Female hair loss and shedding + remedies for control

May 16, 2019 (Last updated Aug 18, 2022) by Hannah Sunderani

Female hair loss and shedding + remedies for control

This blog post is dedicated to female hair loss and shedding + remedies for control. It’s a very personal post, and it makes me nervous to admit, but I experienced major hair loss and hair shedding two years ago that left me feeling so self conscious and anxious. Fortunately with some tips and remedies, it grew back strong and healthy. So I want to dedicate this blog post to sharing my tips with you.

Read on to learn why I experienced hair loss in the first place, and some remedies used to help me get my healthy hair back. These include both oral and topical remedies. They’re natural and easy additions to my routine, and have made a big difference in my hair regrowth.

I realize that everyone will have different experiences, and what works for some may not for others. However, I know I would have really appreciated a blog post like this one during my struggle. I felt lost on what to do, and there isn’t a lot of support for women going through female hair loss.

Note: This post has been updated since moving back to Canada with North American products I currently use for heathy hair. Updated Mar-10-2020.

Not much support for us women…

I did so much research on female hair loss and hair shedding, and TBH I felt super alone in the experience. It seems like all the articles and advice is for men, and everything for women is focused on how to get long mermaid hair – when I just wanted my normal amount of hair back! Hair loss for women is just not a topic that’s widely discussed.

I hope if anything this blog post can help provide relief for women experiencing hair loss and hair shedding, to know you’re not alone! And you will get through it. Lots of women experience hair loss at all points in their lives for various reasons. So let’s share our tips and tricks, because hair loss isn’t just something men experience.

female hair loss before remedy
My hair before making remedies
female hair loss after remedy
My hair now, six months later after applying these easy remedies

Why I experienced female hair loss:

I noticed significant hair loss after going off birth control pills. In fact, my mum was first to notice when she came to visit me in France. She wasn’t being rude or pointing out my flaws, but sometimes when you don’t see someone for a long period of time you pick up on differences, and she definitely noticed a change in my hair.

Hair loss isn’t an instant thing – I didn’t wake up one morning with no hair. But the more I reflected on it the more I realized after going off birth control I did notice significant amounts of my hair strands all over the house. I’d be picking them off the kitchen counter while I cooked, handfuls coming out when washing my hair, and copious amounts at my desk. It freaked me out!

We started thinking about my lifestyle changes that may have attributed to this change. I didn’t feel stressed, and my diet remained the same. But, I had gone off birth control a couple months prior. This was a red flag for my mum as she’s experienced female hair loss herself during hormonal changes in her life – pregnancy and menopause. We did extensive research on the topic and came to learn it’s really common for women to experience hair loss and shedding from hormonal imbalance.

After being on the pill for so many years, and seeing a major thinning of hair after stopping, I’m certain it is the reason. Here’s a couple articles speaking more to the topic from Healthline and the American Academy of Dermotology.

female hair loss before remedy
my hair after experiencing major hair loss and shedding. I feel anxious even sharing this photo as it looks so unhealthy.

The not-so-trivial anxiety about female hair loss

It might sound trivial to be so focused on something like the thickness of your hair, but I know first hand just how self-conscious hair loss makes you feel. I was SO shy about my hair loss and would get very anxious about people noticing. I would try hiding it in photos or avoid them altogether, and look for its “state” in every reflection. I had real anxiety thinking about seeing my friends and family and having them comment on its thinness. And I hated going to the hair dressers for the dreaded words “you have very fine hair.”

I would walk down the street and fixate on women with beautiful, strong and long hair. Wishing so badly for my hair to look like theirs. It drove my husband crazy to hear me being so negative about myself. I’d get down on myself for not being able to wear the latest hair style trends, because my hair was too thin to braid, or too wispy for a high pony. It really affected my confidence, and how I went about my daily life.

So yes, although the idea of measly hair might sound trivial and silly to get upset about, it’s a real downer for women who experience female hair loss and shedding. Especially when our society glorifies women with long and abundant mermaid hair. And the conversation about hair loss is deemed only a problem for men.

