

Hello, Joni,

Now that you've given me a little insight as to your recent eating habits, we have a concrete reason. This diet is very, very strict. If you go off of the diet for even one day and start your old eating patterns, your system will become unstable.

If you went off the diet for four straight days, three meals a day, that equals twelve meals plus snacks. That's what caused the hair loss.

The good news is your hair responded very quickly to the diet. So it will respond again. So from now on, in your particular case, no cheat days at all. When your hair is very thick again, one cheat meal per week.


Take Extra Care

If you go to work, you have to carefully prepare for the next day. If you go on a trip, beware. You have to stock vegetables, fruit, cheese, nuts and tins of sardines. Call ahead and see if you can find stores that sell whole foods.

You could possibly prepare a meal to eat so that you can stay within the guidelines. This has to be done every day, every meal without failure. It's a battle every day. You are worth it!

I should rephrase my earlier comment about taking five times longer to grow back. What I should have said is it takes about two months before you'll start noticing hair re-growth again. It could be as early as six weeks.

Supplements

You are taking a lot of supplements. I think your body is probably expelling most of that through your urine. Ideally, you should take a hair skin and nails formula, Borage Oil, B Vitamins and Vitex.

I know this is hard for you. You will learn things about yourself that you never knew you had. Courage. Patience. Commitment. Self-Control. You are going to survive this. Be strong. Because when your hair does come back again, you are going to have tremendous insight.

And Joni, I'm here. I'm not going anywhere. If it takes 100 times to start again, I'm here.

I've made terrible mistakes, and at the time, they hurt. But looking back, these mistakes were such a gift.

Let's work very closely together. You'll get through this just fine. Write me if you have any more questions.

Good Luck, Joni,

Love

Sheree




Sep 28, 2012
Thank you
by: Joni

Sheree,

Thank you for the encouragement and comforting words. No matter what I won't give up. I'll let you know my progress as I go along.

Warm Regards,
Joni

Sep 28, 2012
Keep Moving Forward
by: Sheree

Soldier on, Joni!

We'll talk very soon...

Love Sheree

Oct 03, 2012
Which Hair, Skin & Nails Vitamins
by: Varvara

Hi, I tried to purchase some vitamins for hair and nails, but I don't know which ones are better. Each one has totally different ingredients. Please advise. In Europe I saw Miss Vitaal but in North America I cannot find them. Thanks.

Oct 03, 2012
Best Hair, Skin & Nails
by: Anonymous

Hi, Varvara,

Try this Hair Skin & Nails listed towards the bottom of the page. I use this one.

Hair, Skin & Nails by Nature's Bounty. It has every basic ingredient you'll need for your hair.

Sheree


Dec 02, 2012
Supplements
by: Maria

Hello Joni,

I'm in a similar position as you and just seeing the first cute baby hairs appearing along my hairline. It's a great feeling! That's why I decided to butt in; I hope I'm not coming across as rude or disparaging of Sheree's wonderful work! If so, please accept my apologies in advance.

Now, here's a personal story. I've gone vegan six months ago and lost a lot of weight (from 57 kg to 50-51 kg). I believe it was a shock for my system to lose it so rapidly even though I ate very health-consciously (or as health-conscious as a new, uneducated vegan could be ... it was indeed a steep learning curve), and that's why I started shedding. It was rather worrying at that time, until I learned that I might need more protein. Somewhere on the internet I also read that shedding could be a sign of detox. Considering that you had unexpected fast food and lost a lot of hair rather suddenly, I find this probable.

That being said, you can get ALL the protein you need from vegetables. EVERY vegetable has protein, and of course legumes and nuts. It is virtually impossible to have a protein deficiency if you adhere to a wholesome, plant-based diet. You don't have to eat animal products as they are acidic and addicting and, in fact, leech calcium from your body instead of providing you with it. Milk is the worst calcium leech, and to buffer that loss, the body has to take calcium from your bones and, you guess it, hair follicles.

For more information on the harmful properties of dairy follow this link: http://www.notmilk.com/kradjian.html

Also, if you haven't read it already, I heavily suggest getting a copy of "China Study" by T. Colin Campbell, a great book about why a plant-based diet is optimal for humans' health.

A wonderful movie (for those who don't like to read) that explains what meat and dairy does to humans is "Forks over Knives", "Food Matters" and "Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead"

There are so many great scientists out there, just search youtube for Caldwell Esselstyn, Joe Cross, Dave the Raw Food Trucker and many more. Charlotte Gerson, however, said in best (in my opinion): You can't heal one illness with nutrition and keep two others. When the body heals, it heals everything. -- I think our hair is included in "everything", yay! :-)

I hope this will help in your quest for healthy hair. Keep calm and continue eating delicious, healthy food. There's no better way to enjoy life :)

Maria

Feb 26, 2013
Question to joni
by: Anon

Hi joni ,how long have you been on this diet? Was your hair noticebly thin and how long you been losing hair? Has your hair stopped shedding an how soon did you notice the lil baby hairs? Hoping to hear from you my hair is extremely thin and I'm at my wits end about it,

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