How I Stopped My Hair Loss and Regrew Hair Without Medication

Updated on July 8, 2016
Is this much hair loss normal?
Is this much hair loss normal?

My Hair Loss Journey

I own my personal share of vanity. Looking good is important to most women and I am no different. Until last year, I never stopped to appreciate the fact that I was born with hair so thick that no standard claw, clip, or barrette could contain it. Blow-drying took 20 to 30 minutes and straightening it was a worthless endeavor. In my youth, my hair endured many bad perms, highlighting, coloring, and teasing. Years later I would experience minor hair loss after the birth of my children, but nothing would prepare me for the sudden and severe loss of one third of my hair in less than six months.

When the hair loss first started, I would brush my hair to find it was full of hair. This was alarming as I take a multivitamin, and a hair, nail, and skin vitamin daily. Soon, I noticed lots of hair in the shower drain. I was constantly shedding on my clothes and in my car. When I got clothes out of the dryer, everyone’s clean clothes were covered in my hair. Within a month, I could feel a difference in my hair and it was becoming flat and dull. After some internet research, I decided to get a check up to test for obvious causes.

I intentionally sought a female doctor assuming that she would offer insight and attention to a condition that could be potentially devastating to a fellow woman. This female doctor tested my iron levels and administered a test for hypothyroid. A week later she called stating all the tests were normal and there was nothing to be concerned about. As requested, I counted hairs lost each day (with 80 to 100 being normal). I informed her I was losing approximately 400 to 500 per day. She told me there was nothing she could do for me and to call back in six months if it didn’t improve.

I remember thinking, in six months I would probably be bald. I took the initiative to research female hair loss and become proactive in fighting hair loss on my own. Through my self guided research, I stopped my hair loss in six weeks and today, my hair is growing back normally.

Before hair loss
Before hair loss | Source
After hair loss
After hair loss | Source

Medical Tests You Need to Request For Hair Loss

Iron Deficiency

Anyone experiencing hair loss should request a blood test to check for an iron deficiency called anemia. The lack of iron can lead to fatigue and male and female hair loss. Eating a balanced diet full of iron may help, but those with low levels may need additional supplements to maintain a healthy level of iron in the blood.

Thyroid Disorders

Both hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism can contribute to male and female hair loss. These conditions may accelerate the conversion of testosterone to DHT which attacks hair on the scalp and damages hair follicles. A simple blood test can determine whether a thyroid disorder is the cause of hair loss.

Autoimmune Disease

Autoimmune diseases are incurable disorders that wreak havoc in the body because as it causes the immune system to attack healthy cells in many parts of the body, including hair follicles. A doctor can order blood tests to determine autoimmune antibodies in the blood that may be triggering hair loss. Autoimmune diseases such as Lupus, Alopecia Areata, and Hashimoto’s Disease known to cause moderate to severe hair loss in men and women and should be considered in absence of a more common diagnosis.

Hormone Panel and Menopause Testing

Any woman nearing forty may benefit from a hormone panel to test for menopause or perimenopause if a solution to hair loss is not evident. Hormonal imbalances occur after child birth, during menopause, and during perimenopause. During an imbalance, a woman’s estrogen levels may drop which can interfere with testosterone production that supports healthy hair growth. This condition can cause changes in hair including hair loss.

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Possible Saw Palmetto Side Effects

  • Stomach pain

  • Bowel irregularities

  • Liver damage and jaundice

  • Headache

  • High blood pressure

  • Possible weight gain in women

  • Increased sex drive

  • May interfere with medications including birth control

  • May cause breast enlargement in women

Saw Palmetto

After extensive research of causes and cures for female hair loss, I discovered that Saw Palmetto was recommended by authoritative sites such as Web M.D. as a treatment for all causes of hair loss. Saw Palmetto has been used for years as an aphrodisiac and is often recommended to men for prostate cancer prevention. It prevents the conversion of DHT from testosterone which destroys hair follicles, and is leading cause of hair loss for men and women.

It can take six weeks to see hair loss relief with Saw Palmetto. After five weeks of taking 450 milligrams per day, my hair stopped falling out. At seven weeks, new hair growth started.

