Hair Loss Struggles: The Old And The Scary New
I will try to make this short. Recently. Over the last 2 months, all I have had on my mind has been my hair and the thinning of it and being online reading and researching anything under the sun, and finding only solace in others with the same problem.
First, a little history. Yes, hair loss is on my mother's side in my uncles and brother. And the women have fine hair and even thinning after the age of 40. I am 33 now and i think it is too early for this to be happening to me (in my own mind, that is) Also, i was bulimic for about 7 years. I know this is the first thing people will say caused my hair loss but I am not sure. I know it did not help, though. In all my years of being bulimic, I only noticed drastic changes in August of this year (2012)
I also did something stupid and tried Rogaine. I used it for 3 days and saw a noticeable increase in shedding and saw my scalp visibly. I am convinced it put my hair in a resting state and my hair has been awful since then. So I had to discontinue use for total fear of losing any more and be worse off than I was before starting it.
I am proud to say, at least that the shock and trauma of the hair loss made me quit bulimia cold turkey. Although with that practice, I got to my ideal weight and felt better than I have in my entire life. I was always chunky, had beautiful, long but fine hair. And now I had such great self-esteem until the hair loss and the fact that I am now reduced to brushing on hair color powders to blend my scalp to my hair. This is totally traumatic for me.
I am not even comfortable wearing my hair down anymore and i would never wear it up this much in the past. I do not even feel like myself.
So I went from hating my chunky body, fixing it, and now absolutely hating my hair. I feel I have been eating better than I ever have in my life now. It is not as strict as your diet plan, but close. And coming from bulimia, that is a huge success.
Also, I take about 20 supplements a day. Some might call it an excessive amount but from the research I did, they are all things good for the hair and body, especially mine which was probably nutrient starved. Also, I exercise ever yday.
But my struggles are double. Not only is there the hair issue, there is the struggle to keep my weight down in a healthy manner. Quitting a 7 year habit of bulimia was easy only because of the shock of hair loss. But to keep the weight off, I am having to exercise every day without fail.
This also leads to the struggle that I have to wash my hair every day. It is my most dreaded time of the day, showering and fixing my hair. I treat it so gently. I even stopped combing after a shower because I couldn't handle seeing what came out when I combed it. I bought all natural shampoos of many kinds. Anything to make the shedding less.
I refuse to dye my hair because the shed from that is awful. I intend to get a blood test, but I do not have insurance right now and cannot afford that lab bill right now. I will go as soon as I can.
I just do not enjoy life at all right now. I try to keep a positive attitude but notice nothing but my scalp in mirrors. I do not want to go out, make plans or anything like that.
In July, I was so happy...happier than I have been with myself in years...come August, it all changed. That Rogaine ruined me...I know I was not doing good to myself with the bulimia, but I am convinced Rogaine started the ball rolling. In a way, it might be good because I do all the healthy things for myself now.
But I have never been more depressed. I try not to be...but it is so hard and no one really understands my side of this intense struggle emotionally and physically. They all say, "It will be ok...or it doesn't look that bad and not to let it get me down...that I cannot stop living life and being happy over this. And that all couldn't be further from the truth.
I am breaking over this, and feel like I don't want to live if I am a balding woman in my 30s.
I am writing this to vent and tell my story, I guess, to others who might actually understand me. I am keeping hope and I have good days and very bad days. But I am forced to keep my tears to myself.
Struggling with the mindset of someone who needs to keep their body at this weight now without doing unhealthy and losing my hair is a lot for me.
Thank you for listening and giving any support. I am excellent with supporting others too, so feel free to respond with your own struggles that can help us all relate and not feel so desperate and alone.
Thanks, guys. <3
I'm Ashamed of My Hair Loss....
(San Bernardino Ca ,)
My four-year-old daughter has more hair on her little head than I do. I'm so embarrassed to let my husband see me this way!!! I've noticed my hair loss a year ago! I'm just frustrated and don't know what to do anymore!!
Six years ago I colored my hair for the first time ever! I didn't like the color so I dyed it again & again & yes again four times in ONE day!
