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Allie0817 10-18-2011 11:37 AM

Rapid Hair Loss
Hi there - I've been perusing the forums in a state of sheer panic! :help:

I have been experiencing rapid hair loss for the past 3 months, to the point that I've begun collecting it from my car (every other day) and FILLING a ziploc quart bag. I used to have very thick wavy hair, to the point that I could only wrap a hair tie 1-2 times, but now I'm able to go around 4 times! I have been following the Medi plan since March, and am fairly certain that it's the cause. Does ANYONE have any suggestions for what I can do to stop this? It may seem really vain, but I can't believe that in order to get healthy I will have to walk around with bald spots on my head!
I am only 34 years old, and have another 50 pounds to lose!! I am looking for ANY insight - it is getting to the point where I am in tears and considering stopping the diet. (btw, I live in Florida and currently take the Medi multi-vitamin, Biotin, Lysine, Zinc, Calcium and Fish Oil vitamins)

Thanks for any replies, I've never-ever posted to any kind of a support forum, so I'm kind of nervous about this posting....

Michelynn 10-18-2011 01:42 PM

I was going to mention vitamins and Biotin, but you're already taking them.

Have you asked your clinic staff about it? I know there are conditions that can cause hair loss (such as anemia, thyroid, hormones) that could be the culprit. I would ask them to do your blood work again and/or see your doctor to check for other issues.

Good luck!!

Gracie514 10-18-2011 01:45 PM

How much Biotin are you taking? You need a high dose of it if you are losing weight fast. I believe mine is 5,000 mg/capsule. That happened to me after losing a lot on hcg. I started the Biotin and it grew back pretty quick. But, it will be a different length than the rest of your hair.

christyran1228 10-18-2011 01:59 PM

I have a thyroid disorder and I shed all over the place ... but it hasn't gotten better or worse since starting the diet.

If you're taking all of your supplements, I'd definitely bring it up at your next visit.

ferrarimomof3 10-18-2011 03:23 PM

It happened to me at about 50lb loss. I increased my omega 3's, took biotin, and increased my protein some.

hyonlyf 10-19-2011 08:29 AM

I take 5000mg of Biotin twice daily.

I haven't noticed a huge hair loss, my friend has though. If it happens to me I will first, cry :-( and then probably get a shorter hair cut while I wait for it to grow back-which it WILL do. Remember, the weight loss is permanent, the hair loss is not, it will grow back!

I sympathize with you and know that our hair is an important feature, just try to stick it out.

Allie0817 10-19-2011 09:43 AM

Thanks for all the feedback - I met with the Dr at the clinic yesterday, but wasn't necessarily happy with the response. He told me that I don't need to worry about it until I get BALD SPOTS....for me, once that happens, I don't know what I will do! He told me it could be stress related, or just a natural cycle - but given the fact that the follicle is coming out with the hair, I know that it's trully falling out and not just breaking/etc. I am going to look at my bottle of Biotin tonight, to see what strength I'm currently taking.
However, I did just find a product and I'm wondering if anyone has heard of it? It's called "Shen Min Advanced Women's Formula Hair Regrowth". Since I'm feeling pretty desperate, and ready to try just about anything, I'm hoping that someone has used it or heard of it.

MBP 11-02-2011 01:36 PM

I had this happen to me and I lost half my hair. I am not kidding. It was devastating. I was considering buying a wig it was so bad. Here is what you need to do.

Go to Ulta or Sephora and buy 3 products from the Phyto haircare line. You MUST use all 3 togther to get great results. Check out all the glowing customer reviews on the Ulta or Sephora web sites. They are expensive but worth EVERY PENNY!

1) Phytocyane Revitalizing Shampoo for Thinning Hair
2) Phytophanere Dietary Supplement for Hair & Nails (use this in combination with your Biotin)
3) Phytocyane Revitalizing Treatment for Thinning Hair (this was amazing!)

My hair looks great, has filled in and I am no longer embarrased. I still use these products every day. I had to find these by lots of trial and error but they have saved me. See if you can find a 20% code/coupon for either of these stores to help the cost. Hope this helps you!! Good luck and hang in there.

BTW, this happened to me about 5 months into my Medi Diet.

MBP 11-02-2011 01:42 PM

For a quick fix right away...

Until your hair grows in (which will take quite some time) hide your bald spots or thinning scalp areas by using Toppik hair fiber builder. It is amazing. You can get it at Sally's Beauty Supply or even order it online at Amazon. This was a god send. It comes in several colors so match it to your hair. Also, use a fine mist hair spray to keep it in place...you do not need to buy the Toppik spray. I did not think it worked well. Again, hope this helps!

Twisted Suze 11-06-2011 12:00 PM

I asked someone at my MWL clinic about the possible hair loss and she said the omega 3 would help prevent that.
Also it seems to be different for each person.....just have to wait and see.
My hair is thin and straight and I would find that horrifying.

This message board doesn't provide a way to send personal messages, does it ? I couldn't find that in profiles.

I only wanted to ask how many others besides ChristyRan1228 and MBP are in TX.

MBP 11-07-2011 02:46 PM


Originally Posted by Twisted Suze (Post 15153612)
I asked someone at my MWL clinic about the possible hair loss and she said the omega 3 would help prevent that.
Also it seems to be different for each person.....just have to wait and see.
My hair is thin and straight and I would find that horrifying.

I took the Medi Omegas 3x a day and I still lost a TON of hair. It is the body's reaction to the strict caloric reduction. Everyone reacts differently.

barbwired 11-13-2011 02:36 PM

I was losing hair by the handfuls, actually had to stop blowing out my hair and letting it air dry curly so it wouldn't show as much. They weren't very helpful at the center, but my hair dresser said it had happened with another client who lost alot of wieght. She told me that hair growth is about a 90 day cycle and it would come back. I took biotin and omegas and nothing seemed to help. I did up my calcium and right around that time, it seemed to stop. Not sure if it was just the hair growth cycle, or the calcium, but it stopped. I have all kinds of new growth and everything is coming back. Good luck!

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