In reality, a lot of women experience female hair loss and shedding for a host of reasons. For me it was hormonal, but it can also be due to stress and diet, weight-loss and more. So if you feel alone, please know you’re not!

female hair loss before remedy
I would wear my hair up a lot during this time, as it was so thin on the sides.

Remedies to control hair loss and shedding

So, this brings me to sharing my tips and remedies for growing my hair back, after hair loss and shedding. I want to stress how hormonal imbalances in the body often work itself out, and so the results of my hair also lends itself to my body getting back to balance after going off the pill.

However, the remedies below certainly helped in the process, and are good tips for anyone looking to improve the health of their hair. Even though my hair has grown back, it’s never looked healthier and more full. I will continue to use these tips moving forward.

female hair loss before remedy
My hair before, thin with lots of breakage
female hair loss after remedy
My hair now, thicker and healthier than ever

Oral Remedies:

Let’s start with what I put in my body to help control female hair loss and hair shedding

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Multivitamin supplement:

Adding a multivitamin to my diet is one of the best things I’ve done for the health of my hair. I know they say if you’re eating a well balanced diet, you can get the nutrients you need through food. But from my experience, taking a daily women’s multivitamin has played a major impact on the health of my hair, skin and nails in addition to eating healthy!

After starting multivitamins I noticed a major change in the thickness and strength of my hair, as well as my nails. With lots more hair growing in. I started taking multivitamins about a year before the episode of female hair loss, and still noticed a boost in hair production and strength. (I probably noticed it at around the three month mark).

So even if you’re not experiencing female hair loss per se, a multivitamin can help with strengthening your hair and promoting growth. I am a big advocate for them based on my own experience.

The multivitamin I use is by New Chapter, called “Every Woman’s One Daily, Women’s Multivitamin.” It’s more expensive than others on the market, but I love it. I’ve spoken with naturopaths and nutritionists about this brand, who hold high opinion of it. This company is B Corporation certified, non-gmo verified and ICS certified organic.  

I understand it’s hard to know which vitamin brands to trust, and which not. So you can always check with your pharmacist, doctor or naturopath as to what they recommend. I’m no expert but this New Chapter multivitamin is definitely my favourite brand for women’s multivitamins, and I’m glad it came to me recommended.

Fermented Biotin supplement:

In addition to a multi-vitamin I decided to add vitamix b-7, in fermented form. B-vitamins play a major role in hair health. My hair dresser recommended to start taking them, particularly biotin, which is known to help with hair growth. See more on the subject here.

Turns out, fermented Biotin is 30x more powerful than typical, non-fermented biotin in antioxidant activity. Thank you Joyous Health for telling me this, and it’s also explained on New Chapter’s website. 

The only brand that sells fermented biotin that I’ve tried is New Chapter, and again I love this brand and don’t plant to switch. I really trust them for quality vitamins.

Protein:

So this is sort of a given. We all know a protein rich diet makes healthy strong hair. But it’s important to take time to actually think about how much protein you’re getting in your diet.

If you’re on a plant-based diet, you have to pay closer attention as it’s not available in such high amounts as meat. I actually hadn’t realized just how little protein I was getting in my diet until I started paying closer attention to it. There are lots of easy ways we can up our protein intake on a plant-based diet – when we’re mindful of it.

Adding more nuts, seeds and beans:

I made a conscious decision to add more beans, nuts and seeds to every meal. Lentils was an easy solution for me as they cook quickly, and you can easily toss them into dishes like stir-fry’s or salads to up the protein levels.

I also like to make a “seed mix” of chia seeds, hemp hearts, sunflower seeds, and flax seeds, and sprinkle it on pretty much everything from my oatmeal to salads, to avocado toast and buddha bowls. I’ll even pack a bag full of nuts and seeds when I go traveling. If I’m at a restaurant and they can offer is a green salad for vegans, I can add my own protein.

I’m not the biggest fan of many plant-based proteins on the market as they’re full of fillers and artificial sweeteners, (which isn’t so great on the digestive system for those with IBS). But instead I’ll add 2-3 tbsp hemp hearts to my smoothies to up the protein and healthy fats. Three tablespoons of hemp hearts equates to 11g of protein!

These are the hemp hearts I like to buy, as a good plant-based protein source. You can add them to salads, oatmeal, and smoothies for a protein-boost. Be mindful of how you’re getting your protein, and add more when you can.