Three months after the coloring of my hair, it had gotten so short, to my ears! My hair had always been to my butt! It was not bald just really short & thinned out hair!
Within four years, my hair was BACK & thicker than ever. So thick, I couldn't even straighten it out!
Now six years later, my hair is so thin I can see my shinny scalp.
I went to the doctor and my labs came back that I'm a diabetic. I'm taking pills. No thyroid problem. She said it's just stress! I told her I've had an active yeast infection for two years, so I'm trying to self-diagnosis myself.
Can this yeast infection and diabetes be the reason of my extreme hair loss?
Please any information will be so greatly appreciated thank you so much !!! Roxanna
Still hair loss after near 6 weeks of diet and supplemts, HEEEEELLLLPPPP!!!!
Dear Cadaro, Sheree, Nat, Joni, Glenda and all.....
really need support. 6 weeks on diet plus no diary, no gluten, lots of green leafy salad, bell peppers etc...sardines, salmon, bio chicken, bio eggs or other fish. juice from carrot, parsley, ice salad, cucumber. Morning avocado or blueberries...
Sup. Kelp , MSM, Biotin, Foti, Chlorophyll, Borage oil, zinc, B complex, and Candida clear herbs to kill candida - if I have Probiotics.
Drink lemon with water and peppermint (spearmint tea) - this tea with peppermint or spearmint looks lower my oily skin very much. But acne little still and huge hair loss still:-((((
Thyroid test - it is ok. The DHT test and cortisol they did again. These will be not good.
I am so unhappy. I waiting at the least, that it has to stop. I know from my 17 years experience and all test, that behind is only DHT, sometimes together with cortisol, androgenic alopecia. No other condition.
Today I wash my hair, lots of hair loss still, itching scalp and dandruff - like oily dandruff. I use tea tree oil, special organic shampoos, dandruff shampoos, ACV......
I working on my stress, hypnosis, affirmation, visualization, but I am down. I have really only 20 % of hairs on my head. I am so scared.
I believe that the diet has to work to put down DHT and hair loss, but still nothing. 2 weeks and will be two months and I have still hair loss, dandruff...
For liver I eat everyday 1 tbls of milk thistle.
I am getting downer and downer. I fight, I do really strict diet, I visit naturopath with EFT method for stress, and still nothing....I don't want to be bald....please help me.
PS. You take antiandrogen - Saw Palmetto and lots of others. Me not, don't know if spearmint tea or Borage oil is antiandrogen. I know from the oily dandruff and oily hair loss that behind is DHT, probably together with cortisol.
38 Year Old Black Female Going Bald
I am Caussaundra and have been losing my hair for the past twelve years. It hurts to even look in the mirror. I began the diet on October 7,2013. I am praying for results. My hair used to be very thick and long, but now I can literally see my scalp. It is so depressing. I will post pics later when I am more comfortable. Please pray for my strength.
Does This Really Work?
by Masite Mulele
I am a nurse in zambia. Near the end of my training, i noticed i was losing my hair. My hairline has been receding since then. I need the list of the diet before all my hair falls off.
My Hair Dilemma is Getting Me Down
by Love From The Heart
Hi Sheree, I've been reading all these success stories and although they sound promising and hopeful, I'm hoping the same can be felt by myself. I'm not sure if there is hope for me, but I want to remain optimistic.
Hair loss does not run in my family, and out of four siblings, I am the only one suffering with it. I'm an extremely stressful person, borderline bipolar, or so I'm lead to believe. And for the past 50 years, my stress level has been very high, trauma after trauma, bad diet.
I don't eat when stressed. And when I do eat, not the right foods. I suffer with digestive problems, and my body wants to shut down. However last year I changed my diet slowly introducing and learning about the right foods, but not quite there yet.
My hair has fallen out significantly at the front of my head, and now this is a new stress I carry with me 24/7, 365 days. I am at a loss and I don't know where to begin.
I need a starting point, some encouragement and support as I carry this secret. And it's getting me down. I will appreciate any words of encouragement.