Saw Palmetto is available at Walmart and all major pharmacies.

Little Known Causes of Female Hair Loss

Hair loss is common in females. For most, hair loss occurs in patches or all over the head. In addition to iron deficiency, thyroid disorders, autoimmune disease, and hormonal imbalances, there are several less common factors that cause female hair loss.

  • Heredity- A female with a mother or father with hair loss may inherit the problem.
  • Smoking- Excessive smoking activates the body's defenses an raises white blood cell counts which is associated with hair loss.
  • Surgery- Many people loose significant amounts of hair a few months after a major surgery. During the healing process, white blood cell counts become elevated which creates an autoimmune response on hair follicles. This type of hair loss is usually temporary.
  • Excessive Weight Loss- Doctors are unsure why, but after a sudden or severe weight loss, hair may fall out. At best guess, this may cause hair loss because of the lack of nutrients in a diet during crash dieting, or a body's autoimmune response.
  • Diet- A diet low in protein may not provide enough nourishment to hair follicles which can cause hair loss. A poor diet may also create a vitamin deficiency leading to hair loss.
  • Not washing hair daily- Male and female hair loss is often caused by DHT which is converted testosterone. If hair is not washed every day, the DHT on the scalp accumulates and is distributed through the scalp when hair is combed. When people are in a hair loss cycle, they may be afraid to wash their hair daily because of the fall out, but not washing it daily can make hair loss worse.
  • Excessive Sweating- People in hot climates or those who work out regularly tend to sweat more than others. Sweat may cause irritation to the scalp which can cause itching and hair loss. When sweating, it is important to wash hair as soon as possible.
  • Stress- Excessive stress is hard on the body and can trigger a rush of adrenaline and white blood cells which may activate an autoimmune response in hair follicles, causing hair to fall out.
  • Tight hair styles- Hair styles can put strain on the scalp. If you are experiencing hair loss, avoid tight braids and pony tails.

Psychological Effects of Female Hair Loss

Hair loss is traumatic for men and women. While hair loss is expected in a large percentage of men, it is less common in females and less accepted by society. Losing hair at a rapid pace creates a great deal of anxiety when there are no answers and no hope that it will stop. Every woman who suffers from hair loss needs to know it is natural to mourn the loss of their hair, their identity, and self esteem. While my personal loss hasn't been as severe as many other women's losses, it is evident that in our advanced age, much more needs to be done to help women in this condition to cope with hair loss.

While many doctors will go to great lengths to make their patients whole, many doctors do not consider male or female hair loss as a medical problem and dismiss hair loss as nothing but a cosmetic problem. If this is happening to you, become proactive in your own health.


The preceding information is not medical advice nor should it replace the professional opinion of a doctor. Always check with your physician before taking supplements or starting a hair loss regiment.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


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    • Pamela99 profile image

      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      I have experienced some hair loss with aging and I also have lupus. I am going to try the saw palmetto. This is a very good article as you covered the topic of hair loss of thoroughly.

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      23 months ago

      So what did you do to stop your hairloss?

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      Elisabeth Meier 

      3 years ago

      Yes, I agree to Moonlake, I had massive stress for over 2 years. Losing more than the normal amount of hair began after one year of stress. First, I thought it could also be the changing season and I didn't count the lost hairs. So, now after the massive the stress is gone it should become normal, but it doesn't. I took Vitamins B6 and B12 which only stopped it a little. It was more that these activate your appetite and you begin to eat more and gain weight which is contra productive. Eating nuts is a great advice as well. Especially cashews and walnuts but they don't stop the root of this problem.

      Other people don't see it as my hair is still fuller than theirs. So, the doctor just said it's probably caused by the stress.

      Tammy recommends Saw Palmetto of which I've never heard of. Plus, it scares me a little that it's actually for men, meaning supporting testosterone production if I got this right???

