Thyroid Disease and Hair Loss

Thyroid disease is a blanket term that covers a variety of ailments, including hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto’s disease, Graves’ disease, thyroid cancer and others. It is estimated that between 27 and 60 million Americans suffer from some form of thyroid disease, but, unfortunately, the majority go undiagnosed. Women are more likely to be thyroid patients than men.

Hair loss is often one of the first indicators of thyroid disease. In fact, it’s not uncommon for an underlying thyroid problem to first be uncovered by a hairdresser! If you’re experiencing hair loss or changes to your hair caused by thyroid disease, you’re not alone. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to reverse your hair loss.

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Evaluate your medication

Unfortunately, hair loss is a common side effect of many of the hormone replacement medications prescribed to treat thyroid disease – specifically, lecothyroxine (which has many name brand forms). If this is the case for you, talk to your doctor about switching to a different medication or adding a second drug.

Hair loss is also commonly caused by undertreatment or mistreatment of thyroid disease. Don’t be afraid to speak up or get a second opinion if you think this is the case.

Visit a dermatologist

It’s possible that your hair loss is caused by something other than thyroid disease. A dermatologist that specializes in hair loss can run tests to determine the cause, and help identify new treatment methods. Just be sure to bring a copy of your medical records so the dermatologist can see what you’ve been diagnosed with and prescribed.

Adjust your diet

Loading your diet with iron, lysine and other vitamins and minerals, along with plenty of healthy fat, can give your hair a boost.

Look into hair replacement

Extensions, wigs and other hair replacement and restoration products can help you look and feel like yourself again as you work to treat your thyroid disease.

 

If you’re experiencing hair loss caused by an autoimmune disease, contact our experienced Minneapolis hair replacement professionals to schedule a consultation at our discrete and comfortable Bloomington hair restoration salon.

How to Minimize Hair Breakage

If you’re dealing with thinning hair or hair loss, it’s important to take excellent care of your hair and scalp. There are many ways to protect and nourish your hair, but it’s vital to proactively prevent hair breakage and related damage. A few simple changes to your daily routine will help to keep your hair strong and break-free.

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Switch to a natural hairbrush

Rigid plastic hairbrush bristles can easily snap fragile hair. Switch to a boar-bristle brush for a gentler option that will provide smoother, healthier hair. And don’t overbrush – too much brushing can weaken and damage delicate strands.

Don’t towel dry

Never rub wet hair with a towel! Hair is the most fragile and easily breakable when damp or wet, so if you need to towel dry, experts recommend blotting and gently squeezing with an old, soft t-shirt.

Minimize heat

If possible, allow your hair to dry naturally. If you need to blow dry, switch to your dryer’s coolest setting, and keep the dryer continually moving and at least 6 inches away from hair. Similarly, lower the heat on flatirons, curling irons and other styling tools.

Loosen your ponytail

If you regularly style your hair into a tight ponytail or similar style, you could be doing serious damage. Styles that put continuous pressure on hair follicles can cause breakage or hair loss. This includes ponytails, updos, extensions, braids and more. If your style feels too tight, loosen it to avoid hair loss, and always use a gentle elastic to hold hair in place.

Change your pillowcase

A rough cotton pillowcase can cause friction as your head moves at night. Switch to a softer satin or silk case for a smoother night with less opportunity for hair breakage.

 

If you’re dealing with excessive hair breakage or loss, contact the experts at our discrete Bloomington, Minnesota hair restoration salon. We carry a wide variety of hair systems, wigs, hair extensions and more. Our hair replacement professionals can help you to find the best solution for you and your situation, goals and budget. Contact us today for a free consultation!

Hair Care Products to Reverse and Prevent Hair Loss

Whether you’ve had thin hair all your life or are experiencing new-onset thinning, facing the prospect of hair loss can be alarming and daunting. At d.k. International, we are experienced in all stages of hair loss, and with a wide variety of products and services available at our Minneapolis-area salon, we can help you find the best solution for your lifestyle and budget.

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In addition to extensions, wigs and related hair loss solutions, we also carry a wide range of hair care products that are designed to reverse thinning and revitalize the scalp and hair. Products include scientifically formulated shampoos and conditioners, overnight scalp treatments, leave-in thickeners, styling products and more. Most products are available for both natural and color-treated hair.

These products work by deep cleaning and improving the health of the scalp – clearing product buildup and excess oil from hair follicles and increasing blood flow to the scalp. This allows for more natural hair growth and protects from future hair loss. While that new growth is occurring, styling products can help to volumize and style your hair to make it appear thicker and healthier.

Vitamins can also be highly beneficial for those experiencing thinning hair. These daily supplements contain ingredients proven to promote healthy hair growth and overall health of hair, skin and nails.

At d.k. International, we carry unique specialty hair care products for thinning hair. Our experienced professionals can help you determine the right products for you, and recommend a specific treatment plan for thicker, healthier hair.

In our Bloomington hair loss salon, we offer a wide range of products for hair loss, with customizable solutions for every situation. Whether your hair loss is due to male or female pattern baldness, trichotillomania, chemotherapy, alopecia or another reason, d.k. International is here to help. Contact us to learn more and schedule an appointment.