I'm in a new relationship, and he doesn't even know as I keep my head covered all the time. But I'm afraid if the truth gets out, it's all over for me.
This is the first time I have found love in 50 whole years, and after waiting so long, now I'm losing my hair. Life sucks.
I'm too embarrassed at this point to post any pictures, but with a bit of encouragement I just might.
A very depressed woman.
Scalp Hair Loss Because of Lupus: Scarring and Depression
Hello blessed Soul! It's great to know that you exist. I have recently been diagnosed with Lupus (limited to skin) and I would like to know what the chances are to retrieve my lost scalp hair(20%). I am already on a nutritional and spiritual healing road (my facial discoloration has decreased), but sometimes it's very challenging. So, I guess the question is, is the scarring permanent? The symptoms also include (uhg) depression, fatigue, lackluster.... Any words of encouragement are welcome. Thank you.
My Hair Dilemma is Getting Me Down by Love From The Heart (united kingdom)
Love from the Heart. Thank you for even taking the time out to read my post. I tried to reply on the same post but could not find the option to do so hence me replying via a new post.
I am ready to begin and try to remain optimistic. I have tried to start by cutting out sugar but perhaps overloading myself with dates, raisins, bananas, agave nectar, basically anything that is naturally sweet. But somehow I think this is not the right path. So I need your help to point me in the right direction with this diet.
I juice in the mornings, kale, chard, spinach, carrots, apples, ginger and some aloe vera, and add cucumber, celery and sometime beetroot on different days to the juice mix.
I have quinoa flakes blended with pear, banana and some nuts as porridge for breakfast. It stops there, and I don't really eat properly for the rest of the day because I don't know what to eat. I don't eat meat, chicken or eggs, occasionally fish but I am stuck.
I tried to find the hair loss diet plan on here but haven't stumbled across it as yet. Can you tell me where to locate it? Your help is much appreciated.
Love from the Heart.
Hi everyone!! I was wondering if it is typical to still lose hair on the diet? I'm still seeing some shedding in my comb, although I don't think it's as much as it used to be. Maybe 20 hairs per day?
Thanks in advance for any replies!!
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NEVER GIVE UP! NEVER!
Hello, my name is David and I'm 21 years old. Sorry for my poor English, but Italian schools are not the top in the world.
I started losing my hair at around 19 years of age. It's hard to accept. You feel and see yourself differently, a leper. Now I'm 21 and I still have my hair. My hair is not the same, but I still have it and I will fight until the end for it!
I'm sick of reading that baldness is an indestructible wall. I'm tired. In every forum, they tell you that the only way is Minoxidil and Finasteride! Bullshit! The human body is an amazing machine. It is not perfect, because perfection does not exist in the world, but remains the same, a masterpiece. If we peel one knee, the body will heal the wound.
Drugs are not and should not be the only way forward. They are not the holy grail! I confess to not being a believer. I have strong doubts.
How can God our Father, let their children suffer, ridiculed, derided. Are we not all his children? A person loses all hope in itself. Why me? I am a good guy. I would never hurt anyone. But God does it every day. But this is my thinking, and this is not the right forum to discuss it.
I know this is a battle that I must win alone. But there are many people like me in the world. If you read my story, do not give up. Do not throw in the towel. The advice in this forum is GREAT. Follow it. Make it yours! I will follow the same diet, to which I'll add some of my topical treatments.
I use a lot the Aloe plant, externally and internally. I use a gel product to be applied on the head and I drink the juice. It's a miracle plant. Take it into consideration! Consider, in addition, the facial gymnastics!
I have pictures of how I am now. I promise to post in the future at MINIMUM IMPROVEMENT, pictures of my success, together with pictures of how I was! Then I'll beat them in the face, those who have surrendered without a fight!
I'm not a vegan or a fanatical partisan. I'm just a person who is certain of his abilities and believes in natural remedies. Trust in nature and what she can give you!
