Tried and tested

I thought I’d share a list of tried and tested treatments so it helps others make informed choices on what they wish to try.

I must say though folks – alopecia is an auto immune issue, it’s volatile, unpredictable, bloody annoying and different for everyone.

Treatment is all about finding what’s right and what works for you, 🙂

Seven star hammering:

This is an Accupuncture treatment. I started this in November 2016.

I’m not going to lie – it bloody hurts ! It’s basically a tiny head with … you guessed it… 7 needles in. You tap the bald patches so it encourages cell renewal and thus hair renewal.

I had this done probably 3 times the first month by the acupuncturist. He did it hard and left me bleeding. (Only a little)

He then gave me a kit and told me to do it myself over the next few weeks.

I spent probably 6 weeks on and off (I’m so forgetful) or tapping my head. I didn’t do it as hard but still broke the skin.

My verdict is that this works. It created cell renewal and 3 months my hair started to grow back.

This is what the hammering does to the skin.

Rosemary oil:

I used rosemary oil quite a bit, I noticed it really soothes the pain I was getting when the skin became inflamed.

I would tap the oil into my skin. It could have helped the growth as I did this at the same time as the seven star tapping, but not every time I tapped.

I would use rosehip oil as a carrier oil for the essential oil.

Steroid injections:

I’ve had many shots of steroids over the last few years. However, every time I have them they cause collagen collapse and I’m left with big dents in my head where the steroid has broken down the collagen.

This is repairable if you have a course of oral steroids. However I had a very ugly bumpy head.

It does work – my hair grew back every time – but again this is not good for full head loss because it’s just too painful and you’d need hundreds of shots.

I try to only use these round my face as I hate the hair missing there.

I’ve noticed it isn’t long lived. The hair can fall back out again. But if you are willing to get these shots every 3 months then you’ll grow it ok.

Steroid tablets – oral:

Every course of oral steroids I take stops fall out and encourages growth. It’s painfully slow though and most of the time it only stops the fall out.

However be prepared to look like a football head! Oral steroids every time give me moon face! It’s an actual thing… if the doc says you might not get that then he/she is lying.. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t get moon face from steroids.

I also noticed it made my legs and arms very bumpy, to repair the damage to my legs I had to have a weekly vigorous massage for 3 months, they looked horrid, far worse than standard cellulite, really quite nasty.

Theradome – low level light treatment:

This cost me a few quid, about £780. It provides cell stimulation. I wear the helmet version and do 20 mins every other day. Again I’m not good at doing this religiously and I should do it daily.

I think it’s improved the texture and thickness of the hair that has grown back. It come back course and curly from silky and straight. I like curly hair so I have no issues there.

Methotrexate:

This is an immuno suppressant chemotherapy drug.

This stuff makes you feel like an old woman. Tired. Mouth ulcers, brain fog … I was a zombie. I couldn’t cope and didn’t take it long enough to make an impact. I’m also petrified of the side effects (hair loss).

It worked for my cousin though, so it could work for you.

Organic diet / gluten and dairy free:

From jan 2017 I have eaten gluten and dairy free. It improved my health dramatically. I lost weight I felt good and this was around the same time my hair started to grow back.

I honestly believe gluten and dairy should be cut from everyone’s diets. It’s really awful for you and so toxic.

I try to organic food where I can, it’s tough as choices are not huge yet but it’s certainly getting better.

Definitely eat organic – don’t drink tap water, drink filtered water ! Tap water is also toxic to hairless ladies!

Vitamins:

Blimey, what haven’t I tried here is probably a shorter answer….

Vitamin D – I’m deficient so I have to take this. Keeps me sane and raises my depression massively. Everyone should take vit d. Vitamin D is an important nutrient that is essential to our health. It boosts immunity, keeps bones strong and skin healthy, stimulates cell growth, and helps create new hair follicles. You absorb vitamin D through sun exposure primarily, but you can take dietary supplements and eat certain foods to up your intake of the nutrient.

A number of symptoms, such as hair loss, can occur when your body lacks the recommended amount of vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to alopecia. One role vitamin D plays is stimulating new and old hair follicles. When there isn’t enough vitamin D in your system, new hair growth can be stunted. A study found that women 18 to 45 years old who experienced alopecia or other types of hair loss had low levels of vitamin D.

Reasons for insufficient vitamin D levels include spending more time indoors, wearing a lot of sunscreen, and not eating foods packed with the nutrient

Vitamin E – good for the skin, not sure if my stint with this did anything or not. Vitamin E plays a key role in both the growth and maintenance of your locks. Adding vitamin E to your diet will not likely reverse your hair loss,but could strengthen the tresses you have and possibly encourage new growth.

Zinc – is definitely helping my nails improve so most likely helping the hair too. Zinc deficiency can cause hair loss, and also anaemia – which can further exacerbate hair shedding.

Magnesium – I take this for headaches. It seems to work. It raises my mood too. Magnesium is responsible for helping your body absorb and use other nutrients, like calcium. … Spraying magnesium right onto your scalp can help with scalp conditions such as dandruff.

Co enzyme Q10 – Coenzyme Q10 (Co Q10) can help to restore hair growth and reduce hair thinning that is associated with aging. The aging process affects the amount of keratin in the hair and this loss of keratin can cause hair to start thinning and bald patches can appear. Using a shampoo enriched with Co Q10 to wash your hair can help to reverse the effects of aging on your hair. I take it as a supplement also.

