PSA: Do you use Herbal Essences or Garnier Fructis? Do you lose lots of hair in the shower? PUT THE BOTTLE DOWN: A Personal Tale

So first image is me in 2003. About 14 years ago. Ignore the awful cosplay photo and take in the luscious locks. Thick, wavy, I had issues taming it.

Fast forward to today in 2017 (yes i’m old) Thin, straight, I have issues getting volume and if it gets greasy I can see my bald head though it. My part has widened and putting it back is a pathetic laugh in covering scalp, so I keep it short to avoid the temptation.

Aside from getting darker, I knew some change with age happens and always attributed that to getting my hair thinned during puberty. BUT OH HOW WRONG I SEEM TO HAVE BEEN.

Around 16 I started using Herbal Essences and Garnier, wanting something ‘better’ for my hair than the Sauve and Pantene my parents bought. When I started using it I thought nothing of losing hair in the shower, cause I had so much! Besides, this is supposed to be the nicer low-end stuff, right? HA

Eventually I got so used to the ridiculous amount of hair loss in the shower I thought little of it. But after recently noticing my hair thinning to the point of looking up dermatologists for help I looked into non-prescription shampoos for thinning hair.

And in my search found a lot of people saying HE and GF made their hair fall out in chunks. Sound familiar? I was suspicious now, so last shower I used a Sephora sample of Christophe Robin Sea Salt Scrub on my hair. Try something high end, probably won’t matter, right? That’s what people say, “Oh, it’s all the same, high end you pay for a name. Why waste money?”

WRONG. Today in the shower I lost about 8 strands, mostly broken end pieces, not long, full strands like before. It was a complete 180°. My hair wasn’t coming out in droves every pass through of my fingers. I didn’t have to clean the hair trap after my shower.

So, that’s the story of how I realized my drug store shampoo was making me bald and that paying more can matter A LOT.

If you lose tons of hair in the shower and use these brands, you might want to try a salon brand for a couple weeks to see if it’s the same.

anonymous asked:

Which side of the family does hair loss/gain during T depend on? My dads side has pretty bad male pattern balding, but my mom's barely have any, so I need to know

Lee says:
T can cause male pattern baldness, but it’s not guaranteed and relies mostly on genetics. This tag has more information on hair loss, so I recommend you scroll through that if you want to learn more about prevention. Both parents influence it, but your mom’s side’s influence is a bit stronger. 

anonymous asked:

Does finasteride effect how deep your voice gets? I'd like to take it to prevent hair loss/ lessen bottom growth, but I want a deeper voice.

Theoretically yes, Finasteride can have an effect on the voice if taken during the early stages of someone taking testosterone. Finasteride works by systemically stopping the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). While DHT contributes to hair loss it’s also largely responsible for masculinizing effects such as voice changes, body hair, facial hair, and genital growth. Finasteride reduces the concentration of DHT within the body by roughly 70% so this would have a direct impact on the changes associated with it, including the voice. This is why Finasteride is usually only prescribed for folks who’ve been on testosterone for a few years and are beyond the developmental stages of those changes. I understand that certain bodily changes on testosterone might not be ideal but please remember that you can’t pick and choose what changes will occur.

anonymous asked:

Hey guys. So I know hair loss/gain during t depends on your genetics, but the thing is my dad's side has pretty bad male pattern baldness, whilst my mom's has barely any at all, so I have no idea what's gonna happen to me during t. Does hair loss rely more strongly on one side of your family?

Kai says:

I have heard it’s more related to your mom’s side of the family, but i’m not an expert on this

anonymous asked:

dear cliff: since going to uni several of my friends and i have felt our hair is thinning (!?!?) WHY? is it b/c our city has hard water? cold weather? diet? nutrition? vitamins? not enough dairy? not eating organic? stress? pls save us

I don’t know.  There’s a lot of things that can cause hair loss, but the likeliest to happen to several people all at once, just as they’re starting uni, are either that your diet is inadequate or you’re under too much stress. 

You don’t need dairy or organic food, but are you living on ramen?  Don’t live on ramen (or any other food that’s 99% starch).  Or at least mix in as much meat/tofu and vegetables as you can afford.  Lack of protein, lack of iron, or just plain insufficient food can cause hair loss. 

And are you sleeping?  There’s a lot of causes of stress in uni and I can’t really address them all in a Tumblr ask, but one of the biggest is if you just aren’t getting any damn sleep.  Really try to get 7-8 hours a night–it’ll help your overall health and mood as well as your hair.

If it’s not one of those, make an appointment at the campus health center, because you’ve reached the limits of my ability to tele-diagnose.

anonymous asked:

So I have been debating going on T, but I know that there is a chance of losing your hair if you do. My hair is my pride and joy with everything I have, and if I lost it, I would never be happy with myself. My family's men all start to bald by their mid twenties, so unless there is a way to prevent losing my hair for sure, I don't think I should go on T. Do you know any ways to assure I don't lose it?

