Thinning hair-female

  1. I could use some suggestions. I'm 44 and have always had baby-fine THICK hair. Well in the last couple of years, I've lost at least 50% of my hair. I no longer have a "real part". My mom has thin hair, as well as my youngest sister. My mom also has no functioning thyroid and pitutary (sp) gland and my youngest sister has had thyroid cancer. I would imagine that my thyroid isn't working, but I don't have insurance and am doing my prerequisites hoping to get into the RN program this next fall.
    It's awful being a woman with thinning hair. I looked into Rogaine, but they don't recommend it for all-aound thinning hair, so didn't bother even starting that.
    Any ideas? I'm not far from checking out hair pieces or something, but gosh, yuck.
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  3. by   hoolahan
    I went thru this. My hair is starting to come back, but will never be the same.

    First, no perms, no dyes, no garbage/chemicals on the hair. Stop blow-drying.
    Take vitamins every day.
    Part it on the side.

    Aside from that, nothing works. I tried the Rogaine for women, waste of $$ IMHO. Besides I was afraid if I used it too long I would grow a mustasche!!

    I was to the pint of getting a wig, but knowing me, it would make me too hot and uncomfortable and I would be fidgety, so I opted no to go that route. I really want to shave my freaking head bald and never worry another day about my hair, but I don't have the nerve.
  4. by   2amigos
    I know what you mean about the idea of being uncomfortable wearing a wig. I stopped coloring my hair years ago-my scalp was taking the color of the hair dye. I too wish I had the nerve to shave it off-but all I really want is my thick hair back. Ok, I'd settle for not-so-thick hair at this point.
    Thanks for your response.
  5. by   TEXASWAG
    Hey 2amigos,
    I have the same problem with thinning hair. Mine is mostly behind my hairline on the top of my head. I have stopped relaxers i.e. perms. I have very loose braids/cornrows in my hair for right now. When my hair was chemically straight, I pretty much parted my hair on the side and swooped it to the opposite side. These are some other styles I've tried after it dawned on me that my hair was thinning.
    1. Twisties on top with hair curled in back.
    2. Freaky looking afro......didn't wear that on the job.
    3. Head band on top with hair curled in back or straight.
    4. Head band with natural hair i.e afro.
    5. Wigs......nice in the winter...keeps head warm and toasty.
    6. I once paid for a hair piece but the hair in the hair piece did not match my own. My hair is very ethnic.
    I too have thought about Rogaine but I dont have the discipline to apply it everyday. Plus, once you start it's best not to stop. I'm still considering hair transplant. Once I made an appointment for Hair Club for Men (they do women too), but chickened out. The thought of someone cutting my scalp makes my skin crawl.
    My mom's hair is thin and she wears a very natural looking wig. I'm not quite ready to go bald cuz I'm a woman and I like having hair.
  6. by   night owl
    I have the same problem going on too. It's to the point where I'm afraid to comb my hair,forget washing it, it comes out in piles, but I have to wash it soooo, more hair loss. I couldn't go without coloring it then I'd look old. I don't want a wig and I don't want to be bald. So what is a woman to do? Does hormone replacement therapy help? Maybe I should get some thyroid tests done or maybe I should just except the fact that I'm getting older. Peri- menopause has alot to do with it...I should be bald by the time full blown menopause sets in! {{{sigh}}}
  7. by   NancyRN
    Low thyroid will cause hair loss. Thyroid replacement is CHEAP. Even without insurance I can buy 30 for $12.

    My hair falls out when I'm stressed. Massaging the scalp sounds trivial but it really does help the hair come back for me.
  8. by   adrienurse
    I agree. Get your thyroid levels checked. I've been there.
  9. by   renerian
    Try skin, hair, nails supplement. Purple box. Do what the box says, I don't want to prescribe you know LOL. Made a huge difference in mine and my dtrs hair. Vitamin supplement.

  10. by   JJFROG
    I have heard good things about Nioxin Products. They specialty hair care products for fine or thinning hair. You can find them at Drug Emporium, and some of the mall salons. I read an article about the cast of the West Wing all using the products.
  11. by   Jenny P
    I wish I could say my hair was thinning; but it has been thin all my life-- thin, fine, straight and DIFFICULT! I have no advice on how to deal with hair loss, but with your history, get in and get your thyroid levels checked! If you do have a thyroid problem, not only will your hair improve, but you will be able to think clearer and you may lose weight easier also. And I think it is one of the cheaper meds on the market (as NancyRN said). It is MUCH cheaper and does lots more for you than Rogaine!
  12. by   globalRN
    Hyperthyroidism is associated with fine hair
    Hyothyroidism with coarse strawlike hair.
    With your family history of thyroid problems, I'd check that out.
    Also, excess androgen vs estrogen levels causes thinning.
    Stress can cause hair loss too.
    I would see your family nurse or medical practitioner to see if there is a reason for this which could be treated.
    Good luck
  13. by   night owl
    The trouble is, now that the hair is thinning, it seems to be growing more on my face...chin hairs, lip hairs and that's NOT where I want it! Can't win, no matter what!
  14. by   renerian
    Yes night owl black hair on my face and my mom warned me of that years ago......................grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.