10 Things that Stopped My Thyroid Hair Loss

10 Things That Stopped My Thyroid Hair Loss

Dear Thyroid,

You will NOT take my hair.



I always had very thick curly hair. Around the age of 30 I started noticing my hair clogging the shower drain from time to time. However since I still had so much hair, it wasn’t high on my personal list of worst hypothyroidism symptoms.

Then all of a sudden one close look in the mirror last year at age 43 changed all that.

As I was brushing my hair something caught my eye in the mirror.

Wait…is that my scalp showing through?

A closer look.

My hair was noticeably thinner on both sides of my head above my ears, front, and at the temples.

My gut reaction was a scream, then tears.

What happened to my hair?

Then anger.

Hey Thyroid, Do NOT mess with me.

I went into deep research mode, searching for every article I could get my hands on related to thyroid hair loss.

I was determined to save my hair…


Now my hair appears fuller, far less scalp shows through, baby hair has grown back at my temples, and the rate of hair loss has dramatically slowed down. I’m so thankful. Yes I know that may sound vain to be focused on my physical appearance but losing my hair was devastating to me. I have a feeling I’m not alone.

It took over one year of research, extensive lab testing, and trying various supplements to write this article (plus a fierce determination to get my hair back), so yes this article is lengthy.

(An incredible thing happened when I first posted this article on my Hypothyroid Mom Facebook page on November 6, 2014 at 3:50PM ET. So many followers tried to access this article that we crashed the server by 4:00PM ET. What a powerful group of Facebook followers gathering on my page capable of crashing the server within 10 minutes.)

Please note that I am not a doctor. I’m just sharing the ten things that worked for me in the hopes that you will discover what works for you too. I’ve included links to brands of supplements that I personally take. As with all things in particular supplements mentioned at Hypothyroid Mom, consult with your doctor to be sure they are right for you and that you are taking the right dosage for your body. Our physiology is unique so what works for each of us will be unique too. Always consult with your doctor before taking supplements if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

1. Optimal Thyroid Treatment

Every part of the body requires thyroid hormone for proper functioning, and that includes the hair follicles. In 2008, the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism presented the first evidence that human hair follicles are direct targets of thyroid hormones. This research demonstrated that the thyroid hormones T4 and T3 modulate multiple hair biology parameters from cycling to pigmentation.

You’ll notice that I bolded the words thyroid hormones T4 and T3. Why is this so important for those of us with hair loss?

In mainstream medicine, Levothyroxine drugs are the gold standard for the treatment of hypothyroidism. While these drugs work for some people, they fail for others. Levothyroxine drugs contain T4 thyroid hormone only. Our bodies are supposed to convert that T4 thyroid hormone to the active T3 hormone our cells need. For some of us our bodies don’t convert T4 to T3 properly, leaving us symptomatic. This is why many of us do better on a combination of T4 and T3 thyroid hormone replacement treatment.

The noticeable hair loss was a red flag for me that I needed to get to my doctor for thyroid testing. I’m on the natural desiccated thyroid Nature-throid plus a compounded time-release T3. My doctor did comprehensive testing including the essential thyroid tests TSH, Free T4, Free T3, Reverse T3, and thyroid antibodies. Turned out my Free T3 was middle of the range. I personally feel terrible when my Free T3 is low or even middle of the range. Optimal Free T3 for my body is when it reaches top quarter of the normal range, so adjusting my thyroid medication dosage was an essential piece to my thyroid hair loss. What is optimal is individual and it’s about finding what’s right for you.

There are many different thyroid medication options. Finding a doctor open the treatment options to find what is right for you is key. Sadly not all doctors are open to the options and it can be a very frustrating journey. I’ve put together resources to help readers locate great thyroid doctors across the globe. Given that comprehensive testing has been important in saving my hair I will include links in this article to lab testing you can order on your own in case your doctor refuses.

A trusted online place where you can order lab testing yourself is True Health Labs. They have comprehensive thyroid assessments that include TSH, Free T4, Free T3, Reverse T3, thyroid antibodies and more. The advantage of True Health Labs is that they offer one-on-one results review with one of their Functional Medicine doctors so that you understand your lab test results and next steps. If you have a Flex Spending Account (FSA) with your employer, all lab tests ordered online at True Health Labs are FSA-friendly!

