Constantly being cold, lack of energy, depression, mood swings and weight fluctuations, are just some of the unpleasant symptoms of hypothyroidism, a disease characterized by your thyroid’s inability to make enough thyroid hormone. For me it was the hair loss that was devastating. It started with just one or two strands of hair, so I didn’t think twice about it. However, soon I was shedding more and more hair and started to panic. After a blood test, my doctor started me on levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone which reduced my symptoms drastically. However, the damage was done. About half of my hair’s volume was gone, my scalp was sometimes visible and my hair texture was dry and brittle. My life came to a halt. I stopped doing go-sees and auditions for TV and film, and decided to focus on getting my hair (and confidence) back to where it was.
Although I’m taking thyroid medicine, my hair is still coming out, although much less than before. Some days are worse than others, but it’s not enough for me to go bald. My hair reaches my bra line, and to restore its appearance, I’ve tried every product known to man, and am currently using Volume Filler Shampoo, Conditioner and Ampoules by L’Oreal. This combo thickens my hair more so than any other products I’ve tried so far, and after washing, my hair feels and looks fuller. However, if I don’t wash my hair at least twice a week, it gets greasy and looks thinner. As you can imagine, I’m religiously washing it regularly to prevent this. Before hypothyroidism, I was able to just wash and go, but now, I have to blow dry it to make the texture seem smoother and the ends less dry and brittle. Of course I make sure to use a heat protecting spray before blow drying, because I don’t want to damage my hair any further.
Going to the hairdresser is out of the question. At this point, I’m too embarrassed, because I can just imagine her reaction after she combs my hair and sees several strands come out. I decided to dye my hair myself at home after getting my doctor’s approval. My hair came out glossy and rejuvenated, and even the texture seemed better. I also visited a dermatologist who recommended I use Rogaine. He stated that Rogaine doesn’t just regrow hair, it also thickens hair. He said I would see some difference in the thinner patches of hair on my scalp after about four months of continuous use. I used the generic version of women’s Rogaine, and although I don’t notice much of a difference, I’d like to think that it’s working, and continue to use it.
Although I’m regularly cutting the ends of my hair, it’s seems to be growing quickly, and if it continues to do so, I will gain some of my volume back. I’ll continue to experiment with new shampoos and conditioners in an effort to restore my hair. If you’re going through a similar ordeal, hopefully my experience with hair loss will motivate you not to give up. I know it’s a constant struggle, and although it’s just hair and it does grow back, to a woman, a good head of hair can give her the confidence she needs to realize her goals.