My girlfriend, Karen, sent me the following hair loss tips, and they're just too good not to share! She's seen her fair share of hair fallout due to lupus, so these come to you first-hand from someone who's been there (along with a few comments from yours truly.) Take a look and see if any of these might help. As far as I'm concerned - you can sign me up for the flat ironing trick. I think it would be great!
1) Hair thickening shampoo and conditioners: They don't stop hair loss but do make thin hair appear thicker. Favorite brands: Nioxin, Aveda Pure Abundance. They are drying, so you need to alternate with a good moisturizing conditioner.
2) Hair thickening products: Aveda Pure Abundance Potion. (It starts as a powder and transforms into what Aveda calls a "lotion".) She has yet to find a pomade solution, since these can be tricky because some make hair greasy and thinner looking - and nobody wants that! A little experimenting may be in order - and I expect a full report, please!
3) The flat iron curling trick: She says, "This is by far my favorite thing! I "you tubed" how to curl your hair with a flat iron, and I'd been to a hair dresser who did my hair like this. It adds waves and instant volume - much better than curling iron curls. I only do it occasionally so as not to damage remaining hair. But it really does make me feel like I have lots of hair."
If that's not a ringing endorsement, I don't know what is! She says it's also better to put hair up that has body - so if you end up sweeping it into an up 'do - all the better.
4) Headbands and bobby pins: rather than a regular ponytail, she suggests putting hair up in a head band, scrunching it forward and then put in a ponytail. Just seems like more hair that way. Use mini hair clips over elastics and even smaller ponytails to disguise the lack of a ponytail.
5) She says this anecdotal, but Vitamin C and B-12 B-6 seem to help slow down the loss (and she read about it somewhere. She's also found that fish oils make her hair super shiny and thicker as its growing.
6) Lastly, she says hair spray helps flatten the new growth wild hairs. The new growth hairs actually help add volume, though, by lifting hair at the roots (those stubborn cowlicks I referred to last week!)