My hair is falling out!
Some people experience hair loss during the low calorie portion of the diet, and some after it is over and they're in maintenance.
Common causes of hair loss are:
- Telogen effluvium. This type of hair loss is usually due to a change in your normal hair cycle. It may occur when some type of shock to your system — emotional or physical — causes hair roots to be pushed prematurely into the resting state. The affected growing hairs from these hair roots fall out. In a month or two, the hair follicles become active again and new hair starts to grow. Telogen effluvium may follow emotional distress, such as a death in the family, or after a physiological stress, such as a high fever, sudden or excessive weight loss, nutritional deficiencies, surgery, or metabolic disturbances. Hair typically grows back once the condition that caused it corrects itself, but it usually take months.
- Poor nutrition. Having inadequate protein or iron in your diet or poor nourishment in other ways can cause you to experience hair loss. Fad diets, crash diets and certain illnesses, such as eating disorders, can cause poor nutrition.
- Medications. Certain drugs used to treat gout, arthritis, depression, heart problems and high blood pressure may cause hair loss in some people. Taking birth control pills also may result in hair loss for some women.
- Disease. Diabetes and lupus can cause hair loss.
- Medical treatments. Undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy may cause you to develop alopecia. Under these conditions, healthy, growing (anagen) hairs can be affected. After your treatment ends, your hair typically begins to regrow.
- Hormonal changes. Hormonal changes and imbalances can cause temporary hair loss. This could be due to pregnancy, having a baby, discontinuing birth control pills, beginning menopause, or an overactive or underactive thyroid gland. The hair loss may be delayed by three months following a hormonal change, and it'll take another three months for new hair to grow back. During pregnancy, it's normal to have thicker, more luxuriant hair. It's also common to lose more hair than normal about three months after delivery. If a hormonal imbalance is associated with an overproduction of testosterone, there may be a thinning of hair over the crown of the scalp. Correcting hormonal imbalances may stop hair loss.
This is common. Rapid weight loss often causes hair loss. Don't despair!! If you are a woman, you may find that progesterone cream helps. I lost a lot of hair after my 3rd round. Applying the cream twice daily for 21 days (7 day break, then 21 more days) to my belly, arms, breasts, etc. (rotate locations) stopped the hair loss cold. In addition, or instead, you can take the following supplements to encourage hair growth:
Finally, you can massage your scalp with pure coconut oil with a few drops of rosemary oil in it to encourage hair growth.
You can't stop your hair from falling out, but you *can* slow it down, and make more grow.