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While optimal thyroid treatment was an essential piece of the puzzle, there were additional pieces critical to my hair loss solution.

2. Low Ferritin

Low ferritin (the stored form of iron) is one of the most common causes of hair loss in women. Given low ferritin is also a common problem for hypothyroid people, it is important to have iron testing including ferritin especially if you are experiencing hair loss. It is not enough to be told by your doctor that your iron levels are ‘normal’. Ferritin levels are not always tested. Get a copy of your lab results and be sure ferritin has been specifically tested. Even if ferritin is within the ‘normal’ range that doesn’t make it ‘optimal’.

Dr. Philip Kingsley is called the ‘Hair Guru’ by the New York Times. Why Is Ferritin Important? appears on his website:

Correct ferritin levels maximize your hair’s “anagen” or “growing” phase and encourage your hairs to grow to their full length. When you aren’t getting enough iron through your diet, your body takes ferritin stored in non-essential tissue, like your hair bulb, and gives it to essential tissue, such as your heart. Because your hair bulb is where all your hair cells are produced, this leeching of ferritin can cause your hair to shed before it reaches its maximum length.

The average reference ranges for ferritin are 14-170 micrograms per litre, but our research shows that ferritin should be at least 80 ug/L (micrograms per litre) in women for hair follicles to function at their best.

Treating low ferritin was another major piece of my hair loss solution. It’s not surprising to me at all that I had low ferritin given the decades I spent with irregular heavy menstrual cycles (which is another symptom of hypothyroidism by the way) and my doctors all those years never tested to see if I was low.

I tried various iron supplements and many of them gave me digestive issues including gas, stomach cramps, and constipation. With a life-long history of constipation, that was the last thing I needed. I have personally found that iron in the form of liver concentrate such as the brand Carlson Labs Buffalo Liver works well for my body. My doctor regularly checks my iron levels including ferritin to be sure I am taking the right dosage of iron supplements for my body and that I’m not taking too much because over-dosing on iron can be dangerous.

I’m careful to take iron supplements including multivitamins with iron at least 3 hours apart from my thyroid medication to ensure the iron doesn’t interfere with the absorption of my thyroid medication.

True Health Labs offers this Iron Test Panel for US (not available in NY, NJ, MA, RI).

3. Low Stomach Acid

I read a fascinating interview with Dr. Jonathan Wright by Suzanne Somers Honey, I Shrunk My Ponytail! Turns out this article would change the fate of my hair.

DR. WRIGHT: If stomach acid is low, protein isn’t efficiently digested – and hair and nails are made up of… protein! If we are deficient in protein, our bodies know that we can live without hair or nail proteins, but we can’t survive without heart muscle proteins or other important body proteins. So if we are short in supply of protein, the hair or nails are the first to go.

Turns out low stomach acid results in malabsorption of iron (which as you know is necessary for maintaining our hair) and many other essential nutrients. Thanks to this article I discovered my own issues with low stomach acid and now take this Betaine Hydrochloric Acid with Pepsin just before heavy meals. This has also helped me personally with heartburn, gas, acid reflux, and bloating.

There are two additional ways that I increase my low stomach acid.  Every morning before breakfast I drink warm water and lemon. Before the larger meals of the day I take 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in water. I use Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar. This raw organic apple cider vinegar contains the ‘mother’ of the vinegar. The ‘mother’ is made up of beneficial living nutrients and bacteria.

4. Nutrient Deficiencies

Nutrient deficiencies are a common issue for those of us with hypothyroidism. Not only are nutrients essential for thyroid function, but they also play an important role in keeping the hair on our heads from falling. A good quality multi-vitamin is important and of course a healthy diet is essential, but still nutrient testing is important because many like me will require additional supplementation to bring us to optimal. Testing should include iodinezinc, vitamin D, B12, and magnesium (for each nutrient listed I attached an article that explains its connection to hair loss).

Nutrient deficiencies are an issue for me personally. I supplement every day to maintain my nutrients at optimum. When I noticed a worsening of my hair loss last year, nutrient testing revealed that I was deficient in all those nutrients necessary for hair health.

