Hair Loss Tips: Part 1!
Often times patients ask questions about what they can do about their hair to stop it from falling out.
First, when going in for a consultation with your board certified dermatologist, make sure this is your first and only topic of discussion. Trust me, you want your provider to take their time and understand why you are having hair loss.
Next, obtain the following answers:
- When did it start?
- How often does it happen?
- Have you started any new medications or noticed new symptoms?
- Is it painful or itchy
- Do you have a family history of this?
So, what can you do at home, in quarantine?
Here are some things to avoid:
- DO NOT wash your hair every day
- DO NOT use conditioner on your roots
- Avoid aggressively brushing wet hair to remove tangles
- Take a break from using dye or bleach on your hair
- Biotin supplements are no longer as they can alter other lab findings. Plus, you need Vitamin D and iron, so go for a multivitamin instead.
- Avoid heavy Formaldehyde containing dyes
Here are some things you SHOULD be doing:
- Wash your hair with shampoo 2-3x a week as tolerated (Dove gentle shampoo is a great option!)
- Use a dandruff shampoo if you suffer from dandruff and leave it on for 2-3 minutes in the shower to allow it to work. If not treated, this can worsen hair loss
- Consider gentle dry shampoo when possible to help soak up excess oil
- Silk pillowcases have shown to minimize breaks during sleep— and remember, loose buns always!
- Start taking a multivitamin (I.e. Nature’s Bounty one-a-day dummies) or, if you are trying to get pregnant, a prenatal vitamin
- Get a telemedicine visit or schedule an appointment with your provider after quarantine to check for iron deficiency, vitamin D, or thyroid issues
Keep an eye out for part 2!