      Then, I wonder if this would lead to cancer for women and how did you know how much of this Palmetto you can take without getting any new problems like those you listed. This list doesn't look harmless as such problems in your digestive system can lead to cancer in this area. So, I'm confused now. On the other hand I would think if WalMart sells it and you don't need a recipe from your doc for it it can't be that dangerous. No idea if I should try this or better not. At the moment I will begin with reducing tight hair stylings and wash my hair daily again as I trapped into this as well because usually it's better to let your scalp re-lipid for at least a day. Now, if the testosterone on my scalp perhaps is partly guilty for the hair loss I will wash it daily again. How important must it then be to wash your hair daily while taking this Saw Palmetto!?You see, this topic is really important and I'm thankful for your tips and this hub, but am more confused now than before and would like to know experiences from other women. It's good that we can discuss it and I must say I'm sorry for all women who suffer the same but am also grateful that I'm not alone with this problem.

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      3 years ago from America

      Sharing this hub. I have been losing hair and I know it's from all the stress I have been under in the last couple years.

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      3 years ago

      M suffering from terrible hair loss .. also my forehead has increased so much that i look more like a bald person already ... & M really stressed about this growing forehead& thinning hair . I am really very much in pain . Please tell me if it's really beneficial . Am tired of applying several methods & following advices . Please please please I need a genuine help .

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      4 years ago

      Since both the before and after pictures look beautiful I will have to take your word for it that the pills did something. Glad it worked for you!

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      Boo McCourt 

      5 years ago from Washington MI

      Useful hub. My sister has ben losing a lot of her and her doctors have told her the same as yours. nothing they can do. This is very good information. I pinned and passed it on to my sister. Perhaps she can find some answers thanks to your hub.

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      5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for your visit and kind comment DDE!

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      How I Stopped My Hair Loss and Regrew Hair Without Medication, my hair only falls in the Autumn going towards winter then it is every where. From you experience you created a useful and very helpful hub.

    • tammyswallow profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for stopping by Lady Fiddler. I am sorry that you are going through this also. I hope you find something here that will help. Hang in there. :)

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      Joanna Chandler 

      6 years ago from On Planet Earth

      WOW tammy that's a lot of hair you lost there sorry about that I am also going through that right now well it's kinda of easing off now since last march my hair has been falling out and I once had nice hair. It's growing back but still falling sigh I have tried a lot of different things some don't work and I just give up hope but I will try your remedy above . My hair can be found every where :(

      Thanks for sharing

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      Alise- Evon 

      6 years ago

      Sorry for your experience, but thank you for sharing and encouraging others to be proactive in their health management, even when doctors are unable to help.

      Voted useful.

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      6 years ago

      Very interesting hub and useful. Thanks for sharing. :-)

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      6 years ago

      Hi Tammy,

      I am so glad that you were proactive and found a natural way to deal with your hair loss.

      Voted up and sharing.

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      6 years ago from Wales

      So interesting and useful for many I am sure. Have a great day and I vote this one up and share.


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      6 years ago

      I am one with you, my hair loss is Heredity, Stress and hyperthyroidism. My hair went from nothing was big enough to hold it all, to baby fine that hair ties slide right off. I tried rogan for women and it did stop the loss but nothing ever came back. I plan on goggling the Saw Palmetto, since I never heard of it I don't know what that is. A Herb? A fruit? A root? Thanks for the heads up.

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi tammy, sorry to hear about your hair, and I am glad its all coming back now, I have noticed since my thyroid trouble that my hair is a bit thinner, saw palmetto sounds like a great solution, interesting stuff, and so useful, nell

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    • tammyswallow profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for stopping by Vinaya. I really feel for men who suffer from this. The cures have so many dangerous side effects.

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      6 years ago from North Carolina

      LOL Tycoon Sam! Thanks for reading and stopping by.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      6 years ago from Nepal

      When it comes to looks, men also do give lot of importance. (Actually, I'm very particular about how I look in public appearance, even though I'm not a

      Recently, I have taken much interest in hair loss remedy. I found this hub very useful.

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      6 years ago from Washington, MI

      Excellent written Hub Tammy and very informative. I don't suffer from hair loss but I read your hubs because they are so educational and entertaining. Regarding Saw Palmetto...The side effects are pretty severe, especially the Increased sex drive and May cause breast enlargement in women...That would just be terrible...or not ;)

      Up and useful

    • tammyswallow profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for sharing that ImKarn. I am going to check out Viviscal. That is very helpful!

