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Unread 01-26-2012, 02:01 PM
Oily hair since surgery

Ever since my surgery I have experienced oily hair. I can usually get away with washing my hair every other day. Since the surgery my hair is oily/greasy by the end of the day or the next morning. Is anyone else having these problems? Is this related to my hysterectomy? I haven't gone on hormones yet, because I'm still trying to figure out if they are right for me.
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Unread 01-26-2012, 02:19 PM
Re: Oily hair since surgery

Actually mine has been über dry. I usually wash it every other day and by the second evening it's pretty oily. This week I've only washed it once. When I've showered the rest of the week I just used conditioner on the ends only since the roots didn't seem oily. I am on estrogen though.
Unread 01-26-2012, 02:54 PM
Re: Oily hair since surgery

I still have my ovaries and I've noticed that my face and hair are more oilier than normal. I haven't had any other hormonal issues but I'm only 3 weeks post op.
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Unread 01-26-2012, 04:04 PM
Re: Oily hair since surgery

We have been talking about a similar thing about our complexions on a different post.
Some of us have found our skin is getting oily when we have night sweats, but it is keeping skin soft and we are hoping we will look younger and less wrinkly every day!

I usually washed my hair twice a week, using conditioner as the ends have been getting a bit dry.
I wake so hot and sweaty every morning I need to wash my hair every other day. I have often thought of washing it daily, but I don't want to dry it out too much
Unread 01-26-2012, 05:43 PM
Re: Oily hair since surgery

I have always had perfectly straight hair. Many hairdressers over the years have commented that it is really rare for someone to have absolutely no bend in their hair, but that was me. Until now. At 50, my hair is going curly! My most recent hairdresser said it's a result of hormones. Not sure if that's related to your question or not, but thought I'd share.
Unread 01-26-2012, 07:17 PM
Re: Oily hair since surgery

My hair was perfect before my surgery (at least to me). But now, it is oiler, straighter, and has been falling out. I kept my ovaries, so it isn't hormonal. It appears to be related to the anesthesia. People theorize that your body undergoes such a shock that the hair follicles react. Kind of like people going white suddenly, etc. I have also noticed that my white streak is a bit whiter with less pepper in it.

My skin is much oiler too.
Unread 01-26-2012, 08:20 PM
Re: Oily hair since surgery

I am 5 weeks post TAH. I kept one ovary and my hair has been so oily.It is driving me mad. I am really hoping that this isn't a sign that my lone ovary is asleep. I really don't want to be in menopause.
Unread 01-26-2012, 08:53 PM
Re: Oily hair since surgery

I find this post very interesting. I am 6 weeks post op, and about 3 weeks ago I noticed my hair was getting oily (and I have very dry hair). I thought it was the conditioner I had been using, but when I stopped using it, the oily spells continued. Unfortunately at the same time, my face is breaking out. I have never had breakouts like this or oily hair ever! I have one ovary left, and I am wondering if things aren't working quite normally hormone-wise????
Unread 01-26-2012, 08:55 PM
Re: Oily hair since surgery

*is a hair dresser*

In general, surgery can cause weird skin/scalp things to happen that tend to straighten out in a few months.

Hormone changes DO affect your hair, but there's the thing: Hormones can only affect the hair that is growing, not hair that is already past the scalp.

Here's what I've sort of decided about hair suddenly changing after surgery: Most people style their hair almost every day. When we are down and aren't doing the same things with our hair every day, but use the same products, they are often too heavy a product. Another thing that happens is that if you don't normally use a conditioner on your scalp, but it's dry from surgery, it will over produce oil.

So, if you are conditioning with a heavy conditioner, try only applying it to your ends. If you are not conditioning your scalp, try applying your conditioner to your scalp to hydrate it.

Hint: If your skin is still itchy, your scalp is likely very dry too.

Ad far as hair changing textures (mine was completely straight until this summer): If it's happening all at once, you may be noticing it because you're hair got a break from daily styling while you recovered. It's been happening for a while, but you never noticed it. As your hair gets the benefit of not being damage regularly, it starts to go back to it's CURRENT natural texture. It's still hormone changes, but you just haven't noticed it (this is what happened to me when I started using organic hair products as I became allergic to sulfates).
If it's happening slowly, welcome to hormone changes. It's normal. (Women's hair textures change an average of three times in their lives, we just don't always notice it because it's gradual)
Unread 01-26-2012, 08:58 PM
Re: Oily hair since surgery

Oh, and usually if your ovaries aren't working, your skin gets thinner and drier, not oilier.

And face skin will react like your scalp, if you aren't hydrating enough, acne and inflammation can happen. If your skin is really bad suddenly, please see an esthetician. They can help you with new ways to deal with it.

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