✛I think my hair loss stopped...

And I think it could have been low ferritin levels also (ferritin stores and releases iron).

I haven't lost much hair for the past two weeks. I dare to say things are pretty much normal.


As far as the low ferritin goes...well that might have been something that was simply "overlooked". In August I did have a test done, but this time I did not bother picking up the results right away, because my doctor told me over the phone that everything is great, including my iron and ferritin...


I picked up my results in fall and immediately noticed that my ferritin level was only 25 and my iron levels at 60. A ferritin level of 25 is pretty damn low and can and WILL cause pretty severe hair loss.


Of course I don't know if that is the only reason, but all other levels tested were fine, no old problems had returned...

I am a little upset with myself for not being more careful and reviewing the results right away...but who would possibly think a doctor could overlook such low ferritin levels?

I started supplementing a bit over a month ago and within one week I saw a decrease in shedding and it then tapered off slowly. Technically that is a bit too fast to see a difference, but the same happened in pregnancy.


Why my ferritin is low, I don't know for sure. But, breastfeeding a 2 1/2 year old about every 2-4 hrs does take away some nutrients. So I really need to watch my nutrients a bit more than others.


I know from experience that I need adequate amounts of meat to keep my iron levels up...but often I eat less meat than planned. I was never much of a meat eater, before going Paleo I ate very little meat and although I have been liking meat much better since going Paleo, sometimes I do skip it when I know I shouldn't.


I prefer meat prepared certain ways that are rather time consuming (also raw meat recipes like steak tar tar)...but when you are mothering a toddler, time isn't something you always have...so often meat meals are replaced by bananas...:/

Other times we are unable to get quality meat too.

My hair



Continues to thicken up...quickly like it always does too. Despite non of the regrowth fitting into a ponytail or braid yet, the hair already looks thicker at the base. This is because the thickness that was left a bit higher up, now moved down without thinning. Maybe I should write another article about how hair can thicken up after a shed, because it really is quite amazing and goes faster than many would imagine!


(Dec 2012/ Sept 13/ Oct 13/ Nov 13/ Jan 14 - you can see my ends look thinner and my hair also looks thinner overall down, that is why I consider to either maintain and trim, or to shorten my hair a bit again)

Since reaching tailbone length again, I have been trimming my ends, but a bit less than usual. So I guess my hair is actually more butt length than TBL now and not too far from classic length.


Here are 2 pics taken with my new camera for comparison.




(I just want to note that I like the highlights and subtle ombre effect that the sun has created on my natural hair color ^^, my winter growth seems very dark in comparison)

I am unsure whether I should keep growing or trim and maintain. I just lost a lot of hair, so I am thinking that trimming and maintaing for a bit might be wiser. But after maintaining for almost 3 years...I am getting a bit fed up with having my hair shorter because of hair loss crossing my plans over and over again. :P


Ah well, I will figure something out...

23 comments:

  1. oh my emi i think your hair is absolutly beautiful an it has thickened up alot ! be sure an post any new hair products or supplements youve been using because i follow everything you do an i do the same an im having great results :) thanks for the update, i got so excited when i seen you had did one ! :)

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    1. Thank you Tina! It hasn't thickened up down the lengths though, they are definitely thinner now as you can see in the time line, but the base of my braid/ ponytail feels thicker. I hope the thickness will travel down again soon :)

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  2. This is good news, isn't it? That is swell. It means there are lots of courses you can go further with your hair style. You've got your options open, and a lot of length with which to try it. Make something out of what you have, and what you now have essentially renewed :)

    Luz @ Hairworx

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  3. Same happened here. Doctors tell me a ferritin level of 20 is great, no worries. But how do you know how much to supplement, when you're doing it on your own???? That's my issue!! How much to take and how to get doctors to retest when they think it's unnecessary???

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    1. Andrea my regular GP usually does the tests I ask him to do, same with my Endocrinologist. I based my dose of 60 mg ferrous iron on the fact that my ferritin is very low, I knew my levels so I could decide on a good dose. Then it is good to get your levels tested as they rise (monthly), so you can stop or reduce the levels once you get to 70. I will likely only reduce at first to assure they are staying above 70. If your doctors aren't helping you find another doctor, I have seen so many to find some half decent, helpful ones. ;)

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  4. Looking at your hair makes me think my hair type is somewhat similar to yours... that's why I'm especially interested in your hair care routine. Thus I'd like to ask you a few questions if you don't mind... I recently got interested in growing my hair long. Could you please tell what's your hair care routine? Your hair is in a very good condition - I mean they are shiny and not puffy. What shampoo, hair conditioners and/or mask do you use now and what did you use in the past when you were growing your hair? Have you ever used any scalp treatments? Have you ever had the problem of your hair growing to a certain length and then kind of stopped or significantly slowed down in their growth? How to solve such problem? And my last question: do you know your hair porosity? If so, what type you have?