Topical Remedies:

Now for what I put on my body to help with female hair loss and shedding. These topical remedies helped to keep my existing hair, and ensure it grew healthier, stronger and more flexible.

Rosemary Oil

I’ve got to attribute rosemary oil as one of the best additions to my regiment for healthy strong hair. I started adding rosemary oil as a topical treatment for my scalp about three months ago, and have noticed a major difference in new hairs coming in, and improvement with hair shedding. To quote my hairdresser, the results are “incroyable!”

I actually discovered the benefits of rosemary oil for hair loss by fluke, when researching hair loss for men (as there is much more information on this this topic for men than women).

Many men will use a drug called “Minoxidil” for hair regrowth, it’s a topical ointment they massage into the scalp. What’s interesting is a study that pitted rosemary oil against “Minoxidil” and yielded similar results. Of course this peaked my interest!

It appears rosemary oil can help to stimulate blood flow to the head, and strengthen hair follicles. Which aids in hair growth and stops shedding. How freaking cool!?

There are lots of online recipes to make a rosemary oil hair mask, but if you’re lazy like me I really like this pre-made rosemary oil blend by Kiehl’s called “Magic Elixir.”

Kiehls magic elixir

I will add 1-2 tsp of this to my scalp before each wash, massaging the scalp and leaving it on for 20-30 minutes. Then I wash like normal. On weekends I’ll leave it for even longer – maybe a couple hours. You’ll notice the oil gives a tingly sensation on the scalp, which I love. I feel like you know it’s working.

It took about three months for me to notice a difference in new hair growth using rosemary oil. And I’m definitely going to continue its use. I hope it works for you!

No Sulphites, No Heat

Quality sulphate-free shampoos and conditioners are much kinder and less damaging to the hair.

I really like Pura d’Or‘s shampoo and conditioner. It’s an anti-thinning shampoo with no parabens or chemicals, and it’s cruelty free. It’s a more expensive shampoo vs. buying from the drug store. So feel free to shop around for other sulphite-free and paraben free brands. But I really like Pura d’Or for quality shampoos and conditioners.

I also reduced significantly the amount of heat I added to my hair. Instead of blow drying, straightening and curling, I now let it self-dry. The reduce of heat to my hair has really helped to keep the hair strong and healthy.

To style without heat, I like to add a few sprays of a product called “Texture Tonic” by Aveda while it’s wet. I spray it on and brush it through the hair with a comb, twist sections of the hair and scrunch it. Then I let it self dry. This gives it nice beach waves. The look is really pretty and much more gentle on the hair.

Braid before bed:

Before going to bed I will braid my hair. This is a great way to reinforce the hair for sleep.

While you’re sleeping it’s normal for your hair to tangle and break from friction against your sheets. Especially for fine hair. Braided hair is much stronger than each individual strand.

I will braid the hair before going to bed, and then apply a dry oil on the bottom to keep the ends moisturized. I no longer wake up with loads of hair in the bed after sleeping. Which is good for my hair and my mentality!

Join the scrunchy gang:

Another tip is to opt-in for fabric hair elastics. Since my hair is thin, and more easily breakable, scrunchies allow for a more gentle hold of the hair, and will reduce breakage. The good news is scrunchies are back in trend and so you can easily find them at accessory stores.

female hair loss after remedy
Feeling happier, and more confident than ever about my hair!

Summary:

I know this is a lot of information to digest. And so I want to clearly break down the details listed above. I used all of these tips, both oral and topical, to grow my hair back. Not one is the solution, but applying them all.

Oral Treatment:

  1. Taking multivitamin supplement
  2. Taking fermented biotin supplement
  3. Increasing protein consumption with nuts, seeds and hemp hearts

Topical Treatments:

  1. Rosemary Oil or Kiehl’s Magic Elixir
  2. Switching to Shampoo/Conditioner with no sulphates (I like Pura d’Or), and applying no heat
  3. Braiding hair before bed with dry oil for ends
  4. Using scrunchies for hair ties

So there we have it – a few of my tips both oral and topical, which helped me rebuild strong and healthy hair. I hope if you are experiencing female hair loss or hair shedding these remedies are as helpful to you as they have been for me.

