Hair Loss

The Journey to Regrow My Hair

Posted by Miss Lizzy
February 6, 2013

It’s been over a year since my last hair update and I am so happy to report that my hair is doing much better. During the Hair Disaster of 2010, I was taking Hydrocortisone and DHEA which I believe ruined my hair. Within six months I had lost half my hair volume and what remained broke almost to the root. I was devastated, I had no idea how important hair was to me until this experience. Turns out, lots of us hypothyroid people have hair problems.

hair_sagaIt’s taken a long time to see my hair length and volume return because hair grows about 1/2″ a month. The hair volume and thickness is coming back, and the damage and breakage from the DHEA has grow out and been trimmed off. It was a scary journey, as I am sure you can imagine. Heartbreaking, in fact.

My hair volume is still less than prior to 2010, but it’s a long journey. I will share more information soon about the hair care tricks I learned along the way. Here is the photo history of my hair and the medicine I was taking at each stage…

 

12 Comments

  1. Christal February 6, 2013 8:06 pm

    Lizzy, are you still using conditioner only for washing? I tried "sorta-poo" using soap nuts liquid and baking soda, and conditioning with lemon juice, and the results were so-so. I recently found an organic conditioner that I love and have been thinking of switching to co-washing. Your hair in today's photo looks great, so I'm excited to learn what you've been doing to maintain it!

  2. Kim February 6, 2013 11:09 pm

    Lizzy – I LOVE the short cut but you look no matter what! I feel optimized but I don't seem to be regaining the thickness I used to have. Still, my hair is growing and is healthy. Oh Yes! I have been "shampooing" using condidtioner only since July and I love the way it makes my hair feel! I have shampooed maybe 5 times since July. I am also conditioning my hair once a week by massaging coconut oil in to my scalp. I am so happy to see your posting today!

  3. Lizzy February 7, 2013 4:35 pm

    Kim that's so sweet, thank you! I am so happy to hear conditioning-only is working for you. I did it for about a year or so, and now I do more shampooing with moroccan oil shampoo. But I still love the conditioning-only method.

    Christal, that's a neat method for a shampoo alternative. Soon I will post a full write up of what I am doing for hair care now. xo!

  4. dianna February 8, 2013 7:22 pm

    Hi Lizzie! So glad to have your posts to read and re-read. I'm wondering if you went off HC because your adrenals were healed ro because the side effects were unbearable?
    I may have to beging HC soon and am still debating.

  5. Lizzy February 15, 2013 1:29 am

    HI Dianna, the side effects on Hydrocortisone were actually fine for me. I weaned off because I felt like it wasn't helping that much any more.

    Although I do believe I was on too high a dose at times (stress dosing up to 40mgs a day) which caused me to lose hair. A low dose of 20mgs/day for a few months should have been all I needed. It definitely helped me. xo!

    Lizzy

  6. Julia September 25, 2013 9:04 am

    Have you tried Reloxe? It's a hair supplements too.

  7. Amanda October 24, 2013 9:06 pm

    Wow, stumbled across this site today thanks to a google search.

    My super fine, kind of frizzy, must-be-styled, baby-ringlet curly hair is now straight.

    I've been on a low dose of Levothyroxine for one year to treat my hypothyroidism. I cut about 12 inches of hair off (leaving 6" or so) just a couple days ago, and it has not curled since. It barely has any wave, and fights every step of the way to get any curl whatsoever into it.

    I've ALWAYS wanted straight hair. Now that I have it, I'm confused. Maybe my curly hair was a symptom of my hypothyroidism, but I wasn't aware of any other thyroid symptoms prior to about 18 months ago. I really don't want to get attached to the straightness, and then lose it.

    Anyway, sorry for posting on such an old blog. I am just happy to find it, and some information about thyroid-specific hair care. Thanks!!

  8. Sarah Hendricks July 31, 2014 5:29 pm

    Hi Lizzy!

    I’ve experienced massive hair loss over the past year due to adrenal issues. Thank you so much for sharing these photos- wondering if you could share a more recent photo to add to the saga? Thank you so much for your encouragement.

    – Sarah

  9. Shelley Jarvis Twarowski December 15, 2014 5:50 pm

    Hi there.

    I am new to the site. I have 2 questions:

    1) why were you taking hydrocortisone and DHEA?

    2) What is the conditioning only method? No shampoo?

  10. Carolyn King December 15, 2015 12:11 am

    Hey Lizzie are you sure it was specifically the DHEA that was causing the loss and not the sudden change in hormone levels, I am now where you were in 2010 but my hair loss, I am convinced, has been caused by my beginning t4/t3 meds a few months ago which has shocked my hair into a telogen phase.

    • Miss Lizzy December 21, 2015 4:18 pm

      Hi Carolyn, for me personally, I think the DHEA caused a sudden change in hormones. Specifically overproduction of testosterone. Not everyone experiences this on DHEA, but I think its important for people to know the risks. Something else I learned this year, which I plan to write more about, is that I don’t convert t4 well. When I was on Armour thyroid (t3/t4), my hair volume was definitely thinner. Earlier this year I switched to t3 only medicine (Cytomel) and my hair volume in increasing considerably. So yes to your question, it does seem that a hormone imbalance can cause hair issues, though the conditions would be different for each of us.

  11. Katelynn Grace May 29, 2016 5:51 pm

    Hi Lizzy,

    I stumbled upon your website and find it very encouraging!
    About 6 weeks ago I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and started taking 50mg of synthroid. Since then my already shedding hair has gotten even more thin while the shedding still increases. I’m not sure if I should stick it out and give it more time on the synthroid to see what happens, or if I should jump the gun and ask for a natural treatment like armour to see if that changes anything….I heard synthroid can cause excessive hair loss and that scares the hell out of me. I can’t afford to lose anymore hair.

    Do you have any advice? Thx!

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