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Unread 08-19-2002, 01:07 PM
Thinning hair/Hair color?

Hi ladies

I'm just curious about something. I am almost 3 months post op and hair is really thinning---which seems to be a normal occurrence for some of us following surgery. I am taking Flaxseed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Vitamin E, B Complex. Had thyroid level checked and it is normal.

My question is: for those of you who had hair thin after surgery---how long did it last, and how long before it became normal again? Also, the new hair that is growing in around my hair line is almost totally silver I really want to have it colored. Do you think that is a good idea, or should I wait it out for awhile longer?

Thanks for any input! :hair:

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Unread 08-19-2002, 02:04 PM
Thinning hair/Hair color?

I didn't have thinning hair, so I don't want to give you any type of answer there. Hopefully someone will be along with more experience there than I have. However, I do have my share of grey hair and really wanted to color it at about 3 1/2 months. I usually do it myself, so I just went ahead, not knowing for sure if I'd have any problems. My hair took the color just fine and I didn't seem to have any problems with it. You might want to ask your beautician about this. They have experience dealing with hair from many different ladies and how their experiences went. I did ask mine if she thought it would be ok to color mine and she said mine seemed healthy and to go ahead.
Unread 08-19-2002, 02:37 PM
Hi Shelley,

My hair has been really thinning too. Every time I take a shower or bath, I lose at least a handful and a half, then there's always a couple of handfuls in my comb. Luckily, I have a lot of hair, so it's not too noticeable yet, but I hope it stops soon.

I haven't colored my hair yet either (lots of grey coming in too!) I'm going to try it this weekend, and I'll let you know how it goes. (I'm just six days earlier post-op than you.)

Like you, I hope someone can tell us if we should just go buy wigs or if this will end soon.


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Unread 08-19-2002, 04:29 PM
Thinning hair/Hair color?

I too have noticed my hair coming out, luckily mine is thick hair so it is only noticable to the people in my house. We find it everywhere, its even in the embroidery that I have been doing in my recovery!

My husband asked if I had been shaving my 'underarms' as he cleared the handful of hair out of the drain, ha ha!

I was due to have my hair recoloured three weeks post op and went to my hairdressers, it was my first outing! There was no problem with it and as my hairdresser has had a hysterectomy too I felt confident!

I sure hope it stops falling out soon though, would love to hear from anyone further along who could give me some encouragement on this.....thanks

Unread 08-19-2002, 05:00 PM
I know what you mean

My TVH was a little over a year ago. I thinned alot on top & in front. I grew my bangs out & have it parted in the middle, & I notice it even more. Some did grow back, but it is different texture....curly, out of control!! I have bought just about everything on the market to tame this mess, but that only seems to make it feel sticky...gunkey. ( I think that is a word)

I refuse to have grey hair too, and seems like there is more of that I have it colored, but with the budget somewhat strained, I did it myself- used Loving Care last week & it turned out fine.
But still CURLY on top!!
So, on Wed. night I am having my 1st makeover done, & thank God- hair is one of the things getting done. I will try & get some "help" for us & how to make it look like we have more hair.
I am thinking they are probably going to cut it into layers & go shorter than what I have now. ANYTHING!!! I am turning 50 in a matter of minutes & need this makeover FAST

Some things just aren't fair, are they?
Unread 08-19-2002, 05:21 PM
Thinning hair/Hair color?

Hi all

My hair hasn't thinned at all, and I've been coloring it for the last 15 years... but when I went in to have it done a few weeks post op, the color didn't take on the roots. My colorist had to treat the roots and reapply the color to get it to work properly. He says it has to do with changing chemistry of the hair shaft that's formed since the surgery, due to hormone changes in your scalp. So it probably depends on whether your hormone balance is the same as it was pre op or has changed. Now when I go in, he automatically pre-treats the roots before applying the color and it takes just fine.

Unread 08-19-2002, 06:49 PM
Thinning hair/Hair color?

Thanks for all your responses. I'm waiting for someone to come along and tell me how long this will last too, Shashi!

In the meantime, I called my hairdresser today and talked with her about it. She said she sees thinning hair in 98% of her clients who have had hysterectomies-- and that it is temporary, and YES it will grow back. YIPPPEEE I am going in to see her on Wednesday and she is going to do my haircolor. She said it will make my hair look and feel thicker. And as she said, the silver that is growing around my hairline is translucent, so it makes your hair look thinner, where it really isn't??? I do hope it makes a difference.

Unread 08-19-2002, 07:24 PM
Thinning hair/Hair color?

I am so happy to hear I am not alone! Since my TAH/BSO
on 7/1/02, my hair is extremely dry and falling out in handfuls. Yesterday I drove with the sunroof open and I was admiring how "sparkly" my hair looked. I took a closer look when I came to a stop and guess what? It was silver, white gray hair!
I am not ready to go au natural. I have been afraid to color my hair thinking when I washed out the color, my hair would go right down the drain with it!
OK ladies, I will attempt to color sometime this week. I'll let you know what happens.
Thanks for being there!
Unread 08-19-2002, 11:07 PM
Thinning hair/Hair color?

I also had thinning hair. My hairdresser said that anesthesia will cause that..and also messed up hormones. She told me that once the hormones level off it should start coming in. She said a lot of ladies that she has seen have had their hair come in even thicker once it starts to come back in. I also have thick curly hair so i'm not really missing it too much , but i just hate cleaning it out of the drain and my brush. The first time ihad it colored after the hyst ( i never do it myself..did once and what a disaster!) was not good. It did not take the color and the gray was back in no time. I have ahd it done twice since then and this last time it looks great. My hairdresser also got me some great shampoo and conditioner that will help the color look brighter longer. I don't know about you ladies...but when i have bad :hair: days i just feel like i want to *punch* somebody..hehe...kind of. But we'll all be good as new soon. God knows i'm a new woman already!!
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