5. Drug-Induced Hair Loss

There are many different types of drugs that can cause hair loss. Here is a list of What Types of Drugs Cause Hair Loss by WebMD:

  • Acne medications containing vitamin A (retinoids)
  • Antibiotics and antifungal drugs
  • Antidepressants
  • Birth control pills
  • Anticlotting drugs
  • Cholesterol-lowering drugs
  • Drugs that suppress the immune system
  • Drugs that treat breast cancer
  • Epilepsy drugs (anticonvulsants)
  • High blood pressure medications (anti-hypertensives), such as beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, and diuretics
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Mood stabilizers
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Parkinson’s disease drugs
  • Steroids
  • Thyroid medications
  • Weight loss drugs

Did you notice that I highlighted thyroid medications on that list?

I’ve heard from many readers who had sudden worsening of their hair loss when they started one or another thyroid drug brand. Think back to the start of your hair loss, did it happen at the same time you started a specific thyroid medication?

Recently I was a guest on a Gluten-Free Twitter Chat devoted to thyroid hosted by Jennifer Fugo, founder of Gluten Free School. Fellow guests included thyroid disease expert Mary Shomon and Naturopathic Doctor Dr. Kevin Passero from Green Healing Wellness Center. Mary is author of the book Living Well with Hypothyroidism: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You…That You Need to Know. Here is an important Tweet she made about hair loss.

Thyroid Hair Loss

6. Alopecia Areata

Alopecia Areata is a hair-loss condition that typically causes patchy bald spots on the scalp. It is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks the hair follicles.

What does this have to do with hypothyroidism? A lot.

It is estimated that 90% of people with hypothyroidism have the thyroid autoimmune condition known as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune condition in which the body attacks its own thyroid gland. Despite the prevalence of Hashimoto’s, thyroid antibodies are often NOT tested. You may have Hashimoto’s and not even know it. There are two thyroid antibodies to test for Hashimoto’s: Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (TPOAb) and Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TgAb).

When you have one autoimmune disease, you are at high risk of developing other autoimmune diseases. In her guest post for Hypothyroid Mom Autoimmune Diseases Brew In Your Body FOR YEARS Before Diagnosis Functional Medicine nutritionist Tracy Konoske wrote:

Dr. Gerald Mullin from Johns Hopkins says statistically somebody with an autoimmune disease is at risk of a total of 7 autoimmune diseases in his or her lifetime.

I hear from readers all the time with multiple autoimmune diseases including Hashimoto’s and Alopecia. If this turns out to be the cause for your hair loss, it is important to address the underlying autoimmune issue.

7. Sex Hormone Imbalances

Perimenopause…are you freakin’ kidding me?!

The signs were there. My menstrual cycles changed very suddenly and became much shorter in length. At that exact same time my hair loss accelerated. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

I went to my doctor and had my sex hormones tested.

For me it turned out I was in perimenopause. What is perimenopause? It’s that rocky road of hormonal shifts leading to menopause. When perimenopause starts varies for each woman, but it can start 10 years before menopause.

In my case, sex hormone testing revealed that I had estrogen dominance, too much estrogen relative to progesterone.  The term estrogen dominance was coined by Dr. John Lee, author of the books What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause: The Breakthrough Book on Natural Hormone Balance and What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause: Balance Your Hormones and Your Life From Thirty to Fifty.

Sex hormone issues are common in women with hypothyroidism and even more reason why they should be part of thyroid testing for every person presenting with thyroid issues. Thanks to Dr. Lee’s premenopause book I discovered the benefits of natural progesterone cream (which turned out to be a major help in saving my hair).

Don’t forget testosterone testing too…yes testosterone. Harvard-trained MD and author of the New York Times Best Seller The Hormone Cure Dr. Sara Gottfried had this to say about testosterone in her article The Horrors of Hair Loss for The Huffington Post:

Another possible reason for hair loss? Too much testosterone. That’s right: Women also produce the hormone testosterone. In fact, testosterone is what gets us in the mood, gives us self-confidence, and keeps us vital and sassy.

But if testosterone levels are too high in women — whether because of menopause, excess weight, or other causes — we see symptoms of male-pattern baldness and rogue hair growth on the face. The hairs on your head are falling out, but you’re finding new ones on your chin? Totally unfair!

