Hypothyroidism can cause hair loss in many women, which can be upsetting. Our hair, in many ways, symbolizes our femininity. When we lose our hair, we feel like we’ve lost a piece of ourselves. It’s a continual confirmation that something is wrong with our bodies whenever we brush our hair or glance in the mirror.
During my struggle with hypothyroidism, hair loss was one of the early signs that something was off in my body. I’ve experienced firsthand this, and I know how upsetting it can be to wash your hair while seeing your shower drain full of hair.
Hair loss may be overcome with various methods, and I’ve had great success with a number of them. However, before we get into the specifics, let’s start with some background information.
Definition of hypothyroidism
Hypothyroidism occurs when your thyroid produces insufficient levels of the hormones T3 and T4. It can cause mood disorders and physical symptoms, such as weight gain, muscle aches, and weakness. Because these symptoms are similar to those of other disorders, they may go unnoticed and untreated until too late.
One main symptom of hypothyroidism is hair loss. It is worth noting that the thyroid’s hormones play an essential part in the hair development cycle, which includes the three stages of growth, rest, and shedding. Hair follicles aren’t all in the same growth stage; some are resting while others are actively growing. You’ll see noticeable thyroid hair loss if you don’t create enough thyroxine (th3) and thyroxine (th4). Shedding can appear anywhere on the scalp, not just in one spot.
As hypothyroidism progresses, hair loss can come about elsewhere on the body, but eyebrow hair loss is the most noticeable indicator. It may take several months for thyroid hair loss to become noticeable due to the length of the hair cycle.
Suitable Hair Care Products for Hypothyroidism
My research revealed several hair care products that can help reverse the effects of hypothyroidism. Nevertheless, some of these products don’t react well with all hair types or are only suited to people living in specific environmental conditions. For instance, some products contain glycerin; therefore, only work well for people living in highly humid areas.
Accordingly, I sampled the most common ingredients in these products and found the following. You can either buy products with these ingredients or apply the ingredients directly to your hair and scalp.
Aromatherapy is a treatment option for thyroid fatigue that uses essential oils. Inhaling the scent of certain oils made from medicinal herbs can help alleviate fatigue. Adding a few drops of essential oils to your hair care regimen can also help strengthen your follicles. Using essential oils and carrier oils on your scalp will help you reclaim your hair’s natural shine.
If you want to stop hair loss and regulate your thyroid levels, here are some essential oils to look into:
Lemongrass oil is produced by steam distilling dried lemongrass. It is used in aromatherapy to boost the immunological, joint, and muscle systems.
• It is anti-inflammatory.
• It aids in detoxifying the thyroid gland and promotes normal lymphatic function.
• Use lemon grass-infused products or apply them directly to your scalp.
• Combine 3 drops of lemongrass oil and 3 tbsps. carrier oil. Massage it into your scalp to prevent hair loss.
Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense oil is highly anti-inflammatory, immune-stimulating, and analgesic. It benefits dry scalps and brittle hair shafts caused by thyroid dysfunction. It neutralizes free radicals in the body, which are necessary for thyroid function. Apply three drops of frankincense oil on your scalp, diluted with almond or jojoba oil.
Myrrh Essential Oil
Myrrh oil has been used as an anti-inflammatory medication for centuries. It is anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Thyroid health may be improved by applying two or three drops of myrrh oil to the thyroid gland.
Apply a few drops of myrrh oil to your scalp along with three drops of frankincense or any anti-inflammatory oil to strengthen hair follicles.
Sandalwood Essential Oil
Sandalwood oil is anti-anxiety. Apply a few drops of sandalwood oil topically on pressure points. Massage your scalp with a few drops of this oil mixed with coconut oil. Use it on your hair for six consecutive days. It boosts the amount of Keratin in your scalp, which helps grow healthy hair strands.
Peppermint Essential Oil
When applied to the scalp, Peppermint oil offers a refreshing scent and a tingling feeling. Supplement your hair care program with a few drops to boost hair growth.