There isnt a lot you can do, especially if you are genetically predisposed to MPB. There is no guarantee it would happen to you though and if it did when it would. You could potentially be on T for years before, or if, it happened. There are some things you can do but they’re not really preventative measures as it would defeat the purpose of being on T as the effects would counteract it. I have talked about that before here:

T is something you could always try and see what happens. If you did start to experience any hair related problems you can always come off it. It would not continue if you stopped as the action of DHT would be removed. You wouldnt suddenly lose it all overnight. It wont just all fall out. What happens with it varies. Some experience thinning, others receeding hairline. Loss tends to start to be noticable if more comes out than grows back which results in patches. If you noticed something starting to happen you could always stop at that point and/or start a treatment. As I said you could get years out of it so if you were able to be on it for long enough to obtain the other masculinising changes you wanted you could then try a treatment option for it. If it wasnt to help much again you can always come off T if you needed to. Some of the changes would be permanent so you would retain them but not others

Simple answer is there is no guaranteed way for it to not happen. if anything like that could be done it would be something worth millions. As it is there are some treatment options but they dont work for everyone and success with them will vary. Whether you want to try T or not is up to you. Its something you could try and stop if you wanted to. What happens, when and to what extent cant be predicted though

anonymous asked:

If my family doesn't have a huge history of male balding, would that affect the possibility of hair loss when starting t? I'm very worried about hair loss.

Lee says:

Have you looked at our Testosterone FAQ? If your family doesn’t have a huge history of male balding, then it’s less likely you’ll go bald as well.

“T can cause male pattern baldness, but it’s not guaranteed and relies mostly on genetics. This tag has more information on hair loss.”

anonymous asked:

if i'm concerned about hair loss, is it better to go on medication like finasteride as a preventative measure, or only if you have found signs of hair loss already? thanks.

I wouldn’t recommend taking Finasteride as a preventative measure. Finasteride stops hair loss by systemically stopping the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT); a metabolite of testosterone that is often associated with male pattern baldness. While DHT contributes to hair loss it’s also largely responsible for masculinizing effects such as voice changes, the development of body and facial hair, and genital growth. Finasteride reduces the concentration of DHT within the body by roughly 70% so this would have a direct impact on the changes associated with it. The changes wouldn’t stop entirely but they would take longer to happen and the overall reduction in DHT might block the full extent of the changes from taking place. This is why Finasteride is usually only prescribed for people who’ve been on testosterone for a few years and have experienced those masculinizing effects. As an alternative to Finasteride you might consider looking into a topical DHT blocker, such as DHT blocking shampoo, since the effect would be localized to your head rather than systemic (impacting the entire body).

most of the hair loss thread doesn’t have a lot of positive or hopeful posts so i thought i’d add one

i started losing my hair in january, right after:

1. learning my father was going blind and my parents might lose their house

2. breaking up with the man i was going to marry

3. going off birth control pills

4. taking a supplement for hormonal acne

5. experienced sudden weight loss

it started small but by february, i was asking friends to tell me if i was going bald. i went to a dermatologist about a month ago who confirmed that i did in fact have stress-related telogen effluvium and that i might lose 40-80% of my hair. thankfully, i was still pretty deep in depression so i barely panicked and reacted quite numbly to it. but when i went home, i checked my head and  i could run my fingers over them and feel my bald scalp on the sides of my head. i parted my hair in the middle to hide it and went on.

i’ve had anorexia about all of my life, so initially i wasn’t phased by the weight loss but i also knew that hair loss and weight loss were related. so i forced myself to eat, even though everything tasted like ash in my mouth: peanut butter, spinach, chicken. i kept going and going. despite my panic, i knew supplements had gotten me into this so i wasn’t about to mess with my system any more than i had. the biggest will power i had to show was to NOT overcompensate and just wait.

i kept eating, i washed my hair every day, i massaged my hair (which caused more shedding) with jojoba and peppermint oil, but that was the best i could do.

a month later, i checked my scalp and saw that what once was bald now had tiny stubble pushing through. like my dermatologist said, old hairs were jumping out to make room for new growth.

i might lose more. a lot more. i might not lose much more at all. but i feel really lucky. really, really lucky that it’s growing back. lucky that it’s mostly on the sides and i can hide it with my part. lucky that i had a lot of hair to begin with and nobody has noticed.

so here’s one tiny bit of positivity in a pretty hopeless thread. all you can do is wait.

some people just get to see the seasons. you get to be them.

anonymous asked:

Yo, this might've been asked before so forgive me. I heard that T gives you a receding hairline, is that true? I'm pre-T and my hairline is already pretty far back, I'm kinda scared actually. Do all types of T do this or??

How it affects your hair, if at all, is entirely controlled by genetics and cannot accurately be predicted. For some it will happen quickly, others later on, some not at all. It will give you a male hairline but any other changes are certainly not guaranteed. Many worry about hair loss with T, especially if its in the family, but it wont always happen. Its not true to state that T will give you a receding hairline. It can but it is not a guarantee. Its not an automatic result of T itself, its that combined with the genes to produce it. How you are currently is also not necessarily an indication of how T will affect you. Like you can have a lot of body hair pre-T but that doesnt mean you will get more on T or be more likely to get more than someone else. It doesnt really work like that. There is no way to know for sure how it will affect you until you are on it

Different forms of T are all still the same thing, just in different ways of administering it, so yes you would get the same effects from any type of T that you are genetically disposed to get. If hair loss or related issues are a major concern for you then you may want to consider whether going on T is suitable for you or not. That being said there are things you can do to try to combat hair issues should they arise. You can get topical treatments and medicated shampoos to aid with hair loss and there are treatments like finasteride and minoxidil you could consider further down the line

Here is a good link from Hudson’s Guide you can read

Anything on the blog related to this are tagged ‘hair’ ‘hair loss’ and can be in the hrt tag as well