Hair Loss on Protocol

Women and men may discover that they are having hair loss while losing weight.  Here are a few facts about hair loss and hormones.  While this does not happen with everyone, below are some tips to keep this to a minimum.  Your hair texture should return to normal in Phase 4.

Here are some tips to reduce the side effects while on the diet.  Remember that your hormones and thyroid are going through many changes.  Nurture your hair during your weight loss journey.

1.  Take biotin

2.  Eat more fish, check out the Phase 2 fish recipes.

3.  Add flax seed, especially in Phase 3 as your hypothalamus is resetting.

4.  Try using Nioxin which helps restore the vitamins needed to the scalp to prevent hair loss or stop it.

5.  Make sure you are getting your B vitamins.

6.  Use shampoos and conditioners that contain biotin and silica.

7.  Avoid over-consumption of salt.

8.  Apple-cider vinegar, applied as a rinse.

9.  One great technique many people use to help their hair grow faster is a scalp massage.

10. Regularly trimming your hair.  Also keeping your hair pulled up causes strain on the hair follicles.


  1. Deborah on November 7, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    Thanks for posting this on the hair loss. I am waiting for mine to come back in. I can see my scalp! This was making me very nervous to say the least. I have been on ph4 now for about a month, so I hope it is on it’s way!

    • Shawna Culp on November 7, 2010 at 11:43 pm

      Keep us posted.. Were you on drops or injections?

      Shawna Culp

    • Shawna Culp on November 7, 2010 at 11:50 pm

      Ps try the Nioxin it is great at reversing hair loss 🙂

      Shawna Culp

      • Sanam Farooq on December 7, 2013 at 10:33 am

        In pakistan nioxin is not available wht to do

        • admin on December 9, 2013 at 11:45 am

          look for a product that contains biotin topically and in a supplement form

  2. hair loss product on January 31, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Very useful tips are posted. specially about the usage and importance of Vitamins. Waiting for some more tips.

  3. Emtunney on June 12, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    I have been off the drops for over two months and have completely stabilized. However, the last few weeks I have been losing a ton of hair. I am very worried. I plan to go see my dermatologist ASAP but is there anything that I can do in the meantime?

  4. Shawna Culp on August 5, 2011 at 11:33 pm


  5. sue on August 15, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Just found your site … I was on the drops and did two rounds. I’d like to do one more, but I have been on ph4 for two months now, and I am losing handfulls of hair every day. (My “extreme” hair loss started while I was on ph4.) I plan to follow your advice abve. Any other recommendations? Do you think I should I have my thyroid tested?

    • Shawna Culp on August 15, 2011 at 2:15 pm

      try these tips first.. especially the Nioxin Shampoo let it sit on your hair while you shower.. see if don’t notice a difference pretty quick.

      Weight loss can cause hair loss but it usually stops and levels out on its own

      Shawna Culp
      Media Producer 812-568-1183

  6. Shari on January 13, 2012 at 9:47 am

    In Aug. 2011 I started taking the hgc drops (name brand Skinnyup) for 2 1/2 months … I dropped 37 lbs without much effort.  I tried the very restrictive diet for the first two weeks but I got a lil shakey so I decided to alter the diet that came with the drops (I increased the portion amounts by 2, meet portion 6 oz instead of 3oz, and I added foods that were not recommed on the listed foods)  I added canalope, watermelon, grapes, brocolli, squash, and other veggis) I religously refrained from all bread, butter, rice, potatoes, and sugars (basically avoided all things white). 

    All was great until i went off the drops last Nov., when my hair started thinning, after 2 monts of hair thinning…MY HAIR IS NOTICBLY THINNER!!!

    I will try your suggestions (already taking multi vitamin, B12, D3 and biotine for 1 week) I have been wearing my hair pulled back or twisted in hair clip most every day. ( I took my clip out of my hair while I was reading your article)

    • Shawna Culp on January 13, 2012 at 10:13 am

      Add in nioxin shampoo to see fastest results

    • Shawna Culp on January 13, 2012 at 10:13 am

      Add in nioxin shampoo to see fastest results

  7. Kerri on January 20, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    To those freaking out about the hair loss, it is not permanent. I experienced significant hair loss during P4 for about 3 months, my hair did thin a lot but I gave myself a cute A line hair cut and it has thickened up nicely 🙂 it’s quite a small price to pay for a healthier you. 

  8. Shawna Culp on February 7, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    it is typical after losing weight
    tell me about the Nioxin… Do you massage into scalp and let sit for 3 mins or so? Shampoo correct?

    How much Biotin?