Just know you’re not alone in experiencing female hair loss – so many women go through it! And there are lots of ways we can help our hair grow back faster, stronger and healthier.

And if you do try any of the tips let me know in the comments below what you think! I love hearing from you! Or, if you have other remedies that have worked for you please share below. It’s all about women supporting women! Wishing you all the best in your progress.

Here’s to getting your confidence back.

 

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  1. Hi! Your story has really helped me. My hair is shredding and breaking from just above the ears so is super thin at the ends.
    I was just wondering the time difference between the before and after photo?

  2. Hi, thank you for sharing this article! This has been reassuring as I’ve also been experiencing a lot of hair loss due to severe episodes of stress. During the period of your hair los, could you visibily see your scalp and did your parting get any wider?

  3. Hello Hannah
    I’m 67 years old so stopping birth control definitely wasn’t my problem when my hair just started falling out out of no where. I could fell it falling on my shoulders while I combed it. So, I started researching as intently as you did. I’m going to get a hair analysis test today and a blood test to check vitamin, mineral and hormones. I also found rosemary oil as well as onion juice helpful in the meantime until tests come back. Wanted to let you know how well done your article was. No “magic “ pill. Just patience and consistency.
    Pat

  4. These natural hair fall remedies seem to be really promising. I am nearing baldness and was thinking of going for Scalp Micropigmentation training (https://hairlinesolutions.com.au/pages/the-smp-training-academy) which is visual hair follicle training, but I am not really sure about this. I trust that something natural can help me more and if I am getting bald then it is genetic or age factor because I take a healthy diet and exercise regularly.

  5. Hello,
    Have you tried applying just the rosemary oil to your scalp. Wondering if it has to be mixed with a carrier oil or directly is fine. And how often should you apply the rosemary oil. I too have been suffering from Androgenic alopecia for over 10 years and would do anything to grow hair on the my balding crown. 🙁

    • Hi Roshni. When I’ve applied the rosemary it’s always been done with a carrier oil. I think directly would be too intense… The brand by Keihls is the one I use and it’s really great. I really hope it helps with your alopecia. Good luck!

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  7. Hi Hannah!! I’m so so glad that I found your article, because I feel like I’ve been obsessing about this for over a month now. I went off the pill in December and I’ve been shedding excessively for the past 3-4 months. I feel like the shedding has just about slowed down now but my hair feels thinner than it’s ever been, I’d say I’ve lost about 50% of the original volume and I’m terrified of going bald! Did you notice the shedding significantly stop at any given point before the hair started growing back in and feeling thicker again? As I’m already headed into month 5 I’m seriously hoping I see some regrowth soon!!

    Thank you so so much for all your helpful tips and support!!

  8. Thank you Hannah! I really appreciate the positivity of your blog. It’s reassuring to know that hair loss is not unique but something many of us face. We just need to have patience and trust in the process! All will be good!

  9. Thank you for responding Hannah! If you don’t mind I have some additional questions! Did the shedding for you, continue for a period of a few months before stopping (how long)? Was it a gradual thinning? And when your hair did grow back, would you say that it’s original density, thickness and health were completely restored? Sorry to bombard you with so many questions!

    I appreciate your honesty and bravery for not only tackling this yourself but helping everyone else out there!

    • Hi Nicky. No worries at all! I did notice the shedding for some time, maybe 3 months? It took me a while to clue in what was happening. In the blog post I mention that it was my mum who noticed when she came to visit after not seeing me for some time. And with the remedies in the blog post, I can say that my hair has never been stronger, fuller and healthier. It really helped with my regrowth and hope it does for yours too! It does take some time, but it will get there!

  10. Hey Hannah,

    I’ve been going through a similar situation and sometimes it feels like it will never get better but I am trying to stay positive. Do you mind me asking how long it took (months) for your hair thickness and length to return to where it was prior to shedding? I am slowly working towards this and am hoping to set some sort of personal goals for myself!

    Thank you!

    • Hi Nicky! Sorry to hear that you’re going through a similar situation. It’s so hard! It took me about 6 months to see a significant change, and nearly a year for it to grow fully in length.

