Hair Loss

The Hair Saga Continues: My Hair after DHEA

Posted by Miss Lizzy
October 19, 2011

Hi my friends,

I wanted to share a new update on my hair (after the Great Hair Disaster of 2010). My hair is definitely doing better, but the regrow stage is slow going and the volume is slowly coming back. Hair grows about 6 inches a year, and considering the trimming, it just seems to take forever! But the most amazing thing has happened…my hair has turned curly!

For months I noticed my hair was misbehaving and becoming unruly and I didn’t know why. I would blow-dry my hair straight, and ten minutes later I would look in the mirror and it would start to curl up. After having Marcia Brady-straigh hair my whole life, the curls are really funny.

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It’s actually kind of cool because I literally don’t have to do anything to my hair now, just wash my hair towel dry and go. This photo shows my hair without any styling. So after the initial shock of the curly hair change, I am finding it really funny. I don’t know if my hair turned curly because of the DHEA, or other thyroid and hormone changes. But certainly it all started around the time of the DHEA incident. Wild.

Through this whole hair experience — having severely damaged, dry, thin hair — I’ve learned some other great tips which I am excited to share. After years of spending tons of money on hair products, now I am doing the super simple, natural and totally inexpensive routine and loving it. Last winter I stopped using shampoo, and switched to Conditioning only (that’s right, no shampoo!). After I towel dry, I use a very tiny bit of coconut oil (but this can go on dry hair too for shine). Here is Conditioning Only method…

Conditioning Only

This is a method for washing hair without shampoo, just using conditioner to cleanse the hair. Anyone can do it, its for all types of hair (not just curly hair, or hyporthyroid people). The idea is that shampoo dries hair and prevents the hair’s natural sebum from doing its job so the hair gets dry and brittle over time from shampoo. Conditioner is able to clean hair without the harsh chemicals in shampoo. Steps:

• Use a Silicone-free conditioner (silicone flattens the hair!). Cheap conditioners can work just as well as expensive ones. I like the new conditioner from Garnier called Pure Clean because I can get a huge bottle at Target for about $6. I also like the Nature’s Gate line from Whole Foods.

• Shower as usual, wet hair thoroughly using warm hot water

• Apply conditioner to roots (user conditioner liberally, I used about 1/4 cup to wash). Massage in like you would with shampoo (but there will be no lather)

• Rinse and style

• Avoid other styling products if possible, use a tiny tiny bit of coconut oil for added shine and silkiness

• It can take 3-4 washes before the natural oils in the hair start to work on their own. And every few months, a gentle shampoo is okay.

• If hair starts to get a little dull, use a silicone-free clarifying conditioner like Suave.

Several friends have converted to conditioning only and really like it. If you try it, I would love to hear what you think and what conditioner works for you. Happy hair everyone!

xxoo

Lizzy

9 Comments

  1. Michelle October 20, 2011 2:41 pm

    Hi Lizzy,
    I actually did start the conditioning method about 2 months ago. I had very good results and just switched to WEN. I really like it a lot. However, I color my hair and have to use shampoo when I dye it every 4 weeks. When I use the shampoo it really dries my hair out, which is why I will never switch back to using shampoo. Thanks for the great idea!

  2. Lizzy October 21, 2011 12:30 am

    Hi Michelle, so glad to hear it's working well for you! I haven't tried WEN because it's so expensive! But glad to hear you like it.

  3. Brenna October 27, 2011 2:30 pm

    Did you color your hair during the year you were having issues with shedding?

    I had my hair colored last in July before my diagnosis of hypothyroidism. I am on meds and the shedding has lessened but my hair looks terrible, color wise. I am going to the stylist this afternoon for strand tests to see if my hair will take the color and what it does before we color it all. Any advice?

  4. Michelle October 28, 2011 12:29 pm

    @Brenna,

    First let me apologize for jumping in to Lizzy. Brenna, how are your iron levels? Low iron can cause hair loss. Also I have read that taking Evening Primrose Oil, Magnesium, and Zinc can also help with hair loss. If you take an iron supplement make sure you also take vitamin C with it, this will help with absorption. Hope this helps.

  5. traci December 13, 2011 7:37 pm

    Is silicone called anything different? I just looked at my bottle(that I never use because my hair is so fine and thin..it makes it flat it seems…all conditioners seem to do that to my hair) So I was just wondering if it was listed as a differnt name???

    thanks

  6. traci December 13, 2011 7:39 pm

    Is silicone called anything different? I just looked at my bottle(that I never use because my hair is so fine and thin..it makes it flat it seems…all conditioners seem to do that to my hair) So I was just wondering if it was listed as a differnt name???

    thanks
    sorry for 2 posts I forgot to check the box that notifies me by email if there is a response!

  7. Lori December 26, 2011 11:32 am

    Drrind.com, another great website in addition to stopthe madness, has "new" curly hair on his website
    http://www.drrind.com/Default.aspx?SiteSearchID=50&ID=/SearchResults.htm

  8. leigh January 4, 2012 3:32 am

    anyone have issues with thinning eyelashes..and my bangs are so thin…..over a year 1 year I felt cray, lazy sad, gained 55 lbs the pain in my legs and stiffness I though oh this is what 51 feels like. …… .. Finally was diagnosed with a goiter but no meds a year later and a simple blood draw I have hypothyroidism and Im on medication after a month I felt fine 4 days the back to depression and pain 4 days ago they bumped it to 35 I'm not savvy on this at all.. I'm a 51 years young woman living in her prime and need my wonderful dancing fool like back…..Please offer ideas and things to read……………………

  9. Lana May 11, 2013 4:03 pm

    Hi Lizzy, I just came across your blog. And am so happy I found it!!! I recently underwent Graves treatment and am still on medication. All my life I've had very thin hair with a curl, but it was always super easy to style. And the growth was great. Now after a year on the medication, Methimazole, I found myself copping off half of it, because it became so thin and it's impossible to style because it's unbelievably curly on top. I mean I cannot style it, so I've been wearing my hair up a lot lately! It's very frustrating and stressful. Let me ask you, after you went through the curly stage, did you hair come back to normal? And how long did it take? Also, is there any specific advise you would give, what can I do in the mean time to calm it down, so it's not sure unruly. 🙁

    Thank you,
    Lana

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