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LineInTheSand posted 5/19/2014 15:01 PM

Are there any women with thinning hair here on SI?

I'm 45 years old and my hair has been thinning for years. I currently have a pixie cut, but I hate it.

I can't help but notice all the women with thick gorgeous hair and here I am with a thinning crown.

I've pretty much accepted my "fate" but it still sucks. I mean, guys want gals with long flowing locks, right??

Any thinning sisters on this site? If so, how do you cope?

abbycadabby posted 5/19/2014 15:17 PM

How is your health? Losing my hair/hair thinning was one of the flags for me to get my thyroid levels checked. Sure enough, I have hypothyroidism.

fireproof posted 5/19/2014 17:25 PM

Sounds odd but I would get a check - a physical with blood work if you haven't had one in a while.

If it isn't health related you might want to try pre-natal vitamins. My hair looked full and shiny when I was pregnant.

Amazonia posted 5/19/2014 19:41 PM

I second prenatals and a doctor visit. One of my friends complained in passing to her doc about thinning hair and it turned out she has lupus and another autoimmune disease. The thinning hair was the only external symptom at the time, and she was in her late 20s then.

[This message edited by Amazonia at 2:42 AM, May 20th, 2014 (Tuesday)]

hurtbs posted 5/19/2014 19:43 PM

This was actually on the news today! The #1 recommendation was to go and get a full workup by the doctor. Thinning hair can be caused by a variety of things:

Medication (BC, estrogen, & ADs most likely culprits)
Disruptive Sleep Cycle
Over Consumption of vitamin B
Various vitamin deficiencies


The only way to diagnose the cause, however, is to go and get a workup at the doctor - including bloodwork.

LineInTheSand posted 5/19/2014 20:04 PM

Losing my hair/hair thinning was one of the flags for me to get my thyroid levels checked.

Yes, I've had my thyroid levels checked. I'm a little on the low side but don't require thyroid meds. My daughter and SIL both have hypothyroidism and have thinning hair. They are taking Armour but it hasn't seemed to help them regain their hair.

I've seen two dermatologists in the past. "I" had to request blood work. They didn't seem to think there was a problem since I had no bald spots.

If it isn't health related you might want to try pre-natal vitamins

I do take prenatal vitamins but they don't seem to be working much.

The only way to diagnose the cause, however, is to go and get a workup at the doctor - including bloodwork.

You know, I think I'll try this again. Who knows, maybe they'll find something this time around?

If not, I'll be rocking an AWESOME wig sometime soon!

tushnurse posted 5/20/2014 08:09 AM

Any changes you make like taking vitamins will take about 6 months to see results on.
As you know stress makes the loss or thining worse.

I don't have thinning hair, but do have very thin fine hair to begin with, and it always bothered me when I was younger. The older I get now the more I wish it were socially acceptable to just shave my head.

I have a dear friend that has seriously thinning hair and she fights and struggles with it, and nothing really seems to make a difference. She isn't ready to give up the fight just yet, but suspect that she will be confident enough to just wear a hat or head scarf on most days as it progresses.

For some people this is genetic. I had a great aunt who was totally bald by the time she was 60. Her sister was a hairdresser and more hair than a poodle. LOL. She was a character, and she wigs in every color, and cut you could imagine. She had fun with it, and each day she was a different color and cut. She wore her hair like an accessory. I would choose this path myself if it does thin even more, and I develop a bald patch.

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