High testosterone can cause hair loss but so can low testosterone. Be sure to have yours tested.

Dr. Josh Axe has a very helpful video on his website called 6 Secrets for Reversing Hair Loss. According to Dr. Axe, hair loss is also linked to an increase in an androgen hormone called DHT (DiHydroxy Testosterone).

I’m fortunate to have a great doctor who did extensive testing including DHT when I went in tears to her office about my thinning hair. I wonder though how many doctors know to test DHT? Hmmm…It means being an advocate for yourself and insisting on the right tests, or finding a good doctor who will do them.

True Health Labs offers a Premenopause Panel for USA (not available in New York State), Postmenopausal Panel for USA (not available in New York State), sex hormone testing for men, and DHT (not available in NY, NJ, MA, RI) in the US.

8. Blood Sugar Imbalance

Author of the book Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause Dr. Izabella Wentz wrote the following information in her article Hashimoto’s And Getting Your Hair Back…

Balance your blood sugar! Blood sugar swings brought on by eating too many carbohydrates and not enough quality proteins and fats can wreak havoc on your health and hair! Blood sugar swings encourage the conversion of T4 to reverse T3. Reverse T3 is a inactive hormone that blocks the body’s utilization of T3, resulting in increased hair shedding.

In an interview with Hashimoto’s expert Dr. Datis Kharrazian, author of the book Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? When My Lab Tests Are Normal, he said,

There’s just no question that many people that have Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism have gluten sensitivity. For some patients, it’s life-changing when they go gluten-free.

I find these two sources very interesting because I’ve been on a gluten-free journey and I’ve been working on stabilizing my blood sugar levels. I was a white flour and sugar addict and I remember too well the swings up and down and crashes in my blood sugar throughout the day. Since going gluten-free I’ve been more mindful of my blood sugar levels and I don’t experience the sharp crashes in energy that I used to. I have to be honest and tell you that I find it hard to go 100% gluten-free but when I do I feel better and it motivates me to continue. What I’ve noticed is that when I do cheat and eat a heavy gluten meal my hair comes out in handfuls. Is it a coincidence? I don’t think so.

 9. Hair Loss Supplements

Here are supplements that I take on a daily basis that have made an obvious difference in my hair.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Dr. Andrew Weil is a world-renowned leader and pioneer in the field of integrative medicine. In his article Two Supplements for Thinning Hair, he wrote:

Make sure you’re getting enough omega-3 fatty acids. Eat wild Alaskan salmon, sardines, herring or mackerel two or three times a week, or sprinkle two tablespoons of freshly ground flaxseeds per day on cereal or salads. You can also supplement with a high-quality fish oil.

Supplement your diet with GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) in the form of black currant oil or evening primrose oil. Take 500 mg of either twice a day for six to eight weeks to see if it helps.

I take this brand of Cod Liver Oil free of detectable levels of mercury every day and I take evening primrose oil as I’ll describe next.

Evening Primrose Oil

Mary Shomon wrote this in her article at About.com Thyroid Hair Loss Solutions For Thyroid Patients:

According to endocrinologist Dr. Kenneth Blanchard:

“For hair loss, I routinely recommend multiple vitamins, and especially evening primrose oil. If there’s any sex pattern to it — if a woman is losing hair in partly a male pattern – -then, the problem is there is excessive conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) at the level of the hair follicle. Evening primrose oil is an inhibitor of that conversion. So almost anybody with hair loss probably will benefit from evening primrose oil.”

I use this brand of Evening Primrose Oil.


Biotin is available at many local stores. I’ve read mixed reviews about biotin with some users loving biotin and others finding no improvement or they complain about adverse reactions like acne breakout. This particular brand of Biotin not only has great online reviews but also works well for me. Again we’re all different though.

Biotin is a very popular supplement recommended by many doctors, pharmacists, health food stores, TV shopping channels, health websites and more when it comes to hair loss but please note that in January 2016 the Endocrine News published this article January 2016: Thyroid Month: Beware of Biotin which stated that taking biotin supplements could cause falsely high and falsely low results in a variety of laboratory tests, including thyroid lab tests because biotin interferes with the test platform used for particular laboratory tests. If you are taking biotin and your thyroid lab results begin to change and not make sense in terms of your clinical symptoms remember this finding. I’ve discussed this article with my doctor and I discontinue my biotin several days before having my thyroid lab tests drawn to be sure there is no interference. This shows how important it is to always discuss supplements with your doctor.