Other Common Remedies
My research also revealed a couple of other common remedies, including dietary supplements. Although they are not specifically hair products, they can go a long way to suppress the effects of thyroid dysfunction.
Two proteins in red blood cells are required for hair growth: ferritin and hemoglobin. Thyroid hormones cause a drop in ferritin and hemoglobin concentration in the blood. Consuming an iron-rich diet increases their amounts, helping to prevent hair loss. Iron also strengthens your hair follicles, allowing them to tolerate a thyroid imbalance.
Anti-inflammatory diets aid thyroid function. Ginger and turmeric are the most often used anti-inflammatory spices in Indian cuisine.
Consumption of anti-inflammatory foods promotes proactive hair restoration by increasing hair development in your hair follicles.
Avoid inflammatory foods such as refined carbohydrates, red meat, fried foods, coffee, and alcohol. Inflammation wreaks havoc on your thyroid, resulting in hair loss.
The thyroid gland produces hormones by absorbing iodine from the food you eat. Iodine is a naturally occurring element in table salt. Make sure to purchase iodized salt.
Iodine intake should not exceed 150mg per day. Excessive iodine consumption may impair the thyroid gland’s function and cause hair loss.
For millennia, Ayurvedic medicinal herb preparations have been used to treat physical and mental stress. The scientific study substantiates Ayurvedic herbal extracts’ medicinal benefits, including brain detoxification, immunomodulation, neuroprotection, anti-inflammatory activity, and memory enhancement. The most relevant benefit in the present context includes an anti-inflammatory activity.
Note that these herbs target the thyroid dysfunction (the underlying cause of your hair loss); thus, they will alleviate your hair loss issue and other symptoms of hypothyroidism. Also, they are more effective when ingested than applied topically.
Ashwagandha is a well-known plant in Ayurveda’s medical history. Some call it the Winter Cherry or Indian ginseng. It is antioxidant-rich and found in the majority of thyroid supplements. It revitalizes your thyroid health in the following ways
• Its roots enhance thyroid hormone production.
• It expressly increases thyroid hormone serum concentrations.
• It is effective in reversing postpartum hair loss.
Brahmi, or Bacopa, has been utilized in Ayurvedic medicine for an extended period. It is a potent medicinal plant found in a few thyroid supplements.
• It has a strong stimulating effect on the thyroid gland’s function.
• It stimulates tissue regeneration, which corresponds to hair growth.
• It has alkaloids that stimulate the production of proteins necessary for hair growth.
• It aids in weight loss by regulating appetite.
• It boosts your energy levels.
Guggul is an aromatic resin obtained from a barbed tree. It has an active ingredient known as guggulsterone, which is effective against various health issues, including thyroid.
• Increases the thyroid glands’ iodine uptake
• It enhances the development and thickness of your hair.
• It has anti-inflammatory properties
• It possesses antioxidant properties.
• It helps you maintain a healthy cholesterol level.
Punarnava is a virtue-filled herb that revitalizes the entire body. Several of its parts are used to create a supplement.
• It functions as a good diuretic, alleviating swelling and numbness associated with a thyroid imbalance.
• It restores damaged hair caused by thyroid issues.
• It is critical for digestive metabolism promotion.
Kanchanar is another thyroid-supportive plant. Guggulu translates as “shield against sickness.” Kanchanar Guggulu is an Ayurvedic composition containing additional herbs for thyroid treatment.
- Contributes to the thyroid’s optimal function by balancing thyroid hormone output.
- It aids in the elimination of toxins from body tissues.
- Prevents hair loss and boosts hair volume.
Dealing with hair thinning or loss has never been easy. It can affect your self-confidence and, ultimately, your social life. Regrettably, there is no shampoo or topical solution to reverse what is essentially a structural change in the hair shaft. While there are solutions that can help it appear smoother, nothing in terms of shampoo/conditioner or style products will ‘cure’ it.
And so, these recommended products, ingredients, and herbs ensure healthy hair growth. So while your old hair strands may be damaged, including these solutions in your hair care regime can enhance your look. Besides, the Ayurvedic herbs have the potential to revitalize your hair and cure hypothyroidism.