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    1. Hi Fawn! I have blogged about my hair care routine in detail a little bit ago. http://longhairedatheart.blogspot.de/2013/03/my-hair-and-care-2013.html, it includes everything I do. I'm definitely not a product junkie though. I use only oils for moisture. Atm coconut oil, but in the past also Camellia oil. When I was growing in the past I used Earthly Delight Shampoo and Conditioner. It is very moisturizing and the conditioner creates lots of "slip". It was a bit much for my hair and it looked stringy a bit too fast. My hair is more prone to frizz and being fuzzy than it was before my illness. But since my health has been restored my hair also seems to be going back to being silkier. I firmly believe that health and a good diet is most important when growing hair. No product has the same power. My hair growth never stopped or slowed down really (only in pregancy, but that was due to hormones and I could not change it), but it has been growing faster since I changed my diet (average human hair growth is 1cm/ 0.39inches, I get almost twice the amount now). If your hair slows down or stops growing it is either due to homones, nutritional or health issues and I would have a look at that. Last time I checked my hair had a low porosity, though these tests are not necessarily accurate. There are many factors that can alter the test result. My hair is pretty healthy, but I do have some splits now (did not have them back in 2009). Splits are also a good way to determine porosity. Porous hair will split and break more easily. Splits are fairly common at long lengths, but should not take over. Hope that helps!

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  5. Very good
    I'm impressed with the post. Thanks for sharing......

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  6. This blogger is very informative and genuine but it has no more details of how to hair regrowth. I think that if hair fall or hair loss stopped then it is also compulsory to apply or use some tips for hair regrowth.

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    1. Nice attempt at spamming on my blog. You obviously haven't red my other posts, which are all dedicated to solving health and hair loss problems with the help of science, diet and natural medicine. But hey...I took a look at your link and you only got about 10% of the reasons for hair loss figured out. You can smear as much onion in your hair as you want, it won't solve hair loss problems that are due to a health problem. Please no more useless Spam.

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  7. What Iron are you taking and what dose? I'm hypothyroid and even though thyroid med has kept my tsh to normal I am still losing hair. My hair has went from thick and curly to lifeless and straight as a board. My scalp is also extremely dry and itchy but no dandruff. I found out that even though my doctor told me my ferritin was normal it's 23. Any info on what you take will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Ruth! I'm taking Puritan's Pride Iron (325 Ferrous Sulfate), 2x 65 mg tablets a day. 23 is definitely low, especially when we are talking hair loss. For doctors it is a normal range oddly. For hair loss to stop and hair to regrow ferritin needs to climb over 70. Mine is a bit over 100 now.
      Have you read my post regarding Hashimoto's and Raw Thyroid supplements? My Thyroid has been fine for a few yrs with these supplements and a diet change.
      Your itchy scalp sounds like a fungus or maybe eczema. If it is a fungus you should get fairly quick relief with anti fungal solution (I used Canesten, it contains clotrimazole) . A fungus can also cause hair loss so it would be worth a try! :)

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    2. Thanks for the info! I was on Armour for my thyroid for a year and I just couldn't handle it well, so they put me back on Levothyroxine and I feel so much better. But alas my hair shed never stopped on Armour or Levothyroxine. I had my scalp looked at and my doc said it's definitely not fungus. I've read in forums of others with low ferritin that also have itchy scalp and even burning feeling so I'm hoping once I get my ferritin up this will go away. I'm also thinking this might be some sort of hormone issue, so I'm getting a full hormone panel done with my next thyroid check.

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  8. Naturally, you are blessed with amazing hairs and ultimately with zero expense of a straightener :) LOLzz..My friend had lost his hairs during his medications for hepatitis. Now he is looking for natural hair loss treatment with zero side effect. Kindly refer me some reliable solutions so I can pass him on. Thanks

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    1. Since there can be a million reasons for hair loss, your friend would have look into quite a few things judging by symptoms. Have a look at the list of causes I posted a little bit ago and then go from there. Usually, several problems will have to be corrected and not just one (1) remedy will help.

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  9. My ferretin level is 18 and m suffering from hair loss since one year. My half hair are almost gone :(
    I also have dandruff in my hair.
    Please tell me what should i do?

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    1. 18 is definitely low. You can take ferrous iron supplements to increase your levels. I think about 120mg would be a good dose. Your ferritin levels should increase within three months. If not talk to a specialist since you may not be absorbing the supplement properly. The dandruff could be linked to a fungus, which can also cause hair loss. I will be writing an article about treating a scalp fungus soon, but in the meantime have a look at my Candida posts, I described some topical remedies for a scalp fungus. You may be able to stop your hair loss with a combination of anti fungal shampoo and anti-fungal solutions. Basically you wash every two days and apply the scalp treatment in between and leave it on for a day.

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  10. That is really good your hair loss stopped! Hair loss really scares me! Everyone always compliments me on my hair and I don't know what I would do without it!
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  12. Much thanks to you for offering tips for hair growth . I am losing my hairs quick in age of 23 and I know it is a direct result of wretchedness however this hair fall is expanding my despondency considerably more… Well, I am going to apply your suggestive tips. Hope I will recover my hairs.

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