I read this study on the benefits of a bioavailable form of silicon called choline-stabilized orthosilicic acid (ch-OSA) on skin, nails, and hair. Sure enough this silicon (ch-OSA) supplement called BIOSIL has made a difference not only in my hair but also my skin and nails.

10. Adrenal Fatigue

The body relies on the adrenal glands located on top of each kidney to manage stressful situations. Given our busy stressful lives it’s not surprising that many of us suffer from issues of adrenal dysfunction.

How would you know if you have adrenal fatigue?

Check out these symptoms…

fatigue, insomnia, chronic pain, headaches, migraines, anxiety, depression, weight gain, joint inflammation, gastrointestinal issues (constipation or diarrhea), tendonitis, bursitis, low libido, fibromyalgia, irritability, anger, fidgety, nervous, addictions, obsessive, frequent urination, heart disease, blood pressure problems, light-headedness, and dizziness upon rising from a bed or chair

Don’t many of these symptoms sound a lot like the symptoms of hypothyroidism? Hmmm…

I’ve read that many hypothyroid people also have adrenal fatigue (whether they realize it or not). From this very list of symptom that’s not surprising really.

At that time when my hair loss noticeably worsened, I was going through an extremely stressful time in my life. At that very same time my menstrual cycles dramatically changed and my progesterone levels plummeted. The thyroid, adrenals, and sex hormones are all so intricately connected, and my experience showed that loud and clear.

The problem is that the adrenals are often NOT tested. In fact adrenal fatigue is not even a recognized diagnosis in mainstream medicine yet the problem is a serious issue for thyroid patients.

An essential part of my hair loss solution was the testing and treatment of my adrenal fatigue. I’m fortunate to have an open-minded doctor who understands the importance of the adrenals in thyroid health.

I took a saliva test (where I took samples of my saliva at 4 different times over the course of one day) that tested my cortisol. Cortisol production varies throughout the day with levels normally highest in the morning and lowest in the evening before bed (did you know that too high cortisol at night can be a cause of insomnia!). The advantage of saliva testing is that it takes cortisol levels at different times of the day and lets you know how your cortisol levels vary during the day.

If your doctor doesn’t do saliva testing to test adrenal function, you can order your own testing.

Adrenal Cortisol Test for USA (not available in New York State)

Adrenal Cortisol Test for Canada and New York

Adrenal Cortisol Test for Europe

Hormones Comprehensive Panel including Cortisol for Other Regions

My results showed that my cortisol levels were below normal throughout the day. I was obviously struggling with adrenal fatigue and I’m so fortunate to have discovered this.

There are different ways to treat adrenal issues and what’s right for a person is individual too. I personally do well on adaptogenic herbs including Ashwaghanda, Rhodiola, Holy Basil, and Schisandra. I take adaptogenic herbs in this supplement Gaia Herbs Adrenal Health.

Last year when I was losing so much hair I was under too much stress.

I’m not always good at being good to myself.

I put other people’s needs before my own and let myself fall to the bottom way too often.

I take on far more than I should because I feel guilty to say NO.


I’m not sure why that word is so hard for me to say.

I try to be everything to everyone, but me.

The particularly stressful events in my life at that time along with an unhealthy way of putting myself last wreaked havoc on my hair. I knew at that moment that I had to take better care of myself otherwise I would lose all my hair.

While all the testing, treatments, and supplements mentioned in this article were essential in stopping my hair loss, there was an even bigger thing that saved my hair above all else


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About Dana Trentini

I founded Hypothyroid Mom October 2012 in memory of the unborn baby I lost to hypothyroidism. Hypothyroid Mom is for informational purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for consulting your physician regarding medical advice pertaining to your health. Hypothyroid Mom includes affiliate links to favorite resources including the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. Connect with me on Google+


  1. Suffering from crazy hair loss and don’t know what the source is… Doctor did bloodwork and is sending me to endocrine specialist Bc thyroid peroxidase was high. But I had been taking biotin pills so that’s what spiked my numbers.
    But hair is falling out so something is leading to

  2. Dear Dana,
    Thank you for your post. As I read about your struggles, I felt like I was reading about myself. And I empathize with your feeling of dedicating this to the unborn child you lost to hypothyroidism. I am 43 and have every single symptom you have listed.
    It is helpful to read about the various resources.