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      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for sharing your story Sharon. With all you have been through, I wouldn't be surprised if stress was the cause for your hair loss. I think stress causes so many more problems than we can imagine. I am glad your hair loss has stopped and I hope it doesn't come back. I appreciate your visit and your very thoughtful comment.

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      Karen Silverman 

      6 years ago

      breast enlargement, ya say? (lol)..

      Ah, Tammy - i believe you must be young(er) as - you did not list age (or peri-menopause as excellent reasons for women to lose their hair)..

      Unlike you - i was not blessed with 'uncontainable' locks...FAR from - so, when my hair started to fall out like yours - at an alarming rate - very quickly i couldn't wrap an elastic around a ponytail enough times to NOT just slide off. i was mortified - to say the least..

      i did not come across your solution, but - i did try several so-called hair loss solutions - until found viviscal - which has been a freaking MIRACLE for me...

      i've been taking it for 3 years now - no side effects - all natural - and my hair is better than it was when i was a teenager - NOT ONE GREY, either..

      highly recommend it...

      and this hub!

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      Cynthia B Turner 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Excellent article. Your hair looks great so your research paid off. It's great that you shared your solution, saw palmetto, with others. This may help them, as well. Voted up.

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      Kim Kennedy 

      6 years ago from uk

      I've not heard of saw palmetto before, it sounds excellent. The side effects look a bit scary, but at such a reasonable price, worth giving it a go. My hair has always been plentiful. If ever it goes into a decline, I'll try this remedy for sure.

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      Sharon Smith 

      6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Well written, excellent article Tammy. This past year I really got worried because I had noticeable hair loss. More in the brush, in the sink, in the shower and really noticeable on my shoulders and clothes. It was really driving me crazy because it was constantly falling out and I had to be so careful when I was cooking. I went to the doc and had bloodwork done specifically testing the thyroid and also for menopause. Both came back negative. I was also thinking that maybe this is just hereditary since I've never known my father to have hair on the top of his head. He started going bald in his early 20's. But I was told it could simply be stress.

      I've had a hell of a past year and a half or so and was extremely anxious, stressed and somewhat depressed. Well I am positive that my hair loss was because of this extreme stress. Noticeably a couple months ago, my hair stopped falling out excessively. This was at the same time my life seemed to be less stressed and turning much more positive. All of a sudden I realized that I wasn't constantly finding hairs on my shoulders and my back wasn't itching from loose hairs like it had been. So, all of that said (sorry so long), there are many reasons for hair loss that should all be medically checked out. And you are right, it could possibly be something as simple as stress.

      I really loved this article and learned a lot here too. I will now always remember the Saw Palmetto if needed in the future. Sharing this around . . .

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      6 years ago from North Carolina

      I hope it works for you too Vespawoolf. Thanks so much for visiting!

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      Vespa Woolf 

      6 years ago from Peru, South America

      I have recently experienced more hair loss than usual, so reading your Hub was very timely. I'm glad to know about the saw palmetto and plan to try it. I think mine is hormone related, so this seems like a good solution. I was also surprised that daily hair washing is important to prevent hair loss. Thank you!

    • tammyswallow profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from North Carolina

      I would try it because when the hair loss is heritary, it falls out because of DHT. It isn't recommended at all by doctors, but women have great results with men's 5% Rogaine (minoxidle). I have personally tried it but didn't include it here because I didn't stick with it long enough to measure any results. Any one starting Rogaine must use it forever. Once it is stopped, the hair loss returns. It wasn't a comfortable experience. It makes your hair greasy and course and it makes your head feel hot and crawly. Once you apply it, you can feel it going through your system and it gave me the jitters. I hope she will give it a try. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Hi Tammy ~ I'm so glad you wrote this article on hair loss. My sister has tried everything and now I'm noticing the beginning of hair loss. I'm wondering if saw palmetto will still help when the hair loss is due to heridity (mother). I am grateful to learn that it's important to wash your hair every day. Really helpful hub. Your photos are great and your hair is so beautiful. Thanks Tammy. Voted up +++

    • tammyswallow profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Sally's beauty supply sells a kit that is meant to give people fuller thicker hair. It is really affordable. While it didn't do much for hair loss, it was great for the dandruff and had that amazing cooling effect. That may help, but it really, really tingles. It didn't make my hair course and flat like shampoos such as TGel and Head and Shoulders. Thanks so much for visiting Plus Size Mom.