    I would take the following

    Borage oil

    and tell me about your menu these days too

    You can email me for help at

    • Bcspas4u on May 17, 2012 at 4:20 pm

      I have a question about nioxin. .  there are several treatment systems to choose from and not a lot of help deciding which one to purchase. . . any suggetions?

      • Shawna Culp on May 17, 2012 at 4:31 pm

        I always did black and white bottle 1

  9. Bcspas4u on May 11, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    I experienced a lot of hair loss in P3 after R2 (pharm. strength drops- not homeopathic) the loss slowed and excessive loss stopped. I took lots of supplements. . b-complex, biotin, burdock, fish oil, and kelp. now that I am on R3, P2, – ONLY in week1, my hair loss has started again. I am very worried and would like to start supplementing again to try an prevent massive loss since I am still thinner than usual from R2’s loss. With all of the suggestions etc,  . . which of these things can I actually use WHILE on P2???? 

    • Shawna Culp on May 11, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      anything except the oils on p2.. If you study out hair loss and pregnancy it shows that we typically will shed after protocol and during p3. Some lose during p2.

      • Bcspas4u on May 15, 2012 at 3:27 am

        I did not lose any extra hair during R1 or after R1, not during R2 but, after R2, I lost A LOT of hair and even got 5 inches cut off my hair to make it appear fuller. The loss slowed at about week 6  in P3. So I started R3, and I am on day 8 and it’s starting to fall out more and more everyday. . .If it continues to fall out during P2 and then increases in P3, I am afraid I will need a wig!!! So freaking out. Starting supplements for hair loss, adding one at a time to make sure doesn’t affect my weight loss. . . so nervous! 

        • Pattie on August 13, 2012 at 10:34 am

          I am in the same boat as you all. I have lost a lot of hair and I am freaking out too!! Since this post 3 months ago is your hair still falling out??

  10. Sherri on June 9, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    If I use the Biotin shampoo and conditioner, do I still use the apple cider vinegar as a rinse also?

    • Shawna Culp on June 9, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      if you are having issues still after a week then I would

  11. Shawna Culp on June 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    use enough to rinse your hair depending on how much volume that is.. 1 cup etc

  12. admin on June 15, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Take biotin, and in p3 fish oil.
    MSM will also help and Nioxin shampoo

  13. beth on August 1, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    fish oil has a lot of calories when your only aloud 500/day and protein shakes as well r very caloric does anybody know if fish oil will absorb if applied to the scalp, thinking of trying that or putting protein shake in my hair if the protein molecules are small enough to penetrate the scalp

    • admin on August 6, 2013 at 11:37 pm

      I do not know for sure on this one, report back and let us know

  14. admin on August 6, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    hair loss and shedding can be caused by rapid weight loss. After you are done most see this return to normal after stabilizing. Keep us posted

  15. Rain on December 15, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    This is exactly what happened to me and it was so stressful. I even was researching wigs and hairpieces. I started taking all sort of hair supplements and still do. My hair started growing back 3 months later and is still filling in. Nioxin did nothing for me. I think it just takes time to recover. I feel your pain and also counted hairs. My hair got so thin that the weight of a hairband would hurt to keep it in a pony tail. Give it time and try not to be consumed by it even though it’s overwhelming.

  16. joann on April 4, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    I guess only question I have is will my hair grow back?

    • admin on April 5, 2014 at 7:58 am

      yes- most who experience hair loss due to weight loss of any kind see it return unless there is an underlying condition causing it that is not related

  17. Ivette barnett on May 22, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Can I use the shampoo Nioxin while in phase 2,

    • admin on May 22, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      yes this is fine and recommended if you have an issue

  18. admin on July 6, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    yes this is fine

  19. Pam on August 25, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    I thank God I found this site and was able to read all the ladies comments above…I am devastated at my hair loss and now I know what’s caused it…I’m using the correct shampoo…sounds like I just have to be patient and wait till it stops coming out in clumps…will never use the drops again…must be not right for me. I was so happy to loose my weight….my hair has always meant so much to me.. Thank you for this site, I think I can handle this happening now…

  20. Rosie Moffatt on October 5, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    this site has helped me so much!! I too am experiencing tremendous hair loss!! I finished my first round in June,2015. By July my hair was really falling out and my story sounds just like the ones I have read.
    I’m also taking the vitamins suggested and have had blood work done to see if there was anything else that could be causing this, but all was in the normal range.
    My question is, should we wait until our hair stops falling out and re grows before going into another round?? And if we have this tendency to lose hair, will it only get worse with each round??
    I try and not worry about it along with using expensive products and vitamins and following all the rules suggested……but it’s so bad I can’t cover the bald spots any more. I cut my hair short and don’t use any heated items on my hair……I would sure love to hear from someone on this !!!
    Along with the question of how much time should I wait before doing another round??

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