  3. Hello! First of all, THANK YOU for putting all of this information out there and sharing your experience. I’m sure I have some sort of thyroid imbalance (or adrenal) even though I did request testing and my numbers came back “in the normal range”. I’ve recently begun taking a thyroid supplement to see if it would help at all and it has. I figure if I didn’t have a thyroid issue, the supplement wouldn’t have any noticeable effect. But I’ve felt more energy, fewer crashes and sugar cravings and had more restful continuous sleep.
    The hair loss for me was less like a mass exodus and more like a gradual thinning and change in texture around the age of 40 (I’m 41). It has become sooooo dry that it can be full of static even in hot humid weather. So weird. Just dry, brittle, dull and thin. Like you, it began during and after a very stressful time in my life. Does this sound like a thyroid-related hair change to you? If so, after “normalizing” and taking the supplements, how long did it take to notice a real difference in your hair?
    Thanks again, much love to you;)

  4. what is considered a high DHT level? mine is 7.3 ng/dl?

  5. Thank you, Dana, for this website! In attempting to get away from unnecessary fillers in my thyroid medication, I switched to WP Thyroid the end of August. In the past 2 weeks, my hair is falling out. WOW! I am hoping it is just a need for a different dose and not an adversity to this product. Do you have any words of wisdom to share. The last product I was taking was Tirosint. I know that my body requires the T3 since my body, at this time, does not do the necessary conversation of T4 to T3. Any idea whether my current Rx might be too high or too low. Time to reschedule my lab stick for this week instead of waiting a couple more weeks. I was hoping that maybe it was just human molting time, somewhat like my parrot does seasonally. I spoke with the pharmacist. He had nothing helpful to share. 🙁 Blessings to you and yours. Catherine

  6. Thank you for your research and sharing what has worked for hair loss. I treat hypothyroid women every day and hair loss is a huge concern. You mentioned a few supplements I had not known about. Can you list what lab you used for nutrient testing please? Wonderful blog

  7. Thank you for the information. I have been taking the same doses of Synthroid and Cytomel for almost 20 years. My doctors see no reason to change the dosages. Suddenly, I am losing more hair than ever before. I am actually thinking of using Minxidil to stop the hair loss. Your comments would be appreciated.

  8. Great article, I learned a lot.

  9. Rik sheldrake says:

    Miss Trentini,
    You may actually be an angel. Everything you described having happened to you is what my wife has been experiencing to the detail. I have suspected many issues that you describe and your exhaustive research and perseverance have strengthened my resolve to help my lovely girl. Thank you for who you are and what you do. Warmest regards, Rik

  10. Chandra jones says:

    Thank you so much for this information. I’m 43 and my hair is falling out more now than ever. I now know what to ask my doctor. God bless.

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  12. Maryanne Smeltzer says:

    I have had thyroid problems for years. Recently (beginning 5mos ago) they said my levels were to high. They have lowered my meds 3 times and in that time I’ve lost half my hair. (Not an exaggeration) and I didn’t have a huge amount to begin with. I can literally see loss every morning when I get up. The endocrinologist says she can’t tell me anything else to do. Maybe it’s my age……..im 46!!! This is so disheartening. I just don’t leave my house anymore unless I have to and then it’s only w a hat on.

    • matthew kennedy says:


    • When I was talking Synthroid I went thru the same, Dr. kept lowering medication, my skin was peeling, hair falling, Bp l83. Finally I found a primary doctor willing to switch me to Naturethroid. Everything has improved and I also take Neocell Collagen, cook beef tendon, take biotin and quit using conditioner, I notice that since I quit using conditioner my hair doesn’t fall by the handfuls in the bathroom. I use Rainbow research henna biotin shampoo only I can see the change, it takes time but my hair is improving. I consume more Vitamin C foods, too. Hope this helps. I’m 76. Hypo since my teens.