  11. Hello. Thank you very much for addressing this theme. I suffer from Telogen effluvium and post covid hairloss and i’ve noticed my hair thinning. I started a treatment for TE but i am quite anxious about how my hair looks at the ends. How long did it take you to come to these results and for your hair to look full at the ends as well?

    • Hi Georgia! I’m so sorry to hear about your post covid hairloss. I can only imagine how stressful it was to catch covid, let alone the after-effects such as this. Thank you for sharing your story.

      For my results – I noticed my hair starting look visually thicker again around the 6 month mark, and it looked fully recovered by a year. I know it’s a long time and I wish I could say it was quicker, but my hair at least did take a while to grow long enough that it was full again at the bottoms. The two pictures below are a before and after from 6 months of applying the remedies I explain in the blog post. Getting a hair cut to straighten the ends will also help it look thicker and healthier. Anyways I hope this helps, and I’m wishing you all the best with your hair regrowth journey!

  12. This was sooo helpful! I stopped birth control 6 months ago and noticed my hair was shedding about a month ago, it’s distressing! I just purchased the vitamin code multivitamin and am looking for a clean shampoo and conditioner alternative! Where do you find the pura d’or shampoo and conditioner here in Canada?
    Thanks so much!!!

    • Hi Celeste! I am so glad that you found this blog post so helpful! I order the shampoo and conditioner off of Amazon. Some other helpful brands I’ve found are Kiehls and Aveda if you prefer to purchase in store. 🙂

  13. Hi, I’m 18 and I was on birth control pills for PCOS issues. I stopped them 6 months earlier and right now my hair is in the same condition as yours was on the previous pictures. My straight hair started curling up and thinning. I’m planning to follow all the tips you gave but I’m in a dilemma whether to cut my damaged hair short and then start re-growing it or if I start these supplements right now would those damaged hair repair too? Kindly lemme know between how many months you had a trim for those damaged ends.
    I’m just so depressed because of this since my hair used to be so long till my waist length and healthy but right now it’s so short and fragile.
    Thank you!

    • Hi Nihazima. I’m so sorry to hear about your struggle with hair loss. As you know I can relate… I’d recommend for you to get a trim during the regrowth period if seeing the damaged hair is causing you anxiety. A fresh cut can do wonders for healthier looking hair and a more full effect, which can really help with confidence. I waited the three months to trim, as I wanted to document the change, but I know that’s not for everyone. Wishing you all the best in your regrowth and I really hope these tips help you in your journey. xx

  14. Hi! This article is great and is helping me through my current hair shedding due to hormonal changes. One question though – is the New Chapter multivitamin you take for women 40+? I bought it through your link and just realized it’s formulated for women 40+, and I am 24. I want to use the rest of the bottle, but don’t want to mess up my body even more right now.

    Thanks!

    • Hi Emma! Thanks so much for reaching out! I’m so glad that the regime is helping with your shedding. Thank you for pointing out the vitamins are 40+! I’m taking just the general women’s multivitamin. I have gone ahead and revised the post to reflect that change. I would suggest to continue using the bottle you have and then switch over when you’re done! That’s exactly what I would do. Looking at the vitamin breakdown the difference between the two is so slight – it looks like the one you have has slightly more b12 and selenium (both of which are good for hair). Thank you again for pointing that out – it’s much appreciated!

  15. I’m going through this right now and literally just yesterday bought the same vitamins, rosemary oil, and dame exact shampoo/conditioner you mention above. Great minds think alike! 🙂 Glad to hear it worked for you. Hoping the same will be true for me!

  16. Hello Hannah!
    thanks so much to share your story with us. I cried reading your post because the text and the photos look exactly like my current situation.. I felt embrace by reading that I’m not alone.
    Im off the pill for 2 months now, and I’m struggling a lot with the hair loss.
    It’s difficult for me to see my hair going on off and not be able to do something about it..
    thanks for sharing with me also hope that things will be better in a couple of months maybe.
    best wishes!