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      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for your warm comment fpherj48. I hope you get some wonderful results. That is such a nice thing to say. I am very fortunate. He treats me like a queen. Thanks so much for visiting!

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      Natalie Maureen 

      6 years ago from Florida, USA

      I always want my hair shine. But now a days my hair are become week due to dandruff. I'm very thankful to you for sharing great article about Hair loss.

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      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Tammy.....What a wonderful and helpful article. I believe I've had an average amount of hair, for most of my life, but of course, it has become thinner with age. I am taking full advantage of your research and buying some Saw Palmetto! Bravo to you for taking matters into your own hands. A woman after my own heart.

      Your hair is beautiful......and so are you! Your husband must be very proud to have such "eye candy," on his arm! ...UP+++

    • tammyswallow profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from North Carolina

      I am so sorry you have to go through that Thelma. You have a triple threat to your hair. Evening primrose oil pills may also help you a great bit. It is a natural regulator of female hormones and promotes healthy blood flow, even to the scalp. I hope you can find these things too and that you will get some relief.

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      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for your reply prettynutjob. I first started having trouble with my hair when I was going to the gym. I was focusing on weight training more than cardio, so I didn't have crash weight loss. I really think there is more of a connection to profuse sweating than and hair loss than researchers have found, or, working out has an effect on testosterone which may affect hair. Hard to say. Hope the vitamins help!

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      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Great hub. I used to have a very thick hair a few years ago but due to hair loss it´s only half of my hair remains on my head. I had to cut my long hair because I was afraid I might become bald as there were plenty of hairs on my pillow every time I woke up in the morning. I do have iron and thyroid problem plus the imbalance of my hormones, so I´m sure it was the cause of losing hair. I hope I can find this Saw Palmetto here in our country. Thanks for sharing Tammy. Voted up and shared.

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      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for your visit FullofLove Sites!

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      6 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

      Great hub, I myself noticed my hair breaking off a little more than usual, I just assumed it was a natural thing with age. I will definitely have to try the saw palmetto. I have also recently started some pretty heavy workouts maybe I need to add some more vitamins as well.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Tammy,

      Well done you on tackling this yourself and having a great result. Hair loss is something that can affect us all, men and women and reading your causes and triggers for women I will be definitely keeping a check on mine. I have always had thick hair too and done all the coloring, highlighting etc . . .for years. Now in early menopause the changes i have experienced are very real and hair loss i have not noticed yet but will be keeping an eye out for so thanks!!

      Great article full of on point info. VU, Useful and Interesting and shared on .

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      6 years ago from United States

      Well I thought ponytails will at least minimize hair loss because it's tied. But I am mistaken. Thanks for providing the information. Up and useful.

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      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for your wonderful comment Alastar. I think so much of our identity if tied into our looks. Good to see you!

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      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting Arun and Rosemay 50!

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      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for visiting always exploring!

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      6 years ago from North Carolina

      That is a great topic to explore also LauraD093. After getting a few gray hairs, I noticed that it really changes the texture of your hair. I wish you the best of luck in getting yours back in shape too!

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      Alastar Packer 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Sometimes we really have to be our own doctor and glad you found the saw palmetto, Tammy. It's tough enough on some men when the hair starts to thin suddenly but can hardly imagine the feelings you ladies have when it happens. I knew the SP was good for the prostate but didn't know all the other info so thanks so much. Here's to healthy hair for all of us!

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      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for stopping by kitkat1141! Great to meet you here.

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      A great informative hub. I have learned so much here. Thank you for sharing this information.

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      6 years ago from KOLKATA

      Useful information.Thanks for sharing.

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      John W Townsend 

      6 years ago from London England UK

      Excellent page with useful information.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank goodness i have enough hair for two people. It is genetic. My friend Tom is losing his hair, maybe he will try the palmetto. Thank you for sharing..Great article....

