Health QuestionsCategory: MedicationsIs my hair messed up forever?
obvious asked 3 years ago

My p-doc took me off Depakote when it made my hair start to fall out quite suddenly.  Tonight is my first night Depakote free, yay! But despite weening off slowly, my hair loss has not slowed in the least. I suppose the Lithium could play a part in that, but I’m trying to get off that, too.  Anyway, I have big thin patches all over my scalp.  My hair comes out in fistfuls when I wash it, dry it, brush it … I find hair all over my bed when I wake in the morning.  Will it ever end?  And most importantly … will it grow back???

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mania answered 3 years ago

Re: Is my hair messed up forever?
Quote from obvious on 11. Aug 2006 at 19:12:

My p-doc took me off Depakote when it made my hair start to fall out quite suddenly.  Tonight is my first night Depakote free, yay! But despite weening off slowly, my hair loss has not slowed in the least. I suppose the Lithium could play a part in that, but I’m trying to get off that, too.  Anyway, I have big thin patches all over my scalp.  My hair comes out in fistfuls when I wash it, dry it, brush it … I find hair all over my bed when I wake in the morning.  Will it ever end?  And most importantly … will it grow back???

 
Hair works on a 3 month cycle.  i.e. If you have a stressful event in your life, 3 months later, you will see the results in your hair.  (I’m not pulling this out of my ass, a doctor told me this)
 
So, theoretically, 3 months from now you should be seeing improvement in your hair.
 
In the interim, I suggest taking a visit to your ethnic hair products aisle and purchasing a product called carrot oil.  Personally, I like the emulsified version, in the little jar, as it is easier to deal with a creamy glop than an oil.  Open up the jar (stir it with a Q-Tip), put about a nickle-sized dollop on your fingertips, rub it across both sets of fingertips, and proceed to work it into your scalp.  
 
If you do this at night, before bed, you can wash/rinse it out in the morning, and it will have had time to work its magic.  Another step you can take is to stop using shampoo that contains sodium lauryl/lauryth sulfate.  This is a chemical surfactant (dirt releaser) that takes a heavy toll on your hair.  It used to be that finding one without this ingredient was very difficult, but now there are many on the market at Whole Foods, the organic section of major chain stores, and in the ethnic hair products aisle (why? because ethnic hair is much dryer and more brittle and cannot handle harsh chemicals.  The one I use is called “Creme of Nature Ultra Moisturizing Formula Shampoo”).  
 
You may still need to periodically use a “stripping” shampoo to remove hair product, as these shampoos are so gentle they are not good at removing hair gel, spray, etc.  A word of warning, though: when you first wash your hair with a non-harsh shampoo, and are standing in the shower, you will think “my hair feels slimy!  It’s still dirty!”  But it’s not dirty OR slimy; it is simply not stripped of its natural, protective oils.
 
Best of luck to you.
 
 
mania
 

obvious answered 3 years ago

Re: Is my hair messed up forever?
yeah

obvious answered 3 years ago

Re: Is my hair messed up forever?
Thank you SO much for the tips! I use this stuff: http://usa.lush.com/cgi-bin/lushdb/802?expand=Haircare:upd=y which I thought was all natural and good for my hair but it has that chemical you listed in it.  I love Whole Foods, so I’ll take a look for something in the shampoo section the next time I’m there.

ragemaxis answered 3 years ago

Re: Is my hair messed up forever?
I lost huge patches of my hair on depakote, and I just got a haircut … I look 10 years older and its a mega hit to my self esteem.   I *really* hope this comes back!

obvious answered 3 years ago

Re: Is my hair messed up forever?
I’m afraid to get my hair cut for fear of bald patches.  Plus the embarrassment of having my hair fall our as someone works with it.  When (if) the hair loss slows, I’ll get it cut.