  17. This post has been the only thing that’s been able to calm my anxieties and it’s really helped my realise that there is actually light at the end of the tunnel… especially as I’m going through the exact same thing as you! I’ve only been off the pill just under a month after being on it for 2 years, and I can really feel my ponytail thinning already. I’m planning on trying all your recommendations along with my GP’s recommendation of strong dosage of vit. D and I’m really hoping for the best! I know it takes three months for the pill’s hormones to wash out of your body and I know that’s when you really noticed a significant change in your hair… could I ask if you did any protective measures during these three months to limit damage? I’m really hoping that if I’m proactive as early as I can be, it’ll help limit the damage done.
    Thanks again Hannah! xx

    • Hi Hannah! Thanks so much for reaching out! I am so impressed with how on top you are with your transition off of the pill. Unfortunately for me, I had no idea it would affect my hair in this way and so I didn’t do any preventative measures. I do hope that my recommendations will start helping you now – the sooner the better! As opposed to my experience where I started these changes a few months after going off the pill and noticing the hair loss. It sounds like you’re off to a great start and I’m wishing you all the best in your hair regrowth!

  18. I’m crying as I type this, but I need you to know hopeful I feel after reading your blog post My hair loss has changed my life significantly and for once in my life I feel like I am not alone. I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. I understand how challenging it can be to share your insecurities, for that I applaud you! Thank you for sharing your story so that others may feel less shame in theirs. I wish you the absolute best!

    • Hi J! It makes me so happy that you found some comfort and support in reading my blog post. Hair loss can be so hard, especially when you feel like you’re the only woman going through it. There are many of us experiencing it, but unfortunately society doesn’t allow a space for us to speak about it openly. I really hope that some of the recommendations I did will help you in your journey to regrowth. I’m sure it will come back as it did for me, but it does take time and patience so please be kind to yourself in the process. Sending all my love and light. Hannah xx

  19. I have not yet tried your methods but I appreciate the way this article was not an advertisement. (unless we wanted it to be)
    I will be trying your methods and your brands. Thank you.

    • I’m really glad that you enjoyed this blog post Nicole. I really wanted to be honest and sincere in my hair-loss/regrowth journey and I hope that you find some of the tips helpful. 🙂

  20. Hi My name is Priyanka, I am having hairloss from past few months and just visiting one after another Dermatoligist but my condition is not improving. I can exactly feel u. I cant even open my hair its getting so thin. If i could post my picture i definetly do that. I m so upset nd helpless. by reading your article it gives me postive vibes nd confidence that i can grow it back. I will definetly try this. I m not married yet nd i know its gonna create a mess about my haifall. I started to feel so underconfident nd always consious about my appearences. I hope i get the light soon but thank you so much for sharing. i m tryi g my best to get my hair back strong nd healthy like it was before.

  21. I loved your blog and thanks for publishing this about female hair loss shedding remedies!! I am really happy to come across this exceptionally well written content. Thanks for sharing and look for more in future!!

    • You are most welcome! I’m happy to hear you found it helpful. All the best!

  22. Hi Samantha, I’m so sorry to hear about your hair struggles. I felt much the same when I went of BC.. feeling like i lost half of my hair! It will come back and I wish you all the best. I recently updated this post with new products so everything on here is recent. I hope that it helps in your hair growth journey. All the best!

  23. I went off the oil about two months ago because my boyfriend and I want to start trying to have a baby in a year. I immediately started prenatal vitamins. About a month ago, I noticed more hair falling out. At this point, I swear I’ve lost 50% of my hair. I have an appointment with an endocrinologist in November and I’ve ordered everything on your list. Is there anything else that you have added since this point? Thank you so much for sharing your story.

  24. I don’t know how to thank you enough. I have lost a huge amount of my hair over the last maybe 4 years? Mainly at the front but basically allover too.
    I have no “official” hormonal imbalance in blood tests but some vitD deficiency (got it up) and some iron (got it up too) deficiency. Did some keratin treatment 3 years ago, but maybe that was the trigger.
    It is so upsetting as a 27 year old.

    • Hi De. I’m so sorry to hear about your struggle with your hair. I was the same age as you are now when I went through these struggles. I felt much the same, “how is this happening while I’m still young and healthy?” It can feel really overwhelming and I feel your pain entirely. Mine was also really thin at the sides as you’ve explained.