Iron (ferritin) – I’m deficient in iron – so I need to get my levels up to 100 from a measly 14! Makes a huge difference to my tiredness levels. Both Iron and Zinc are two minerals that promote healthy hair growth. Iron-rich foods are lean meats, spinach, chicken and beans or lentils. Iron is an essential mineral that has several important roles in the body including helping to make red blood cells, which carry oxygen around the body to all the cells.

According to some experts, Ferritin levels of at least 40 ng/ml are required to stop hair loss, while levels of at least 70 ng/ml are needed for hair regrowth. The optimal ferritin level for thyroid function is between 90-110 ng/ml.

Chromium – helps me when Im sugar craving – cutting sugar and refined sugars is hard but much better for the hair. Chromium helps metabolize carbohydrates. It monitors blood sugar levels, and helps stabilize blood sugar. … It aids in combating hair loss by preventing hypoglycemia and hyperglycemi.

Vit b12 – I don’t take this all the time as my levels are ok. Vit b12 helps to strengthen the hair you have.

Vit b6 – great for keeping me awake and giving me energy. A component of vitamin B6, known as Pyridoxal 5-Phosphate (PLP), regulates the function of androgens – or sex hormones – i.e. testosterone and estrogen. These hormones have a direct effect on hair growth. … Eating certain vitamins or supplements can help to support healthy hair growth

Folic acid- I have to take this when on methotrexate, it’s important to keep your folate levels normal. Taking a folic acid supplement will only help to stop your hair loss if you are specifically suffering from a folic acid deficiency. If you are unsure, you must consult your doctor, who will help you to understand your symptoms.

The reality is that most people are able to get sufficient folic acid from eating foods that contain it in abundance. Eggs, citrus fruits, dark leafy green vegetables, and some grains or breakfast cereals either naturally contain folic acid or have been fortified with it. If for any reason you are unable to eat any of these foods in your normal diet, then your doctor may recommend a supplement. This will not harm your body’s natural hair growth cycle, but is not enough alone to nourish hair from within

Biotin – everyone takes biotin when experiencing hair issues. It is good for promoting growth. I think this makes me feel more positive too. One symptom of Biotin deficiency can be thinning hair or discoloration of hair. A diet rich in Biotin, or hair growth supplements containing the B vitamin, can help promote existing hair growth. Biotin helps you maintain healthy looking hair and nails, helping to prevent them from looking brittle and dull

Cod lover oil – blend with evening primrose oil to keep your hair follicles well oiled! Cod liver oil is an excellent source of vitamins A and D, as well as omega-3 fatty acids. It has anti-inflammatory properties and helps with cell growth and the immune system.

Evening promise is vital for hormone imbalances. The gamma linolenic acid present in evening primrose oil helps boost skin and hair regeneration, promoting hair regrowth. Nourishes your scalp to ensure healthy hair growth.

Sea kelp – bit of a thyroid booster. Should help normalise thyroid levels, even if I’m normal blood testing ranges but may be high or low for you. Everyone is different. It’s important all your hormones are working right. If you have low thyroid then you’ll start to lose your hair, be it thinner, not as healthy or in patches like me. My thyroid is classed as normal but it’s the last digit on the normal scale so for me is too low.

sea kelp is linked to hair growth and prevention of hair thinning. ‘Sea Kelp is commonly known to promote hair growth due to its naturally high iodine content which is said to aid normal thyroid function which in turn is often related to hair thinning.’

Sea kelp is linked to hair growth and prevention of hair thinning as it is commonly known to promote hair growth due to its naturally high iodine content which is said to aid normal thyroid function which in turn is often related to hair thinning.’

So the benefits of sea kelp are more about thyroid regulation, which in turn can be linked to hair loss or thinning locks.

Brown seaweed – packed with iron and iodine. Great for your hair, increases iron levels and normalises thyroid.

Seaweed alone contains many of the necessary vitamins and minerals needed for hair growth. For instance, according to “Alive: Canadian Journal of Health & Nutrition,” omega-3 fatty acids feed hair follicles to stimulate growth, and iron and zinc maintain hair production. Zinc deficiency leads to hair shedding. Moreover, vitamins A and C are also needed to produce sebum, which acts as a natural hair conditioner; vitamins B and E help maintain healthy hair. Calcium, rich in seaweed, is another vital mineral in hair production. Finally, detoxifying the body can promote healthier hair growth. ( from www. Livestrong.com)

Turmeric – one of the best anti inflammatory herbs available. Take it every day for a clean body on the inside.

The turmeric compound curcumin has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that could help resolve underlying conditions that cause hair loss, such as seborrheic dermatitis. A scaly, inflammatory scalp condition, seborrheic dermatitis can lead to temporary and permanent types of hair loss.

Selenium- a trace mineral, again helps the thyroid and normalise a hormone imbalance. But needed for hair growth. But don’t take too much because too much can have the opposite affect. Selenium helps us fight diseases.

Selenium protects the thyroid gland from the oxidative damage. Without adequate selenium, high iodine levels lead to destruction of the thyroid gland cells.

Author:

Hey there, I am a 42 year old mum of 3. I am married to a great guy and live in the beautiful city of Hereford. I run and own 3 photography businesses and I’m a keen photographer of all the worlds beauty! I also run and own a financial services business. As well as those above I also write for magazines and model for various clients. I’ve had alopecia now for 3 years and believe me I’ve tried everything! Stay tuned to follow my story and my review of things that help and things that don’t!

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