If I have to make a radical change, then I'll do it, even if I become the laughing stock of the whole world! I'm not a revolutionary, but when someone tries to bring me down, on my knees, telling me that there is no remedy and that I have to resign, then I get angry!
Follow the advice and diet of Miss Sheree! We all want big changes in a short time. Even if you do not, you will in a short time. What changes? You will have them in six months? In one year? Our aim is to hit the target! Prove that you can break down the wall of "impossible," of "resignation", of "it's useless!" Don't let others say what you can or cannot do!
We can not change everything in our lives, but because we do not have time, not because WE CAN NOT DO IT! Give it time. Give a chance to the remedies from Miss Sheree. Use well the time you have available, and your body will thank you.
Thank you so much for the space dedicated to the people in your forum. I will follow the diet and I will let you know the minimum improvement!
Thank you, David.
NEVER GIVE UP! I am with you, from the bottom of my heart!
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I'm Only 18 and I'm Losing My Hair
Dear Sheree, I'm so delighted that I found your website in the right moment of my life. I was having very suicidal thoughts due to my hair loss and it really feels like a paradise, finding your website. I excuse my not so good English as I'm not a native speaker, but I'll try my best.
I'm Cine and 18 years old. I've "suffered" from hair loss since I was 14. One morning I noticed that a small round patch was missing at the back of my head. I was very afraid and tried everything to hide this. I even put mascara on it because I had no one to talk to and I did not know what to do.
I was very stupid back then. I waited for 4 years to actually tell my parents about my problem. Just 6 months ago I went to a dermatologist with my mother and got my hair checked. She told me it could be alopecia but was not sure. I got my blood, and my thyroids checked and everything was pretty fine. (except the Vitamin D was a little bit low)
Since this year I've been on my own healthy diet. I cut out all processed food, I drink up to 2 1/2 liter water every day and try to eat as much fruit as possible. Since last year I've found out about the law of attraction and our mind power. Deep down in my heart I know that I deserve more better hair and that I can do it, however, I have no idea if I am on the right track or what my body really needs.
I'm so sad every time I look in the mirror because I can clearly see how my hair is shedding, and I am just 18!!
I would do ANYTHING to stop this.
My current hair state:
The top of my head is thinning out so fast and it is very hard to cover it with the hair that is left and at the top part at the back of my head there is massive hair loss too. Recently I noticed that the sides are also thinning.
Probably I should also mention that I used alopexy (contains 2% minoxidil) and I've been wearing my hair in a ponytail (kinda tight) for the last 7 years or so because they were not manageable. I had such a beautiful, full head of hair. People who would know how my hair looked would be more than surprised to see what happened to it.
Currently I am using olive oil on my hair and massaging it daily. I also take zinc and biotin. I'm facing so many challenges in life I really don't know where to start. Besides my hair problem I'm dealing with my sexuality a lot, and with really bad relationships. I really need help and you seem like someone to whom I could talk to.
Anyways, I'm sorry if I bothered you.
I would be more than grateful if you could give me any advice on if I'm on the right track and what I could actually do.
I'm Losing Hope Slowly
I am 20 years old, I lose my hair since I was 18. I do not know what to think. I started the diet 20 days ago, but I see no improvement, indeed. I am meticulous, I do not concede nothing, I do not eat anything that is not green or rich in biotin, protein etc.
There are days when I'm so full, no one can bring me down. I get home, I look in the mirror, I look at my temples, my hair is getting weaker. My friends tell me "why do this life? Why?" My brother is not far behind.
Sometimes I cry, I wonder why, why tell me! I thought I'd open the window and jump. No more problems, no more sadness.
This disease devastated you, especially at a young age as mine. I have problems to relate with others, because I feel different. Should I continue? Do I believe it? The famous stories on the site, only Brian shared his menu and tried to imitate him. They are emotionally apart. I do not speak English well. Sorry, I hope you understand me.
I Am Not My Hair
Hello Sheree, I am a Black Canadian 48-year-old woman who is experiencing hair loss in my crown, and also a receding hair line. I've always had a generous forehead ( LOL) so I didn't really notice until a few years ago.