    • Michele murrman says:

      Hi Maryanne,

      What medication are you taking? I feel your pain. I’m in the same situation. Are all of your numbers elevated. My t3 is 5.2 and I have noticed a hair loss increase for sure . Have you found anything that has helped since January.


  13. Jennifer Jackson says:

    I suffer from hypothyroidism and high blood pressure and my hair loss within the last 6monts is so disheartening!
    I have been reading different articles and labels trying to decide what to do to get my hair back. I read about a hair vitamin, Hair La Vie. Any suggestions? I was going to try Biotin until I read this article and a few others.

  14. Denise woods says:

    I’m so glad I found this website thankyou , it is so helpful as I’ve been having the same problem with my hair falling out . I am on Thyroxine have been for many years I am on 175mg . My doctors posted me a blood form out to have my yearly blood test to check my levels and other tests with it and the results have came back as T4 not normal , they have requested more blood works and now awaiting my results . Just hope this is a reason for me losing my hair . I hope you all get your hair problem sorted .

  15. Kristina Terry says:

    I really want to start taking supplements but I dont know if I can because my doctor told me when I started my medications not to take any vitamin pills, or supplements myself. I really need help because my hair is thinning badly (I think from the thyroid medicines for my hypothyroidism) and I’m 17. My senior pictures are coming up in 5 months but I don’t know what I’m going to do because I look terrible. Someone please help me im stressing so badly.

    • Hi Kristina,
      I think everyone here is on the same journey you are, looking for answers. The best answer I can give you is to use the link in this article to find a GOOD doctor. Doctors are trained to do one thing- write prescriptions. Most are neither intelligent nor open minded. You have to find one that actually thinks for themselves and hasn’t succumbed to the typical brainwashing of med school. On end note of your senior pics: if you are brunette try this: black and brown iron oxide. This is only a temporary solution for cosmetic purposes only. I believe over-use could make hair thinning worse by clogging follicles. Mix the two powders together with a bit of arrowroot powder- dark enough and brown/black enough to match the color of your hair. Dab the powder onto your scalp in the thinning areas to conceal them. Try an eyeshadow brush for application. The two colors are meant for hair matching and arrowroot helps to keep the powder concealed by absorbing any scalp oils. You will have to experiment with powder amounts. Never stop researching on your own and good luck to you.

  16. Cindy Dunn says:

    I live in New Jersey and have had thyroid problems since 1982. My GP has never sent me to an endrocronologist, he just relies on my once a year lab (blood) test. Dry skin and hair loss (my hair only grows about 6 or 7 inches and then falls out) I have not had a hair cut in over 30 years. Hair loss is bad at times and then sometimes it doesn’t fall out as bad. My energy level will rise and fall at times also. Sometimes I just feel miserable. Where do I find a good endrocronologist in my area to help me? I want to feel better. As I said, I live in New Jersey (Sussex County).

  17. My friend suffered hair loss due to hypothyroidism. She’s as taking a prescribed medication by her physician after her thyroid was removed. Her hair loss didn’t stop until I asked her to try a natural supplement for thyroid health. I saw it on the Dr. Oz show. It is called bladderwrack. She has taken it for the last five years and no more hair loss. Her hair has grown back. In addition to the bladderwrack, she began taking Hairfinity hair vitamins and her hair is no longer shedding like crazy and she has experienced tremendous hair growth. I am by no means telling you to stop your prescribed medications but please know that there are alternatives. I hope all is well with you and more hair to you!!!

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  19. Hi thanks so much for your article. My endocrinologist kept dismissing my repeated distress about losing 2/3 of my hair over a year. Finally I forced her to conduct blood test for all the parameters from your article and my ferritin levels are abysmal (single digits) along with low nutrients along with adrenal fatigue.
    My question is what schedule do you follow for taking so many supplements over the course of a day?

  20. Hi Julia

    Can you advise if you can take the supplement and hairfinity while taking synthroid prescribed by my doctor? I was dx and taking .075 mg of synthroid since 2013 and my hair is progressively getting worse with breaking off and frizzing on ends that break off.