      The tips in my blog post really helped me to grow my hair back and I hope it does for you too. I’ve never had extremely thick “mermaid hair,” but I can say that my hair is the healthiest it’s ever been, and the strands themselves are much thicker now. I do hope that these tips help for you too and I wish you all the best!

  25. Hi Hannah!
    I was searching articles about hair loss and shedding when I found your article. Thank you so much for talking about it, it means a lot to many women around the world. I’m currently going through anemia (low ferritin, low iron) and my hair can’t stop falling since December 2019. It stopped for 3 months when I started taking food supplement (multivitamins) and then it came back in June after I stopped taking them. My hair was my everything.. I just wanted to ask around how many months after taking these remedies did you realize the shedding stopped ?

    I’m so desperate and so sad…
    -Nina

    • Hi Nina. I’m so sorry to hear about your struggle with your hair. I know the feeling exactly. For me, I would say that I noticed shedding for about 3-6 months. It was also at the 3 month mark where I started to notice new growth coming in, and 6 months when my hair started to look and feel fuller.

      In total, I would say it was about a year of re-growth until it was strong and full like before. I know it’s a long time and I wish I could say it was sooner, but for me at least the regrowth took some time and I had to be patient and kind to myself in the process. I wish you all the best in your regrowth and I’m sure with your vitamin supplements it will make a big difference as it did for me. Celebrate those small successes, and be kind to yourself. All the best! Hannah xx

  26. Hi Hannah,
    What kind of braid do you put your hair in at night (ie french braid, or braided pony)? I find I shed a ton of hair overnight. Glad your hair loss journey is improving. I’ve been dealing with hair loss for years and nothing I’ve tried so far has worked.

    • Hi Stefanie! I put my hair in a braided ponytail, not a french braid. Although I’ve seen both recommended. I really hope this helps and sorry to hear about your struggle. I can totally relate.

  27. Hi Hannah, I really can relate to your experience, I have hair thinning since around 10 months because I had iron deficiency, taking the treatment I got it balanced again but my hair didn’t stop shedding, my doctor said that the iron deficiency and hormones imbalance was part of the hair loss.
    I have tried a lot of remedies but they don’t seem to be working so well, I have lost a lot of hair, do you think the rosemary oil will help to fight my hair shedding?
    Thank you!

    • Hi Ana! I’m sorry to hear that you’ve had such struggles with iron deficiency and hair fall. Of course, every person is different, but I can happily say that the rosemary oil along with the other recommendations in my blog post really helped with my hair regrowth. It’s now longer and stronger than ever. I hope these tips help you too! Just know that you’re not alone in feeling overwhelmed and upset. Many of us have gone through the same thing. It will come back!

  28. Hello…my daughter is experiencing a ton of hair loss after going off the pill also. How much hair do you think lost and over how many months did this continue? Also, how long did it take to come back to what you have now? Did you ever go in to see a doctor? This has been a horrible time for her and I can’t believe women go through this and there isn’t more information out there. Thank you!

    • Hi Sarah, sorry to hear about your daughter. I can totally relate. I noticed that I had significantly less amounts of hair around 3 months after going off the pill. Around 6 months is when I noticed it growing back in (as it was long enough to see), and it took about a year for it to feel normal again. I did not go and see a doctor, as I saw the growth coming back in, and I didn’t want to resort to going back on the pill.

      Your daughters hair will come back! Hair takes time to grow, but my hair has never been stronger and healthier. The tips I’ve given above are ones I’m still using today, and I’ve never been happier with my hair.

      Thanks so much for reaching out and best of luck to your daughter!
      Hannah

  29. Thank you so much Hannah ????
    I’m suffering from hair loss fir past 16years. But, never really tried anything consistently. Went to dermatologist and they did a biopsy of scalp and diagnosed as .ale pattern baldness, that put me inti a downward spiral and never really felt like doing much as it’s of no use! But, will give topical remedies a try…thank you for sharing your experience and remedies with us.
    Deepta.

    • Hi Deepta, I’m so sorry to hear about your struggles. I can relate to how it feels being at a loss for what to do. I really hope some of these tips help you and I’m wishing you all the best!