Coming from a person who lives with MBC, I can tell you….I’ve done a few bizarre things and eaten some weird food, all in hopes of winning the war with cancer over my hair. I travel the internet A LOT trying to discover the DO’S and DON’TS of diet, exercise, and lifestyle but mostly to find out what to do about hair loss. Curiosity says, ‘Try Me’ while Common Sense smacks me on the head and says, ‘Save your time and money’. Well….sometimes I listen, sometimes I don’t. Hard-headedness is hereditary from both sides of my family so there was no escaping it.
Losing one’s hair is traumatic, especially if you’re a woman. In 2006 I went through chemo and lost all my hair so with my 2017 recurrence I assumed the same would happen and mentally prepared myself. The only thing I did was make myself ‘mental’. Currently I take Ibrance and Letrozole. So far there has only been slight thinning and this is most likely from Letrozole which blocks estrogen. I tried so many things when the thinning first started with no results. For the past three weeks, in addition to 500mg Vitamin C and 5000mcg Biotin, I have been using a collagen peptide supplement powder, 1 Tablespoon daily of walnut oil and eating A LOT of greens (recommended by my stylist). In addition to greens (especially broccoli sprouts and mung bean sprouts) I have been consuming my fair share of ground flax, hemp hearts, pumpkin seeds and nuts. The ‘shedding’ has reduced significantly which is great because West Texas winds are not ideal for wearing wigs. Now, at the same time I was using ‘something else’ as well.
In my defense….I was in a panic.
At this point, if rattlesnake venom was said to stop hair loss I would have driven to the nearest snake farm and jumped naked into a pit of vipers. That’s how desperate and delusional one can become over a few stands of lost hair. Now for the best part…..drum roll please…..I bought an iGrow Hair Growth System with LED and Infrared Lighting to stimulate my sluggish hair follicles. Not only does it appear to be signaling aliens but it looks silly. They were actually selling these at my sister’s salon but I found it online for way, way less. I’ve actually been using it for a month now and it remains a mystery whether the shedding has ceased due to the collagen, oil greens combo or if this ‘transformer-like’ helmet has contributed. Whatever I’m doing seems to be working. The photo was taken with the lights off so it would look more exciting.
Here is an extremely condensed version of things I have tried and my experience with them.
- Plantur 39 Shampoo (great for scalp stimulation 1-2 times per week)
- LoReal Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm (this stuff is awesome)
- It’s A 10 Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin
- Nioxin Thickening Spray
- Big Sexy Powder Play
- Coconut, Almond, Walnut or Avocado Oil (works great for dry ends)
- Apple Cider Vinegar (Pro: Great Conditioner – Con: Deters Husband)
- The Mane Choice Hair Oil (messy/no results)
- Wild Growth Hair Oil (messy/odd smell/no results)
- Doo Gro Shampoo (dried out hair)
- Natural Honey as conditioner (colossal mess – I should have seen that coming)
The way I see it, it doesn’t hurt to try – even if WHATEVER it is fails to work – there is always the chance that it will. My nutrition habits are evolving, a work in progress, and more and more leaning toward a mostly plant based diet. Like I’ve said before, fish and eggs are my KEEPERS. I feel proper nutrition plays a huge part in whether my hair decides to hang around or ride off into the sunset.
Have a great day 🙂