  21. My name is Roben I’m 49 I have thyroid problems my face and chest area itching with dryness bloating gassy which they found a nodule less than 1 cm back in 16 and this past Friday I went to see a endocrinologist which he did a ultra sound and the nodule hasn’t grown as of 18 it still is less than 1cm the doctor took blood work for protein a1c1 vit d thyroid !

  22. Otilia Braescu says:

    Wow what a load of great information. Very eye opening and also something doctors don’t take serious these days. It’s almost like you have to self treat yourself with natural medications.

  23. I’ve been researching omega 3 fatty acids and from what I’m reading, flax seed is actually a phytoestrogen that can be harmful to female hormonal balance.

  24. been going threw menopause for 4 years and i been taking synthroid about 3 years , and im losing my hair aot. my next year im not goingto have any hair. went to my doctor and seen a dermatologist year ago and said to use certain shampoo and take biotin aand watch what i eat none ofthis is working im 52 and i will be bald soon dont know what to do

  25. Tina Marie says:


    Thank you 1sr for your article. I was hyperthyroidic as a child til 16 when I went into remission. At 39 it came back even worse to the point where I finally agreed to take the radioactive thyroid. I just traded one set of ugly symptoms for another including the inability to lose weight even though I hot to the gym and eat healthy. The worse side effect was the acid build up form my metabolism slowing down so much and now I have stage 4 GERD with Barret’s disease.

    I finally, after 3 years, found a docyor who just prescribed me dessicated thyroid med…Armour. Im going to start it tomorrow. Im first wondering if Armour or Nature is better? Secondly, you also said you take “Nature-throid plus a compounded time-release T3.” What is the the coumpounded time release T3 that you take and how much?

    Thank you again!

  26. I just want to say thank you for posting this! I just turned 30 years old and was diagnosed a few years ago with hypothyroidism this diagnosis came two years after my son was born with a cleft lip and gum ridge…… now looking back I’m pretty sure I’ve had it since my teens but never had the proper testing done. Just recently I’ve started feeling my hypo symptoms get worse. Way worse my energy is depleted from morning till about 5:30 pm then I’m wide awake until the wee hours of the night. Not to mention the two bald patches on my head. I’m wondering if it’s my hypo or something else. I was just told hypothyroidism not sure if it’s autoimmune or not but now I’m starting to wonder and maybe that’s why all the other symptoms.

  27. This is awesome information, thank you! I read an article that said autoimmune diseases are prevalent in women with rh negative blood. Rh negatives seldom get cancer but suffer more than others with autoimmune diseases. I’m wondering how many of us with thyroid problems are rh negative? I’m A- and suffering hair loss from hyperthyroidism. I’m dropping weight as fast as I’m dropping hair. I’m 62 and was just diagnosed with a thyroid problem – Graves – was put on Methimazole and my eyes started swelling up to the point my eyelids were painful and purple and practically swollen shut. I showed my ENT (small town, no endocrinologist) and thought I was allergic to this medication and know what he said? Take allergy pills or see an allergist. I thought that was horrible advice, why didn’t he change my medication, so I just quit taking it and I really don’t want to go back to him. My eyes are back to normal, but I have the jittery/shaky feeling again when I was first diagnosed six months ago. I heard hair loss was for people with low thyroid, not high, is that true?

    • Marilyn says:

      No not true I have Graves disease and I have lost most of all my hair I took your thyroid pill iodine half of my thyroid is gone now I’m not shaking anymore I have a nice figure not too fat not too small but no hair almost

  28. I need a good Dr. For my thyroid issues . I live in Western PA. Close to ohio . Do you have any. I need one

  29. Thank you for taking the time to share this!

  30. Anesia powell says:

    I appreciate you so much for sharing your testimony from the beginning of the story that is my whole situation and when you talk about the low blood I’ve tried every pills but I’m going to order the ones you said you started taken I will run it by my doctor

  31. This makes me feel better. My hair shedding came out of nowhere and it’s awful. I tried 90mg of NP thyroid for the past 7 mos, and only a slight improvement. I don’t seem to be getting optimal free t3. I tried raising my dose, but this made me have heart palps. I think a slow release t3 might be the answer for me too. Why did your doc decide to do this instead of raising your NDT dose? thanks in advance!

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