My shock came when I realized the hair on the crown of my head was disappearing at an alarming rate. One day I had hair - the next day there were bald areas -- or so it seemed.
I panicked and went to my doctor who referred me to a dermatologist. After waiting months to see the specialist, I was advised that I was suffering from Alopecia -- to be exact Central Centrifugal Alopecia) - and prescribed Rogaine along with another topical solution. I felt desperate!!! and so I filled my prescription ($150 for a 3 month supply, as it is not covered by my health plan)
I was anxious to use it - but on checking YouTube and reading the label I had second thoughts and abruptly stopped after 2 days. I really wanted to take a more natural approach to this problem.
I was introduced to a topical hair cream filled with many of the agents I read about AND I went to the Health Store to purchase items such as Biotin. I massaged my scalp with Jamaican Black Castor Oil and Coconut oil!!! and after a month I started to see some hair sprouting where there had been none. I saw HOPE. But then, after a few months of nightly massages, I got complacent once again. And although I haven't seen any additional hair loss, NOW I'm ready for radical action.
I have to see a change as I refuse to give up and purchase a wig as a last resort. So here I am looking for assistance with this new journey. I'm READY to take on the challenge and see what results I can gain in the process.
( I am not my hair)
Sheree Please Help Me!!
Hi Sheree, I am a 28 yr old female with female pattern balding. For me i think it's hereditary. I've gone to countless doctors and herbalists and nothing has helped. I've spent every pay cheque to the last dime desperately trying to find something to help. I'm afraid to go out because I feel like everyone can see my problem. I've had people make rude remarks and doctors tell me it's hereditary, and to look into hair restoration.
When I first discovered my crown thinning I was 24 years old and my life had ended. I was suicidal. I would ask God to kill me every night. I lost my friends, I stopped talking to people and my obsession consumed me. It tore me up inside and I battled these emotions for 4 years. It has completely shattered my already low self esteem. I find myself always looking at people's hairlines to see how mine compares.
I spend hours trying to style my hair in ways to cover the thinning. I just got married and I refuse to let my husband play with my hair. I go into the washroom about 10 times a day with a hand-held mirror just to check to see how much worse its gotten. Most nights I secretly cry myself to sleep.I feel disgusting and I hate myself.
Your website is my last hope Sheree. Please help me. There aren't many people like you left in this world. You seem to genuinely want to help people and that fills me with hope.
I Am Fed Up With My Life
I am 26 years old and I am going through serious hair baldness. I cannot do anything. I feel awkward going anywhere. I use hair fiber, but still my baldness is very serious, and hair fiber doesn't work properly.
I am afraid to get married. I am extremely fed up. Please tell me how I can get rid of it. I went to the best dermatologist for many years. He said I don't have a hormonal problem, and a hair transplant is not possible because of very thin hair.
I am using medicines as well, but it doesn't work at all. In fact, my situation is getting worse with my hairs. Please tell me please what to do :(
Shedding Getting Me Down
Hi Sheree, I have been on the hair loss diet for almost 6 months. I felt pretty good about my progress because I was seeing new hair growing in. But for the past couple of months my shedding has really increased. I feel so depressed about it and I hate looking in the mirror, afraid i will see more thinning.
I have been following the diet completely eliminating gluten, eating lots of veggies no sugar, etc. I am allergic to fish, but i eat a little chicken, tofu lots of nuts. I have had all the blood tests and everything came back normal. Do you find that extra shedding is normal on the diet? (I am loosing around 50-75 hairs daily for the past 6 weeks) Normally i lose only around 5-20.
I am taking the supplements you listed as well. I feel so helpless and sad lately and I just want to feel better, but when i lose tons of hair every day, it is hard to ignore.
I am doing the meditations daily but as soon as it is over, I tense up again. I follow your website and other peoples stories and am so thankful for everything you do for us. Do you think I should sign up for coaching? I guess I just need some reassurance. Thank you so much for any help!
I Need My Hair Again
Hope it work to grow my hair again
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