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      Laura Tykarski 

      6 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      I am definitely going to get the saw palmetto for hubby...In a strange sense although I haven't suffered large amounts of hair loss over the years I recently shed my long hair for just short of a buzz cut to allow my grey to grow out. Yikes what a drop in self-esteem. I never realized the importance of healthy longer hair had for me. I hate the short I hate the grey. Well time will give growth and the dye will always be available. Great article -thanks!

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      Sheila Brown 

      6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Great information! I can get saw palmetto for hubby and I and "kill 2 birds with 1 stone." My hair has always been rather thin and fine, I can't afford to lose much of it! Thanks so much for the great information! Voting up, useful and pinning! :)

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      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Very informative hub. Many women suffer from hair loss, and it can be hard to find information on it. I have never heard of Saw Palmetto to prevent hair loss. What an inexpensive option to try to prevent or potentially reverse this problem.

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      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for commenting donnah75. I am sorry you are going through this too. I hope it will soon stop.

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      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for reading acaetnna!

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      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much bdegiulio!

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      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for commenting moonlake. I really worry about mine thinning again. I hope yours won't thin again too. The southern humidity really does a number on my hair too and makes it curl. It doesn't stay dry like it did when I lived in PA.

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      6 years ago from North Carolina

      It may be time for a checkup kellyteam. Thanks so much for your awesome comment.

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      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much Just Ask Susan! :)

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      Donna Hilbrandt 

      6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks for this article. My hair was also once so thick that I couldn't hold it back, as you described in your opening. I think too many ponytails have taken their toll though, as I have noticed my hair thinning and more hair everywhere - on the floor, in my brush, etc. Glad to know there are different approaches I can take to tackle this problem, maybe before it really becomes a noticable problem.

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      6 years ago from Guildford

      It is always good to read information from someone who has had this experience and conquered it. Well done and thank you for a brilliant hub.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Tammy. Good for you for taking matters into your own hands. There is a lot of good info out there on the internet, we just need to weed through the muck to find it. I'm glad things worked out for you, hopefully your experience will help many others.

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      6 years ago from America

      My hair has thinned came back and thinned. I never know why, right now it's doing good but if it happens again I will keep this hub in mind. It's funny when we leave the north and go south I seem to have a head full of hair in the south and it curls more than usual and seems to thicken. It has to be the water. Voted up.

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      6 years ago from Michigan

      Hey tammyswallow! Great article and just what I need. I'll have to look into this saw palmetto. I lose a lot of hair daily. Recently I was watching a video from church and thethinning in the top of my head was very obvious. Thanks for your diligence in looking for answers. Appreciate you much! Thumbs up and sharing. Awesome!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Learned so much from reading your hub and will keep all of this in mind should I start losing my hair.

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      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Barbara Kay! It is possible. Saw Palmetto regulates men's hormones and testosterone levels. I think it reduces the size of the prostate too. I know lycopene is really good for men in the prevention of prostate cancer. Thanks for reading!

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      Barbara Badder 

      6 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the informative article. I wonder if the saw palmetto will help prevent prostate cancer from returning.

    • tammyswallow profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for your support on this important issue Billybuc! Good to see you!

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      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for your kind comment btrbell. I can definatley feel for what you have been through. At least with autoimmune disease, the hair loss is reversible, but it still a traumatic situation. I am glad to hear it has improved for you!

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      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for reading Ms. Carol. It is a scary situation. Saw Palmetto has so many benefits for men and women and can even help cure acne.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very interesting Tammy! Advice coming from someone who has been there is always so much more useful. For women everywhere, thank you for writing this. I'm so happy that you found answers.

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      Randi Benlulu 

      6 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Wow, I did not know all of this! Thank you for such a comprehensive hub! I wish I had known you long ago when I lost more than half of my hair due to a combination of an auto-immune disease, anemia and medications! Luckily, it's all good now! Thank you for this! up+

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      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      I think this is a huge fear for women...We all want to have gorgeous hair. Thanks for this great solution. My husband takes this and has for 20 years and it has been a great therapeutic supplement. If I start to lose hair I will remember this. Voting up, sharing, pinning ...


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